April 25, 2018
4:00 - 8:30 p.m.
The Blackwell Hotel

What does the City of the Future look like? And what do cities have to do to prepare themselves for the future? The answers to these questions are not simple. They are complex, multidimensional and unique to every city as they work to address challenges connected to growth, changes in our climate, aging infrastructure, technological advancements and many others. Arriving at the right answers is crucial as cities compete on global stage to attract talent, companies and resources.

The 2018 Real Estate Conference will contribute to this conversation by bringing together experts who will discuss principles for planning and building resilient cities, the future of transportation infrastructure and the utilization of technology in the real estate industry.


Peter CalthorpePeter Calthorpe
Calthorpe Associates

Peter Calthorpe’s long and honored career in urban design, planning, and architecture began in 1976, combining his experience in each discipline to develop new approaches to urban revitalization, suburban growth, and regional planning. In 1983, Peter Calthorpe founded the award-winning firm of Calthorpe Associates devoted to sustainable urban design and planning globally. Throughout his career in urban design, planning, and architecture, he has been a pioneer of innovative approaches to urban revitalization, community planning, and regional design. For his contribution in redefining the models of urban and suburban growth, Calthorpe was awarded ULI’s prestigious 'J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development' in 2006. He is one of the founders and the first board president of Congress of New Urbanism. Mr. Calthorpe will discuss his principles for planning and building sustainable cities and transportation infrastructure.

Other sessions

  • Blockchain is coming. Is the real estate industry ready?

    Kevin Shtofman
    Manager, Real Estate Technology Strategy

    With the meteoric rise of some cryptocurrencies in the latter half of 2017, the blockchain technology that underpins them has become part of our everyday vernacular. However, blockchain technology—a digitized, distributed ledger that immutably records and shares information—is also seen as a potential disruptor in the commercial real estate space. Our speaker will discuss the potential for utilization of blockchain technologies in commercial real estate and the impact it might have on different sectors of the industry.

  • Panel: Transportation for the 21st century

    With the advent of new technologies promising to transform the way we travel, the conversation about autonomous vehicles and their impact on our transportation infrastructure often focuses on the positives – less need for parking, more efficient ride-sharing systems,  greater freedom of movement for certain populations. But there is also a growing realization that such conversation needs to address the other side of the coin as well. Our panel of experts will discuss what autonomous vehicles might mean for the future of transportation and what can be done to minimize the potential negative impacts on our cities.


    William Murdock
    Executive Director
    Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission


    • Peter Calthorpe, Founder and Principle, Calthorpe Associates
    • Lewis Fulton, PhD, Co-Director of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis
    • Jerry Walters, Partner, Fehr & Peers


The conference is an invitation-only event designed to bring together leaders from all domains of the real estate industry to engage in thought provoking conversations about the state and the future of the real estate industry.

If you would like additional information about the conference, please contact Jana Hrdinova at hrdinova.1@osu.edu