Makeover Montgomery Registration Now Open!

Registration Opens for Makeover Montgomery 3 Conference Scheduled for May 4 through May 6
Attend an exciting three-day conference exploring planning and design topics related to the sharing economy, social equity and transforming communities without transit

SILVER SPRING, MD – The National Center for Smart Growth and the Montgomery County Planning Department have opened registration for their conference, Makeover Montgomery 3: Balancing Change in America’s Suburbs, to be held from Wednesday, May 4 through Friday, May 6, 2016 in College Park and Silver Spring, Md. The 2016 event is also sponsored in large part by the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development, the UMD Urban Studies and Planning program, and the UMD Architecture program and follows similar conferences held in 2011 and 2014.

MM3 Registration
(Students:  Use discount code MM3Student to register for only $20!)

Attendees will hear presentations focused on innovations and new policy tools and strategies that can help transform our county, making it more exciting, equitable and attractive. Multiple session tracks are offered showcasing presenters from the DC area and across the nation.

Keynote Speaker Will Address Equitable Development

The conference will kick off on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning (3835 Campus Drive, College Park, MD) with a keynote address delivered by Karen Chapple. A professor of city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley, Chapple specializes in housing, community and economic development. She is the author of the 2014 book entitled Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions: Towards More Equitable Development. In 2015, Chapple launched the Urban Displacement Project, a research portal examining patterns of residential, commercial and industrial displacement, as well as policy and planning solutions.

Plenary Speaker Will Discuss Design Principles of Livable Suburbs

The conference sessions will begin on Thursday, May 5 at the Silver Spring Civic Building (One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD) and continue on Friday, May 6 at the same location. Setting the stage for the sessions will be plenary speaker, Stefanos Polyzoides of the Pasadena, California-based firm Moule and Polyzoides. A founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, this architect and urbanist has been at the forefront of the anti-sprawl movement in advocating for compact, mixed-use and walkable suburbs.

Over the past three decades, Polyzoides and his wife Elizabeth Moule have designed civic buildings, historic preservation and commercial projects, housing and campus and urban plans. As advocates for sustainable development, they have produced a variety of exemplary green buildings for university and institutional clients.

Polyzoides is a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Southern California and has been a visiting professor at several leading architecture schools. He is the author of several books, including Los Angeles Courtyard Housing: A Typological Analysis.

Lunchtime Presentation Will Examine the Future of Driverless Vehicles

On Friday, May 6, the lunchtime presentation, “A Roadmap for the Future: Planning for Driverless Vehicles,” will examine how autonomous vehicles will become a reality within the next few decades to transform the infrastructure of cities and suburbs. The panelists will examine implications of self-driving cars for planning and real estate, and the potential impact of driverless vehicles on car ownership, transit, parking, roads, commuting patterns and development. Lunch will be provided to registrants.

Conference Sessions Organized Around Three Themes

The conference sessions will be held on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building (One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD). Conference organizers are pleased to present an exciting lineup of regional and national experts to lead discussions on a variety of topics within the following tracks: Beyond Transit-Oriented Development (TOD); The Sharing Economy; and, Equity and Opportunity in the Suburbs

These themes address the challenges faced by planners and residents as they grapple with how to adapt to demographic shifts, changing housing preferences, and growing infrastructure costs in the suburbs – all while making communities more sustainable and equitable.

Conference sessions will address a variety of topics, including the impact of gentrification on neighborhoods, the role of public art in placemaking, shared housing for seniors, digital tools for civic engagement and others. This event will showcase ideas and opinions from some of the brightest planning minds in the country.

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Questions? Please contact Jason Sartori. 

MM3 Conference Details At-A-Glance:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7 p.m. Keynote Address at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Auditorium in College Park (3835 Campus Drive, College Park, MD).

Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6, 2016, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building (One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD).

The registration fee is $40 if you register by April 15. The fee increases to $50 after April 15; and $60 onsite. To register online, go to:

AICP CM and AIA CE credits are pending.