Accommodating Urban Warehouses in City Planning

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This is a past event.

University Gateway – Unit A , Conference Room 100B

New types of warehouses are a growing element of the urban landscape, as a result of demands from e-retailers, and instant and parcel delivery providers. Amazon uses ten urban facilities across the Los Angeles metro area from which employees or Amazon Flex workers and small delivery companies pick up and deliver parcels in the neighborhood. An underground multi-story logistics hub is under construction in the central area of Paris. Using examples from several cities in Europe, the presentation will identify challenges posed by logistics buildings in dense urban areas; it will present zoning and planning policies addressing the need for more integrated warehousing facilities, with reduced environmental impacts and better aesthetics. Revision of building codes, building permit processes, and design standards for warehouses in unconventional urban areas will be presented.

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Laetitia Dablanc is a Professor at the University of ParisEast/Institute of Science and Technology for Transport (IFSTTAR) and a member of MetroFreight, a VREF Center of excellence in urban freight research. She leads the Young Initiative of the World Conference of Transport Research Society. Her areas of research are freight transportation, freight and the environment, urban freight and logistics, freight policies, spatial issues related to logistics. She received a PhD in transportation planning from Ecole des Ponts-ParisTech, and a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from Cornell University. She was initially trained in policy analysis and economics at Science Po Paris.


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Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Free Food


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus

Price School of Public Policy
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