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  • 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.
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  • 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.


Georgia Institute of Technology (top)

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    The spring semester saw several MUP students honored for their research and scholarship on transportation issues.
    All three winning teams in this year’s Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston Affordable Housing Competition featured UPD students.
    Major international projects led by UPD faculty feature MUP students in important research roles.
    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)

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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:


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.

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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)

  • As restoration efforts proliferate, it is important to know what impact, if any, large-scale wetland and stream restoration have on surrounding land values.  DCRP’s Nikhil Kaza and Todd BenDor study the land value impacts of wetland restoration. Since 1988, United States aquatic ecosystem protection regulations have centered on achieving a goal of “no net loss” of wetland acreage and function throughout the nation (National Wetlands Policy Forum, 1988). A substantial part of this goal is achieved through Section 404 regulations of the U.S. Clean Water Act (13 USC 1344), which protects aquatic resources by requiring permits for destruction (“impacts”) to resources. These permits typically require impact avoidance, minimization, and compensation (offsets) for unavoidable impacts through ecosystem restoration (NRC, 2001). As these restoration efforts proliferate, it is important to know what impact, if any, large-scale wetland and stream restoration have on surrounding land values. Restoration effects on real estate values have substantial implications for protecting resources, increasing tax base, and improving environmental policies. Executive Summary: The land value impacts of wetland restoration:
  • Have We Been Overestimating Flood Risk On The Outer Banks? DCRP’s Gavin Smith says it would be easy to look at the newest round of floodplain maps and think that we've been wrong about the Outer Banks all this time. For the past decade, the standard line has been that things on the coast are getting worse. Sea levels are rising; the shoreline is eroding; flooding is becoming a bigger threat. Flood risk is largely determined by a series of maps produced by the state of North Carolina. Those maps then make their way to FEMA, who administer the National Flood Insurance Program. Basically, the higher your risk, the more you pay in flood insurance. So with the specter of more risk and higher insurance rates hanging over their heads, coastal Carolinians have been understandably anxious about what these new maps would say.  At first glance, it's unbelievable to many. The idea that the Outer Banks is actually becoming a safer place to live seems completely counterintuitive. But Gavin Smith of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Coastal Hazards Center thinks the change isn't in the geology, it's in the mapping technology. "The maps that were created before these maps were perhaps not the best baseline data upon which to craft policy," said Smith. That's because the technology has increased dramatically since the mid-2000s, when the last round of maps rolled out. Think about it like going from a standard-definition television, to a high-def screen.  Continue reading the article:
  • Asheville's city government is pushing to increase the supply of affordable housing. Late last year, city staff commissioned DCRP's Mai Nguyen to compare their efforts to provide more affordable housing with what other, similar municipalities have done. Much has been written about Asheville's shortage of affordable housing, and lately, the problem has even begun attracting national attention. A recent Yahoo Finance article, drawing on data gathered by the analysis firm RealtyTrac, spotlighted Asheville as one of the least affordable areas in the country, based on the gap between housing costs and income, and on how quickly those costs are increasing. Meanwhile, city government is pushing to increase Asheville’s supply of affordable housing. Late last year, city staff commissioned Mai Nguyen, a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, to compare Asheville’s efforts to provide more affordable housing with what other, similar municipalities have done. Nguyen has written extensively on inequality and housing issues across the country. Her “scorecard,” completed in late January (read it here:, pulls together data from many prior studies. It’s also the first local report by an outside expert comparing Asheville's situation with similar problems and attempted solutions elsewhere in the state and region. Read more about Dr. Nguyen’s findings:


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)

  • As part of Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project, PPPM professor emeritus Mike Hibbard has been traveling 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.
  • PPPM faculty member Vicki Elmer and Santa Fe, New Mexico Public Works Director Adam Leigland just published their book, Infrastructure Planning and Finance, which is a non-technical 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 21st Century.
  • In January, PPPM Associate Professor Marc Schlossberg released the grant funded book Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations, including the availability of 500 free copies to anyone living in the U.S.  The book was a collaboration with Architecture Professor John Rowell, PPPM graduate student Dave Amos, Architecture graduate student Kelly Sanford, as well as other student contributors. The book uses evidence from completed street projects from around the United States in order to help communities imagine alternative futures for their streets. The book does not show hypothetical street re-designs, but actual examples from typical communities to show how they did what they did and see what resulted from the change.
  • Other recent publications by PPPM faculty include: Gerardo Sandoval  & Luz Hernandez (2014): Gender, Transnationalism and Empowerment in Postville, Iowa: Women with electronic shackles, in Transbordering Latin Americanisms: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Powers (T)Here, editor Clara Irazabal, Routledge Press, New York, London; Kelly Main & Gerardo Sandoval (2014): Placemaking in a translocal receiving community: The relevance of place to identity and agency.  Urban Studies, DOI: 10.1177/0042098014522720; Cassandra Moseley , Gerardo Sandoval & Emily Jane Davis (2014): Comparing Conditions of Labor-Intensive Forestry and Fire Suppression Workers, Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2014.888792
  • The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) continues to train other universities how to adopt and adapt their Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) and as of last count, there are programs up and running in thirteen States.  In mid-April, SCI trained another cohort of institutions during its 3rd annual training conference and workshop, so even more institutions may be starting programs next academic year.  SCI is awaiting word on several grants that will help it expand its national training outreach and activities. Internationally, SCI is expanding its China Scholars program under the leadership of PPPM Assistant Professor and SCI Program Director, Yizhao Yang.   SCI will be offering a weeklong training on urban design and street connectivity in Chengdu, China this summer.  And joint research projects between partners in China and SCI are in development, led by PPPM China Program Director, Dehui Wei. Finally, in February, SCI was invited to visit Libreville, Gabon to explore opportunities to share its sustainability expertise with practitioners and scholars.

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.


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University of Texas- Arlington (top)

  • School of Urban and Public Affairs Associate Professor Dr. Carl Grodach and two graduate students recently completed a report titled “Art Spaces, Art Places: Examining Neighborhood Preferences of New York Arts Organizations.” Their research studied the location patterns of New York state and city arts organizations, finding that while there is a link between these organizations and the urban core and creative economy, the organizations tend to avoid diverse and disadvantaged neighborhoods. Urban Planning and Public Policy doctoral students Nicole Foster and James Murdoch III worked on the research with Dr. Grodach and the report was made possible by a grant from New York Community Trust’s Arts & Culture Research Fund.
  • The Institute of Urban Studies facilitated strategic planning processes for the Lake Granbury Area Economic Development Corporation and for the East Texas Council of Government’s Workforce Solutions Board of Directors. The Institute also assisted Grand Prairie, Texas, in conducting an online bike survey to provide input for the city’s transportation plans. In addition, the Institute has contracted with Mineral Wells, Texas, to provide a revitalization plan in anticipation of the redevelopment of the historic Baker Hotel.
  • Alumna Ann Zadeh won a runoff election for a seat on the Fort Worth City Council. She has a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the School. She will take office on July 15, 2014.
  • The School hosted a Spatial Analysis Workshop, led by Dr. Jesús Treviño from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico, in July. Students, staff and faculty participated in the hands-on sessions, which covered spatial autocorrelation, geovisualization and spatial statistics.
  • Master’s student Michael Branum, a Transportation Planner at the North Central Texas Council of Governments, was appointed to the Transportation Research Board’s Intergovernmental Relations in Aviation Committee.

University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (top)

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.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (top)

Westfield State University (top)