Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Promoting Long-term Large-scale Change in Urban Transport: Ensuring Sustainable Futures

Wednesday September 28, 12:30pm - 2:00pm, 208 West Sibley

Speakers: Drs. Miles Tight and Paul Timms, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

Miles Tight is a senior lecturer in transport planning at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. He has been actively researching safety, equity and sustainability of travel for over 20 years with a particular emphasis recently on sustainability of transport. He is currently leading a large multi-centre project funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on ‘Visions for the Role of Walking and Cycling in 2030’ – essentially a future look to try to understand the role that these modes could play in creating a more sustainable transport system and a more inclusive society and how they might lead to improvements in individual health and quality of life. Other current projects include ‘Understanding Walking and Cycling’ (EPSRC), ‘Behavioural Response and Lifestyle Change in Moving to Low Carbon Futures’ (Tyndall Centre), ‘IMPACT’  (Implementation Paths for Action towards Sustainable Mobility) (Swedish MISTRA project), and STEP-CHANGE (Sustainable Transport Evidence and modelling Paradigms: Cohort Household Analysis to support New Goals in Engineering design) (EPSRC).

Paul Timms has been a transport researcher for 25 years, involved in various activities across Europe, Asia and Latin America. His main research interests include: Future global mobility scenarios and utopias; Philosophy and history of transport modelling; Interpretation of modelling concepts as literary and artistic concepts; Transferability of transport policies / models between geographical locations; Public participation in transport planning.  Current research concentrates upon thinking about long-term futures for transport/mobility and on how narratives of the future are constructed, trying to understand these narratives in terms of metaphors and myths. 

San Juan ULTRA-EX (Urban Long Term Research Area-Exploratory): Resident Perceptions of Green Areas and Vulnerability towards Flooding in a Tropical City

Monday, October 3, 2011, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, W. Sibley Rm 208

Image and information provided by Lindsay Carter
 The ULTRA-EX Team is currently studying the social and ecological factors that influence the vulnerability and sustainability of the San Juan Metropolitan Area (SJMA) in Puerto Rico. The research has focused on the city’s main watershed, the Rio Piedras River Watershed (RPRW) and its sub-watersheds, as the initial units of analysis of a nested geographical approach that extends progressively into larger units in the future, such as the municipality of San Juan and the whole SJMA. Expected outcomes include an improved understanding of social and ecological interactions, and development and modeling of urban development scenarios in collaboration with stakeholders. The presentation will focus on the challenges posed by inter-disciplinary research, research methods used, and the discussion of preliminary results.  

Thursday, September 22, 2011



DesignConnect is a multi-disciplinary, student-run, community design organization based at Cornell University.  DesignConnect provides practical experience to students through cooperation with local municipalities and non-profit organizations while providing design and planning services to groups that may not have the resources to hire professionals.

Last Thursday, DesignConnect held its first of several "Jam Sessions," meetings intended to provide resources and support for project groups. The DesignConnect Board went over how to balance group dynamics, how to communicate with clients, and how to develop project proposals.

This semester, DesignConnect has several exciting projects underway.  They include documenting brownfield sites in the city of Ithaca, planning a cuisine trail in Central New York, enhancing connections between downtown Ithaca and Six-Mile Creek, showing how tourist destinations of Watkins Glen and Montour Falls can be safer and more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, and providing recommendations on how to develop an abandoned shopping mall in the Town of Dewitt.  Check out DesignConnect's new website to find detailed project descriptions, pictures, and contact information.

Women's Planning Forum Dinner and Discussion

Friday, September 23, 2011, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Miller-Heller House, 122 Eddy

Image created by Dhanya Elias and Cristen Chinea
This Friday, the Women's Planning Forum is hosting a dinner and conversation with Elizabeth Sheehan (MRP '95), President of Climate Smart, a business subsidiary of Ecotrust Canada. Ms. Sheehan has more than 20 years of experience in community development and small business programming with a specific focus on climate change action, community reinvestment, and business development strategies.  All are welcome to come!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

CRP Professional Planning Colloquium

The Professional Planning Colloquium is a forum for visiting practitioners working on topics related to city and regional planning to share their work experience and address problems and opportunities they face in the practice of planning.

