Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Bus Stop Fitness

In May of this year, the New York Times published an article on the Scientific Seven Minute Workout, which discusses the findings of a paper on high-intensity training using bodyweight out of Orlando, Florida. The paper suggests that when their exercises are done quickly and correctly, it's almost as good as a much longer workout.
Ben Wiseman

Once you start doing exercises like this you start to realize how many opportunities there are for fitness throughout the day--a couple of tricep dips here, a few quick squats there--all of them adding a little more movement to our everyday lives.  Some of them might just be too embarrassing to do in public while dressed for work or school  And it is important to point out that this isn't a replacement for real, regular exercise, but it might help you to make your day a bit more lively.

One place I've often found myself looking for something to fill up a few extra minutes is waiting for my bus--especially now that it's getting cold--and this could be it. I usually ride the 10 or 30 buses which have stops downtown, on Cornell's campus, and collegetown.  Below are a few examples of stop features that can be used for a quick workout.

Milstein Hall: Step Up 

Milstein Hall: Pushups
These are both under the Milstein hall overhang, which means they are usable in inclement weather.

Bike rack at Court and Tioga streets.  If there are no bikes, try some tricep dips!

Taking public transit is already a better way to living a healthy lifestyle, and keeping fitness in mind for those bits of leftover time while you are waiting only adds benefit.  It would be even better if with more transit riders, more people became interested in fitness throughout the city, and communities actively installed fitness infrastructure like this one from Outdoor Fitness:

Body weight chest press/lat pull
This could get people thinking more about connecting moving about the city on foot with being healthy in general.  And for most planners, this is the ideal.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Ed Bacon Competition

Every year, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture hosts the Ed Bacon Student Design Competition for university students from all over the world.  Edmund Bacon was an American architect and planner who spent much of his life working towards improving Philadelphia, he was also a Cornell alum. The project's goal is to encourage inter-disciplinary teams to work together to find solutions for a problem within 4 weeks from the day the contest begins, winning teams receive a cash prize.  Last year, Cornell's team took first place for their riverfront arcade project proposal:

This year Cornell fielded three teams who submitted proposals based on the prompt: "How will Driverless Cars Shape the Philadelphia of Tomorrow?"  We talked to team members Brian Byrd and Taru from one of the planning teams about what their experience last month was like:

How did you get your team together?

Originally, I expressed interest in the Competition and I decided to sign up a team at the last minute. I sent out some emails and facebook ads to get fellow CRP students on board. Also, I contacted Architecture, Landscape Architecture, the Business School, Engineering, etc. Fellow 1st year students Max Miller, Taru, Yan, and Gabriel all expressed interest. We formed our planner-heavy team and ultimately got three landscape students on board and an Information School student on board with the help of Akshali, another first year.

What was the most difficult aspect of the project?

Brian:  The most difficult thing about the project was working in such a large team. A majority of us had no prior experience with design competitions. The hardest part wasn't the actual computer design, but the formulation of one central theme with design parameters.

Taru: The project was about integrating automated cars in the city. I think each person in the team had to face and overcome their own set of challenges. I had no idea about the context - the city, its urban fabric, demographics and its aspirations for the future was  a complete unknown. We had to imagine a future version of the city and many of us did not quite understand its present.  Few of us struggled with the idea of the technology and its implications. Reaching a consensus always took time as there were so many of us for different backgrounds and different priorities. Aligning the various skill sets, allocating appropriate tasks and coordinating the outputs so that they create a cohesive final project was also a challenge.

So how did you decide on what your project would be?

Brian: We spent 3 or four days brainstorming the different site locations and driverless technology. Ultimately we voted as a group to focus on the City Center because we felt it presented the most options for design modifications and is the densest/most dynamic part of the city

How long did it take?

Brian: We spent approximately 3 weeks on the project, but worked intensely the last week. Lots of late nights in Kennedy hall.

What was the best take-away from the project?

