10 11 12 Lecture Series – Fall

FALL 2011

November 3, 2011
Arthur C. Nelson, Presidential Professor
What Americans Really Want: How Demographic, Economic, and Financial Forces are Reshaping Americans’ Housing, Neighborhood, and Community Preferences
America became a “suburban” nation after World War II, principally by meeting the needs of the Baby Boomers. The “American Dream” was to own a home on a large lot in the suburbs. That was then and this is now. The American dream is now plural; people want more out of their neighborhoods and communities than in the past. This presentation will review how changing demographics, economics, and financing are changing Americans’ preferences for housing, neighborhoods and communities. It will also synthesize several national housing preference surveys to show that what Americans want now is very different from what they wanted just a generation ago. The presentation will show the mismatch between what Americans want and what they have, and summarize options to close the gap.

November 17, 2011
Pamela Perlich, Senior Research Economist
Coming to Our Census: Utah’s Demographic Transformation
Utah is in the midst of an unprecedented economic, demographic, and cultural transformation that has its origins in national and international trends. As Utah has emerged as an area of economic and educational opportunity, it has attracted new populations, particularly of young adults. These most recent in-migrants have come increasingly from other nations. As each of these new population groups has come to our state, new ideas, traditions and possibilities energize and enrich our communities. Importantly, these transformations are most profoundly experienced by our youth. We are privileged to be both witnesses to and participants in the emergence of this New Utah.

December 1, 2011
Reid Ewing, Professor
The High Costs of Urban Sprawl (and the Benefits of Compact Development)
Since World War II, urban or suburban sprawl has become the nation’s dominant development pattern. In widely cited studies, Professor Ewing has rated metropolitan areas and counties with respect to sprawl, and studied the relationship between sprawl and such outcomes as walking and transit use, obesity rates, and greenhouse gas emissions. Much of South Salt Lake County (e.g. Sandy and Draper) is classic sprawl. Much of North Salt Lake County is more compact, including Downtown, the Avenues, and Sugarhouse. Compact development is possible in newly developed and redeveloped areas such as City Creek, Gateway, and Daybreak. This lecture will review the available empirical evidence on the high costs of sprawl and the benefits of compact development, including reduced vehicle emissions, energy consumption, and traffic accidents, as well as increased physical activity and social interaction. The talk also acknowledges some benefits of sprawl and will conclude with policy recommendations to increase the likelihood that Salt Lake City will look more like Boston and less like Atlanta in 2050.


January 19, 2012
Brenda Scheer, Dean
The Evolution of Urban Form

February 2, 2012
Stephen Goldsmith, Associate Professor/Lecturer
Cities as Museums of Change
One of celebrated writer Jane Jacobs’ most intriguing observations was the way that cities exist in time and space. Cities are fluid, not static, more the stuff of movies than still photographs. The evolving scenes we all act in as we move through our places can be imagined as cinematic moments — dramatic, hilarious, frightening, delicious, responding to every dimension of our emotions, intelligence, even our bodies. This lecture will present observations of how our places perform and how we perform in our places. With a view of cities as ecological systems, we’ll explore the dynamic ways our places change in in time. The lecture will be illustrated with video examples from around the world, as well as present case studies from Stephen’s work in Salt Lake City.

March 8, 2012
Keith Bartholomew, Associate Professor and Associate Dean
Bounding Uncertainty: Scenario Analysis and Peak Oil
The future is, of course, unknowable. Yet planning has often been based on a single set of assumptions about the future. In an era of increasing volatility, especially with respect to global environmental and economic conditions, we need to develop a new structure that explicitly and constructively incorporates uncertainty. Scenario analysis, a method already familiar to many planners, is one approach that might be adapted to provide this framework.

FALL 2012

August 30, 2012
Nan Ellin, Professor and Chair
Good Urbanism
We have the knowledge, the tools, and the will to make good places. Yet, the actual delivery of these places remains challenging and all too rare. Professor Ellin will offer a basic strategy for clearing the path toward good urbanism consisting of 6 steps: Prospect, Polish, Propose, Prototype, Promote, and Present. Anyone can walk this path, experts in the field of urbanism and others alike. The only precondition for stepping onto it is a willingness to go somewhere new.

September 6, 2012
Michael Larice, Associate Professor
A Rebirth in City-Making
The planning field is experiencing, once again, a fundamental redirection with respect to planning and city-making. The data-heavy comprehensive plans of past generations – which concentrated on one-size-fits-all processes and overly safe, yet, unreachable goals – are being eclipsed by a new set of more nimble and promising planning products. In cities across the continent, planning is being reconceived through civic engagement, visioning exercises, and a rediscovery of project and neighborhood-level planning. By focusing on smaller geographies, catalytic projects, new collaborations, and measurable outcomes, savvy planners and cities are pressing for success over stasis. Part of this can be explained by the dispiriting difficulties in addressing society’s ‘wicked problems’ – another part by the social and economic demands for valued places, innovative design, and urban dynamism. This talk will focus on three trends in city planning that are helping to remake the field, as well as our cities and communities.

September 20, 2012
Tariq Banuri, Professor
The Great Transition: The Promise and the Lure of the Times Ahead

October 4, 2012
Phil Emmi, Professor
Knowing and Valuing in the Urban Realm
Time and circumstance question whether human societies are capable of securing a future sufficient to sustain further development of human values. In approaching this question, we find that we now live between two worlds – one not yet fully exhausted and one not yet fully born. The former is increasingly fraught with paralyzing dilemmas and no longer offers either a clear focus or a full mobilization of effort. The latter is but a suggestive shade of things to come. Within these two worlds are different ways of knowing and, more fundamentally, different stages in the evolution of human values. Professor Emmi will identify the various dilemmas in which we are presently stuck and how emergent ways of knowing and valuing might offer a way forward.

October 25, 2012
Pecha Kucha Student Event
Presentation topics can involve anything about planning that you are passionate about or interested in exploring. Some examples could include public transportation, mixed-use development, complete streets, community building, or quality city centers.


January 24, 2013
Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City
Planning Ahead for Salt Lake City

February 14, 2013
Mayor’s Symposium
Completing the Circle: The U and Surrounding Neighborhoods
Location: West Institute, 170 S University Street
Time: 1-4pm

February 21, 2013
Helen Peters (Transportation Planner, J-U-B Engineers)
Sharen Hauri (Urban Design Director, City of South Salt Lake)
Salt and Sugar: Planning for a New Streetcar

March 7, 2013
Greg Walker (VCBO Architecture and AIA Utah Young Architect’s Forum)
Talk Less, Do More

March 21
Clark Ivory (Ivory Homes and Chairman of Board of Trustees of U of U)
Arthur C. Nelson (Presidential Professor, U of U)
Now that building is back …
Location: SFEBB Auditorium in the DESB.

April 11
Christine Richman (Real Estate Market Analyst with GSBS)
Salt Lake’s Unfolding Story: Bestseller?