BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-The factors that lead
to more livable cities will be the topic of the third annual Livable
Cities Conference at Birmingham-Southern College April 11.
The keynote speaker will be Andres Duany,
founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and one of
the designers of more than 200 new towns, regional plans, and community
revitalization projects including Seaside, Fla., and locally, the
Town of Mt. Laurel.
The half-day of educational sessions will
address such issues as transportation and energy use, land use planning,
bicycle and pedestrian environments, sustainable communities, satellite
imaging, watersheds, and green areas.
The conference is being co-sponsored by
Birmingham-Southern College, Southern Environmental Center, Associated
Colleges of the South, and the Town of Mt. Laurel.
Other speakers will include Jennifer Greer,
gardening and environmental writer and co-author of Alabama Gardens
Great and Small; Jane Reed Ross, principal, Ross Kelly Landscape
Architects PC and expert in ecological "retrofitting"
and green area master planning; Steve Ortmann, senior project manager,
STV Inc., a New York engineering, architecture, and urban planning
firm; and Steve McKinney, GIS Database supervisor for the Storm
Water Management Authority.
For more information about the conference that will be held in BSC's
Norton Campus Center Theatre, call 226-4934.<