Gulf Coast Green 2019
Crossroads: Inclusive Exchange


Analyzing and Designing Connectivity for Green Cities


Connectivity and access, among people’s homes, jobs, schools, and other destinations, are cornerstones of high quality urbanism. Offering a variety of connections using a range of modes of travel leads to greater sustainability, improved health, economic growth, and overall higher quality of life. This presentation will show how to analyze existing connectivity and access in a city or region, and then how to improve access and maximize connectivity, through a series of urban planning projects such as transit network design, hike-bike network design, street design, thoroughfare planning, and destination access.



David Copeland

David Copeland Loredo is a Designer and Planner at Huitt-Zollars. In 2016, he graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Energy and Sustainability. His planning work includes projects with the City of Dallas Department of Public Works, City of Denison, Lamar University, and most recently with the Galveston Roundtable of Foundations developing a community-led vision for the future of the Galveston Island. David is also an avid cyclist and member of Bike Houston.


Corey Phelps

Corey Phelps is an Architectural Intern and Urban Planner at Huitt-Zoliars. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a Master of Architecture from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He has resided in Houston, Texas for the past three and a half years. He has worked at a variety of design scales, ranging from a planning initiative for local greenways across Houston with Houston Parks Board to designing resorts in the mountains of Uzbekistan. 


Tanvi Sharma, AIA

Tanvi Sharma, AIA, is an Architect and Urban Planner at Huitt-Zollars. Since graduating from Rice University with her Bachelor of Architecture in 2015, her work at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Huitt-Zollars has ranged in scales from mid-rise senior living, to high-rise mixed-use towers, to city-wide planning documents. Her most recent work has focused on interdisciplinary resilience research and planning in the Houston Region and transit network planning the Twin Cities. She also recently presented at an H-GAC conference on 
"Instant Impact Projects." Tanvi volunteers as the Mentor Program Coordinator at Chinquapin Preparatory, a low-income boarding school.


Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP

Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP is Vice President and Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars, working on land use, transportation, and open space. His recent work includes plans for Houston Parks Board and Buffalo Bayou Partnership and project management of a consortium of researchers addressing flooding in Houston. He teaches at Rice University, served on the board of Houston METRO from 2010 to 2018, and has contributed to APTA and NACTO standards. Christof holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Rice. His book “Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit” was published in October by Island Press.

Time and Location


1:10pm - 2:00pm

CE Credit