2014 Urban Planning Conference

Resilience Planning for Historic and Vulnerable Population

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at SSU New Student Union

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

 Savannah Historic District - River Street

Overview of Conference

The conference title is “Resilience Planning for Historic and Vulnerable Population”. The conference will explore how resilience planning can be utilized to (1) identify potential disaster impacts on historic properties and sites and museum collections, (2) identify demographics of vulnerable populations, (3) leverage resources to protect and respond from disasters and disruptions, and (4) recover and maintain a good quality of life.  

The conference will provide the community with a comprehensive description of how historic and vulnerable communities can become resilient communities who are better prepared for uncertainty, able to adapt to changing condition and bounce back from disasters and disruptions in a sustainable way and maintain a good quality of life for all.  The conference will have a plenary session and concurrent lectures. There will be four lecture sessions: two in the morning and the remaining two in the afternoon.  Each session will have three concurrent lectures in different tracts including historic building and collections, community resilience, and planning for resilience.   

The conference will  begin at 8:30 a.m. for registration and continue with the plenary session at 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. The plenary session will include the award presentations: Urban Planning Award for Structural Resilience and Urban Planning Award for Community Resilience. The first morning concurrent session will have lectures on identifying potential disaster impacts on historic building and collections, the resiliency of historic buildings at Savannah State University (SSU) campus and history of resilient communities.  The second morning session will have three lectures on heritage preservation, demographics and vulnerability to disasters and resiliency for services. The first afternoon session will have three lectures on preservation and recovery of historic building in Savannah's historic districts, integrating preparedness across campus, and building a culture of preparedness in historic and vulnerable communities.  The final session will focus on reinvestment, restoration and repair, resilience planning at the neighborhood level, and climate resiliency for coastal communities.

All sessions have been approved by the American Planning Association for the CM credits for American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) holders as can be found here

All sessions will be held at the Savannah State University's New Student Union Building, second floor. All sessions are free and open to the public.

The conference will also feature model city presentations from SSU undergraduate students and poster presentations from the Georgia Sea Grant - University of Georgia Marine Extension Services.



Dr. Deden Rukmana, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Urban Studies and Planning Program, 912-358-3218, rukmanad@savannahstate.edu

Dr. Otis Johnson, Scholar-in-Residence, 912-358-4335, johnsono@savannahstate.edu


Conference Sponsors

The conference is supported by Savannah State University and sponsored in part by Adler Family Foundation, Inc.



Conference Links

The 2014 Urban Planning Awards Call for Nominations

The 2013 Urban Planning Conference