Meeting of the Minds Conference: The Innovations We Need for More Sustainable Cities
Panel Presentations: Case Studies From Around the World
Panel presentations by: Allan B. Jacobs, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley; Aaron Golub, Professor, Arizona State University School of Planning, School of Sustainability; and Dr. Tim Campbell, Founder/Chairman, Urban Age Institute and former Manager of Urban Programs, World Bank Institute. Paul Farmer, Executive Director and CEO, American Planning Association, moderates.
The presentation is followed by a Q&A session.
Meeting of the Minds is a two-day leadership conference convened by the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design, with the support of Toyota. The conference focus is on the new technologies, emerging urban designs and cleaner fuels.
Tim Campbell has worked for more than 30 years in urban development with experience in scores of countries and hundreds of cities in Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. His areas of expertise include strategic urban planning, city development strategies, decentralization, urban policy, and social and poverty impact of urban development.
Tim Campbell retired from the World Bank in December of 2005 after more than 17 yearsâ€™ experience. At the Bank, he headed WBIâ€™s urban team, founded and led the Urban Partnership, which was responsible for identifying changing demand and developing new Bank products and services for cities. He was the Bank-wide coordinator for City Development Strategies (CDS), a new analytical tool focusing on cities as the unit of analysis in national development. From 1995 to 1997, he served as a member of the Advisory Group in Latin America and the Caribbean Region and was the Regionâ€™s Chief of the Urban and Water Unit from 1993-1995.
Before joining the Bank, his consulting clients included private sector firms, governments, and international organizations. He lived in rural and small town Costa Rica for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
In addition to many policy papers on decentralization and urban policy, Mr. Campbell has authored several books. The Quiet Revolution, explores the rise of political participation in cities with the onset of decentralization in Latin America from 1983-1995 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003). A second book Leadership and Innovation (World Bank, 2004) is a collection of case studies about the innovation process in leading local governments in Latin America.
He holds a B.A. in Political Science from U. C. Berkeley (1966), a Master's in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley (1970) and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from M.I.T. (1980).
W. Paul Farmer
American Planning Associationâ€™s executive director comes from the world of practice. Paul Farmer spent 20 years in senior management positions as deputy planning director in Pittsburgh, director of city planning in Minneapolis, and executive director of planning and development in Eugene, Oregon. During his years of practice, he served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Tech and the University of Oregon.
Farmer grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, attended Rice University in Houston (B.A. and B. Arch., 1967), and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he was a Richard King Mellon Fellow and received a masterâ€™s degree in city and regional planning in 1971. In 1968, he helped to found the National Association of Student Planners.
Farmer started out in academe, as a founding faculty member of the graduate program in planning at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he taught for eight years, while also serving as president of the Wisconsin APA chapter. He chaired the chapter presidents council and served on the APA board from 1979 to 1981. He is a former head of the city planning and management division and a former member of the development plan and budget committee.
He has received professional awards from Progressive Architecture and the National Endowment for the Arts, has consulted in Asia, Europe and North America, and has written and lectured extensively.
Aaron Golub is an Assistant Professor in the School of Planning and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, where he teaches courses on transportation planning and policy, urban planning research methods and urban policy the developing countries. Dr. Golub's interests include the social and environmental impacts of transportation systems, public transportation planning and operations and advanced bus transit systems planning and vehicle technologies. Two current projects include the development of a tool to enable community based organizations to easily analyze the accessibility impacts of regional transportation investment plans on specific neighborhoods or demographic groups, and a group of case studies looking at the social equity impacts of climate change mitigation policies in transportation.
Before moving to Arizona State, Dr. Golub was a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of California at Berkeley. He co-taught a graduate course on public transportation systems planning, and an undergraduate course on transportation policy. As a postdoctoral researcher, he worked on a study of optimal Bus Rapid Transit system implementation, and the long-term travel behavior impacts of car-sharing membership. He has worked around the world as a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and other international agencies involved in transportation planning and funding. He was a consultant to the city of BogotÃ¡, Colombia on projects concerning air quality management issues, and to Mexico City and the World Bank as part of initial planning for their now complete Metrobus BRT system. Dr. Golub received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with minors in City and Regional Planning and Statistics from UC Berkeley. His dissertation work in Brazil explored the policy approaches to regulate informal transportation operators and the welfare effects on the systemsâ€™ users. His masters and bachelor's degree were earned in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Virginia Tech, respectively.
Allan B. Jacobs
Allan Jacobs is University Professor in the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley, He is an urban designer, trained as an architect and city planner at Miami University, at Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked in many cities, most notably Pittsburgh, Calcutta, Boston, and San Francisco, where for seven years he was Director of City Planning. He was responsible for San Francisco's now famous Urban Design Plan. Most of his present work is focused on the design of streets. Jacobs has consulted widely, and is a principal in the San Francisco urban design firm Cityworks. He works mostly in intensive urban environments, in both large and small cities.
He is concerned with the design of the public realm - streets, spaces, parks - and with achieving private development that helps to achieve community objectives, particularly as expressed in well thought out public plans. He writes on city planning and urban design, notably on streets, and the uses of observation as a design and planning tool. With the late Donald Appleyard, he authored a now seminal essay on the physical, designable characteristics of the best cities: Toward a New Urban Design Manifesto. His books include Great Streets, Looking at Cities, Making City Planning Work, and (with Elizabeth Macdonald and Yodan Rofe) The Boulevard Book. Cityworks is a two-partner urban design and architecture firm whose principals are directly involved in all of the company's projects. Much of their most recent work has involved street design, streetscape consulting, and large public planning projects in San Francisco, Oakland, Vancouver, British Columbia and Seaside, Florida.