Meeting of the Minds Conference: The Innovations We Need for More Sustainable Cities
The Future of Motorization: Smart Cars/Smart Cities with speakers: Paul Farmer (moderator); Lee Schipper, Director of Research, EMBARQ, the
WRI Center for Transport & the Environment, World Resources Institute, Washington DC; and Martin Tillman, Steer Davies Gleave Lts., London, UK.
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.
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.
Lee Schipper earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics, but
has devoted his career to earthly problems of
transport, energy and environment. He came
to EMBARQ, the World Resources Institute (WRI) Center for Sustainable Transport, at its founding in April, 2002, where he is Director of Research.
Schipper came to EMBARQ from the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, where he had been visiting Scientist from 1995 to 2001. Previous to that he was Staff Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for two decades.
He worked in Group Planning at Shell International Petroleum Company in the 1980s and again in 2001. He has been a guest researcher at the World Bank, VVS Tekniska Foerening (Stockholm), the OECD
Development Center, and the Stockholm Environment Institute.
Schipper has authored over 100 technical papers and a number of books on energy economics and transportation around the world. He takes part in numerous prestigious international panels and studies on energy and transportation, and is on
the editorial boards of five major journals
in the fields. Schipper was a member of the Swedish Board for Transportation and Communications Research for four years, and is currently a member of the US Transportation Research Boardâ€™s Committee on Sustainable Transport and Committee on Developing Countries.
Martin Tillman is an Associate at Steer Davies Gleave, an international consultancy focusing on transport studies for the private and public sectors. Martin has worked in the transport market for over 15 years and specializes in transport master planning. He provides advice to clients on new transport techniques and movement strategies to reduce single occupancy car use and encourage more sustainable forms of transport.
His work has varied from small commercial / education / health care / residential schemes, to major new developments, and to new towns/cities and urban extensions. His work has taken him to Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, Turkey, Qatar, Kazakhstan, France, Ireland, Croatia, and throughout the United Kingdom. Martin aims to challenge existing methods and to seek practical and innovative solutions for transport as part of a wider development process.