Urban Innovation Symposium

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Afternoon: UIC Student Center East / Evening: National Museum of Mexican Art

Chicago, IL

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We are very pleased to invite you to the annual Urban Innovation Symposium. As we explore the themes of Planning Through Friction: Finding Common Ground In Contested Spaces, we will bring together a diverse group of planners and advocates, activists and neighbors, to discuss some of the most crticial and controversial issues facing Chicago today. It is our hope that in bringing together a great breadth of perspectives all of our perspectives will be expanded, and we are exctied to welcome you into this space! Please explore the complete agenda below and register for either the afternoon program, the evening program, or the full symposium.

Gold Sponsors: Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy; American Planning Association Illinois Chapter
Platinum Sponsors: Student Activities Funding Committee; Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement


Afternoon Session:
UIC Student Center East - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Room 302
750 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Evening Session:
National Museum of Mexican Art - 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
1852 West 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60608


Student Center East: Room 302

12:00-12:30pm - Networking and light refreshments

12:30-1:15pm - Keynote - Christy Coleman: CEO, The American Civil War Museum
How Should We Remember: Monuments in Public Spaces

1:15-2:00pm - Weathering The Storm
Envisioning the Chicago of 2100 and how the city can mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

2:00-2:15pm - Coffee Break

2:15-3:00pm - Creating better agreements
Exploring the process and purpose of community benefits agreements through the experiences of planners, activists, and community developers from across Chicago and the U.S.

National Museum of Mexican Art

5:30-6:00pm - Bites and drinks

6:00-7:00pm - Who is welcome in public space?
A multifaceted discussion on what it means for a space to be public and how marginalized groups can come to be excluded from this understanding of "the public".

7:10-7:55pm - Role of data
"Big Data" and algorithms have a more important role in planning than ever before. Speakers from a diversity of professional backgrounds will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by data driven planning.

8:05-8:50 - Transit oriented dilemmas
Planners, developers and activists will debate how effectively the city's practice around transit oriented developments is promoting sustainability, democracy, and equity for Chicago.

Please contact Kalindi Parikh at with any questions.

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