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Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon, we invite and welcome you to Portland for the 56th Annual Conference of the ACSP!

Planners know Portland for its unique elected regional government and urban growth boundary. Readers of the New York Times know Portland for its new restaurants, bicycles, and artisanal…well, artisanal everything. And, of course, the TV show Portlandia gifted us with the catchphrase, “put a bird on it.” Portland’s bustling downtown and waterfront and lively neighborhood commercial districts (connected by transit!) and the nearby natural beauty of the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood (protected by the state land use planning system!) make it a fantastic location to host a conference of urban planners.

As conference hosts who live in, work in, and love this city, we aim to show you more. Portland is where we study and teach, hoping to have positive impacts on the city, region, and state through engaged scholarship, a pedagogy of practice, and our own civic participation. Our local host sessions at the conference will share research about the opportunities and challenges of the statewide planning systems in Oregon and Washington; discuss lessons from PSU’s and UO’s unique approaches to teaching the practice of planning in our Master degree programs; and present engaged scholarship about Portland’s affordable housing emergency that raises questions about what a sustainable city really means.

Through mobile workshops, you’ll have the opportunity to see the evolution of Portland’s vaunted bikeways, transit system, and green infrastructure. Or, enjoy an early happy hour and walkable street life at urban breweries or a food cart pod! You can also explore the challenges of environmental justice, equity, and neighborhood transformations that are equally an important part of the Portland story. Don’t find an official mobile tour that excites you? Portland’s internet community will likely have something to meet your interests!

We are especially excited about the keynote speaker, Rick Lowe, of Project Rowhouses in Houston, Texas, an artist and MacArthur-awarded genius. Project Rowhouses has transformed a neighborhood through the celebration of African-American art and culture in the context of community development and affordable housing innovations. Its current challenges with potential gentrification and maintaining a voice for residents in redevelopment resonate for us here in Portland, and for many cities. After the keynote address, join us by transit, bike share, or walking across the car-free Tillikum Crossing to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, our beautiful reception site. The reception site is located in Portland’s eastside industrial district. Following the reception, enjoy exploring yet another perspective of Portlandia at new restaurants and bars filling up old industrial spaces.

We are excited to meet with all of you again, or for the first time--and a special welcome to new students and junior colleagues joining the conversation at ACSP! See you in November! And, yes, you should probably bring an umbrella.

Lisa Bates & Marisa Zapata, PSU co-chairs

 

 

Local Host Committee


Lisa K. Bates, Co-Chair

Portland State University

 

Richard Margerum, Co-Chair

University of Oregon

 

Marisa Zapata, Co-Chair

Portland State University

     
  • Committee Co-Chair Lisa Bates, Portland State University
  • Committee Co-Chair Richard Margerum, University of Oregon
  • Committee Co-Chair Marisa Zapata, Portland State University
  • Connie Ozawa, Portland State University
  • Ethan Seltzer, Portland State University
  • Sheila Martin, Portland State University
  • Sy Adler, Portland State University
  • Matthew Gebhardt, Portland State University
  • Greg Schrock, Portland State University
  • Jenny Liu, Portland State University

 

About Our Local Hosts

Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University
The mission of Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University is to assist in the development of healthy communities through an interdisciplinary program of teaching, research and public service. Faculty and students engage the intellectual, policy and practice aspects of urban studies and planning from the local to the international levels and actively participate in the analysis, development and dissemination of the innovations for which Portland and the Pacific Northwest are known. The School's degree programs focus on understanding metropolitan regions and their problems, and analyzing policies to shape their evolution and overcome obstacles. The School offers a PhD in Urban Studies; Masters degrees in Urban Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Real Estate Development; and a BA in Community Development. Our MURP program enables students to be reflective, to build practical judgment and adaptive problem-solving skills through direct engagement with contemporary planning issues and practice. Our faculty and students actively participate in the development and dissemination of innovations in planning that advance our understanding of what planning is, how planning is practiced and taught, and why planning matters in the world. The MURP program embodies PSU’s motto to “let knowledge serve the city.

Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management, University of Oregon
The Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) at the University of Oregon is concerned with the ways government, nonprofit organizations, and other sectors address some of the most important problems facing society today. The Department offers Masters degrees in Community and Regional Planning, Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, as well as an undergraduate major and minor. The planning program is known for its deeply experiential learning program. For over 40 years, Community Planning Workshop has been conducting real world planning projects for urban and rural communities. The award winning Sustainable Cities Initiative has partnered with cities to engage students from across the University in real world issues and problems. Faculty research focuses on issues such as: engaging underrepresented communities, collaborative governance, alternative transportation, urban form and transportation, and land use and growth management.

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

 

Lisa K. Bates

Portland State University

Richard Margerum

University of Oregon

 

Mission

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.

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