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Arizona State University (top)

  • Arizona State University’s planning program gains new leadership, new faculty: Arizona State University, which offers a PhD in Planning, an accredited Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning, and a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning, has gained new leadership and several new faculty in the past year. Elizabeth Wentz took on leadership of ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning in Fall 2013, after having served as Associate Director for three years.  Her research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of geographic technologies with particular emphasis on how such technologies can be used to understand urban environments.
  • This fall, the school welcomes two new faculty members: Stewart Fotheringham joins us as a Professor with a specialization in computational spatial sciences. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Fotheringham is well known for developing local modeling of spatial relationships with geographically weighted regression.  He applies these techniques to health geography, transportation, migration analysis, house price analysis, retail geography and crime pattern analysis. Second, Deborah Salon joins us as an Assistant Professor with a specialization in transportation planning. Her research examines urban travel behavior and land use.  
  • Spring 2015 will see the arrival of Nathan Parker  as an Assistant Research Professor with a specialization in spatio-economic optimization. His primary research interests are in analyzing and quantifying the policies for alternative fuel infrastructure. 

Boston University (top)

California State University, Northridge (top)

 Cleveland State University (top)

Organized by MUPDD Professor Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University will host a conference June 5-7, 2014 on "Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities":

Columbia University (top)

  • This spring, the program offered seven studios for first-year students, including international studios in Tokyo, Japan, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Closer to home, the other studios addressed an array of challenging planning problems including bus rapid transit in Rockland and Westchester counties, privately developed in-fill housing on New York City Housing Authority property, the reuse and redevelopment of the former Farley Post Office into Moynihan Station, and planning for resilient economic development around Gowanus Bay in Brooklyn. The full studio reports can be accessed online:
  • Columbia sent twenty-two students and several faculty members to the National Planning Conference in Atlanta, GA. Additionally, Columbia Urban Planning graduate Candy Chang delivered the inspirational closing keynote. Chang discussed the role of public art in fostering community, detailing a few of her projects in New York and New Orleans, where she currently lives.
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development held the inaugural Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition this spring. Two Columbia Urban Planning students, Eric Blair-Joannou and Anna Oursler were members of the Columbia University/New York University team selected as runner up. Ohio State University comprised the winning team. The basis of the competition was to design and redevelop a 1770’s structure in Bergen County, New Jersey into a stable housing community for homeless veterans. The site, known as the Peter DeBaun House, witnessed multiple skiffs during the Revolutionary War though managed to survive the conflict and remain in the DeBaun family for 98 years. After various ownership transfers, the American Legion Post 269 of Emerson, NJ bought the house in the 1970’s, using the building as meeting facilities until 2012, when members chose to sell the house. Currently on the market, the pre-colonial home and the 1.62 acres of land on which it sits are threatened by lack of legal protection. The potential for restoration and revitalization is great, as the site is 45 minutes from Manhattan, located amidst a natural setting, and retains much of its original building fabric. The teams addressed the issues of effectively preserving a historic structure, creating affordable housing, and addressing needs of the homeless. The plans also dealt with practical issues of zoning regulations and financing opportunities. The teams were encouraged to be multidisciplinary and utilize design, planning, and finance into their proposals. Both Eric and Anna are pursuing dual degrees, in business and architecture, respectively.
Florida Atlantic University (top)
  • In collaboration with the School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) and the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES), John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at Florida Atlantic University will present a seminar Planning for Local and Regional Food System Change: Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies on October 23, 2014. The seminar will be held at the Herb Skolnick Center of the City of Pompano Beach, FL. The seminar is part of the Annual Redevelopment Program Series. The purpose of this seminar is to “introduce citizens, elected officials, professional staff and consultants the importance of incorporating food system issues into urban planning decision-making”. 
  • School of Urban and Regional Planning faculty Frank Schnidman recently published an article “A trip back in time, including Judge Charles D. Breitel’s rationale for his Fried French and Penn Central decisions” in Touro Law Review, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2014. The article was part of a symposium on the taking issue. The symposium was to honor the life’s work of Professor Fred Bosselman, reflecting on the 40 years of the taking issue since the publication of Bosselman’s book, The Taking Issue. 
  • On August 4, 2014, the founding faculty member of the School of Urban and Regional Planning, the School of Architecture, and the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University, Dr. David Prosperi, passed away at the age of 65. Dr. Prosperi published extensively and was a leading scholar in the area of growth management, economic development, and computer application. He was the Henry D. Epstein Distinguished Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning. Among his many outstanding achievements, Dr. Prosperi was the founding co-editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER). Dr. Prosperi will be forever remembered by the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University.  

Florida State University (top)

  • Alex Riemondy (MSP 2015), Chris Stansbury (MSP 2015), and Donald Morgan (MSP 2016) were selected as US Department of Transportation Dwight Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship recipients. The fellowships will provide  the students with the opportunity to conduct research on important transportation planning topics and support their participation in a national conference in Washington, DC.
  • Professor Petra Doan was selected by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Jewell to participate in a discussion in June in Washington, DC to provide guidance as the National Park Service (NPS) develops a study to raise the visibility of LGBT historical sites and increase the number of LGBT sites entered on the national register of historic places and designated as national landmarks. Currently there are only four LGBT properties on the national register and only a single landmark (the Stonewall Inn). The Gill Foundation has donated $250,000 to fund some of the background studies needed for LGBT historic properties to be properly identified and listed, and Professor Doan’s input is shaping this very important work by the NPS.
  • Lucas Lindsey (MSP 2014) has been selected as the state’s Student Planner of the Year by APA Florida, the state chapter of the American Planning Association. The APA Florida Student Planner of the Year Award recognizes a graduate student for outstanding academic achievement, support of planning, contribution to planning, and potential as a planning professional. In nominating Lucas, the faculty recognized him as one of the best and brightest graduate students ever to attend our program. During his time at FSU he won several awards, including the FSU AICP Outstanding Student Award and the APA Case Brief Award at the National APA Conference. He also presented at the state and national planning conference, including a session at National APA in Atlanta (with luminaries like former APA President Mitch Silver) to a crowd of several hundred on the future of the planning profession. Lucas now works as the Community Manager for Domi Ventures in Tallahassee, a business incubator in the city’s booming Gaines Street redevelopment area.
  • Assistant Professor Michael Duncan is the lead PI on a project funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Enhanced Mobility for Aging Population Using Automated Vehicles, to provide guidance on how autonomous and connected vehicle technologies might enhance mobility operations for certain segments of the population, including older adults and the transportation disadvantaged.  This research connects with efforts of the recently established , a USDOT funded University Transportation Center with a special focus upon the transportation needs of older adults. Department faculty members Tim Chapin and Lindsay Stevens serve as co-PIs on the project.
  • Professor Tim Chapin has been named Associate Dean for Development by the FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. Professor Chapin served the last six years as DURP’s Chair where he spearheaded the unit’s community outreach and development efforts. His portfolio will consist of managing college efforts to recruit and enroll master’s degree students, coordinating new initiatives to increase diversity among faculty and graduate students, working to get more graduate student support by increasing the visibility of our research capacity relevant to local, and state government agencies, and fundraising efforts for professional programs in the college.

