October 30 through November 2
Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Pennsylvania
It is our belief that this theme properly captures many of the most significant emerging trends in planning practice, theory, research, and instruction. Planning practice and theory are becoming more global, particularly around observations on urban settlement forms and best practices. Planning is also becoming more participatory, whether through social media or the advancement of women and diverse minorities and interest groups in civil society. Like all professions, planning is also becoming more digital, both in terms of the availability of near-real time digital data to end users and on the emergence of data mining and other algorithms for processing, analyzing, and applying such data. The confluence of digital technologies and participation is also making planning more personal, with everyday people emerging as stakeholders and lay-planners. Last, and most importantly, like all professions in this increasingly competitive and monetized world, planning has to prove it’s worth every day, and this forcing planners in both academia and the professions to become more outcome-oriented. Individually, all of these trends are positive, but in combination, it remains to be seen how they play out. The 2014 Conference will develop these themes to take stock of where planning has been, as well as where it is going.