We may look back on today’s traffic as “light and dreamy” if we don’t get “Urbanism Next” right - Mo

Kicking off today in Portland, Ore., is the first-ever National Urbanism Next Conference 2018.

Mobility Lab, a media sponsor for the conference, interviewed Nico Larco, who is co-director of the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative, which created the event.

Mobility Lab: What was the niche that you all discovered in which you found there to be a need for this conference?

Nico Larco: About two year ago, a number of us here at the University of Oregon got interested in what we call the secondary impacts of autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, and the sharing economy on cities – an area we call “Urbanism Next.”

What we found is that while there were numerous conferences and much research around the technologies themselves and there were starting to be great conferences and research around the impacts on transportation (such as Three Revolutions, Shared Use Mobility, and TRB), there seemed to be nothing that focused on how these emerging technologies where going to be impacting things like land use, land valuation, urban design, municipal and state finance, and pressures on sprawl – to name only a few key issues.

The more we looked into these issues, the more we started to understand the cascading impacts these emerging technologies were going to have on communities throughout the country and, frankly, started to become tremendously concerned about the lack of general understanding about these issues.

This created a high level of motivation to gather, create and organize research and bring together the people who were doing research in these areas. In that gathering, we reached out to people in the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Urban Land Institute and found that as they became aware of these secondary impacts, they were equally concerned and shared our desire to gather thought leaders from around the country to help push the thinking around these topics.

Click here to read the full article: https://mobilitylab.org/2018/03/05/may-look-back-todays-traffic-light-dreamy-dont-get-urbanism-next-right/