Meeting of the Minds Conference: The Innovations We Need for More Sustainable Cities
Elizabeth Deakin discusses Mega-cities, Mega-regions, and the Automobile. Robert Cervero follows with a talk on Alternative Futures: Urban Design and Metropolitan Growth. The presentations are followed by a joint Q&A session with Deakin and Cervero.
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.
Robert Cervero teaches and conducts research in the area of sustainable transportation policy and planning. He has been an advisor and consultant on transport projects in many countries, most recently in China, Colombia, Brazil, the Philippines, and Indonesia. His current research is on: travel impacts of suburbanization in China through Berkeley's Volvo Center for Future Urban Transport; influences of built environments on public health in BogotÃ¡; land-use and environmental impacts of freeway removal in San Francisco and Seoul, Korea; traffic generation effects of transit-oriented development; and transit value capture in Hong Kong.
Over the past five years, Professor Cervero has been a regular instructor of transportation planning courses for the National Transit Institute and the World Bank Institute. In 2004, he was the first-ever recipient of the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Planning Research. He also won the 2003 Article of the Year award from the Journal of the American Planning Association.
Professor Cervero serves on the editorial boards of Urban Studies, Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Literature, and Journal of Public Transportation; chairs the National Advisory Committee of the Active Living Research Program of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation; and was recently appointed to the National Research Council committee of Development, Vehicle, and Energy. Over the past year, he has given keynote addresses at conferences in Shenzhen, SÃ£o Paulo, Salvador, Bali, Brisbane, Montreal, and Seoul.
Elizabeth Deakin is Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, where she is also an affiliated faculty member of the Energy and Resources Group and the Master of Urban Design group. She served for 10 years as director of the UC Transportation Research Center, the UTC for Federal Region 9, and for four years as co-director of UC Berkeley's Global Metropolitan Studies Initiative, which involves nearly 70 faculty members from 12 departments.
Deakin's research focuses on transportation planning, urban development policy, environmental impacts, and political and institutional factors in policy implementation. She has published over 200 articles, book chapters, and reports on these topics. She served for nine years on the City of Berkeley Transportation Commission and was one of the founding members of the Alameda County Transportation Tax Authority. She also served for four years as the Legislature's representative on the California Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Committee.