The colloquium takes place during the fall semester on Friday from 12:20 pm to 2:00 pm in the Kaufmann Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall. The formal session is often followed by an optional informal discussion session held in West Sibley Hall, Room 208, from 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm. Students may enroll in the colloquium for class credit.

Advancing Sustainability Across the Empire State

Week 02 Sep 2 – Mina Amundsen – University Planning at Cornell
Creating a Unified Campus Environment

Week 03 Ruth Schwartz – Shelter Partnership 
Developing Resources and Housing for the Homeless

Week 04 Sep 16 – Ken Reardon – University of Memphis 
Community Based Planning

Week 05 Sep 23 – Elizabeth Sheehan – Climate Smart
Helping Businesses Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Week 06 Sep 30 – NOSESSION 
1st Yr MRP – Washington, DC
Trip Alternative– Attend Upstate NY
ASLA and APA State Conference

Week 07 Oct 7 – NO SESSION 
Friday before Fall Break

Week 08 Oct 14 – Steve O’Neil – Saint Louis County Board of Directors 
Affordable Housing Policy and Practice

Week 09 Oct 21 – Abby Sigal – Enterprise Community Partners 
Making the Good Life Affordable

Week 10 Oct 28 – James Rojas – Gallery 72 and Latino Urban Forum 
Enacted Environments

Week 11 Nov 4 – Michael Tomlan – Jeff Cody – Martha Demas
Current Challenges and Opportunities for Preservation

Week 12 Nov 11 – Planning Students for Diversity
Achieving True Diversity in Planning

Week 13 Nov 18 – Jeff Hou – University of Washington
Engaging Marginalized Communities

Week 14 Nov 25 – NO SESSION Thanksgiving Holiday

Week 15 Dec 2 – Elizabeth Seward – New York City HPD
Mixing Affordable Housing and Retail Development

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cornell in Rome Information Session

Source: Cornell in Rome Program
Today, there will be a URS study abroad information session about the Cornell in Rome Program.  If you aren't able to make it please visit for more information.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Career Matters: Second-Year CRP Graduate Students

Thursday, September 15, 2011, 4:30pm - 5:30pm, 261 E. Sibley Hall (located within the Fine Arts Library)

Visit the AAP Career Services Bulletin Board for more upcoming events!

Academic Help

Cornell offers many different kinds of academic help for students. The following list is targeted at undergraduate students. Some services cater to graduate students as well. Ann Forsyth (Director of the Urban and Regional Studies Program).

Study Skills and Tutoring Services

Library Resources

English as a Second Language Programs

Disability Services

Academic Integrity

Gannett Health Center

Career Guidance

    Saturday, September 10, 2011

    Faculty-Student Social

    Friday, September 2, 2011, the Organization for Cornell Planners hosted itsfirst faculty-student social of the year. Cookies, coffee, and tea were served at the morning get-together. Events like this, held throughout the year, provide opportunities for faculty to meet students they don't necessarily teach and for students to engage in more intimate planning discussions than they have in a classroom setting.

    Making Plans, Not Copies: Tales of Summer Internships and Lessons Learned

    Image created by Lindsay Carter
    Thursday, September 15, 2011, 5:30pm - 6:30pm, Sibley 101

    This event will be a panel discussion where 2nd year City and Regional Planning graduate students will have the opportunity to talk about their recent planning-related work experiences and answer questions. In previous years, first year participants have found this session to be extremely useful. Remember, it is never too early to begin thinking about next summer's plans. The experiences of panel members represent the full-range of possibilities across the M.R.P. and H.P.P. programs.