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Mayor Daley has been active with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the group meets in Chicago next week for a meeting celebrating the arts, architecture and the “design legacy” of the mayor.

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Washington, D.C. — More than 50 Mayors and design and development experts will convene at the Chicago Hilton April 27-29 for a National Summit on City Design to identify challenges, opportunities and funding sources for cities that work well. Participants will examine the power of arts and design to transform cities while celebrating the Mayors Institute of City Design (MICD) – a collaboration of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), and the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) – and honoring the design legacy of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

For 25 years, MICD has been the only organization that provides mayors an opportunity to learn how smart design can help to holistically solve problems in communities to create livable cities. Smart design is, fundamentally, a language of problem solving and through MICD, mayors learn to use smart design to identify ways to creatively reduce costs through innovation in areas such as public transit, downtown development infrastructure and sustainability.

During the two-day summit, mayors and design professionals will come together to discuss the successes and lessons from MICD, as well as the topics key to the future of American cities. The highlight of the session will be on its final day, April 29, where more than 40 mayors and 80 design professionals and scholars will honor Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley as he receives the Joseph P. Riley Award for Leadership in Urban Design. As Chicago’s longest serving mayor, Daley is described by USCM’s CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran as a “Mayor’s Mayor.”

On the first full day, April 28, the mayors and design experts will discuss design in relationship with struggling budgets and growing demands for transportation, development, and other challenges. On April 29th, Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and Charleston, South Carolina Mayor Joseph Riley, along with Marilyn Taylor, Chris Leinberger, Toni Griffin, and other design professionals, will present their joint conclusions to a panel of federal officials, including NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Transportation Under Secretary Roy W. Kienitz.

Also on April 28, summit participants will release an NEA Research Report that measures the economic impact of performing arts institutions on local economies and details the degree of citizens’ investment in the arts. Among the report’s findings is that the U.S. performing arts industry is supported by the nearly 8,840 organizations and generates nearly $13.6 billion in annual revenues.

The opening keynote address, titled “Culture Now: The Contemporary American Condition,” will be given by Thom Mayne, of Morphosis Architects, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design and President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Under Mayne’s leadership, with Karen Lohrmann, 14 UCLA M. Arch II students seek to spark transformative change on struggling U.S. cities.


** Indicates live webcasting of key sessions. Please join the Twitter conversation at #MICD50 and watch the daily mini interviews with mayors at


9:00 -10:45 a.m. **OPENING PLENARY


Jason Schupbach, NEA Design Director & Summit Moderator

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor, City of Burnsville and President, U.S. Conference of Mayors

Ronald Bogle, President and CEO, American Architectural Foundation

The Legacy of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design

Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor, City of Charleston

Video Presentation: 25 Years of the Mayors’ Institute of City Design

Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Address: USCM Vice President Los Angeles, CA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Keynote Address: Thom Mayne, Morphosis Architects and UCLA Distinguished Professor

“Culture Now: The Contemporary American Condition”

11:00–11:45 a.m. PRESS CONFERENCE

Release of NEA Report that Shows the Tremendous Economic Impact of the Arts on Communities – “Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Explore the

Value of Selected Arts Activities.”

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. **LUNCH

How Design Has Shaped Chicago

Lee Bey, Executive Director, Chicago Central Area Committee

Gerald Adelmann, President and CEO, Openlands

Barbara Gaines, Artistic Director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

2:00 – 4:15 p.m. AFTERNOON FORUMS: The following forums take place simultaneously.

Design and Transportation: Parking, alternative transportation, transforming old transportation infrastructure, greenways and blueways. Panel includes:

Manny Diaz, Former Mayor, City of Miami, USCM Past President (moderator)

Gabe Klein, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner

Jeff Tumlin, Principal, NelsonNygaard

Peter Park, Manager of Community Planning & Development, City of Denver

Roundtable Facilitator: Marilyn Taylor, Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Design

Design and Development: Transit-oriented development, downtown development, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, creative placemaking, leveraging waterfronts. Panel includes:

Michael A. Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia (moderator)

Mary Margaret Jones, President/Senior Principal, Hargreaves Associates

Richard Baron, Co-founder/Chairman, McCormack Baron Salazar

Mitchell Silver, Director, Department of City Planning & Urban Design, City of Raleigh

Roundtable Facilitator: Chris Leinberger, Visiting Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Design and 21st Century Challenges: Sustainable infrastructure, aging in place, smart cities, climate adaptation, safety and security. Panel includes:

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. (moderator)

Teddy Cruz, Estudio Teddy Cruz

John Tolva, Director of Citizenship and Technology, IBM

David Burney, Commissioner, Department of Design and Construction, City of New York

Roundtable Facilitator: Toni Griffin, President, Urban Design and Planning for the American City, Adjunct Associate Professor, Harvard GSD



Refining the Message: Working Session on Key Challenges and Opportunities in

Creating Complete Communities

Jason Schupbach (moderator)

Marilyn Taylor

Chris Leinberger

Toni Griffin

Mayor Nutter, Philadelphia, PA, USCM Second Vice President

Mayor Riley Former, Charleston, SC, USCM Past President & Founder MICD

Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, USCM Past President

10:00 a.m. Remarks: Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Forum Recommendations and Federal Response

Rocco Landesman, NEA Chairman

Roy W. Kienitz, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to the President at the Domestic Council

Shelley Poticha, Director for Office of Sustainable Communities and Housing, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development

Mayor Kautz, Burnsville, MN, USCM President

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles, USCM Vice President

Mayor Nutter, Philadelphia, PA, USCM Second Vice President

Mayor Riley Former, Charleston, SC, USCM Past President & Founder MICD


Participating Mayors to Honor The Design Legacy of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (Friday panelists will be available for questions)

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. **LUNCH: The Design Legacy of Mayor Richard M. Daley

Moderator, Tom Cochran, USCM CEO & Executive Director

Remarks of Appreciation of Mayor Daley:

USCM President Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor, City of Burnsville

USCM Vice President Antonio R. Villaraigosa

USCM Second Vice President Michael A. Nutter, Mayor City of Philadelphia

Presentation of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award for Leadership in Urban Design to Mayor Daley (Annual Award Sponsored by USCM and AAF for Mayors who display leadership in City Design).

USCM President Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor, City of Burnsville, USCM President

Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor, City of Charleston, USCM Past President

Ronald Bogle, President and CEO, AAF

Remarks by Richard M. Daley, Mayor, City of Chicago, USCM Past President

Keynote Address by Rocco Landesman, Chairman, NEA

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