Brian: We got an opportunity to form a close-knit team, work with each other on an intense deadline and form bonds that can only be forged under pressure. We learnt to respect each-others skills and explore ideas about our urban futures.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Megaregions---the US and the World

Last week the CRP colloquium speaker was the Regional Plan Association's Vice President for Environmental and Energy Programs (and CRP alumnus) Robert Pirani,  his organization's work on planning for disasters, migration patterns, and demographic shifts in the northeast throughout the 20th century and into the future.  One of RPA's projects is the America 2050 policy program, which provides "leadership on a broad range of transportation, sustainability, and economic-development issues impacting America's growth in the 21st century."  From here Mr. Pirani presented this beautiful map of megaregions and their areas of influence in the USA:

Mega regions are not a new idea of course, as Dr. Richard Florida (of Atlantic Cities), Tim Gulden, and Charlotta Melander explain in their 2008 paper "The rise of the Mega-Region":

...the past two or three decades have seen the rise of a new economic unit—the mega-region. At the time when the great classical economists were framing economic theory, nations truly were the space over which labour and capital were reallocated by the economic process. International investment and travel existed, but they were burdensome and not nearly as common as they have become. Nations were thus natural units of macroeconomic analysis and these nations were productively conceived as being composed of cities and hinterlands. In the 21st Century, however, the emergence of globalization makes national boundaries mean a lot less. Capital can now be allocated freely around the globe—seeking maximum return wherever that may be. Even labour, particularly highly creative and productive labour, can be reallocated globally in a way that would once have been impractical.
 From Florida, Richard, Tim Gulden, and Charlotta Mellander. "The rise of the mega-region." Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 1, no. 3 (2008): 459-476.
This paper, and Florida's website Who's Your City? show other megaregions of the world:
And the Pacific:

Data for these maps comes from light emissions as an indicator of economic activity, referred to as Light-based Regional Product (LRP).  The authors explain that although the correlation is imperfect, there is a reasonably reliable relationship between large economic areas and light output.  Noticeably absent from the data sets are mega regions in Eurasia, Africa, South America, or Australia, however the authors clarify that their coverage is imperfect and

 "...our method, dependent as it is on light emission patterns, does not account for...historical, cultural, political or social context."  

 Regardless, this is an interesting concept that seems better suited to the economic realities of the present.  What might also be interesting to uncover is how people in these economic corridors identify themselves---do pan-megaregion identities exist? Are they stronger than national identities? And what does this means for future governments and governance?

Monday, November 4, 2013

CRP Annual Fieldtrip

Photo Credit: D. Ohrenstein
Two weeks ago, CRP first-years (and two second-year minders) went on the annual field trip to Washington DC with professors Jeff Chusid and Michael Tomlan. This trip is an annual tradition that switches off each year between Washington DC and New York City.  

That Thursday we boarded a bus at 5am in dark and chilly Ithaca to travel back in seasonal time for lunch at Common Good City Farm in northwestern DC. Common Good was created on an old public school site and now works to provide fresh produce and gardening experience to the surrounding community. One interesting things about this stop--the farm can produce 4-5000 pounds of food per month and is always looking for more compost. Unfortunately has no city-run composting program. For-profit programs do exist however.

Other stops over two days included a visit to the office of the impressively marketed DC Department of Transportation, the DC planning office, the American History Museum (where we got to ride in an elevator with a 50 person capacity!), an evening with the Capitol Steps, visits to several real estate development sites, a talk from CRP alum Peter Rizzo from the General Services Administration, and a nice cocktail party with former Cornellians out in Rosslyn. Look for more details about the trip in the next issue of The Cornell Planner.


Prof. Jeff Chusid talks about converted industrial space in Georgetown.  Byrd reflects on better days in Paraguay.
Photo Credit: D. Ohrenstein

The rooftop deck of the American History Museum.  Cranes in the background are working on the National Museum of African American History and Culture being built at the last open spot on the mall.  The Washington Monument is still undergoing repairs following the summer 2011 earthquake (remember how long ago that was?).


CRP's latest THE CORNELL PLANNER newsletter was published last month, check it out here.

Read about the Women's Planning Forum, the first years' annual trip to DC, and recent student publications.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Cornell Planner - Spring 2013 - Issue 4

This semester’s third issue of the Cornell Planner is available on the CRP website. CLICK HERE to view online.

Please send your news updates to Martha Stettinius at

Past issues:
Spring 2013, Issue 3
Spring 2013, Issue 2
Spring 2013, Issue 1
Fall 2012, Issue 6

For other archived issues, click here.