George Washington University (top)

  • George Washington University will host, "Be at the Forefront of Your Profession," an information session for the Sustainable Urban Planning Master's degree program. The session is scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, May 15. For more information or to RSVP, please visit or call 202-973-1130.
  • A group of nearly seventy current students, prospective students and interested professionals gathered in the State Room of the Elliott School on Friday, April 18 for a research symposium hosted by the Sustainable Urban Planning Program.  The topic was Urban Quality of Life and the program’s director, Dr. John Carruthers, assembled some of the country’s foremost thought leaders on the topic. Attendees enjoyed presentations from Dr. David Albouy, a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Associate at the Center for Business and Public Policy; Dr. Mai Nguyen, a  faculty member in the University of North Carolina’s Department of City and Regional Planning; Dr. Albert Saiz, a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning; and Dr. Nancy Lozano, an economist in the Urban and Local Government Unit of the Finance, Economics and Urban Department. A networking reception in the City View Room followed and gave attendees the opportunity to interact with the speakers and introduced prospective students to the dynamic Sustainable Urban Planning community.

Georgetown University (top)

Honorary Doctorate awarded to Distinguished Urbanist: Georgetown university honored Marilyn Jordan Taylor with an honorary doctorate during the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 16, 2014. She was introduced by Uwe S. Brandes, executive director of the Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning program, sharing highlights of Taylor’s remarkable career. Read more here.

Georgia Institute of Technology (top)

Harvard University (top)



  • Neil Brenner, Professor of Urban Theory, published a edited new book, Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Berlin: Jovis, 2014) as well as an article co-authored with Christian Schmid, "The 'urban age' in question," in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.  In Fall 2013 he gave various keynote or public lectures:  at the Creative Time Summit in NYC; at the Oxford University Center for the Future of Cities; at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich; and in the Centenary Lecture Series, The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.  Details about these activities, including links to publications and videos of several lectures, can be found at the newly launched website of the Urban Theory Lab:
  • Professor Diane Davis has joined with Professor Ann Forsyth as co-PI of a three year project funded by Mexico’s National Worker Housing Agency (INFONAVIT) to explore new directions in social housing supply in the context of a major national initiative towards the re-densification of Mexican cities.  Davis also recently announced the Mexico City Initiative, a new project under her direction, which will provide summer stipend support for GSD students to conduct vulnerability mapping and document innovations in everyday urbanism in Mexico City. This spring Davis will be speaking at a plenary panel at the Latin American Studies Association titled “Latin American Urban Studies and Planning: Present and Future Research Directions” as well as presenting  her work in a symposium on Frederick Law Olmstead at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. Other spring conferences in which she will participate include a symposium on the future of the developmental state at the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; the “Inclusive Cities Conference” at Tufts University, a panel on Civil Society, Violence, and Resilience co-sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Kennedy School Latin American Human Rights Initiative; a conference on the “Legacy of the Orangi Pilot Project (Pakistan) and Architect Perween Reham” at MIT; and a day-long workshop on “Reconceptualizing the Urban/Advancing Urban Humanities Studies” at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Recent publications include “Urban Informality: Remnant of the Past or Wave of the Future” in the most recent issues of the Harvard Design Magazine and “Competing Globalizations: The Transformation of Mexico City’s Historic Center” in the architecture/landscape/political economy journal Scapegoat.
  • Ann Forsyth, with Diane Davis, Forsyth is principal investigator on a new multi-year project on sustainable urban development and housing in Mexico. Forsyth was also the 2014 Harry W. Porter, Jr. Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Virginia. In addition, she has recently published a number of articles in the areas of healthy communities, sustainability, and planning research (full details about collaborators are available on her web site These articles include: “Alternative Cultures in Planning Research: From Extending Scientific Frontiers to Exploring Enduring Questions” (Journal of Planning Education and Research); “Simple, Inexpensive Approach to Sampling for Pedestrian and Bicycle Surveys” (Transportation Research Record); “Effect of Street Connectivity and Density on Adult BMI: Results from the Twin Cities Walking Study” (Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health); “Patterns of Obesogenic Neighborhood Features and Adolescent Weight: A Comparison of Statistical Approaches” (American Journal of Preventive Medicine); “Adolescent Physical Activity and the Built Environment: A Latent Class Analysis Approach” (Health and Place).
  • Michael Hooper, assistant professor of urban planning, recently published an article in the journal International Planning Studies on the politics of renting in African cities. He also presented this research at the first meeting of the newly established UN-Habitat university network on informal urbanism. The meeting took place at the Technical University of Munich and Professor Hooper has since written two articles, published in the journals Topos and Garten + Landschaft, about the UN's efforts to advance scholarship and policy related to the topic of informal urbanism. Further afield, he recently received a Milton Fund Grant to begin a new research project on the politics of urban growth in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The first field visit to Mongolia took place in January and several MUP students are now engaged in fieldwork for the project.
  • Richard Peiser, Michael D. Spear Professor of Real Estate Development at GSD, is giving the keynote address at the annual meetings of the Urban Development Institute of Australia in Brisbane on March 26, 2014.  In November, he presented at the American Society of Landscape Architects annual meetings in Boston on the session, “Moving beyond the PVC Farm: Smart Growth Solutions to Stalled Communities.”  On the research front, he and Ray Torto are commencing a year-long research project on the Challenges and Opportunities of Mixed Use Subcenter Development, sponsored by Portman Holdings.  (Architect John Portman funded a new architecture chair at GSD last year.) Two recent papers that were published are ”Recovery Ratios in the Savings and Loan Crisis: Evidence From the Resolution Trust Corporation’s Sale of Bank-Owned Real Estate,” with Daniel Bergstresser, in Cityscape, the journal of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and “A General Model of Mortgage Failure Tipping Point with an Example from Southern California 2006-2007,” with Guoping Huang, Stephanie Rauterkus, and Grant Thrall in the International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis.  On April 25, 2014, Ray Torto, Don Conover, and he will lead a symposium on “Designing the Workplace of Tomorrow-Today” at GSD.  The symposium will feature the different perspectives of occupiers, designers, and investors.
  • Joyce Klein Rosenthal, assistant professor of urban planning, has recently received grants for research on the planning and governance of urban ecological infrastructure, and a seed grant on the planning and development of housing that may be resilient to coastal storms.  In the spring semester, she is teaching a project-based analytic methods of planning module.  Through their field research, students will advise the Harvard University Office of Sustainability on campus climate resilience and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety on questions related to personal preparedness and crisis communications. With Professor Diane Davis, she launched a new website discussing student and faculty research on risk and resilience: Rosenthal’s thesis student, Jennifer Haugh (MDes2) is a finalist in the Deans' Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge for her project, " Iconic Energy Consulting."  The project stems from her thesis research, "Please In My Back Yard: Using Public Art to Mitigate the Aesthetic Effects of Wind Turbines."

