Launch Event for the 2024 Open City Conference: Resilient Futures

Thursday, Aug 31, 2023

The Launch Event of the much-anticipated 2024 Open City Conference: Resilient Futures is coming up in September. The Planning and Designing Nature-Based Strategies for Climate-Sensitive Urban Environments. This launch event marks the beginning of an ambitious and forward-thinking initiative hosted by UTA's College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs in collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers. With a focus on nature-based solutions and resilience, this collaboration seeks to create a platform for experts from various disciplines to deliberate on the future of our cities in the face of climate sensitivity.

The launch event will occur at the CAPPA Gallery on Thursday, September 7, 2023, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. This is an open invitation to the panelist presentations and afternoon lunch. It will feature an engaging panel discussion from experts in diverse fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, civil engineering, public policy, and sustainability. The panelists will share their insights and explore innovative approaches to address the challenges posed by climate change within the context of urban planning and design.

Evening Forum: The DFW ASLA Climate Action Plan Forum

The engagement doesn't end there. Later in the evening, on September 7, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, there will be an evening forum: The DFW ASLA Climate Action Plan Forum, introduced by Diane Jones Allen and Ms. Sarah Fitzgerald. This forum will provide an opportunity for more in-depth discussions and insights into the Climate Action Plan.

About the Open City Seminar: Climate Action

The "Open City Seminar: Climate Action" is an academic event facilitating cross-disciplinary collaboration among architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, public policy, and civil engineering. It addresses resilience and sustainability in the built environment and pathways to action across disciplines. The seminar features a panel discussion with experts from these fields, exploring innovative approaches. It also serves as the launch for the "2024 Open City Conference: Resilient Futures," a collaborative initiative between the University of Texas at Arlington and the US Army Corps of Engineers. This partnership advances discussions on nature-based solutions, fostering a shared vision for resilient urban futures!


The event boasts a distinguished lineup of panelists, each contributing their unique expertise to the discussion:
Letora Anderson, Assistant Professor - Landscape Architecture
Michelle Hummel, Assistant Professor - Civil Engineering
Oswald Jenewein, Assistant Professor - Architecture
Meghna Tare, Office of Sustainability
Evan Mistur, Assistant Professor - Public Affairs and Planning
Rhonda Fields, PhD, Community Planner - Project Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers
Joshua Newton, PhD Candidate, Urban Planning & Public Policy