Online Event

Urban Spaceship Conference

Presented by Greenfire

Event Details:

NAIOP Wisconsin & NEWaukee are excited to bring you Urban Spaceship presented by Greenfire, a day-long virtual urbanism conference that explores the intersection of people and place.

The conference will focus on holistic solutions, national trends, best practices and success stories that lead to action plans and spark ideas in the world of urbanism.

The Urban Spaceship conference will feature national and local speakers in urban planning, architecture, housing, development, transportation, placemaking, economic development, historic preservation, design, sustainability and more that have implemented tactics in their own communities and across the country.



Networking 8:30 – 9:00 AM 1 on 1 Networking
9:00 – 9:10 AM
Welcome to the Urban Spaceship Conference!
Jeremy Fojut NEWaukee
Jim Villa NAIOP WI
Panel (1 hour)
9:10 – 10:10 AM
Urban Renewal Through Community Partnerships
Kip Ritchie Greenfire Management Services
Allyson Nemec Quorum Architects
Keith Stanley Near West Side Partners
Joe Tesch (mod)
Potawatomi Business Development Corporation
Keynote (30 mins) 10:10 – 10:40 AM Joaquin Altoro WHEDA
Morning Breakout 10:45 – 12:15 PM
Urban Design +
10:45 – 11:30 AM Community Engagement: Using Art-Making to Engage, Educate, and Empower Latinos James Rojas Place It!
11:30 – 12:15 PM Co-Designing Black Neighborhood Heritage Conservation Emma Osore BlackSpace
Retail + Storefronts
10:45 – 11:30 AM Trends in Experiential Retail: Living in a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) World Melissa Gonzalez The Lion’esque Group
11:30 – 12:15 PM
Placemaking +
Arts & Culture
10:45 – 11:30 AM Jose Richard Aviles
10:45 – 11:30 AM Pride through Placemaking Ebony Ssali
11:30 – 12:15 PM Living in a Laboratory: Forward-thinking cities offer residents opportunities to weigh in, get involved Jason Yvixay Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
Lunch Break 12:15 – 12:30 PM
Afternoon Breakouts 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Housing +
12:30 – 1:15 PM A Path to Creative Deal-Making Eve Picker Small Change
1:15 – 2:00 PM
Brave New Home: Our Future in Smarter, Simpler, Happier Housing
Diana Lind Author, Brave New Home
Montavius Jones – Facilitator Cinnaire
Architecture + Design
12:30 – 1:15 PM Designing the World’s Tallest Timber Tower Tim Gokhman New Land Enterprises
1:15 – 2:00 PM
12:30 – 1:15 PM
Shaping our cities’ recovery to build a more equitable, sustainable, and people-focused future
Danny Harris Transportation Alternatives
Michael Bradley – Facilitator
1:15 – 2:00 PM
Closing Keynote 2:00 – 3:00 PM Equitable Development Lafayette Crump City of Milwaukee


Jason Syvixay
Principal Planner, City of Edmonton

Diana Lind
Author, Brave New Home

Eve Picker
Founder & CEO, Small Change

James Rojas
Founder, Placeit

Melissa Gonzalez
CEO, The Lion’esque Group

Tim Gokhman
Managing Director, New Land Enterprises

Danny Harris
Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives

Kip Ritchie
President, Greenfire Management Services

Joe Tesch
Director of Facilities, Potawatomi Business Development Corporation

Emma Osore
Arts & Community Development, BlackSpace

Montavius Jones
Development Associate, Cinnaire

Ebony Ssali
Brand and Creative Director, Ssali Media Group

Keith Stanley
Executive Director, Near West Side Partners

Allyson Nemec
Owner, Quorum Architects, Inc.

Urban Spaceship Conference

08:30AM - 02:30PM

Monday, November 9, 2020

Sign Up: $15 – $30


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