Monday, June 11, 2012

AIA|LA UDC...Urban Parking, Fixing Our Habit :: June 13 (6:30pm)

AIA|LA Urban Design Committee presents...
Urban Parking, Fixing Our Habit

Donald Shoup - Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA
Wednesday, June 13 (6:30pm - 8:30pm)
AIA Los Angeles
3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90010

RSVP to Will Wright at Will[@]

Please join us in a lively discussion about Urban Parking with Donald Shoup and Gerhard Mayer, AIA.

Leaders from ParkMe and Streetline will also be participating in the discussion.

In a busy city, a large percentage of cars/drivers are looking for a parking spot at most times of the day. That endless search for parking is a burden on the environment and negatively impacts our quality of life. The space used for parking interferes with pedestrian movement and prevents the highest and best use utilization of precious real estate.

Because of that, zoning ordinances have assigned critical importance how cars for any particular development are to be accommodated. Let's explore together how we can manage parking (a.k.a. "stationary traffic") to keep our cars close by and still make room for healthy outdoor urban pedestrian life and construct greener, more lively and efficient cities.

On June 13th, we aim to:

  • Share a presentation about urban parking configurations derived from various international examples
  • Learn about strategies to accommodate automobiles, out of sight
  • Learn about various mechanized/automated systems/installations to store automobiles
  • Discuss how a change in our habits around cars could trigger different land use and urban design.
  • Identify what the AIA|LA Urban Design Committee and the AIA membership can do to help us manage our stationary traffic effectively

About Donald Shoup:

Donald Shoup has extensively studied parking as a key link between transportation and land use, with important consequences for cities, the economy, and the environment. His influential book, The High Cost of Free Parking, is leading a growing number of cities to charge fair market prices for curb parking, dedicate the resulting revenue to finance public services in the metered districts, and reduce or remove off-street parking requirements. His research on employer-paid parking led to passage of California's parking cash-out law, and to changes in the Internal Revenue Code to encourage parking cash out.

Professor Shoup is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University and the World Bank, and has served as Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA. He is the Editor of ACCESS magazine.

For more information, please contact:

Will Wright, Hon. AIA|LA
Director, Government & Public Affairs
AIA Los Angeles
(213) 639-0764
email: Will[@]

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