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (top)

Iowa State University (top)

Massachusetts Insitute of Technology (top)

In Memoriam: JoAnn Carmin: It is with deep sadness that we report the death of Professor JoAnn Carmin, our valued colleague, collaborator and friend, on July 15, 2014 of complications from advanced breast cancer. She had been fighting her illness for years, bravely and without self-pity through many treatments and much suffering, and continued her immensely productive work and mentoring of her students to the end.   Her courage, endurance and continued commitment to her work during her battle with cancer were extraordinary.
    JoAnn was an Associate Professor at MIT in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and conducted research around the world on environmental governance, policy and most recently on climate adaptation at the local level.  She was a leading scholar and top global expert, called upon for expertise by the World Bank, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the global league of cities addressing climate change (ICLEI) and other major institutions.  Most recently she was a lead co-author of an excellent chapter on adaptation for the American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Climate Change, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. 
    JoAnn earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees at Cornell University in management and organizational theory, where she took an early interest in the study of environmental citizen organizations and movements, environmental governance and environmental justice. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999, and while there she developed a particular interest in local environmental politics and the many citizen environmental movements emerging in post-Communist Eastern Europe, beginning with extensive field work in the newly independent Czech Republic. Her doctoral dissertation, supervised by Professor Richard (Pete) Andrews, was an early and important contribution to understanding of environmental movements and local governance in the Czech Republic, and began a substantial continuing research program expanding this work to the rest of post-Communist eastern Europe.  She taught first at Virginia Tech, and then at MIT, where she rose to the rank of tenured associate professor. She also was Director of the Program on Environmental Governance and Sustainability in MIT’s Center for International Studies, and gave strong leadership to the department’s graduate programs.
JoAnn became one of the early scholars to study the emerging responses of cities around the world to global climate change. At a time when both policy and academic discussions were centered almost exclusively on mitigating climate change by reducing carbon emissions, she took the risk of focusing on urban adaptation to climate change, one of the most important issues of the 21st century for cities around the world, whether or not mitigation efforts are successful.  In just a few years she pioneered a new field, including surveys of municipal governments around the world as well as case-study fieldwork on the initiatives of local governments on five continents. By the time of her death she was one of the world’s leading experts on urban policies for adapting to the growing risks of climate change. She served as lead author of the report of Working Group II of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (released in 2014), and coordinating lead author of the urban technical report for the 2011-12 United States National Climate Assessment, as Associate Editor of Urban Climate, and on the boards of many professional journals and scholarly organizations.
    JoAnn published four books, most recently Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Injustices (with Julian Agyeman) and Green Activism in Post-Socialist Europe and the Former Soviet Union (with Adam Fagan), both published in 2011.  Two earlier books were EU Enlargement and the Environment: Institutional Change and Environmental Policy in Central and Eastern Europe (with Stacy VanDeveer) and Collaborative Environmental Management: What Roles for Government? (with several co-authors). She also published a steady stream of scholarly articles, many of them co-authored with her students and other rising young scholars. At least as important in their impact were her reports for policymakers on urban climate change, including reports for the World Bank, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and others.
    As important as her scholarly contributions was her spirit as a human being, as a colleague and as a mentor. She cared deeply about her students, and set demanding and uncompromising standards of excellence for them while inspiring them to meet them. Through her close guidance to all students - and not only her own advisees - JoAnn was able to pass on her passion for equity, justice, and the environment, for civil society organizing, and for social science research of the highest quality. At MIT, she was known as the “research design and methods guru,” with students and colleagues seeking  advice and expertise from her with both respectful fear and enthusiasm.
JoAnn is survived by her sister, Cheryl Carmin, Ph.D., and by many close friends who became family over the course of her life and work and particularly during her most recent battle with cancer. Like her passion for her work and her students, she was deeply committed to her relationships with her extended “family.”  The MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning has set up a memorial website on which people can add comments and other remembrances about JoAnn, at <>. At her students’ initiative, the department also is establishing a memorial fund in her name to help support student research; Online donations can be made at:

New York University (top)

Student News: NYU Wagner congratulates our alumni for their recent appointments to leadership positions in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration:

  • Gary Rodney (MUP, 1999) was appointed as President of the New York City Housing Development Corp (HDC).

  • Blaise Backer (MUP, 2004) was named Deputy Commissioner of Neighborhood Development at the New York City Department of Small Business Services;

  • David Quart (MUP, 2003) was appointed as Chief of Staff and Deputy Commissioner of Strategy, Research & Communications at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development;

  • James Mettham (MUP, 2011) was named Assistant Commissioner for the Neighborhood Development Division at the New York City Department of Small Business Services.

  • Meryl Block Weissman (MUP, 2003) was named Assistant Commissioner for Performance Management and Analytics at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

  • Anthony Townsend, an MUP from NYU Wagner and Research Director at the Institute for the Future, has published Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia (W. W. Norton & Company, 2013). He is also directing a research project “Reprogramming Mobility” for the Rockefeller Foundation at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation.

Faculty news:

  • Professor Katherine O’Regan has been appointed as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

  • NYU Wagner’s Affiliated Professor and Furman Center Director Vicki Been has been appointed as Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

  • Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, edited a special volume of the Journal of Housing Economics on U.S. housing policy and has published articles related to foreclosures, housing policy and neighborhood change in the past year, in Urban Studies, Housing Studies, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Housing Economics, and Sociological Science.Professor Ellen was also appointed to the Implementation Advisory Board for Mayor de Blasio’s Housing Plan.

  • Professor Zhan Guo was promoted to associate professor with tenure in April 2014. He was awarded a NSF grant to study transportation infrastructure and social media under natural disasters, and recently published two articles, both in Transportation Research Part A

  • Professor Mitchell L. Moss, the Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, recently co-authored a report “A Port Authority that Works”, which was featured in a New York Times article. He also served on a panel convened by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to examine the governance of the agency.

  • Professor Paul Smoke has recently completed a number of articles and chapters on decentralization and local revenue generation in developing countries and has presented on decentralization, local governance or urban finance at conferences in China, Germany, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Spain and the UK since earlier this year.  He is principal author of an assessment of empirical evidence on the impact of decentralization on local development outcomes prepared for the Research and Evidence Division of the UK Department for International Development and is leading work to compare urban finance and governance for a World Bank report on urbanization in South Asia. 

