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University of Buffalo Hosts 58th ACSP Annual Conference #ACSP2018

Friday, May 11, 2018  
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More than 1,000 urban and regional planning educators, practitioners, researchers, and graduate students will descend on Buffalo, New York, in late October for the 58th Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Locally hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, the host selected the theme “The Continuing City: People, Planning, & the Long Road to Urban Resurgence.” Scheduled for October 25-28, 2018, the hotel headquarters will be at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, and all sessions will take place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center adjacent to the hotel.

“Join us this year in Buffalo for ACSP 2018,” beckons Dan Hess, local host committee chair with the University at Buffalo. “Explore stories of long-term planning and action and questions about equity on topics including economic development, waterfront redevelopment, parks planning, education, employment, transportation. Faculty and students from UB, as well as community leaders from across Buffalo, will share lessons learned from Buffalo’s dogged, continually evolving and in some cases disputed ‘comeback,’ while inviting the exchange of stories of city-making, and remaking, across all urban scales.”

In addition to student and faculty awards, mobile tours, university receptions, and more than 200 paper, poster, and roundtable sessions and workshops, ACSP is pleased to announce Rosa Clemente as the keynote speaker. A native of South Bronx, Rosa is one of the most raw, honest, political, social, and cultural voices in the country. From Harvard to prisons, Rosa has spent her life dedicated to scholar activism. She is currently a doctoral student in the W.E.B. Dubois Department of UMASS-Amherst and was recently part of bringing #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #PRontheMap to the 2018 Golden Globes. "We are human beings who deserve the right to dignity, whether we're working on a Hollywood set, or working at Kentucky Fried Chicken, whether we're a mother in the South Bronx or a mother in Beverly Hills," shared Rosa. Rosa’s address promises to be provocative, timely, and inspiring.

View preliminary online schedule here. Registration opens June 19.


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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