2015 Urban Planning Conference

Planning to Thrive: Collaboration, Adaptation and Implementation

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at SSU New Student Union

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

 Savannah Historic District - River Street

Overview of Conference

Today, American cities are grappling with many challenges from climate change to distressed neighborhoods to many other urban problems. Cities will decline if those challenges are not addressed in an orderly manner. Planning plays an important role in addressing those challenges and anticipating the future of American cities. By staying ahead of challenges, cities are ready to see opportunities and thrive. Planning makes connections between the future vision and short term actions. Cities that don’t actively plan for their future may not be able to thrive.

The conference will address how planning facilitates communities to thrive and stay ahead of challenges. This theme will allow conference-goers to explore a range of questions about the role of planning in creating thriving communities.

The conference will have an opening plenary session, a closing plenary session and concurrent sessions. There will be three concurrent sessions: two in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Each session will have four concurrent lectures in different rooms. The sub-theme of the first session at 10:00 – 10:55 a.m. is Collaboration. The sub-theme of the second session at 11:00 – 11:55 a.m. is Adaptation. The sub-theme of the third session at 1:00 – 1:55 pm is Implementation.   

The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. for registration and continue with the opening plenary session at 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. The opening plenary session will include remarks and the award presentations. The concurrent sessions with a lunch break at noon – 1:00 pm will follow the opening plenary session. The closing plenary session will begin at 2:00 p.m.until 3:00 pm. The closing plenary session will summarize and discuss the findings from the concurrent sessions. 

All sessions will be held at the Savannah State University's New Student Union Building, second floor. All sessions are open to the public. All participants must register here and pay the conference fees as much as $25.00 (advance payment) or $30.00 (day of the conference). Savannah State University, Armstrong State University and SCAD students will be waived from registration fees with valid ID. All proceeds go to benefit students of the Urban Studies and Planning program at Savannah State University.

All sessions of the 2015 Urban Planning Conference have been approved by the American Planning Association for Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for AICP holders.

The conference will also feature model city presentations from SSU undergraduate students.



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.



Conference Links

The 2015 Urban Planning Awards Call for Nominations

The 2014 Urban Planning Conference

The 2013 Urban Planning Conference