  • Professor Rae Zimmerman has published two new papers in the past year: “Planning Restoration of Vital Infrastructure Services Following Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned for Energy and Transportation” in the Journal of Extreme Events and “Strategies and Considerations for Investing in Sustainable City Infrastructure” in The Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities: Strategies, Methods, and Outlook.Professor Zimmerman has also been awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation and from the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies.

  • The NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy was awarded the 2013 Empire Award for Leadership in Affordable Housing by the New York Housing Conference.

Savannah State University (top)

  • The Urban Studies and Planning program at Savannah State University (SSU) hosted an Urban Planning Conference titled “Resilience Planning for Historic and Vulnerable Communities” on April 16, 2014.  The conference was supported by SSU and the Adler Family Foundation, Inc.

  • Twelve lectures were presented by planners, emergency management experts, public administrators, college professors, and preservationists. All lectures are free and open to the public. For a full conference schedule, list of presenters and online registration, visit The lectures were also registered and approved by the American Planning Association for CM credits. Seventy planners and professionals from three states: Georgia, Florida and South Carolina and 200+ Savannah State University and Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) attended the conference.

  • During the plenary session, two urban planning awards were presented to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to structural and community resilience in the Coastal Georgia area. City of Savannah received Urban Planning Award for Structural Resilience for their outstanding contribution to structural resilience. Savannah Gardens is the thoughtful redevelopment of a mid-1940s east Savannah residential neighborhood that had declined into disrepair. A public-private partnership including the City of Savannah, a local non-profit, CHSA Development, Inc., redesigned Savannah Gardens with input from neighborhood residents as a “neo-traditional New Urbanism mixed-income, mixed-use property” that will contain about 500 new apartments and homes as well as retail space. The Chatham Community Organizations Active in Disaster (CCOAD) received Urban Planning Award for Community Resilience for their outstanding contribution to community resilience. CCOAD serves as an inclusive, collaborative organization for groups that have roles in disaster preparedness and response. COAD builds on the older concept of “Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster” to include public sector and business groups with volunteer organizations. Dr. Deden Rukmana (Associate professor and coordinator of Urban Studies and Planning program) and Dr. Otis Johnson (SSU Scholar-in-residence and former Mayor of Savannah) co-chaired the Conference Organizing Committee.

Texas A&M (top)

  • Planning faculty have two new books in Island Press’ fall catalog.  Department Head Forster Ndubisi will unveil The Ecological Design and Planning Reader, an annotated collection of “the best scholarly works on ecological design and planning published over the past 100 years,” according to Island Press’ catalog.  Also coming out through Island Press this fall is Planning for Community Resilience: A Handbook for Reducing Vulnerability to Disasters, co-authored by several planning faculty—Walter Gillis Peacock, Shannon Van Zandt, and John Cooper—along with former students Jaimie Hicks Masterson and Himanshu Grover (now at the University of Buffalo).  This book offers practitioners and stakeholders an inclusive approach to creating more disaster-resilient communities.
  • Hazards faculty continue NSF-sponsored disaster recovery research.  The stream of NSF funding for disaster research continues from planning faculty members.  Walter Gillis Peacock and Shannon Van Zandt are finishing up data collection on their $400,000 2013-2015 grant on the adoption and utilization of hazard mitigation practices along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.  This June, post-doctoral scholar Michelle Meyer, along with Peacock, Van Zandt, and John Cooper received a $250,000 new grant from the NSF examining organizational roles and collaboration in long-term disaster recovery, following on work the HRRC fellows have undertaken in recent years in West, Texas (fertilizer explosion), Granbury, Texas (tornado), Texas’ Rio Grande Valley (hurricane), Galveston, Texas (hurricane), Bastrop, Texas (wildfire), and Marion County, Texas (wildfire).   These projects have involved more than 50 MUP, undergraduate, and doctoral students since 2008.
  • Texas Target Communities partners with Extension to expand outreach. Last month, the Texas Target Communities made official its partnership with Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service. The partnership allows the program to expand to encompass all of the college's planning, design and construction resources, including its four academic departments and seven research centers and institutes. Coupled with its upgraded, multidisciplinary capacity, TTC's new partnership with AgriLife promises to expand the program's reach throughout the state, said Shannon Van Zandt, director of the college’s Center for Housing and Urban Development and coordinator of the Master of Urban Planning program, both major TTC resources.
    With agents in all 254 Texas counties, the almost century-old extension service provides a wide array of community-based education programs. “Many of the communities served by AgriLife are also dealing with development-related issues," said Van Zandt. “For instance, some communities want to preserve farmland or protect their community’s unique character in the face of surging development.”
    In addition to its expanded reach and continued provision of technical assistance, the revamped TTC program emphasizes training through courses and community workshops that address the most common obstacles to clients' success — lack of resources and expertise. TTC training helps communities build capacity — the ability to assess their needs, evaluate data and plan their futures, said John Cooper, associate professor of practice and leader of TTC outreach initiatives. With increased capacity, decision makers and citizens alike, informed by research and best practices, can collaborate to make important decisions about their community’s future.
    Capacity-building benefits all involved, said Van Zandt. "It's good for the community and a great learning experience for students. It allows them to work with a community, develop expertise and offer it to those that can't really afford to hire professional consultants.
  • Planning faculty celebrate 25th anniversary of the Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center. For 25 years, researchers at Texas A&M Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center have championed resilience, edging the focus of disaster planning away from its traditional realm in emergency management, in favor of helping communities and their leaders plan smarter — to avoid, absorb and otherwise recover from all kinds of disasters.
    “In the past, nobody was thinking about how to reduce the risk of a natural disaster,” said Walter Gillis Peacock, director of the HRRC, the only research center in the United States dedicated to researching vulnerability reduction and long-term recovery.
    “Losses wrought from natural disasters result largely from planning decisions made regarding where and how human settlements are built — they do not simply happen, showed a study on the rising cost of floods led by HRRC fellow Samuel Brody, professor of urban planning. Findings such as these, which help policymakers understand the consequences of land development in at-risk areas have been integrated into the HRRC’s Texas Coastal Communities Planning Atlas, a web-based geographic information system. The interactive atlas is layered with scientific data and findings concerning physical, environmental, policy and social patterns along the coast. It includes data on hazard vulnerability, impact and recovery over several years and can isolate data for a particular community, neighborhood, or even a home.
  • MUP Student Patrick Doty wins NOAA’s Knauss Coastal Management fellowship.  Patrick Doty, a Master of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University and nominated by Texas Sea Grant, received the prestigious Knauss Fellowship in Coastal Management.  He is now serving a two-year fellowship with the Puerto Rico Coastal Zone Management Program to design and create an online self-assessment and solutions tool to help coastal communities better understand the risk and impacts associated with coastal hazards, including climate change, and pilot this tool in coastal communities in Puerto Rico.
  • Phil Berke represents ACSP on the board of the National Academy of Environmental Design. The National Academy of Environmental Design is getting a boost in its efforts to advocate sustainable design and stewardship of human and natural environments from Phil Berke. Berke recently began a two-year appointment to the NAED as the representative of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. The NAED coordinates research, distributes study findings and makes recommendations to policy makers on reducing the negative impact of cities, buildings, landscapes and transportation on global climate.
  • Phil Berke co-authors NRC report urging change in coastal policy. To contend with the rapidly escalating threat of coastal flooding along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts, government agencies need to adopt a new, fundamentally different strategy focused on flood prevention rather than recovery, according to a recent National Research Council report that included contributions from planning faculty member Phil Berke. Berke, co-director of Texas A&M’s Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities and one of the nation’s top land use planning scholars, helped write the final report for the NRC research team that included coastal engineers, ecologists and environmental economists.

