UIC Urban Forum

2017 Forum White Papers

White papers for the 2017 UIC Urban Forum:

Overview: The Infrastructure of Public Space

Author: Philip Ashton, associate professor of urban planning and policy (UIC)

Building on the themes of the conference, the author will prepare a paper that explores how and why we live and work within the built environment we enjoy.


White Paper #1

Author: Sanjeev Vidyarthi, associate professor of urban planning and policy (UIC)

The Built Environment: How Infrastructure Shapes City Design Today and Tomorrow. The focus of this paper is on the ‘hard infrastructure’, that is, on the investment in fixed assets designed to improve both the economic development opportunities of a city but also the design of cities. Hard infrastructure shapes the design of cities for generations. The built environment shapes social relations, mobility, and social justice. What is our experience and what have we learned?


White Paper #2

Author: Beverly Bunch, professor of public administration (UI-Springfield)

Planning and Financing Infrastructure in the Trump Years. The President’s call for a $1 trillion infrastructure plan has its historical roots in the massive infrastructure programs of the Great Depression, the Interstate Highway program of the 1950s, and the canal and railroad era of the 19th century. What has/can the administration learn from previous massive infrastructure programs and what might we expect as a national infrastructure program for the next decade?


White Paper #3

Author: Sean Lally, associate professor, school of architecture (UIC)

The Architecture of Tomorrow’s City. Cities are already pivoting to architectural design that is green, conserves natural resources, is integrated into the fabric of the community, and exploits the rapidly changing availability of advanced technologies. This paper explores the innovations in architectural design that will profoundly change tomorrow’s cities and the cityscape of the future. What will it look like and how durable will it be?


White Paper #4

Author: Charles Hoch, professor, college of urban planning and public affairs (UIC)

The Infrastructure of Play. Over a century ago, a rational plan of public parks within cities was deemed to be beneficial to the health and welfare of urban dwellers. Public parks and other amenities of play became standard features of city plans. Public art, music, theatrical productions and other displays of performance became critical parts of city plans. This paper explores the evolution of the institutionalization of public parks, theater and arts in city plans.