Spring 2015 Speaker Series: The City Disrupted


Brought to you by the Georgetown University Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning Program

Members of Code for DC gathered at a recent hackathon. Technology, innovation, and social engagement are disrupting systems across governments and industries. (Photo Credit: Code for DC)

The Urban & Regional Planning program is proud to present its Spring 2015 public lecture series, The City Disrupted. Building on last fall’s exploration of large urban investments, the spring lectures explored short-term transformations in cities driven by the impacts of new technologies, shifting economies, the environment, new social networks, or governance.

Stakeholders from across the university and the community participated in a series of dialogues that sought to answer the question: Where does community stewardship reside in the disrupted city?

Friction-less Mobility: Killer Apps Coming To Get Me

  • Ellen Jones, DowntownDC Business Improvement District
  • Gabe Klein, Fontinalis Partners
  • Shy Pahlevani, LiveSafe
  • Sam Zimbabwe, DC Policy, Planning, & Sustainability Administration

Sleeping in Cities with Ease: Impact of the Sharing Economy on Lodging and Place

  • Troy Flanagan, Local Government Affairs, AH&LA
  • Ellen McCarthy, Georgetown Urban & Regional Planning Program
  • Nick Papas, Airbnb
  • Gregg Rockett, Hilton Worldwide

Co-Hosted by the Hospitality Management program.

Risk is Opportunity: Resilience and Preparedness As the Basis of Long-term Planning

  • Randall Griffin, Safety Analytics; DeWitt Fire District; Georgetown Emergency & Disaster Management Program
  • David J. Kaufman, CNA Safety and Security Center 
  • Trisha Miller, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Josh Murphy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Co-Hosted by the Emergency & Disaster Management program.

Ten Years after the First Pitch: How the Washington Nationals and Nationals Park Have Scored in the Nation's Capital

  • Jim Dinegar, President and CEO, Greater Washington Board of Trade
  • Mark D. Lerner, Washington Nationals
  • Michael Stevens, Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District
  • Hon. Anthony A. Williams, Federal City Council; Former Mayor, Washington, D.C.

Co-Hosted by the Sports Industry Management program.

Planning on the Courthouse Steps: Inside Detroit’s Bankruptcy

  • Calvin Gladney, Mosaic Urban Partners; Georgetown Real Estate Program
  • Kevyn Orr, Former Emergency Financial Manager for City of Detroit


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