Monday, November 28, 2011

Urban and Regional Studies on Facebook

If you like the Urban and Regional Studies program, then you will definitely like their new Facebook page. Joining the page is a great way to connect with fellow students in the program and keep up-to-date with the latest department events. There are also opportunities to contribute links, make comments, post videos, and puruse photos. Even those who aren’t students are welcome to join. It's a great way to get the inside scoop about what makes Cornell’s Urban and Regional Studies program unique. To get in on the action type 'Urban and Regional Studies at Cornell' in the Facebook search box and click on the 'like' button when you reach the page or follow this link.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rock the Vote

Image provided by Grace Zheng
Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 4:30pm, Sibley Hall, Room 212

Participate in the democratic process!  Come to the Organization of Cornell Planners (OCP) meeting this afternoon to hear speeches from those running for OCP officer positions.  For those not familiar, OCP is a student-run organization that exists to provide a conduit of information for graduate planning students as they pursue their academic and professional interests.  Students within the organization are represented on various boards within the Department of City and Regional Planning, and Cornell University. They also sponsor social and academic events throughout the academic year that build cohesiveness within the department.

Faculty Conversation Series - Professor Mildred Warner

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 4:45pm - 5:45pm, 208 Sibley Hall

Are you interested in city management and local government research?  Would you like to form a student chapter of the International City County Management Association here at Cornell?

Many challenges face cities today – demographic change, need for infrastructure renewal, fiscal stress and constant pressure for public sector reform. Professor Mildred Warner studies economic development strategy, infrastructure provision, privatization and alternative service delivery and the role of cities in promoting planning that addresses the need of residents across the life cycle – from children to the elderly. She works closely with the International City County Management Association in conducting this research. In the next year she will be launching a project looking at shared service delivery among local governments in New York State. She is also working with ICMA on a new study of alternative service delivery and multigenerational planning among cities across the country. She is willing to serve as faculty advisor to an ICMA student chapter at Cornell if you would like to create one. If you are interested in local government, want to be part of the ICMA student chapter, or want to engage in local government research, come join for this conversation. (Information provided by Rebecca Baran-Rees)

Field Trip to Historic Seneca Falls, NY

Image and information provided by Lydia Morken
 Sunday, November 20, 2011, 1:00pm-6:00pm, Seneca Falls

Seneca Falls is the home of the United States Women's Rights National Historical Park - site of the seminal 1848 Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention. In addition, Seneca Falls has a beautiful historic downtown.  Ever wanted to get to know Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott?  Are you a fan of suffrage?  (Who's not?)  Come along!  The group will be visiting the Historical Park, Museums and touring downtown. The drive is approximately 45 minute each way; expect to leave at 1pm and return close to 6pm. 

Anyone with an interest in feminist history or preservation is welcome.  If you'd like to come along, please email Jon Rusch ( or Lydia Morken ( by Friday, November 18.  There are two confirmed cars; if you are also willing to drive, please let them know (gas expenses will be reimbursed).

Monday, November 14, 2011

Urban Transport in the Developing World: Equity and Sustainability Challenges in a Changing Environment

Dinner and Discussion, Saturday, November 11, 2011, 6:00pm, Miller-Heller House

Eduardo Vasconcellos is a Brazilian transportation engineer and political scientist who completed his post-doctoral research with Cornell's City and Regional Planning program  in 1995. Since then, he has acted as advisor for the Brazilian Public Transport Association. His work has also included urban transport consulting for the CorporaciĆ³n Andina de Fomento (CAF) in Latin America and the Volvo Foundation Center in Africa. His book, Urban Transport, Environment and Equity: the Case for Developing Countries, was published in 2001.  This event is sponsored by the Department of City and Regional Planning and the International Planning Students Organization. It is open to the Cornell community. (Information provided by Ben Koffel)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Rail-Volution, 2011

Image A provided by Alyson Fletcher.
Two weeks ago, Alyson Fletcher (MRP '12) attended Rail-Volution’s national conference in Washington, DC.  She attended the event two years ago when it was held in Boston.  Alyson said, "I was thrilled to have the chance to return to Rail-Volution because, unlike many conferences, it has an excellent sense of community and attracts a wide variety of disciplines."  The conference hosts annual meetings with leaders from APA, AIA, and ASLA to talk about how they can bridge their silos to create more livable communities through transit.  

Going along with the revolutionary title of the conference, every session has a strong emphasis on how to create momentum for action in the advancement of more equitable community goals.  Panels discuss tactics on how to make data more accessible to the public, how to foster regional support on challenging issues, and how to proactively tackle equity issues in the event of large investments like transit lines.

