From “hard infrastructure,” such as roads and bridges, dams and canals, to “soft infrastructure,” like parks and town squares, public art and rails-to-trails, a city’s overall infrastructure has a significant influence on daily life and links its residents, neighborhoods and businesses.
The former category features key facets that drive economic development and growth, while the latter type of infrastructure serves to improve residents’ quality of life.
The planning of projects where people work and play, and making well-designed connections between both, is often a political tug-of-war due to the intersection of public policy, markets and aesthetics.
Given the important role of infrastructure, the 2017 UIC Urban Forum is designed to raise issues related to uniting hard and soft infrastructures, the built environment’s lasting impact on a city and its people, opportunities for economic development, and the future of city design.
Doors open on Thursday, September 14 at 8:30 a.m. All attendees must register online prior to the forum. For the Forum agenda, list of speakers and to register your attendance, visit UICUrbanForum.org.
Tickets are $25 for the general public. Admission is complimentary for all Chicagoland faculty and students. Bring a school ID for free admission. Advanced registration is required: UICUrbanForum.org
Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board
Michael D. Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago