In March, researchers and faculty from the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the National Center for Smart Growth traveled to Paris for a three-day exploration of the changes and challenges facing the world’s metropolises. Co-sponsored by the NCSG, the event was the second part of a bilateral international seminar on urban transit issues and development. The group first met last fall in Washington, D.C.
Last month, D.C. residents elected MAPP’s own Elissa Silverman, a graduate student in the Urban Studies and Planning Program, to the At-Large Seat of the Washington, D.C. City Council. After narrowly losing a seat in her first council campaign in 2013, Elissa won her second election handily, capturing 12% of the vote in an unusually large pool of 15 candidates. Once more, she did so without any corporate campaign contributions, a feat not often seen in a city like Washington.
To stimulate economic development and job creation, state and local governments should target incentives to specific “employment centers” that have the greatest growth potential and regional accessibility, recommends a pair of studies by the University of Maryland National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG).
This summer, Urban Studies and Planning graduate student Chelsie Miller led seven high school students from around the region on a six-week internship to help the City of College Park create safer streets using Geographic Information Systems technology. Named “Building Communities through Technology,” the internship provided students an unparalleled experience combining skill acquisition and community service.
Urban Studies and Planning Program Graduate Student David Do has been named the new Director of Washington, D.C.’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA). D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced David’s new role last week, saying, “I welcome David’s enthusiasm and am delighted to have him join our team. David will be instrumental in working with the AAPI community on behalf of my Administration to deliver a fresh start for the District’s residents.”
The annual Architecture, Planning, Preservation and Real Estate Development Career & Internship Fair takes place on Friday, March 27, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Great Space. The Career fair is a great opportunity for students and employers to network and connect for internships and post-graduate employment.
If your firm is interested in participating, please visit this website to register.
The third annual Code for Community Competition to create a mobile or web based app to meet a community need begins in Spring 2015. In Fall 2014, a 1 credit Community App Development Course (CPSP 249T Section 0201) to help develop programming skills is being offered. Course registration is not required to compete in the Spring. Further information about the Competition and the Course can be found at www.ter.ps/5zg.
A recently-released report for Planetizen ranks the University of Maryland’s Urban Studies and Planning Program (URSP) in the top 10 of all U.S. graduate planning programs, in terms of cited faculty publications per capita.
The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) has tapped Assistant Research Professor Dr. Scott Dempwolf to develop an innovation network model that will be at the heart of the Illinois Science & Technology Roadmap, the first data-driven study of Illinois’ innovation ecosystem. The goal of the Roadmap is to create a shared understanding of Illinois’ position and potential in science and technology, and to leverage the state’s science and technology assets to accelerate innovation driven economic growth.
The University of Maryland’s Office of International Affairs has awarded Uri Avin, Research Professor and Director of the Planning and Design Center at the National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) a Global Partnerships-Faculty Travel Grant. He received the grant for his dual project “Implementing Statewide Planning Reforms – Opportunities for Collaboration between Maryland and Israel,” with Haifa University, and “Statewide Sustainability Planning,” with Tel Aviv University.
The University of Maryland’s Office of International Affairs has awarded Dr. Marie Howland a $12,000 Global Classroom Initiative Grant to develop a new cross-continental blended learning course in economics and urban planning. The course, developed with Russian colleague Professor Leonid Limonov of St.
Over 260 community stakeholders met at the University of Maryland last month to forge a roadmap for creating vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods along the Purple Line, MTA’s proposed light rail system that will connect Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
Minnesota Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, the driving force behind the successful Twin Cities light rail system, will headline an impressive roster of speakers for the Purple Line Corridor Coalition’s (PLCC) upcoming workshop, “Beyond the Tracks: Community Development in the Purple Line Corridor.”
Dr. Wachs will examine the crisis of transportation finance in relation to planning and policy. He will review the current debate as to the role of taxes and tolls as a means to meet the challenges facing our current and future transportation network and infrastructure. The Seminar will provide an additional opportunity to discuss with Dr. Wachs the issues raised during his lecture.