New Webinar- Designing Places for People

Webinar Title: “Designing Places for People”

Date and Time: Tuesday June 23rd, 2015 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About the Webinar

America Walks’ summer series of webinars has been designed for the 25 appointed Fellows of the “Walking College,” but is open to the public.   The second webinar in the series, “Designing Places for People” takes a deeper look into the design and implementation of walkable communities.

Dan Burden, Director of Innovation and Inspiration with Blue Zones, has worked in 3,500 communities to transform streets and public spaces into livable, walkable communities that support healthy, affordable lifestyles. Along with Samantha Thomas, Blue Zones’ Built Environment Manager, Dan will teach us all to see through his eyes, as he surveys a desolate and abandoned downtown district, and visualizes its transformation into a modern, vibrant marketplace of human interaction – welcoming people of all ages, incomes, ethnicities, and religions.

Dan and Samantha will discuss the greatest tool available to urban design- the human foot and how to create rich, dynamic cities that people will fall in love with. Their discussion will offer an informative and entertaining demonstration on their work with street transformations and teach participants the most important elements to get people walking, economies thriving and people working together to redesign cities for a walkable future. By the end of this webinar, participants will have the tools and resources, including AARP’s Sidewalks and Streets Survey tool, to begin creating change in their own communities.

This webinar is the second in the “Walking College Webinar Series.” Please join us in July when walkability experts Mark Fenton will discuss policy approaches for changing communities and guides for getting involved.

About the Presenters

dan-burden-200x193Dan Burden is the newly-appointed Director of Inspiration and Innovation at Blue Zones. In May 2014, the White House recognized Burden as one of the top ten Champions of Change in Transportation, also named by TIME magazine as “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world,” and his peers at Planetzian list him as one of the 100 most significant urban thinkers of all time. Dan has relentless energy and has personally helped 3500 communities throughout the world make their means of transportation healthier, more active and affordable. Many of Dan’s streets designs and town centers are now celebrated in numerous publications and books and, of course, everyday by the millions of feet utilizing his designs.


Headshot_SamanthaThomas_cropSamantha Thomas is the Built Environment Manager, co-facilitating walkability with Dan Burden, active-living, safe routes to schools, and neighborhood traffic calming workshops. Working with the community, she develops community-led action plans spanning from Kauai, HI to Long Island, NY. She received her degree in Urban Design from the University of Minnesota. Samantha works to inspire residents and leaders alike to start any public project with an understanding of their shared values as the foundation for creating great public spaces.

With thanks:

We are grateful to the Centers for Disease Control, American Public Health Association, New Jersey Department of Health, and Every Body Walk! Collaborative for sponsoring this program.