Friday, April 20, 2012

Future of International Studies Discussion

Friday, April 20, 2012, 12:30 - 3:00 pm, Sibley  Room 208

Join International Planning Student Association (ISP) for a discussion and Q&A with Professor Bish Sanyal about the future of international studies.  Professor Sanyal is the Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning at MIT. Trained as an Architect Planner with a doctorate from University of California at Los Angeles. Sanyal has served as a planning consultant to Ford Foundation, World Bank, International Labour Organization, United Nations Center for Human Settlements, United Nations Development Program, and the United States Agency for International Development. Research experience in India, Bangladesh, Zambia, Kenya, Jordan, Lebanon, Brazil, and Curacao.  His research areas of interest are: urban economy and housing, Planning Institutions and Processes; Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in development process; Planning Education and Theory.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

DELHI2050 Opening Reception

Image provided by Jeffrey M. Chusid

 Thursday, April 19,  5 p.m., 115 W. Sibley Hall

Opening reception and informal presentation
An exhibition, opening simultaneously in the City and Regional Planning (CRP) Gallery, Cornell University, and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The exhibition was curated by arch i platform, Delhi, and Venhoeven CS Architecture + Urbanism, Amsterdam.

DELHI2050 is an initiative of arch i, an architecture firm based in Delhi, collaborating with Indian and Dutch experts to fundamentally rethink the future of Delhi and its surrounding region, an area of some 46 million people whose rapid economic and population growth is dramatically outstripping the area’s infrastructure, natural resources, and social institutions. Phase one of the project resulted in four physical ‘thinking’ models of future development, which toured the city on pushcarts, evoking responses from a wide range of residents. Phase two used these conversations to help develop a process not only for spatial planning at various scales (from street level to regional), but also for utilizing a robust network of researchers and designers across disciplines and borders to propose a range of possible scenarios that would serve as an alternative to the existing Delhi Master Plan.

Comments by Jeffrey M. Chusid, associate professor, CRP; Aditya Ghosh, architect, arch i, and M.Arch. candidate, Cornell; and Neema Kudva, associate professor, CR

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Partnerships for Regional Equity: A Planners Network Forum

Image provided by Christopher Hayes

Registration is now open for Partnerships for Regional Equity: A Planners Network Forum! Planners, citizens, and scholars are invited to Cornell University in beautiful Ithaca, NY to share strategies to cooperate and achieve regional equity goals, even in the face of shrinking budgets and political opposition.  More information, including the most up-to-date program, can be found at:

Registration is free, but there is limited capacity, so reserve your spot now!  There is also an optional suggested donation to help defray costs, but please feel free to donate whatever you can. Click here to register.

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Featured Activities:
  • Plenary Session: “Activist Planning: Making Local Movements National”
  • Food Systems: Presentations on Urban Agriculture, Equitable Access, and Regional Systems
  • Housing: Presentations on Community Land Trusts and Just Housing
  • Economic Dev: Presentations on Labor Coalitions, Manufacturing Retention, and Job Training
  • Sustainability: Presentations on Hydrofracking Response and Coalitions for Environment
  • Neighborhoods: Presentations on School-Community Partnerships, Gentrification, Preservation
  • Mobile Workshops and Charrettes on above topics with local organizations in the Ithaca area
  • Social Networking Events in the Community: Good food, discussion, and fun!
Proposals for presentations are still being accepted.  If you would like to speak about one of the above topics please contact Christopher Hayes.

The Planners Network Forum is sponsored by Organization of Cornell Planners, and co-sponsored by the Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell Preservation Studies Student Association, and Cornell Women's Planning Forum.  The event is funded in part by the Cornell GPSAFC, and is open to the public.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Design Tactics and the Informalized City

Friday, April 13-14, 2012, Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall

Photo / SMAQ architecture urbanism research
Informality, which was first categorized and described in the 1970s, is now pervasive — across cities, in the places we live, work, and move through the everyday. For many, the informal is no longer a discrete sector appended to the workings of the "formal" city, but an integral effect of the structuring of cities and landscapes by contemporary economic, political, and technological change. Self-built architectures and urban agglomerations, ambivalent landscapes, nomadic and temporal spatial manifestations of informalization are situationally specific, but globally ubiquitous. Design Tactics and the Informalized City brings a discussion of this reality to disciplines that work on the city in material and spatial terms: architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, engineering, media and product design. Charged with shaping and managing living environments, usually on behalf of instituted powers, these disciplines confront significant questions in encountering the informalized city. Working practices and ways of representing urban phenomena, the appropriate medium and matter of design, even conceptions of agency, constituency and purpose, all come to the fore as matters for critical and creative inquiry. The conference brings together international practitioners from diverse design fields to explore these questions through discussions of recent, compelling work. Additional support provided by The Institute for Social Sciences and The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

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