5th Annual Forum Agenda

Imagine 2060: Delivering Tomorrow's Cities Together

Wednesday, June 28th 

9:00AM - 2:30 PM MOBILE WORKSHOPS (Invitation only)

The City of Ever-Evolving Global Logistics: A look at the state-of-the art intermodal logistics systems and how these shape the city around them. Visit the port’s sustainable freight programs, environmental development programs, clean air programs, and emission reduction programs, as well as the companies that support these global pathways.

A River and Reimagined Neighborhoods: A look at how the city is reestablishing a connection with the river as a means of rejuvenating the urban environment and how local culture and the arts are totally transforming underinvested communities for the better.

6:00 - 8:00 PM OPENING RECEPTION AND DISCUSSION: Imagine 2060: How Waterfronts Engender City Growth, Health and Overall Global Competitiveness

Reception Host: USC Marshall’s One-year, Mid-career MBA Program (IBEAR MBA)

Location: The Amy King Dundon-Berchtold University Club of USC
705 West 34th Street
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1541

Master of ceremonies: Richard Drobnick / Director / USC Marshall School of Business IBEAR MBA

Opening Remarks: Stephen M. Kadenacy / President and Chief Operating Officer / AECOM 

Nicholas Brooke / Chairman / Hong Kong Harbourfront Commission and Chairman / Professional Property Services Limited
Barbara Romero / Deputy Mayor of City Services / Los Angeles

Thursday, June 29th 

8:30 - 9:00AM Registration and Breakfast
Location: California Science Center - Wallis Annenberg Building,
700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, California

9:00 - 9:20AM Welcome and Introduction 

Stephen Engblom / Global Director, Cities / AECOM
Jonathan Karp / Executive Director/ Asia Society Southern California
Matt Petersen/ Chief Sustainability Officer / City of Los Angeles

9:20 – 10:05AM Opening Panel: Imagining Tomorrow's Waterfront Cities

Waterfront sites in many cities are facing numerous challenges, such as road access, remaining contamination, and industrial or crumbling infrastructure. At the same time, natural and creative spaces are in high demand by citizens looking to rest up during the precious little downtime in their busy lives. Renovation and creative use of waterfront sites have the potential to revitalize cities while providing health and economic benefits.  How can we better improve accessibility while designing creative and engaging urban waterfronts? How can we better foster a sense of place within communities? How can we empower or inspire communities to ignite public imagination? How can collective place-making play an important role during such a process?

Patrick Condon / Chair of Urban Design Program / University of British Columbia
Kian Goh / Assistant Professor of Urban Planning / UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Jacinta McCann / Executive Vice President / AECOM
Ed Reyes / Former City Councilman / Los Angeles City Council

10:10 – 10:50AM Integrated Solutions for Healthy Urban Water and Air

Cities around the Pacific Rim are thriving on many different fronts, such as economy, culture, and scientific and technological innovations. At the same time, clean air and effective water systems are among the most challenging urban situations. It is a critical part of the daily existence of all people who work, live, and travel in cities. The shortage of water, alongside deteriorating water and air quality, has resulted in significant impacts on human health. At the same time, it reduces a city’s competitiveness in retaining talent and attracting investments. How can we improve urban water and air quality, and therefore urban health, to create healthy and competitive cities? What are individual companies and nonprofit organizations doing to make changes? What are some of the strategies being developed and what is possible in the future?

Richard Drobnick / Director / USC Marshall School of Business IBEAR MBA
Mark Gold / Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment & Sustainability / UCLA
Andy Lipkis / Founder, President / TreePeople
Sean Quinn / Sustainable Design Leader / HOK
Wade Rose / Vice President, External & Government Relations / Dignity Health

10:50-11:00AM Break

11:00 – 11:45AM Future of Mobility

Countries and individuals depend on transportation for economic development and access to various resources. For all of its benefits to the nation and individuals, however, transportation imposes large costs—lost time in traffic congestion, deaths and injuries from accidents, and the release of greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are among the largest ports in the United States and are widely known for their air quality impacts. To reduce air pollution in and around the ports, the Port of LA is currently demonstrating a catenary system-overhead electric lines-that would enable trucks to operate in electric mode when in proximity to the port. Meanwhile, other measures like ElecTruck technology have also been implemented at the port. These technologies, together with rideshare technologies (i.e. Uber or Lyft), driverless cars, new transport concepts (i.e. hyperloop or Internet of Vehicles), are transforming our transportation landscape to one that is less congested, more efficient, less polluted, and has fewer accidents.  Where is the urban mobility revolution headed? What are the benefits and challenges of the Internet of Vehicles? How can the public and private sector work together to promote a multi-modal, highly efficient, and low carbon mobility system? What impacts will this have on the mobility of our passenger and freight?

