NEW COURSE AND LECTURES

April 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Some exciting new offerings from the City Program:

MAY 10:

THE CROWDSOURCED CITY

Progressive cities are harnessing the power of mass collaboration and innovation. New technologies including cloud computing and mobile devices are allowing us to co-create our neighborhoods and improve community design.

This forum will explore how these new technologies and social media can improve the transparency of policymaking, planning and projects. Leading innovators in the use of crowdsourcing will demonstrate some of the new techniques and platforms available.

Lukas Biewald of Crowdflower will explain the background and trends in crowdsourcing.

Darin Dinsmore of Crowdbrite will show how an international competition led to innovation in design.

Colleen Hardwick of PlaceSpeak will demonstrate the use of pioneering software for location-based community consultation.

May 10 / 7 pm / Room 7000 (seventh floor) / 515 West Hastings Street / Free, but registration required: http://www.sfu.ca/reserve

Register here – and bring your laptop or pad.

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JUNE 9-10:

Transit Network Design

A two-day hands-on interactive course in real-world transit network design, led by ‘Human Transit’ author Jarrett Walker.

Transit planning, like sculpting or carpentry, involves learning to use of a set of tools and materials. This interactive course includes a series of in-class exercises where students work together to design transit networks for a fictional city, based on its geography and a set of cost limitations. The exercises let students learn the basic tools and materials by actually working with them (exactly the way you would learn carpentry or sculpture) to develop creative solutions to a series of planning problems. Issues covered include network design, frequency, right-of-way, basic costing, interactions with urban form and basic technology selection.

This course is well suited for professionals, students, community leaders and local government staff.

Instructor: Jarrett Walker is an expert in fixed route service design and related policy, with 15 years experience in planning for transit systems in North America. He takes a particular interest in helping agencies and citizens appreciate the unavoidable tradeoffs that arise from transit’s intrinisic geometry.

This theme forms the basis of his book Human Transit, forthcoming from Island Press in the fall of 2011. He also writes the popular transit weblog Humantransit.org.

 $392 / CITY240-SU1114
Thursday–Friday, June 9–10, 9 am–5:30 pm, SFU Surrey
Room 3240 (250 – 13450 – 102 Avenue)
Register

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