Thursday, March 27, 2014

Resilient Cities: A Conversation with Tony Arnold and Barbara Cosens

The Idaho Law Review's symposium, Resilient Cities:  Environment | Economy | Equity is fast ResilientCitiesapproaching.  It will be held this Friday, April 4, 2014, in Boise, Idaho and also live-broadcast for free on the Internet.  The full schedule is here and also reproduced below.

This year, we also decided to try something a little hi-tech for a bunch of law profs.  I convinced Tony Arnold (Louisville) and Barbara Cosens (Idaho) to have a chat with me about resilient cities; however, I was in Boise, Barb was in Moscow, Idaho, and Tony was in Louisville, Kentucky.  In addition, two radio hosts from Boise's Building a Greener Idaho also joined us.  Together, we created an hour's discussion broadcast as a Google Hangout, captured on You Tube below, and which will be edited for a radio show to air here in Boise the next few weeks.  

I'm not going to say it all went according to plan--we had some glitches with audio and video at times--but overall, the experience proved to me that this format can be a valuable way to bring together law profs--and disseminate ideas from the academy--in a cost-effective and potentially powerful manner.  

I owe many thanks to Tony and Barb for agreeing to give this a try the first time around.  I'm hoping that, should all go according to plan, there will be future hangouts integrating discussions of land use profs into this blog in the near future.



Here is the schedule for the Resilient Cities symposium on April 4, 2014 in Boise and also streamed live on the Internet (all times Mountain):

8:00 – 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30 –  9:00 Introduction and Welcome
Symposium Introduction:  Alexandra Grande; Tori Osler (ILR symposium student editors)
Welcome:  David Bieter (Mayor, City of Boise)
Dean's Welcome: Michael Satz (Idaho)
9:00 – 10:30

Disaster, Destruction, and Resilient Cities
Moderator: Dale Goble (Idaho) 
Kellen Zale (University of Houston Law Center) – Urban Resiliency and the Right to Destroy
John Travis Marshall and Ryan Rowberry (Georgia State) – Urban Wreckage and Resiliency: Articulating a Practical Framework for Preserving, Reconstructing, and Building Cities
Andrea McArdle (CUNY) – Imagining A Resilient New York After Superstorm Sandy

10:45 – 12:00 Social Aspects of Resilient Cities
Moderator: Anastasia Telesetsky (Idaho)
Palma Strand (Creighton) – Increasing City-System Resilience by Cultivating Civic Social Networks
Melissa Berry (University of Missouri) – Thinking Like a City: Grounding Social-Ecological Resilience in an Urban Land Ethic
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch with Keynote
Moderator: Barbara Cosens
Ken Alex (California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research)
1:30 – 1:45 Break
1:45 – 3:15 Resiliency, Equity, and Economy
Moderator: Jerrold Long
Christopher Odinet (Southern University Law Center) – Fairness, Equity, and a Level Playing Field: Land-use Goals for the Resilient City
Jeff Litwak (Columbia River Gorge Commission) – Implementing Resiliency: Urban Services Without Borders
Jon Rosenbloom (Drake) – Funding Resiliency
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:00 Resiliency and Planning for City Growth
Moderator: Stephen Miller
Tom Bergin (Blaine County Land Use & Building Services) and Tom Wuerzer (Department of Community and Regional Planning Boise State University) – Fire Resilience Policy and Planning at the Wildland-Urban Interface: Impressions from Idaho
Keith Hirokawa (Albany) – Planning for Scarcity: Enabling Resilient Urban Water Planning Through Eco System Services
5:00 – 5:15 Concluding Remarks
5:15 – 6:15 Reception

 Stephen R. Miller

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