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Billy Fields and John L. Renne share highlights from the new book "Adaptation Urbanism" with Reid Ewing, Liliane Geerling, and Tara Tolford

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In the 21st century, urban areas will need to adapt to a changing climate and simultaneously act to significantly decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Adaptation Urbanism and Resilient Communities, a book by Billy Fields and John L. Renne to be released on May 4, 2021, outlines adaptation urbanism as a theoretical framework to evaluate resilience projects and policy. Detailed case studies uncover the promise and tensions of resilient communities in Europe (Copenhagen, Rotterdam, and London), and the United States (New Orleans and South Florida). Best practice projects in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Delft, Utrecht, and Vancouver are examined.

Approved for 1 AICP CM credit - Broward Section of APA Florida

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Join authors Billy Fields - Texas State University, and John L. Renne - Florida Atlantic University, as they share highlights from their new book "Adaptation Urbanism" in a one-hour conversation with Reid Ewing - University of Utah, Liliane Geerling - HZ University of Applied Sciences, and Tara Tolford, University of New Orleans.

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Billy Fields

Billy Fields (Ph.D., Urban Studies, University of New Orleans) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas State University. His research focuses on understanding the key elements of resilient communities. He is the lead author of Adaptation Urbanism and Resilient Communities (Routledge 2021) and co-editor of Transport Beyond Oil (Island Press 2013). He directs the International Sustainable Transportation Engagement Program, an annual study abroad program in the Netherlands exploring best practices in active transportation. Prior to joining Texas State University, Dr. Fields was Director of the Center for Urban and Public Affairs at the University of New Orleans and Research Director for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy where he developed and explored the concept of trail-oriented development. Before his academic life, he was also a raft guide in the mountains of North Carolina, an ice cream clerk at Harrods in London, and a food runner at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans.

John L. Renne

John Renne, Ph.D., AICP, is the coordinator of the Department’s two undergraduate programs, Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning and Bachelor of Urban Design and Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions. Dr. Renne is a globally recognized expert in Transit Oriented Development (TOD), including sustainable and resilient cities, with a focus on land use and transportation planning and policy. He is an expert in evacuation planning and coined the term “carless evacuation” in 2005. Dr. Renne played a leadership role in the disaster recovery of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. His research focuses on creating sustainable, resilient, and livable cities. He is an author and editor of Transit-Oriented Development: Making It Happen (Ashgate, 2009) and Transport Beyond Oil: Policy Choices for a Multimodal Future (Island Press, 2013) and over 100 papers, book chapters, and professional reports. Dr. Renne has extensive work experience across North America, Europe, and Australia.

Reid Ewing

Reid Ewing, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, Distinguished Research Chair for Resilient Places, associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, and columnist for Planning magazine. He holds master’s degrees in Engineering and City Planning from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ewing’s 10 books include Pedestrian and Transit Oriented Design, co-published by the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association; Growing Cooler: Evidence of Urban Development and Climate Change, published by the Urban Land Institute; and Best Development Practices, listed by the American Planning Association (APA) as one of the 100 “essential” books in planning over the past 100 years.

Liliane Geerling

After graduating from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) (Industrial Design and Architecture/ Built Environment) Liliane worked for the City of Rotterdam in various positions, ranging from urban planner to project manager of urban (re)development projects, among others Kop van Zuid and Loyd district, two former port areas. After that she continued as senior adviser/ researcher at BVR advisers for spatial development, where she was involved in many projects on the cutting edge of climate adaptation and participatory planning. She continued her career at the HZ University of Applied Sciences– The Netherlands as senior researcher/ lecturer resilience, ecology and spatial planning, climate adaptation planning, disaster risk reduction, and integrated coastal zone management in the study programs of Delta and Water Management. She is managing and developing the Living Lab Water in Surabaya with the Institute for Technology Surabaya and the Living Lab Water Mekong Delta with Can Tho University. Her academic work includes developing circular approaches for plastic pollution in rivers, among others in the Mekong Delta, and a monitoring project for Rijkswaterstaat with Citizen Science in the Southwest Delta (Zeeland). She has ample experience in training young students as well as people from the professional working field.

Tara Tolford

Tara Tolford, AICP, is an urban planner and researcher in New Orleans. She has been a researcher with the University of New Orleans (UNO) Transportation Institute since 2011, specializing in active transportation planning, policy, and data. This has included managing a regional pedestrian and bicycle data initiative, developing and implementing the framework for a statewide pedestrian and bicycle count program, authoring Louisiana’s Recreational Trails Program strategic plan, and coordinating the development and application of tools in support of smart growth, growth management, and transit-oriented development. In addition, she is an instructor for UNO’s Master of Science in Transportation program, has organized various local and international knowledge- sharing and outreach projects, and serves on numerous local and state committees focused on fostering built environments that support sustainable transportation options, climate mitigation, and equitable use of public space.

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