Image B provided by Alyson Fletcher.
Alyson encourages other students to take advantage of this conference’s scholarship opportunity. Not only do scholarship recipients get generous coverage for admission and travel expenses, but they also get to stay with a host who is highly engaged in the host city community. The conference also does a great job in welcoming participants to the conference by connecting recipients with a mentor who meets with them periodically throughout the conference to discuss topics learned and to introduce them to people they know.  Rail-Volution’s 2012 conference will take place in Los Angeles and scholarship applications are typically in the summer.

Image A: Touring transit-oriented developments and commuter trails in Arlington, VA with city council members and transportation planners using the DC bike-share. DC's bike-sharing program has not only been one of the most successful bike-sharing programs in the world, but it is also providing opportunities to bridge gaps in transit lines as well as to provide connections for legs to and from transit.

Image B: Matt Steenhoek, urban design and transportation planner for PN Hoffman & Associates, explains transit plans to support the Southwest DC waterfront redevelopment as part of an extensive multi-modal tour cutting across the city looking at growth and development as a result of the extension of the green line.

(A version of this article was also posted in the Cornell Planner in October, 2011)

Historic Preservation Planning Alumni Symposium

Challenges and Opportunities in Contemporary Preservation Practice
Friday, November 4, 2011, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 

Image provided by Jeffrey Chusid
This Friday, the Department of City and Regional Planning will be hosting a Historic Preservation Planning Symposium turning a spotlight on the contemporary opportunities and challenges in the preservation field.  The event brings together alumni representing various state agencies, non-profits, and private consulting firms involved with preservation across the country.  "We're thrilled that Martha Demas, Jeff Cody, and Trudi Sandmeier are arriving from California to take part," says Jonathan Rusch, the president of Cornell's Preservation Studies Student Organization, "Martha and Jeff both work on international preservation projects for the Getty Conservation Institute, and Trudi is the newly-appointed program director for the University of Southern California's graduate program in historic preservation." The lunch session led by Michael Tomlan and Professor Emeritus John Reps, both of whom have been influential in the field's development, is another highlight to anticipate.  Throughout the day-long discussion, speakers will address, from various viewpoints, the question of how, or even if, historic preservation can remain a publicly viable enterprise to the numerous stakeholders involved.  Members of the graduate community, as well as, the public are encouraged to attend the symposium.  All questions about the event should be directed to Jonathon Rusch or Professor Jeffrey Chusid.

 9:00am - 9:15am, 157 Sibley Hall  
Introduction: Cornell HPP Alumni in Practice                               
  • Jeffrey Chusid Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
  • James Glass '84, Director, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer 
 9:15am - 10:45am, 157 Sibley Hall
Panel 1: Non-Profits and Cultural Institutions Face the Next Decade   
  • Ted Alexander '85, Director, Preservation North Carolina Southwest Regional Office, Mayor of Shelby, North Carolina
  • Julee Johnson '85, General Manager, Historic Urban Plans
  • Trudi Sandmeier '00, Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Southern California
  • Moderator: Samantha Bosshart '06, Executive Director, Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation
 11:00am - 12:10pm, Hartell Gallery, Sibley Hall
Lunch: A Conversation on the History of Historic Preservation Planning at Cornell, and the Future    
  • John W. Reps '47, Professor Emeritus, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
  • Michael Tomlan '76, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
  • Moderator: James A. Glass '84, Director, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
 12:20pm - 2:00pm, Kaufman Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall (CRP Colloquium)
Panel 2: International Persepctives on Preservation and Conservation
  • Jeffrey Cody '85, Senior Program Officer, Getty Conservation Institute
  • Martha Demas '90, Senior Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute
  • Michael Tomlan '76, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
  • Moderator: Jeffrey Chusid Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
 2:15pm - 3:45pm, 157 Sibley Hall
Panel 3: Challenges in Rehabilitation and Adaptive Use
  • Carrie Barton '09, Preservation Specialist/Project Manager, EHT Traceries, Inc.
  • Bonnie Wilkinson Mark '85, Associate at Delta Development Group, Inc.
  • James Warren '86, Manager, Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, New York State Historic Preservation Office
  • Moderator: Trudi Sandmeier '00, Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Southern California
 4:00pm - 5:30pm, 157 Sibley Hall
Panel 4: The Futureof SHPOs and Statewide Non-Profits
  • James A. Glass '84, Director, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
  • Andrea Tingey '92, Principal Historic Preservation Specialist, New Jersey State Historic Preservation Officer
  • Tania Werbizky '92, Western New York Regional Director, Technical and Grant Programs, Preservation League of New York
  • Moderator: Jonathon Rusch '12, President, Preservation Studies Student Organization, Cornell University