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Saturday, March 14 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Designing Tools for Designing Cities

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In the last century, we’ve learned a lot about the death and life of great cities. We have a language and a movement around building these great cities. But none of this knowledge is reflected in the tools urban planners use to create them. Instead, our master plans are built in excel.
Why is there this gap? And where do we go from here?
We’re a small team working inside Code for America to completely rethink urban planning tools. Our first effort is a modern transit planning tool: Transitmix. It’s already been used by professionals to redesign multiple major transit networks. And surprisingly, it’s made transit planning accessible enough that over 80,000 new bus routes have been proposed by regular people.
We think this is just the start. In this panel, we’ll talk about why and how modern tools and technology have such a big impact in transit planning, and how future tools could transform the field of urban planning as a whole.

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Tiffany Chu

Designer, Urbanist, Code for America
Tiffany is a designer, researcher, and urbanist. Currently at Code for America, she is passionate about building livable cities and helping cities become more accessible through design and technology. Previously, she launched the UX research practice at Zipcar to design the future... Read More →
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Ainsley Wagoner

Designer, Code for America
Ainsley Wagoner is a 2014 Code for America Fellow and Interaction Designer in San Francisco. She believes all people deserve good, thoughtful, user-centered design - from the design of our cities to the taps of our apps.

Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 210