Breakout 8: Urbanism Next Workshop: AV’s Effects on Urban Development

Breakout 8: Urbanism Next Workshop: AV’s Effects on Urban Development

Tuesday, July 11, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Golden Gate 5


  • Nico Larco, Department of Architecture – Sustainable Cities Initiative, University of Oregon
  • Caroline Rodier, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis

This half-day workshop/charette will bring together engineers, urban designers, planners, architects, and real estate professionals to investigate automated vehicles effects on land use, physical city design, urban densification or sprawl, and changes in local vitality and activity. Participants will work in focused groups, developing scenarios of how different areas of cities might shift with this new technology. This will include looking at potential shifts in the urban core and more suburban contexts.

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM What do we know about the travel, land use, and design effects of automated vehicles?

The session will begin with four short presentations on the effects of automated vehicles on travel behavior and traffic, urban form, street design, and development. These will create a framework for participants to consider during the charrette portion of the session.

Secondary Effects: Framing AVs Effects on Urban Design and Development

  • Nico Larco

Travel behavior and Traffic: Owned and Shared Automated Vehicles

  • Billy Riggs, Assistant Professor, CalPoly SLO

Adaptive Parking Designs

  • Joshua Karlin-Resnick, Senior Associate, Nelson-Nygaard

Redesigning Streets

  • Melissa Ruhl, Transportation Planner, ARUP
  • Gerry Tierney, Associate Principal, Perkins+Will

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Hands-On Charette

The second part of the session will be a hands-on charrette where groups will look at the secondary effects of automated vehicles on land use, street and parking design. This session will address future public policy needs of different urban areas (core and inner and outer suburbs). Through discussion and sketching/design, participants will investigate plans for prototypic sites, key concerns and opportunities, and critical regulatory issues.

  • Nico Larco, Facilitator
  • Moderators:
    • Melissa Ruhl
    • Gerry Tierney
    • Billy Riggs
    • Joshua Karlin-Resnick
    • (Additional Moderators TBA)

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Response and Wrap-Up

Each group will share key finding from their scenario planning exercise. This will be followed by a larger group discussion on the implications for planning, design and policy for automated vehicles and the built environment.

  • Nico Larco and Caroline Rodier, Facilitators

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