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April 5-6, 2019

What SSI-3 Is All About

Over two days in April, 2019, the Colorado Chapters of the American Society for Civil Engineers, the American Public Works Association, the American Planning Association, and University of Colorado Denver, convened the third Symposium for Sustainable Infrastructure (SSI-3). For this year's event, we wanted to focus on visionary thinking. With the title “The Cities We Have, The Cities We Want,” the program consisted of a series of sessions that address how cities have evolved through the work of engineers and planners. We began the symposium by understanding existing paradigms in the cities we have and finished with a discussion on a path forward for engineering and planning to achieve the cities we want. We had a tremendous lineup of speakers who presented these topics in an “ignite” and panel format (see presentations below). We also had two engaging and visionary keynotes delivered by Ron Sims, former HUD Deputy Secretary, and Leah Treat, Managing Director at Nelson/Nygaard.

Download a conference brochure for SSI-3 here and a copy of the final program here.

Sessions & Keynotes

Achieving a Common Goal of Exploring ‘The City We Have, The City We Want’

- Ron Sims, former Deputy Secretary of HUD & King County Executive

How do we move from Business-as-Usual to get to the City We Want?

-Leah Treat, Managing Director Nelson/Nygaard

Session 1: 

The Origins and Implications of Our Current Infrastructure Paradigm

The Origins of Centralized Infrastructure and Planning

Is Any City Sustainable or Resilient in the Current Paradigm?

Session 2:

Our Current Paradigm and Reasons to Consider Change

What is the Current State of Integrating Resilience in Cities?

  • Jeni Cross, Director of the Research Institute for the Built Environment, CSU

  • Lori Hodges, Director of Emergency Management, Larimer County, CO

Infrastructure Vulnerabilities and Resilience Planning

  • Sam Markolf, Research Fellow, Arizona State University

  • Paolo Gardoni, Professor, Illinois University

Session 3: 

What is the Future of Infrastructure and Service Delivery?

Centralized vs. Decentralized Approach to Infrastructure

  • Sarah Young, Planning Services Manager, Aurora Water

  • Josh Radoff, Senior Vice President, WSP

Repurposing the Current Built Environment for the Future

  • Cameron Brooks, Vice President Opus One Solutions

  • Gabriella Arismendi, City and County of Denver

Session 4:

What is the Path to a Smart City and the City We Want?

The Role of Citizen Engagement for Cities

The Role of Smart Technology for Cities

We are envisioning the city of the future. 

We want you to be a part of the conversation. 

ENGAGING IGNITE-STYLE PRESENTATIONS
PANEL DISCUSSIONS  EXPLORING INNOVATIVE IDEAS
OVER 250 PLANNING AND ENGINEERING EXPERTS LEARNING TOGETHER
DIFFERENT WAYS TO CREATE THE CITY WE WANT
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