They’re Back? Next Steps for America’s Legacy Cities
Lara Furtado PhD candidate in Regional Planning, UMass Amherst
Michael Di Pasquale, AICP, AIA Extension Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst,
Co-Director UMass Design Center in Springfield, founder, “Make-It Springfield”
After decades of decline, many of America’s Legacy Cities, the once great manufacturing centers in the northeast and Midwest, are coming back. However, new research shows that midsize legacy cities, including Springfield, Massachusetts (pop. 150,000) lag behind their larger peers.
The lecture highlights recent activities implemented by the UMass Design Center in Springfield to address the city’s social and economic challenges and promote community building. Examples include the “Make-It Springfield” collaborative workspace and new UMass research related to climate change and the role that green design and social infrastructure can play in mitigating the impacts that major climate events and disasters have on vulnerable populations in Springfield and other Legacy Cities.
Tom Chung AIA, Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Lauren Stimpson ASLA, Principal, Stephen Stimson Associates
Something new on the grid: the origins of municipal aggregation in Massachusetts
David Hsu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
David's research and teaching focuses on understanding the relationship of cities to their infrastructure and environment through technology, data, and analysis. Much of his work seeks to assist a wide range of actors -- local policymakers, planners, advocates, as well as academics -- directly with design, planning, policymaking, and policy implementation.
Topics of particular interest include the design, planning, governance, and operation of energy and water networks; energy access and adoption of new technologies; information policies such as disclosure and user feedback; new technologies and strategies to control distributed energy sources; and data analysis.
He taught previously at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University, and worked in engineering, finance, and in the city governments of New York and Seattle. He holds a B.S. from Yale University in physics, a M.S. from Cornell University in applied and engineering physics, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in city design and social science, and from the University of Washington in Seattle, a Ph.D. in urban design and planning and a certificate in social science and statistics.
He grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts near Puffer’s Pond!
$25 register at DB 210
Emily McCoy, PLA, ASLA is the Director of Integrative Research and an Associate Landscape Architect at the ecological planning and landscape architectural firm Andropogon Associates.
Director Emeritus, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC)
TRANSFORMATION IS THE AGENDA: The Planner’s Role Navigating Us to 2050 and Beyond
UMass + 9 (Works)
Currently working at James Corner Field Operations in New York City. Victor earned his BSLA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2010, followed by his MLA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. He has worked for Agence Ter in Paris and Karlsruhe. and Mikyoung Kim Design in Boston. Victor has a keen interest in the creation and design of public spaces, urban design and masterplanning projects across a variety of scales, interventions and methodologies; in particular, with their intersection with virtual modeling platforms and digital fabrication practices. Victor has been involved with projects including The High Line, Changi Airports terminal 5, 888 Boylston st. plaza.