The Experiential Side of Transportation

American Planning Association Webinar

Originally Presented
October 18, 2019

As part of the PlanningWebcast series sponsored by the American Planning Association, Urban Design & Preservation Division, I partnered with my colleague Ian Lockwood to present to an audience of over 1,800 (the largest audience to date for the division) in October 2019.


The purpose of streets is changing. As they did for centuries before the era of the motor vehicle, many of our streets are returning to memorable multimodal corridors and better places for social and economic exchange. But, this return doesn’t mean our approach to street design should return to a century’s old approach. How we plan, design, and engage with people in streets design needs to evolve and we are seeing that happen today. Through these changes in our approach to transportation planning and design we are able to create environments that safely and comfortably allow for all the various modes and activities that happen in our streets in modern life. Two of the most important changes are: (1) interdisciplinary collaboration and (2) a focus on the experiential aspects of transportation. Interdisciplinary collaboration is essential to create smart street design solutions. The memorable experience of streets – arguably the largest part of our public realm – is born of collaboration between planners, designers, engineers, and stakeholders. Creating an environment of collaboration can be a challenge, but it is so important to do so from the beginning of a project. This session will explore how the transportation planning and design process is changing, the challenges to that change, and how we can continue to advance the process. Speakers will call upon their years of experience in transportation planning and design, highlighting the importance of creating the right team structure and a values-driven approach to street design.

We went into a great deal of detail over the course of the two hours but below are a few of the topical high points.

“Great webinar! I want to incorporate Path as Place guidance into our next comp plan update. Was the webinar recorded? Can you share the slides?”
Nicole Wynands

→ The presentation is available on YouTube Path as Place: The Experiential Side of Transportation

Slide 7: The progression from agrarian to urban set the stage.
Slide 9: Transportation innovation continued.
Slide 11: Innovation can create imbalances.
Slide 12: Unintended consequences can have decades of impact.
Slide 48: The demand for a new model is growing rapidly.
Slide 58: Path as Place is an effort to re-humanize transportation.
Slide 68: It starts with empathy and collaboration.
Slide 100: Changing our language is a critical first step.