ASPIRE Urban Planning Week

Stanford University, Serra Mall, Stanford, CA, USA

Date and Time

Wednesday, May 16 2018 - 3:16 PM

Event Details

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, ASPIRE hosted Marlo Sandler for a presentation about her urban planning career and industry insights. She addressed a group of around ten students from diverse academic backgrounds, including Urban Studies and Civil Engineering. She shared her academic and professional journey, starting as a Stanford Urban Studies major and ultimately working in both the private and public sectors. She shared her experience working as a consultant and evaluating the needs of private developers as well as planning departments in the Los Angeles area. She also discussed the urban governance environment in the Bay Area and how it can be different from other cities in the United States.

With students’ questions, the conversation was steered towards affordable housing development and the role of different regulations on the real estate market. Marlo also discussed her experiences in community development and the intricacies of planning and gentrification in San Francisco. Ultimately, many students showed an interest in pursuing a career similar to Marlo’s. Her presentation also served as a motivation for all students to become more familiar with the world of urban planning and its many career possibilities. Marlo’s presentation was a success, and it was ASPIRE’s pleasure to host her for a broad audience of students with diverse academic and professional interests.

On Thursday, May 17, ASPIRE hosted Dr. Charles Rivasplata from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority to talk about his work in Transportation Demand Management (TDM). Dr. Rivasplata explored the historical background and the policy implications of the TDM program in San Francisco and its importance as a means of creating a more sustainable and mobile city for all. Then, he walked through the approvals process for TDM in San Francisco and the kinds of programs a development might need to put in place to satisfy its requirements and mitigate its transportation impacts. Dr. Rivasplata also entertained questions from students regarding the development of alternate, sustainable modes of transportation in the Bay Area.