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University of California, Irvine (top)

  • New Hire: We are pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Marantz to the department. Nick studies the regulation of the built environment and completed his Ph.D. in urban planning at MIT in June 2014. He also holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Master of Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His experience in state and local government includes stints at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the New York City Mayor's Office. At MIT, he received the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship (2012) was an MIT Presidential Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.
  • New Research Projects: Four members of the department, along with several investigators from the School of Engineering, serve as co-PI's in a new National Science Foundation project called Flood RISE. This four-year, $2.8 million project seeks to understand the factors and conditions that allow parcel-level prediction of urban flooding in vulnerable communities. The project focuses on the two largest estuarine systems in Southern California - Newport Beach and the Tijuana Estuary - and examines the type of flood risk information needed to affect behavior change, investigates and tests communication strategies, identifies interventions that can be implemented to build community resilience and mitigate loss, and models how these interventions affect flood hazard impacts. PPD faculty involved in the project are Richard Matthew, Victoria Basolo, Doug Houston, and Dave Feldman, along with grad students Santina Contreras, Kristen Goodrich, and Wing Cheung. 

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University of Memphis (top)

  • Green Machine mobile food market: The Division of City & Regional Planning has partnered with St. Patrick’s Community Outreach to develop, fund, and implement the Green Machine – a former transit bus that has been converted into a mobile farmers market. The Green Machine travels daily routes bringing access to fresh produce to neighborhoods facing food insecurity.
  • Memphis Slim Collaboratory || Memphis Music Magnet: Faculty and students worked with community and industry partners to bring the Memphis Slim Collaboratory to the Soulsville USA neighborhood in South Memphis. The former home of blues legend Memphis Slim has been redeveloped as a music-centered community space and co-operative recording studio to foster artistic collaboration and provide career training. It is a part of the broader Memphis Music Magnet plan, a university-community partnership that seeks to build on the music heritage and assets of the Soulsville neighborhood, which is the birthplace of American soul music andhome to Stax Records. The collaborator brings $500,000 in philanthropic investment to a distressed community.
  • West Memphis Eco-Park: The Division’s 2013-2014 studio courses developed a plan for a regional Eco-Park on the west side of the Mississippi River as a complement to the ongoing conversion of a former roadway bridge to a pedestrian and bicycle crossing. The Eco-Park plans emphasize integrating agricultural uses into educational and recreational space using multifunctional agriculture and social farming concepts. The work was supported by a $50,000 award associated with a HUD regional sustainability grant.

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill (top)

  • Housing finance expert Roberto Quercia has been awarded the Trudier Harris Distinguished Professorship.  Quercia is also the Director of the Center for Community Capital and professor and chair of the department of city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is as a recognized researcher focusing primarily on the topics of low-income homeownership, affordable lending and the assessment of lending risks.

    Faculty support is vital to UNC’s success as an institution of higher learning. As UNC-Chapel Hill’s largest and oldest school, the College of Arts and Sciences must maintain an outstanding faculty to stay at the cutting edge of research and teaching. Endowed professorships provide a permanent source of income to support faculty members. Gifts are invested, and a portion of the investment income is used to supplement faculty salaries. These professorships allow UNC to honor and reward its best faculty members while helping us recruit the nation’s best to join the College.

    Dr. Quercia, a leading housing finance expert, researches factors that lead to the foreclosure crisis and recommended steps for rebuilding the U.S. housing finance system to ensure broad access to affordable, quality mortgages while minimizing foreclosure risk.  He has been a member of the UNC City and Regional Planning faculty since 1997.

  • Transportation expert Daniel A. Rodriguez has been awarded the Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Community Design in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Dr. Rodriguez is an expert in transportation planning, public transit, and transportation policy. His research focuses on the relationship between transportation and the built environment, specifically how the two affect planning choices about the other.  “Daniel brings a unique professionalism to all aspects of the department’s life. He is a superb scholar, teacher, and mentor. This is a well-deserved recognition,” says Department Chair Roberto G. Quercia.

    Rodriguez has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and has been a member of the UNC City and Regional Planning faculty since 2001.  Rodriguez was also the director of the Carolina Transportation Program and serves as an adjunct faculty with the Department of Epidemiology and is a faculty fellow with the UNC Highway Safety Research Center and the Center for Urban and Regional Studies.  He is on the Editorial Board of five journals:  Journal of the American Planning Association,
    Journal of Transport and Land Use, Journal of Transport and Health, International Journal of Sustainable Mobility and Journal of Architectural Planning and Research.

  • The Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Andrew H. Whittemore (AICP).Whittemore joins the department as an assistant professor. 

    Dr. Whittemore’s research focuses on urban form and design, planning history and theory, land use planning and zoning, primarily in the North American context. He especially focuses on planning’s influence on the built form and design of North American cities and the politics associated with planning for neighborhood change. His research asks how regulatory forces shape the built environment and how communities understand and use regulatory approaches in guiding development. He principally uses archival and ethnographic methods to explore these questions.

    Department chair, Roberto Quercia, expects Whittemore will contribute greatly to the department’s tradition.  “Andrew’s approach to urban design is from the perspective of the way land use planning and land development impacts the built form of a city and its associated behaviors.  Andrew will continue the program’s legacy in the field of land use planning and urban form,” said Quercia.

    Whittemore has published on the history of zoning and land use politics in Los Angeles, the FHA’s impact on local zoning, redevelopment politics in conservative contexts, the uses and politics of planned unit development, the history of American urban form, and planning theory with a focus on phenomenological or humanist procedural approaches in planning. He is the illustrator and co-author, with Sam Bass Warner, of American Urban Form: A Representative History (MIT Press, 2012). The book follows the development of a hypothetical metropolis on the eastern seaboard of the United States from before European colonization to the present, bringing attention to the typical patterns of urbanization in that region.

