THE NATIONAL SUMMIT ON DESIGN & URBAN MOBILITY WILL INVESTIGATE the intersection of public policy, innovative technology, and urban design to support the future of mobility in cities.


Read the final report here

Click here to read the final report from the National Summit on Design & Urban Mobility.

press release on FINAL Report

Click here to read the press release announcing the release of the final report. 





Advisory Partners


summit Delegates include:

  • City, state, and national governmental officials;

  • Design professionals with expertise in urban design, transportation planning, engineering, landscape architecture, and real estate development;

  • Representatives from technology companies engaged in creating innovation in transportation;

  • Philanthropists, corporations, and individuals interested in shaping solutions for mobility and the quality of life in cities.

  • This is an invitation-only event; no new delegates are being accepted at this time. 

Photo: Brook Ward


About the Summit

On September 14, 2016, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto called an Uber and made history. At that moment, the mayor became the first customer to take a ride in a driverless car and changed the way we perceive the future of mobility. Given the rapid pace of autonomous and connected technological advancements in mobility, it won’t be long before rides like Mayor Peduto’s are no longer newsworthy but the norm. As advances in the deployment of autonomous vehicles increase, it is time to more deeply explore how these innovations will redefine mobility in – and the design of – cities.

In May of 2017, the American Architectural Foundation (AAF), in association with Mayor Bill Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh, will convene a National Summit on Design & Urban Mobility, with a focus on the nexus of public policy, urban planning, and innovative technology.

Over the past two years, AAF has engaged with mayors, city managers, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and transportation experts to assess the opportunities and challenges presented in cities by the introduction of transportation innovations, including autonomous transportation. It is now time to elevate the conversation about this rapidly evolving technology and its impact on cities by bringing together the perspectives of public policy and urban design leaders with those at the forefront of this technology revolution. The objectives of the Summit are to create recommendations, strategies, and ideas that lead to the best outcomes for cities and citizens. Because Pittsburgh has become the epicenter for autonomous transportation, it is the natural place for this national Summit to be convened.

Read Mayor Peduto's press release announcing the Summit here. 


May 10-12, 2017