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Cornell Planner - Spring 2013 - Issue 3

This semester’s third issue of the Cornell Planner is available on the CRP website. CLICK HERE to view online.

Please send your news updates to Martha Stettinius at

Past issues:
Spring 2013, Issue 2
Spring 2013, Issue 1
Fall 2012, Issue 6

For other archived issues, click here.

Graphic Communication: CRP Students Display Work in Sibley

Earlier in the semester, students from Fall 2012's CRP5851: Graphic Communication class displayed their final projects in the hallways of West Sibley dome. The class, taught by lecturer Zachary Boggs, centers around developing a solid grounding in graphic communication theory and practice as well as employing industry standard software to develop professional-level project graphics. 

"There's an undertone of urban design in the class," said Boggs. "I document real-world sustainable developments and divide them out among the students. They should know what's happening in the industry." 

The posters below were designed from actual developments and feature highlights from a group of excellent design work. The class will be offered again this Fall 2013. "Its a great class—there's usually a lot of diverse student experience coming into the class," said Boggs. 

Sophie (Ke) Tong, Battery Park City West, NYC

Jay Siegel, Bo01, Malmo Sweden

Victoria Long, Jamison Square, Portland Oregon

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

University Resources: Food Systems

By Linda from Chicago, USA; (New crops) via Wikimedia Commons
For students with professional/research interests complimentary but not specifically listed in department concentrations, Cornell offers a wide array of options, often overlooked by current and potential students in City and Regional Planning. One particularly relevant field for modern practice is Food Systems planning. While the department has offered classes in the past, the greater university has traditional strengths in agriculture and life science—having one of the largest and most highly regarded programs in the U.S.

"There are fantastic resources at Cornell, but there are so many choices that the options can seem daunting at first," said Becca Jablonski, a PhD Candidate in the CRP department and a Predoctoral Fellow with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. A strong proponent of food systems planning research, her research focuses on assessing short and long-run impacts of alternative local and regional food systems to participating farmers (with an emphasis on small and medium-scale), supply chain participants, and rural economies.

"[W]hat separates Cornell from the other more "sustainable ag" or "food system" type programs...[is] in my opinion, the strengths of the University in agriculture offer different and more [broad] opportunities to students than more narrowly focused programs. Students have the opportunity to gain skills unavailable at other schools that do not have such a robust agricultural college," Jablonski emphasizes.

In addition to formal resources, Cornell houses a variety of informal resources for food systems enthusiasts. For example, in the past month, events have included a free public film screening of "Symphony of the Soil" and the showing of acclaimed documentary "The Garden"—next week the Ezra's Round Table Seminar is
entitled,"Progression to Multi-Scale Models and the Application to Food System Intervention Strategies."

Support for Food Systems research continues within the CRP department as well. As part of the department colloquium last Fall, Ken Meter, one of the most experienced food systems analysts in the U.S. delivered a colloquium presentation entitled Food Systems: Planning for Emergence. Also in the past, Professor Mildred Warner, of the CRP Department has taught a popular course on Food Systems Planning (syllabus available here).

Thanks to the work of Jablonski and Warner, the below list is a primer to classes and resources available in different colleges and departments across Cornell. This list is also available via the Cornell OCP website.

College of Agriculture and Life Science
The Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (AEM)
AEM 3290/3291: International Agribusiness Study Trip Fall and Spring. 2 credits
AEM 4310: Agricultural and Food Policy Fall. 3 credits.
AEM 4420: Emerging Markets Fall. 3 credits.
AEM 4430: Food-Industry Strategy Fall. 2 credits
AEM 4450: Food Policy for Developing Nations (also NS 4450) Fall. 3 credits
AEM 4460: Food Marketing Colloquium Fall. 1 credit
AEM 4640: Economics of Agricultural Development Fall. 3 credits
AEM 6420: Globalization, Food Safety, and Nutrition Fall. 2 credits
AEM 6600: Agroecosystems, Economic Development, & the Environment Spring. 3–4 credits

Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE)
BEE 3299: Sustainable Development Spring, summer. 3 credits