    Whittemore has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angles, his dissertation was titled:The Regulated City: The Politics of Land Use Regulation in the City of Los Angeles, 1909-2009.” A history of 20th century land use practices in Los Angeles focusing on political inequalities in the land use planning process. He is currently researching the development of a lesbian and gay-oriented real estate market in Dallas, and the ways in which local planners frame redevelopment efforts in community engagement efforts.
    For more information contact Udo Reisinger at

University of Oklahoma (top)
  • The planning faculty at the University of Oklahoma’s Division of Regional and City Planning is growing.  Dr. Bryce Lowery, a recent graduate of USC, will join the Division in fall 2014 to teach courses in GIS, urban design, and environmental planning. In addition, the program has invited Dr. Jim Collard, Economic Development Director for the Citizen Potowatamie, to serve as a Professor of Practice. Jim will lead the Division’s initiative in Native American planning.   Dr. Rebecca Sanders, from UC-Berkeley, will join the program as Research Associate.  Her husband, Dr. Ian Carlton (also a graduate of Berkeley’s planning program), will assume the directorship of OU’s Institute for Quality Communities, the planning outreach arm of the College of Architecture.  Riem El Zoghbi, a PhD candidate at UC-Berkeley, will serve the program as a visiting affiliate professor for the 2014-2015 academic year.  OU welcomes these individuals to the OU family and the Oklahoma planning community.

University of Oregon (top)

  • The Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management’s (PPPM) programs provide students with deep learning opportunities. MOOCs (massive open online courses) are all the rage these days. In PPPM, we advocate for MAACs (massive, action-oriented, applied curriculum). Whether it’s the Community Planning Workshop, the Public Administration Program’s capstone course, nonprofit students serving on local nonprofit boards, or the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability students developing a greenhouse-gas emissions inventory—our students get a rich, applied experience. These are some of the ways PPPM and our students give back to Oregon communities and organizations, but it doesn’t describe the ways in which our students apply their own time and energy. Students from all of our programs are also action-oriented and involved in a wide range of nonprofit and community groups in Oregon. For instance, last year, students in LiveMove, an interdisciplinary group focusing on transportation and livability issues, decided to dedicate a year to figure out a better way to connect the University of Oregon with downtown Eugene for people on a bicycle.  Upon completion of their research, they developed a comprehensive, visually accessible report highlighting all their data and giving a block-by-block redesign of creating a two-way, physically separated cycle path. Students publicly presented their work to about 100 people from campus and the community in June 2013, and a month later, local citizens John and Susan Minor wrote to the Eugene Mayor pledging $150,000 to make the student plan a reality. The Minors’ son, David, died in a bicycle accident along this corridor and they saw the student work as a way to honor their son and create a long-lasting, safe, and direct link between the UO and downtown. The city then took notice and held a public event in fall 2013 attended by 120 community members all asking for the Live Move students’ design to become a reality. In response, the city hired a consultant to do some additional work, and if all goes well, the project will be built next summer (2015).  This spring, LiveMove received a special award by the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association. Recognition for their excellent work continues to grow.
  • RARE AmeriCorps Turns Twenty! The Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program was founded in 1994 as a way to bring service-learning to Oregon and to offer the skills, experience, and idealism of University of Oregon students to many of Oregon’s depressed rural communities. Since its inception, RARE AmeriCorps has placed over 400 graduate-level participants in countless rural communities across the state. RARE AmeriCorps’ mission is to increase the capacity of rural communities to improve their own economic, social, and environmental conditions. To achieve this mission, every year RARE AmeriCorps places trained graduate level participants in communities across the State of Oregon where they work for public agencies, special districts, and nonprofit organizations on issues of rural community building.

  • Bridging Oregon’s Urban and Rural Communities: As part of the Oregon Humanities Center’s Conversation Project, Professor Emeritus Michael Hibbard has been travelling the state with Bruce Weber from Oregon State University and Ethan Seltzer from Portland State University leading conversations on “Bridging Oregon’s Urban and Rural Communities.” The conversations are an outgrowth of their book, Toward One Oregon (OSU Press, 2011). They explore the tensions between the wet and dry sides of the state, the valley and the east side, and, perhaps most fundamentally, urban versus rural. Their aim is to move beyond the tensions and see if Oregonians can discover what unifies them as a state. So far Hibbard has led conversations in Portland, Prineville, Lakeview, Paisley, Christmas Valley, Newberg, Bend, Tillamook, and Pacific City.

  • Infrastructure Planning and Finance Book Provides Guidance: Oregon Leadership in Sustainability Interim Director Vicki Elmer and Adam Leigland’s book on infrastructure was published after ten years of research. Infrastructure Planning and Finance (Routledge, 2013) is a nontechnical guide to the engineering, planning, and financing of major infrastructure projects in the United States, providing both step-by-step guidance and a broad overview of the technical, political, and economic challenges of creating lasting infrastructure in the twenty-first century. She and her coauthor, Adam Leigland, now a public works director in Santa Fe, New Mexico, wrote this book to help engineers and planners navigate the tricky waters of infrastructure at the local level. The book emphasizes how to design, build, and finance infrastructure that will mitigate climate change as well as adapt to it in the short run.

  • Schlossberg’s Rethinking Streets Now in Second Printing: In January, Associate Professor Marc Schlossberg released the grant-funded book, Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations. Over 1,000 grant-funded copies have been distributed and over 3,000 downloaded PDF versions have been made from the website. The book was a collaboration with Associate Professor John Rowell from the Department of Architecture, and former PPPM graduate student Dave Amos, MArch ’13, MCRP ‘13, architecture graduate student Kelly Sanford, as well as other student contributors. The book uses evidence from completed street projects from around the United States to help communities imagine alternative futures for their streets. The book does not show hypothetical street redesigns, but actual examples from typical communities to show how they did what they did and see what resulted from the change. A free, downloadable version of the book is available by request at

  • Fifth UO Student Selected as National Park Foundation Transportation Scholar: Hagen Hammons, a graduate student in community and regional planning, is the fifth student from PPPM who has been accepted into the National Park Foundation Transportation Scholars Program. “This may be more than any university in the country and is impressive given the fact we do not have a transportation planning or engineering program,” comments Associate Professor Marc Schlossberg. The Eno Transportation Foundation and the National Park Foundation’s Transportation Scholars Program matches emerging professionals with substantial knowledge and expertise in transportation planning with parks with transportation-related issues, like pollution or congestion, that can be major detractors of the overall park visitor experience. Scholars build partnerships, work across jurisdictional boundaries, gain an appreciation for the need of alternative transportation projects in the national parks, and gain firsthand knowledge of National Park Foundation efforts to preserve our national treasures while working to solve the current transportation issue within the park. Hammons’ assignment will be in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area north of Atlanta, Georgia. The park is embarking on a three-year planning effort to develop a park-wide trail plan that will replace the social trails with sustainable, accessible trails connecting with regional recreation and transit trails. According to Hammons, “I will develop and partially populate a system for collecting and analyzing GIS data, public comments, input from partners and cooperators, maps, and text alternatives that would be incorporated into an environmental assessment.”

