NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR NEW PLANNING CHALLENGES
5:00 to 8:00 PM, April 2, 2015. Gould Hall Court
Our communities, our region, our nation, and our planet face unprecedented challenges including climate change, resource limits, inequity and reduced public health. Fortunately, new technological tools are emerging that promise to transform the planning profession. This year’s New Directions event will explore some of those new tools and provide attendees a chance to learn more about their capabilities. Please join us for an energetic discussion among University faculty, students, and practicing professionals committed to advancing the discipline. This year’s speakers will feature both a distinguished panel of thought leaders who are looking into the impacts of new technologies and on the profession – and a number of professionals who are currently using new technologies in innovative ways. After a social time with food and drink (5:00 to 5:30), the panelists will present their perspectives regarding emerging technologies. Then the “early implementers” will briefly describe their projects. Participants and speakers will then break into about a dozen stations so that they can discuss the specific tools that interest them. The evening will conclude with the speakers providing their observations from the breakout sessions and a general discussion among all participants. This is a unique opportunity to hear some of the region’s most creative thinkers talk about the future and our potential role in shaping it. Don’t miss it!
APA (American Planning Association) Conference
April 18 – 21, 2015
Washington State Convention Center
The National APA is coming to Seattle! The American Planning Association National Planning Conference will be held April 18-21 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. With hundreds of sessions, workshops, speakers, and networking events, the conference serves as the largest gathering of professional planners in the country. APA Students and faculty from the department will be attending the conference, along with dozens of UDP alumni. Conference registration is $125 for students (it’s a little more for the rest of us). Students can also volunteer at the conference and earn $100 for only four hours of work. The application deadline for volunteering is February 19, 2015. Sign up here to volunteer. Early bird registration for the conference ends February 19. Register here.
UDP/APA Alumni & Friends Happy Hour and Reception: Come Home to Gould!
April 20, 2015
If you’re coming to the APA National Conference – or even if you’re not – come join us in Gould Hall for the largest and best conference reception and happy hour! Catch up with friends and classmates, make new connections, and find out what’s going on in the department. We’ll have drinks, food, maybe even a band. All alumni from any program in the department are invited, along with supporters, friends, and anyone else wanting to be part of the NW planning scene. Admission is free but we will be accepting denotations for student support. Please RSVP here.
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