Sustainability and beyond

Land Development West Conference & Expo highlights sustainable growth successes

Land Development

Following two successful, events in Baltimore, the Land Development Conference & Expo moves west this fall. On Nov. 2-4, 2005, civil engineers, developers, landscape architects, planners, government officials, environmental specialists, suppliers and others will gather at the Caleo Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., to discuss national and regional land development technology, trends, and case studies, as well as business and management issues. Not surprisingly, the hot topic of sustainability will be at the core of many presentations and exhibits.

Land Development West opens with a keynote address by Will Rogers, president of the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a nonprofit organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places. Since 1972, TPL has worked with willing landowners, community groups, and national, state, and local agencies to complete more than 2,700 land conservation projects in 46 states. In a presentation titled, Creating sustainable communities through conservation, Rogers will discuss how communities are including strategic, thoughtful conservation into their development and redevelopment efforts. The process integrates land for recreation, open space, clean watersheds, and wildlife into a coherent strategy to accommodate growth while ensuring healthy, attractive communities.

Opening the conferences second day, Bill Reed, AIA, LEED, principal of the Integrative Design Collaborative, will lead a general session called, Rethinking design to move beyond sustainability. According to Reed, the philosophy of sustainability is the framework from which all technical and many functional decisions are derived. The Integrative Design Collaborative focuses exclusively on green building and community planning issues and is involved in education on the subject of whole system, or integrative, design that emphasizes building evolutionary capability within the design, construction, and management of our environment. Improving the quality of life in buildings and communities, Reed claims, involves using the health of ecological systems as a basis of design.

During the closing general session, Steve Murray, P.E., associate; and Josh Lightpipe, P.E., project engineer, both with KPFF Consulting Engineers in Portland, Ore., will review Portlands New Columbia redevelopment project. New Columbia replaces Columbia Villa, a public housing community — 462 units of barracks-style buildings — built in 1942 to accommodate World War II shipyard workers. A $35 million Hope VI grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and $110 million of public and private investment offered an opportunity to revitalize the community using low-impact development and New Urbanism concepts. The planning process included residents, social services experts, housing advocates, school representatives, and project staff. Residents, who were relocated during demolition and construction, began returning to the community as the first phases opened earlier this year. The 82-acre site features the citys first green street neighborhood, 852 residences that include public housing, affordable rental housing, and rental units for the elderly; and 232 single-family homes. Murray and Lightpipe will explain how project planners overcame inconsistencies in the regulatory environment, the Green City approach, and the basics of low-impact development, the projects cutting-edge stormwater management concepts, and how sustainable redevelopment fits with low-income housing.

Conference opportunities

In addition to the keynote presentation and general sessions, the Land Development West Conference & Expo offers to attendees ample professional development and networking opportunities. More than 30 educational sessions are organized into three concurrent tracks — Planning/Collaboration/Case Studies, Business & Project Management, and Sustainable Development & the Environment. (See the agenda on page 32.) Depending upon state requirements, attendees can receive as many as 14.75 Professional Development Hours or 1.48 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Members of AIA will receive AIA-approved CEUs.

An exhibit hall, open Nov. 2 and 3, features displays by providers of products and services that can enhance and support a variety of land development projects. Extended exhibit hours on the first day of the conference also provide networking opportunities during an evening reception in the exhibit hall. Following the second days events, Eagle Point, the conferences exclusive platinum level sponsor, will host a second reception and tour at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wrights winter residence, studio, and architectural school built in 1937. The facilities, located on 600 acres in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Ariz., overlook the metropolitan Phoenix Valley and provide, according to Wright, a look over the rim of the world.

To register for the Land Development West Conference & Expo, fill out the form on page 33, or register online at

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