  • PPPM Honors William L. Sullivan with Outstanding Service to Oregon Award: Best known for his series of hiking guidebooks, William Sullivan is a writer, historian, civic leader, and environmental advocate who has made substantial contributions to the quality of life in Oregon. Sullivan’s seventeen books include guides, histories, adventure memoirs, and novels. This body of work demonstrates his longstanding passion for Oregon’s natural beauty and history, and his lifelong love of the outdoors.  As a steward of natural resources, he currently serves on the board of directors for Oregon Wild (formerly Oregon National Resources Defense Council). The Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management gives the Outstanding Service to Oregon award annually to a member of the general public who has given extraordinary service over an extended period of time to the state of Oregon.

University of Pennsylania (top)

  • The Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania is delighted to announce that Dr. Domenic Vitiello had been awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. Professor Vitiello holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archeology from Wesleyan University, a Master of City Planning from MIT, and a PhD in history and graduate-level certificate in Historic Preservation from Penn. He was appointed a Lecturer in Penn’s Urban Studies program in 2004, and Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design in 2007. Professor Vitiello’s scholarly work addresses the history of the industrialization and de-industrialization of cities; the historic and contemporary importance of immigrants to communities; and the role of urban food systems and their linkage to other systems of planning including land use and economic development. His publications include two books, The Philadelphia Stock Exchange and the City It Made (Penn Press, 2010, with George E. Thomas) and Engineering Philadelphia: The Sellers Family and the Industrial Metropolis (Cornell University Press, 2013), as well as numerous papers in distinguished refereed journals.  He received the Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize for his 2008 article “Machine Building and City Building” in the Journal of Urban History. A highly-respected teacher, and recipient of PennDesign’s Holmes Perkins Award for Outstanding Teaching,  Dr. Vitiello offers courses in both undergraduate and graduate curricula, with classes including Community and Economic Development, Urban Food Systems, The Immigrant City, The Industrial Metropolis, and Inner City Revitalization as well as The History of City and Regional Planning. He also practices what he teaches, with community service as founding president of the board of the Philadelphia Orchard Project; the international steering committee of the Metropolis Project; and as a board member of the African Cultural Alliance of North America.

University of Sheffield (top)

  • Chris Maidment currently studying for his PhD and in his final year at the Department has won the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) award The Planning Thought Award 2014. The award is offered to four early career planning scholars, Chris beat off fierce competitions from 39 people across the globe. As recipient of the award he will actively take part in a week‑long intensive symposium involving project participants in Vienna this May. “The Future of Planning: Personal Stories in the Evolution of Planning Thought” - The book provides a comprehensive overview of the transformation of the planning discipline from its early days in the 1960s until the current period, drawing from personal accounts of various academic planning pioneers, whose thinking and writings have provided the intellectual ferment for the development of the academic discipline of planning around the globe. Beyond mere retrospective, the book seeks to set out a challenging agenda for planning theory, research and institutional practice into the future. Therefore, individual stories of internationally known planning scholars are used as the base for an inter-generational dialogue focusing on current and future generations needs and interests, and how they relate key past lessons. The book is edited by early career academics who are representing the voice and interests of future planning generations in this dialogue, and who challenge their authors to come up with messages that have a resonance, interest and value for the future. The book authors are (in alphabetical order): Louis Albrechts, Rachelle Alterman, Michael Batty, Andreas Faludi, John Forester, John Friedmann, Cliff Hague, Peter Hall, Patsy Healey, Charles Hoch, Judith Innes, Klaus Kunzmann, Peter Marcuse, Luigi Mazza, Barrie Needham, Gerhard Schimak. Chris will review four book chapters and conduct face-to-face interviews with the respective authors, after the event he will contribute to an Interface article to be published in the journal Planning Theory and Practice. Chris said; "I'm extremely pleased to be given this opportunity. I'm most looking forward to putting faces, and voices, to some of the ideas that have shaped what I think planning should be."
  • TRP was represented at the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Colombia.  The World Urban Forum (WUF) is a non-legislative technical forum convened by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), hosted in a different city every two years, to examine the most pressing issues facing the world today in the area of human settlements, including rapid urbanisation and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It is the World’s Premier Conference on Cities. The Department jointly hosted a panel with the University of Witwatersrand: ‘Mass Housing Projects: Lived experiences from Chile, Mexico, Angola and South Africa’.  TRP’s Dr. Paula Meth attended the forum along with Sheffield PhD student Emma Morale Garcia de Alba. Dr. Meth's presentation on the panel presented the work of Gabriela Ilbarra (one of TRP's other Mexican PhD students). The WUF promotes the strong participation of Habitat Agenda partners and relevant international programmes, funds and agencies, thus ensuring their inclusion in the identification of new issues, the sharing of lessons learned and the exchange of best practices and good policies.
  • A special issue on 'Finance, Business Property and Urban and Regional Development' has been published by the leading international journal Regional Studies. The publication was guest edited by TRP's Professor John Henneberry and his colleagues Dr. Ludovic Halbert from Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés (LATTS) at the Université Paris-Est and Dr. Fotis Mouzakis (Frynon Consulting, Athens). Academics from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland and the UK contributed papers to the special issue. Compared with other factors of production, the supply of business property and its role in urban and regional development has received comparatively little attention. The special issue addresses this gap in knowledge with papers that examine the strategies and practices of investors and their relations with other actors involved in the production of business property. Although the globalisation of these activities has occurred largely in the last 10 to 20 years, it has prompted marked changes in the geography of commercial property investment. International capital has flowed to a limited number of favoured locations but, because of the spatial fixity of real property, local actors and institutions remain an important influence on investment decisions. This poses challenges for urban development and regeneration policies that depend on private investment capital. This special issue of Regional Studies aims to re-engage urban economics and urban geography by bringing together papers that take different epistemological and methodological approaches to the same topic. It also analyses the production of the business property element of the urban built environment by considering the financial circuits involved, opening up new perspectives on the relationship between finance capital and urban development.
  • The Department of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield will be repeating their field trip to Seoul, the capital city of the Republic of Korea this May. The field trip is in collaboration with Seoul Metropolitan Government, The University of Sheffield and the Department. Students from all of our courses were invited to apply for the trip; those that were successful have the incredible opportunity to spend a week in the city. This year’s students will meet various public officials; have the opportunity to discuss planning and urban development issues whilst taking part in numerous excursions.

