Seaside Institute to Host Three-Day Symposium

Seaside Institute to Host Three-Day Symposium

“Transforming Communities Through New Urbanism”

 The Seaside Institute will host a three-day symposium from Saturday, September 14 through Monday, September 16, 2019. Titled, “Transforming Communities Through New Urbanism,” speakers from around the world will be in attendance to address the key factors, challenges and solutions in transforming communities for long-term success.

Each day of the symposium, speakers will focus on a distinctive component of transformation while also giving those in attendance the opportunity to network with other industry professionals working toward the same goal. The three days will also be comprised of walking tours of Seaside, a book signing, and various opportunities to interact with the speakers in either a round-table or deep-dive discussion at the end of each day.

Speakers confirmed to attend include:  Mikael Colville-Andersen, CEO of Copenhagenize Design Company; Victor Dover, Principal Lead of Dover, Kohl & Partners; Rick Hall, Hall Planning & Engineering; Lebron Lackey, Mexico Beach Homeowner; John Lettieri, CEO of Economic Innovation Group; Mike Lydon, Principal of Street Plans Collaborative & Seaside Prize Fellow 2017; Jason Roberts, Executive Director of Better Blocks; Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Former Mayor of Charleston, SC, The Citadel; John Robert Smith, Former Mayor of Meridian, MS, President and CEO of Reconnecting America; Ryan Streeter, Director of Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute; and Quint Studer, CEO of the Studer Group.

Registration is now open until September 1, 2019. To register for the event or to learn more, visit the Seaside Institute website at or email

 About the Seaside Institute

The Seaside Institute is the official nonprofit organization of Seaside that was founded by Robert and Daryl Davis in 1982. The purpose of the organization is to promote buildable, sustainable places through design and education, using Seaside as a living laboratory. The Institute offers a wide variety of events that are open to the public or held exclusively for their members. To donate and/or join the Seaside Institute, please go to


Saturday: Transformation After Disaster Panama City Rebirth After Hurricane Michael

  • Mikael Colville-Andersen- CEO of Copenhagenize Design Company

  • Victor Dover- Principal Lead, Dover, Kohl & Partners

  • Rick Hall- Hall Planning & Engineering

  • Lebron Lackey- Mexico Beach Homeowner-Hurricane Michael Survivor

  • Two- 1-hour Screenings of a Life-Sized City, by Mikael Colville-Andersen

    Saturday- each screening is a different episode

  Sunday: Economic Transformation Revitalizing the Community Through Innovative Enterprise

  • John Lettieri- CEO-Economic Innovation Group

  • Mike Lydon- Principal-Street Plans Collaborative

  • Jason Roberts- Executive Director- Better Blocks

  • Ryan Streeter- Director of Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise      Institute

  • Book Signing

  • Walking Tours of Seaside

Monday: Bringing It All Together Mayors and Govt Officials who have created success in their Communities

  • Mayor Joseph P Riley, Jr- Charleston, SC; The Citadel

  • Mayor John Robert Smith- Meridian, MS; Pres. & CEO of Reconnecting America

  • Quint Studer- CEO-Studer Group

  • More…

  • Closing Reception



Seaside Institute to Host Three-Day Symposium

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