2015 GPA Spring Conference in Review

Date :: May 8, 2015
Location :: Atlanta, GA

Nearly 150 planners attended the GPA Spring Conference on May 8th at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. The day began with our keynote address from Alexander Garvin, who traced the role leading planners and projects have played in shaping Paris (Baron Georges-Eugene Haussmann), New York (Robert Moses), Chicago (Daniel Burnham), and Philadelphia (Edmund Bacon).

An afternoon session gave an overview of the 2014 Planning Atlanta book, in which a dozen local planning practitioners and thought leaders trace the development of projects like Freedom Parkway and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. The authors presented in a Pecha Kucha style session, followed by a very lively discussion and debate amongst these experts and audience members.

Some of the other highlights included the 2015 Legislative Update, the Georgia Tech Sustainability Initiatives Mobile Workshop, and the session Beer By Design: Crafty Ideas for Crating a Beer Friendly City. Thanks to all of our organizers, session presenters, and attendees for making this a memorable conference!