University of Southern California (top)

  • A joint effort between the USC Price School's Center for Economic Development and the City of Los Angeles has resulted in L.A. receiving a federal designation as one of 12 "Manufacturing Communities," giving the region preferential access to $1.3 billion in government funding for local aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries.
  • Professor Marlon Boarnet was recently inducted as a fellow of the Weimer School at the Homer Hoyt Institute of Real Estate, and was named the Regional Science Association's David Boyce award recipient for outstanding service.
  • Dr. Geraldine Knatz, former executive director for the Port of Los Angeles, has been appointed as professor of the practice of policy and engineering at the USC Price School of Public Policy and the Viterbi School of Engineering. The Price School also welcomes Dr. Annette M. Kim, associate professor and the director of SLAB, the newly formed spatial analysis laboratory at USC Price that advances the visualization of the social sciences for public service through teaching, research, and public engagement.
  • Hilda Blanco, who is interim director for the USC Center for Sustainable Cities, is helping advance national dialogue on climate change.  She was a lead author on the Southwest Region chapter of the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA): Climate Change Impacts in the United States, and worked with an international team of 15 authors on a chapter of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, Mitigating Climate Change.
  • Vinayak Bharne, adjunct associate professor of urban planning at USC Price, published a new book, Zen Spaces & Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism. Also, Professor Gary Painter co-authored a study which found that an open and culturally diverse environment helps promote high-tech entrepreneurship among both immigrants and the U.S.-born. The study is titled “Lessons for U.S. Metro Areas: Characteristics and Clustering of High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs.”
  • Professor Genevieve Giuliano, senior associate dean at the USC Price School and director of the METRANS Transportation Center, was among a group of officials who recently accompanied U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on a visit to a construction project aimed at improving the movement of freight at the ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach, the largest and busiest in the nation.
  • An undergraduate class at the USC Price School spent a week in Detroit this past summer to contribute to the city’s urban revitalization.  Partnering with Detroit Future City, students produced comprehensive reports on four key areas: public transit, education, how nonprofits can better work together, and ways to handle all the vacant land.
  • USC Price master's students traveled to São Paulo, as part of the 2014 Brazil International Lab, to explore the region's housing and land use issues, and later presented recommendations to top housing and infrastructure policymakers from Empresa Paulista de Planejamento Metropolitano (EMPLASA).
  • In an effort to increase diversity in the planning field, the USC Price Graduate Program in Planning will host two one-day informational workshops in the fall for persons from under-represented backgrounds who are committed to improving the quality of life in underserved communities.  The workshops, to be held on Sept. 27 and Oct. 24, 2014, will provide an overview of various careers in planning and facilitate discussions with nationally recognized practitioners.
  • Students from the USC Price School’s Master of Planning program won four 2013-14 California Planning Foundation (CPF) scholarships, including the top award statewide — the $5,000 Outstanding Student Scholarship (Nina Idemudia).

University of Texas- Arlington (top)

  • School of Urban and Public Affairs Assistant Professor Yekang Ko’s article, “The effect of urban forms on residential cooling energy use in Sacramento, California” was recently published in Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. The abstract notes that “higher population density, east–west street orientation, higher green space density, larger vegetation on the east, south, and especially the west sides of houses, appears to have statistically significant effects on reducing summer cooling energy use. This study quantifies the built environment impact on the energy demand of air conditioning and informs planners as they craft urban planning and design policies for energy conservation.”

  • Alumna Dr. Rumanda K. Young was honored with the Lt. Gen. John W. Morris Civilian of the Year Award by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Young is chief of the Master Planning Section of the Corps’ Fort Worth District Regional Planning and Environmental Center and the regional energy program manager for the Corps’ Southwestern Division in Dallas. She holds a Master of City and Regional Planning degree and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the School.

  • Alumnus Shane Pace was UTA’s 2014 American Institute of Certified Planners Outstanding Student Award recipient. He holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from the School.

  • Alumna Kiranmayi Raparthi was appointed a Postdoctoral Research Associate in an international collaborative research project on “Evaluating Communication for Development” with UNESCO at the University of Hyderabad, India. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the School.

  • Alumnus Dr. Basil Schaban-Maurer has authored a book, “Rise of the Citizen Practitioner,” based on his citizen engagement research. He holds a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the School. He is an Adjunct Professor of Urban Design at Concordia University, Founding Principal of architecture and planning firm ARK Tectonics, and Director of the Urban Science Institute.

  • The Institute of Urban Studies assisted with a comprehensive plan for Palestine, TX, which was designed to ensure participation by the residents of the city and seeks to capitalize on its economic strengths, build on historic downtown assets, address housing conditions and availability, connect neighborhoods with retail and recreation, and increase its appeal to visitors and new businesses. The Institute also assisted with planning alternative construction scenarios for two trails in Waxahachie, TX, as amendments to the City’s Master Parks, Recreation and Open Space plan.

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Virginia Commonwealth University (top)

  • The Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at VCU celebrated its 40th anniversary on May 3, 2013.  Over the past four decades, the program has made remarkable contributions to “elevate the state of planning in Virginia and beyond,” as stated in a recent evaluation of the program.  It has trained over 700 professional planners and completed well over 1,000 plans for communities throughout Virginia, the Eastern Seaboard, and abroad.  Most of these plans have been implemented, in whole or in part.
  • On August 28, 2013, VCU Provost Warren formally announced the independence of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, which is now separate from the College of Humanities and Sciences.  Provost Warren said in her announcement that “the independent Wilder School will be a strong complement to VCU’s outstanding academic programs, and I look forward to seeing the Wilder School take its place among the premier schools of public policy and public administration.”  The Urban and Regional Planning program remains committed to be a key player in the effort to enhance Wilder School’s overall reputation nationally and internationally.
  • The annual Morton B. Gulak Memorial Lecture this year will take place on Wednesday, October 1st, at 7:00 PM in the VCU Student Commons.  The speaker is Professor Ellen Dunham-Jones who teaches architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  The lecture topic "Retrofitting Suburbia" is based on her co-authored book Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs.
  • The Inaugural Morton B. Gulak Memorial Lecture, "Walkable Cities" present by Jeff Speck, was held on October 24, 2013 at VCU.  The late Gulak was a longtime professor of planning who championed revitalizing the city's underused neighborhoods.
  • John Accordino, Ph.D., professor and director of the VCU Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, has been elected to the American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows, which honors excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service and leadership.
  • Kathryn Howell, Ph.D., will join the planning faculty this coming Fall 2014 semester.  Dr. Howell earned her Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research is focused on housing and community development, neighborhood change, and the conflicts in changing community spaces.

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