Andrew Bui / Project Manager / AECOM Ventures
Jennifer Cohen /  Director of Government Affairs / Los Angeles Department of Transporation
Tian Feng / Chief Architect / BART
John F. Kwant / Vice President / City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility, LLC
Stella Li / President / BYD Motors
Brian D. Taylor / Professor of Urban Planning, Director, Institute of Transportation Studies / UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

11:45 – 12:05PM Lunch Presentation

Peter Calthorpe / Founder / Calthorpe Associates

12:05 – 12:50PM Lunch

12:50 – 1:30PM The Future of Urban Housing

Like Los Angeles, most major cities are experiencing severe housing shortages. With the World Health Organization predicting a global urban population of 6.4 billion by 2050, many cities’ architects and planners are looking at ways to turn neglected urban spaces, often on our waterfronts, into mixed-use neighborhoods. However, these neighborhoods often have extreme pressure to deliver maximum market rate housing. This panel will look at innovative programs around the world that have been designed to develop affordable housing, including workforce housing inclusion programs, micro-unit building designs, infill housing, land trusts, co-op housing, co-living spaces, and pod-share communities. It will also address the much maligned “social housing” or “low income” housing.

What are the pros and cons of these kinds of housing solutions? What will future urban housing look like? Are there any other creative and feasible solutions we can consider?

Paul Bunje / Chief Scientist / Domain Impact Strategy, XPRIZE
Patrick Condon / Chair of Urban Design Program / University of British Columbia
Steve Kellenberg / President / Kellenberg Studios
Michael Mehaffy / Director/ Future of Places Research Network
Deanna Weber / Principal / AECOM

1:35 – 2:15PM High Performance Water Systems for the Built Environment

Projections from the 2030 Water Resources Group suggest that the global gap between water demand and supply could be as large as 40% by 2030. While many cities are facing severe water shortage, they are also facing the challenges of urban flooding arising from extreme weather events. The need to confront both water shortages and urban flooding has created a huge headache for many city planners, but has also become an opportunity to introduce a series of new urban designs such as bioswales, green streets, and rain gardens. Meanwhile, through a combination of rainwater harvesting, aggressive conservation, and water recycling, buildings can also achieve self-sufficiency from the water “grid” and attain their Net Zero Water goal.

How can we foster an environment to realize the highest possible performance of our water systems? How can we make Net Zero Water buildings a tangible reality for most of today's buildings? How can we also empower homeowners and neighborhoods to come up with novel solutions?

Martin Adams / Chief Operating Officer / Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Hilda Blanco / Interim Director / USC Center for Sustainable Cities
Omar Moghaddam / Senior Manager, Construction Project Management / AECOM

2:20 – 3:00PM Future of Working Waterfronts- Imagining New Economies

A city’s economy has historically been tied to its waterfronts, which play a key role in the global economy. As we enter the next economic revolution where robotics and automated logistics and manufacturing take hold, how well are our cities positioned to compete in the global market while creating new jobs and economic development?

How do cities create new jobs? What jobs will be normal in 20, 40 years? What impact will such major initiatives as re-shore manufacturing in America and an evolution from Made in China to Designed in China have on the global patterns of manufacturing, logistics, and waterfronts?

Stephen Cheung / President / World Trade Center Los Angeles
Craig Holland / Ports, Marine Market Sector Leader / AECOM
Jonathan Rosenthal / Chairman / TTSI
Gene Seroka / Executive Director / Port of Los Angeles
Shan Wenhui / Founder / UrbanDATA

3:00 – 3:10PM Break

3:10 – 3:50PM Next Generation Capital and Finance Partnerships

Cities and the public sector in general often lack access to the latest technology, capital, and expertise. The role of the private sector, from small family-owned firms to multinational corporations, is essential to improving water, electricity, offices, housing, and transit infrastructure. At the same time, private sector investments are sensitive to price and uncertainty factors in climate change, environmental degradation, and natural disasters.

How can the private sector best partner with the public sector to share ideas, expertise, technology, and funding in pursuit of tomorrow’s resilient, livable city? Can existing partnership models such as San Francisco’s “Eco Districts,” Siemens “NEWater” filtration system in Singapore, or Phillips “Mayors’ Lighting Partnership” be scaled globally or implemented locally?

David Abel / Chairman / VerdeXchange
Minh Le/ Former Deputy Director / Solar Energy Technologies Office, Department of Energy
Mark McComiskey / Head of Infrastructure, Senior Managing Director / AECOM Capital
Jonathan Woetzel / Director / McKinsey Global Institute

3:55 – 4:40PM Creating Unique Waterfront Cultures and Identities

Imagine the great cities of the world and you most likely conjure up an image of its waterfront. Rivers, bays, and lakes are the lifeblood of a city’s culture and identity. For waterfront cities, tourism and waterfront entertainment are also key drivers of their GDP.

This panel will look at a set of case studies from Panama City, Vancouver, Seattle, Hong Kong, and LA and explore how cities of the future will relate to and relay their water as a key part of their culture and identity.

Uwe Brandes / Executive Director of Urban and Regional Planning Program / Georgetown University
Nicholas Brooke / Chairman / Hong Kong Harbourfront Commission and Chairman / Professional Property Services Limited
Marissa Christiansen / Executive Director / Friends of the Los Angeles River
Nancy Michali / Associate Vice President, Urban Design / AECOM
Manuel Trute / Director of Urban Planning / Municipality of Panama City

4:40 – 5:00PM Closing Keynote and Remarks

Sean Chiao / President, Asia Pacific / AECOM
N. Bruce Pickering / Executive Director / Asia Society Northern California