A speaker series honoring Robert Taylor 

CIVIQ is a quarterly event which introduces and humanizes national and international movements in urban design by showcasing visionary work being done by practitioners in other cities.
With each free and public event, we aim to position Chattanoogans of all stripes to leave inspired, informed, and activated. More than a lecture, each event is intended to equip the city to think differently about challenges faced in our community. 

Upcoming Speakers

florence williams: the nature fix

November 8th, 2018

Florence Williams is a journalist, bestselling author, podcaster and public speaker. She is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York TimesNew York Times MagazineNational Geographic, The New York Review of BooksSlate, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. She is also the writer and host of the new Audible Original series, Breasts Unbound, as well as Outside Magazine’s Double-X Factor podcast. Her public speaking includes keynotes at Google, the Smithsonian, the Seattle Zoo, the Aspen Ideas Festival and many other corporate, academic and nonprofit venues.

Past Speakers

Veronica o. Davis: people-centric planning

August 2nd, 2018

Veronica has experience in both urban planning and civil engineering. She is a transportation guru who uses her knowledge to spark progressive social change. As Co-owner and Principal of Nspiregreen, she is also responsible for the management of the major urban planning functions such as transportation planning, policy development, master planning, sustainability analysis, and long range planning. She is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia.

In July 2012, Veronica was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House for her professional accomplishments and community advocacy, which includes co-founding Black Women Bike.


Chuck Marohn: neighborhoods first

May 3rd, 2018

Charles Marohn - known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues - is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He is the Founder and President of Strong Towns. 
Marohn has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.
Marohn is the lead author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns — Volume 1Volume 2  and Volume 3 — as well as the author of A World Class Transportation System. He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America and in 2017 was named one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen.


ryan gravel: where we want to live

February 8th, 2018 

Ryan Gravel, AICP, LEED AP, is an urban planner, designer, and author working on site design, infrastructure, concept development, and public policy as the founding principal at Sixpitch. His master’s thesis in 1999 was the original vision for the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway that with fifteen years of progress, is changing both the physical form of his city and the decisions people make about living there. Now a $4 billion public-private investment in the early stages of implementation, the project’s health and economic benefits are already evident through record-breaking use of its first section of mainline trail and $3.1 billion of private sector redevelopment since 2005.


Jarrett walker: transit truths

November 16th, 2017

Named as one of Planetizen's "100 Most Influential Urbanists," Jarrett Walker is an internationally recognized guru in transit design. As a consultant, he is challenged to seek efficiency among a complex and ever-changing network of constraints faced by municipal transit systems. As an urbanist, he sees transit as a tool enrich communities.

About Robert Taylor

Rob Taylor was an inaugural staff member of the Chattanooga Urban Design Studio established in 1981, where he worked as an urban designer. In 1998 he established CityScape, a consulting firm offering project management services as owner’s representative for institutional and governmental clients for coordination of real estate development projects. Rob served as Director of Urban Planning and Development for River City Company from 1990-1998. He is also a former Board Chair of the Lyndhurst Foundation. CIVIQ was established to honor Mr. Taylor’s commitment to using urban design to make Chattanooga a great city for all.