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August 18TH, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

The Future of Transit, Post-Pandemic

Presented in partnership with Landscape Forms

Mobility and transit have a whole new significance in a post-COVID-19 world. While mass transit is absolutely vital to the reopening of cities and a revival of the economy, it also presents significant challenges for public health. Other transit models—from ridesharing to driverless cars—will also have to adjust to the new normal. How will COVID-19 shape the future of mass transit and mobility?

Sponsored By

Landscape Forms

The Future of Transit, Post-Pandemic

 

Host

773.avinash Rajagopal Headshot Credit Nicholas Calcott

Avi Rajagopal

Editor in Chief
Metropolis

Avinash Rajagopal is the editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine. He is an expert on product and interior design in the digital age, as a historian of contemporary design as well as a frequent speaker at key industry events. He is the author of Hacking Design (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2013). and has contributed to numerous volumes on architecture and design, including Adhocracy (Istanbul Design Biennial, 2012), Making Africa (Vitra Design Museum, 2015) and Atlas of Furniture Design (Vitra Design Museum, forthcoming). He has lectured on design history and writing at the School of Visual Arts, New York; the University of Texas at Austin; and the National Institute of Design, India.

Panelists

Allison Arieff

Allison Arieff

Senior Editor
CITYMETRIC

Arieff is senior editor at CityMetric. She’s written about architecture, design, and cities for numerous publications including California Sunday, the MIT Technology Review, Wired, and City Lab. She’s been the editorial director of the Bay Area-based urban planning and policy think tank, SPUR; contributing columnist to The New York Times; a former editor-at-large for GOOD and Sunset magazines; the senior content lead for IDEO; and editor-in-chief and founding senior editor of Dwell.

Allison is the author of Prefab and Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America and has contributed to and edited numerous books on architecture and design, including Airstream: The History of the Land Yacht, Hatch Show Print: History of a Great American Poster Shop, Block by Block: Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York, and The Future of Public Space. She lectures frequently on architecture, technology, design and cities.

James McGrath

James McGrath

Vice President
PERKINS AND WILL

James has more than 15 years of diverse experience in the planning, design, and construction of projects serving the public realm, including light rail, bus rapid transit, streetcar corridors, active transportation networks and facilities, complete streets, bridges, and urban open spaces. He brings a unique mix of technical knowledge that spans civil and structural engineering, traffic signal design and operations, transit architecture, green infrastructure, and station-area and urban district development.

Trained as an architect, landscape architect, and urban designer—but practicing within the planning and civil engineering fields—James works beyond the bounds of traditional planning and design, synthesizing ideas and leading teams toward integrated, sustainable, and refined urban infrastructure solutions. James is a Principal at Nelson\Nygaard and Vice President at Perkins and Will, combining the expertise of each firm to tackle the complexities of urban transit corridor design and development projects.

Nolan Lienhart

Nolan Lienhart

Principal and Director of Planning & Urban Design
ZGF

Nolan is known for his strategic ability to bring together clients with community stakeholders and the diverse disciplines that are critical for the successful planning of major district-scale developments, as well as site-specific projects. His background in politics in Washington, D.C., give him a perspective on the role of public policy in supporting livable communities and the complementary relationships among public, private, and institutional sectors. Nolan has a depth of experience in transit-oriented development, master planning, and urban design, which includes riverfront development, mixed-use neighborhoods, and campus planning.

Darin Piippo

Darin Piippo

Market Specialist
STUDIO 431, LANDSCAPE FORMS

Darin drives new business and strategic partnerships for Studio 431 & Landscape Forms, focusing on custom outdoor products with leading designers and clients within the transit industry. He has overseen the successful delivery of many innovative products for large transit projects with a leadership role in development and design strategy. Prior to joining Landscape Forms, Darin worked in design, development and project management in the design, real estate development and construction industries, striving to deliver optimal value for his clients. He is a LEED AP and graduated from Miami University (Ohio) where he received degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture.