Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas
Smart cities, federal data, and civic innovation
September 24, 2017
Keynote speaker John Thompson, former U.S. Census Bureau director, discussed present-day risks to federal data, examined how lawmaker decisions are affecting federal data sources, and explored whether the 2020 Census is in jeopardy.
U.S. Census Bureau former director
APA Technology Division chair, APA Smart Cities and Sustainability Task Force co-chair
Population Association of America public affairs specialist, Census Project co-chair
How the Burnham Forum Came to Be
In 2012, the Emerging Trends/Future of Planning Task Force assembled to address emerging trends in the field and the future of planning. Its charge:
- Identify top issues impacting America's communities now through the next 10 to 20 years
- Note how planning is changing and also needs to change
- Recommend how APA and its members can be most effective in meeting the challenges of the future
- Solicit members, in partnership with APA staff, through in-person and online forums, to submit their "big ideas" through digital papers, illustrations, or videos
- Review and categorize big ideas
- Present findings
The work of the task force comes to life in the annual Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas.
Speakers: Harriet Tregoning, The Hon. Sly James, The Hon. Kasim Reed
Speakers: Emily Badger, Renée Lewis Glover, Paul Jargowsky, and Shelley Poticha
Speaker: Congressman John K. Delaney (D-Md.).
Speakers: APA President William Anderson, FAICP; Patrick L. Phillips, Urban Land Institute; Nancy C. Somerville, American Society of Landscape Architects; Lee Brown, FAICP, AICP President.
Speakers: Anna Ricklin, APA, Washington, D.C.; Greta Byrum, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Speakers: Emil Malizia, FAICP, Institute for Economic Development at the University of North Carolina; Charles Marohn Jr., AICP, Strong Towns.
Speaker: Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP, University of Pennsylvania
Speakers: Mitchell J. Silver, AICP, American Planning Association; Jeffery Potter, FAIA, American Institute of Architects; Susan M. Hatchell, FASLA, American Society of Landscape Architects