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Disruptive Transportation Panel Discussion Hosted at ASLA

Wendy Miller, FASLA, Michael Johnson, ASLA, and William (Billy) Riggs, Ph.D., AICP, LEED AP, speaking at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture.

On Tuesday, January 15, ASLA hosted a panel discussion at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture moderated by Wendy Miller, FASLA, President-Elect. "Re-shaping Urban Environments for Disruptive Transport," presented by Michael Johnson, ASLA, and William (Billy) Riggs, Ph.D., AICP, LEED AP, drew an audience of landscape architects and allied professionals for a thought-provoking discussion on the future of our city streets and landscapes in an era of disruptive transport.

The panelists were in town for the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, which convened more than 13,000 transportation professionals in the District of Columbia for a program focused on transportation for a smart, sustainable, and equitable future. Miller sits on the TRB Landscape and Environmental Design Committee, which effectively influences transportation policy and practice through the development, distribution, and support of transportation research. The committee is specifically concerned with research into integrating the transportation facility with the surrounding natural and man-made environment. They focus on conservation of natural elements, preservation of cultural and historic resources, maintaining aesthetic and scenic quality, and identification and preservation of scenic opportunities.

Riggs began with a critical look at the rise of new transportation technologies in recent years that have become increasingly prevalent in our communities. From shared and networked vehicles, to dockless bikes and scooters and the emergence of autonomous vehicles, Riggs provided a dialogue on the opportunities for street design in an autonomous future, including roadway design/thinning, curbside policy, and parking removal. Johnson continued the discussion highlighting how designers must be innovative in prioritizing human scale design. By being more flexible with our zoning codes and policies, we can recapture space for affordable housing, naturalized open space, and people-oriented uses to ensure that our cities are inclusive and accessible to all.

See the list of resources below for additional information referenced during the panel discussion.

Wendy Miller, FASLA, Wendy Miller Landscape Architecture, PLLC
Michael Johnson, ASLA, SmithGroup
William (Billy) Riggs, Ph.D., AICP, LEED AP, University of San Francisco School of Management

Disruptive Transport: Driverless Cars, Transport Innovation and the Sustainable City of Tomorrow
By William Riggs, Bruce Appleyard, Michael Johnson

A Design Framework for Livable Streets in the Era of Autonomous Vehicles
By William Riggs, Bruce Appleyard, Michael Johnson

ReStreet: Technology, civic engagement and street science: hacking the future of participatory street design in the era of self-driving cars

Vision Zero Network

From Pink Zone to Mix Tape
Learn more about “pink zoning” in the City of Detroit

ASLA Urban Transportation Guide
(ASLA New Mobility and Emerging Technologies webpage coming soon)

TRB Landscape and Environmental Design Committee – become a “Friend of the Committee” to volunteer in TRB committee activities or learn more about the work of the standing committees.


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