Crop and Soil Science (CSS)
CSS 3800: Organic Food and Agriculture Fall. 3 or 4 credits
CSS 4030: Traditional Agriculture in Developing Nations Fall. 1 credit
CSS 4100: The GMO Debate: Science and Society Spring. 3 credits
CSS 4140: Tropical Cropping Systems: Biodiversity, Social, and Environmental Impacts Fall. 4 credits
CSS 4900: Food, Farming, and Personal Beliefs Spring. 1 credit

Development Sociology (DSOC)
DSOC 3060: Farmworkers: Contemporary Issues and Their Implications Fall. 1 credit
DSOC 3240: Environment and Society Fall. 3 credits
DSOC 3400: Agriculture, Food, and Society Spring. 3 credits
DSOC 6270: Agrarian Social Mobilization: From Resistance to Revolution Spring. 3 credits
DSOC 7500: Food, Ecology, and Agrarian Change Fall. 3 credits

International Agriculture and Rural Development (IARD)
IARD 4020: Agriculture in Developing Nations I Fall. 2 credits
IARD 6030: Planning and Management of Agriculture and Rural Development Spring. 4 credits
IARD 6040: Food Systems and Poverty Reduction: Concepts and Themes Fall. 3 credits
IARD 6060: Food Systems and Poverty Reduction: Integration Fall. 4 credits
IARD 6960: Perspectives in International Development Fall, spring. 1 credit

Natural Resource Management (NTRES)
NTRES 4800: Global Seminar: Building Sustainable Environments and Secure Food Systems for a Modern World Spring. 3 credits

College of Arts and Sciences
Government (GOVT)
GOVT 6494: Agrarian Political Economy Spring. 4 credits

Division of Nutritional Science
Nutritional Science (NS)
NS 3060: Nutritional Problems of Developing Nations Fall. 3 credits.
NS 4450: Toward a Sustainable Global Food System: Food Policy for Developing Countries Fall. 3 credits
NS 4570: Health, Poverty, and Inequality: A Global Perspective Fall. 3 credits
NS 6440: Community Nutrition Seminar Fall and spring. 1 credit

Internship Opportunities
Cornell Cooperative Extension 

Cornell Centers and Institutes

Cornell International Institute for Food and Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cornell Team Receives Honorable Mention in Urban Design Competition

A multidisciplinary team of Cornell students has received honorable mention in the 2013 ULI Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition. The juried competition selected the team’s project from among 149 entries representing 70 universities in the U.S. and Canada.

The annual competition is an urban design and development project for teams comprised of five students representing at least three disciplines. This year’s challenge focused on transforming an undeveloped expanse at the edge Minneapolis’s downtown near the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

The team describes their project, LOOPolis, as being about “completion, connectivity, and community.” Their goal was to plan a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. “It’s about honoring past visions for a complete downtown, for a continuous greenway circling the city, and for new centers of opportunity for families, businesses, and college graduates, while envisioning anew and closing the loop on what downtown Minneapolis could become,” states the team in their project summary.

The team included: Man Su (B.Arch. ’13), Jia Li (M.R.P. ’14), Qianqian Ye ’14 and Yang Chen ’14 both graduate students in the landscape architecture program, and Bret Molan Colazzi ’13 who is a graduate student at the Johnson School. H. Pike Oliver, CRP, and Marc Miller, landscape architecture, advised this team as well as six other Cornell teams. This was the first year that B.Arch. students were able to participate in the competition, which had previously been reserved for graduate students.

Related Links:
ULI/Hines Student Urban Design Competition

Team’s presentation board and narrative

Friday, March 15, 2013

In Memoriam: Joseph Quandt

Nov. 28, 1992–Feb. 27, 2013
URS 2015

“He was a gentle soul — bright and considerate, observant and gifted, an insightful friend of many in our program. A life of unlimited possibilities lay ahead of him.” -- Prof. John Forester

"[As a student, he was] outstanding amongst an outstanding group. He had a great enthusiasm and regard for what he was doing. He was from the Cleveland area; he was very concerned about doing something for Cleveland in the future. Cleveland lost a part of its future.I am just disappointed that I’m not going to get to read about him in 10 years in the newspaper when he is governor of Ohio.” -- Prof. Hans Pike Oliver

“You know, some people have a kind of two-facedness. He was very even keel[ed]. He was the same way to everyone: funny and cynical, but progressive. It’s a shame for the world and us. It’s a shame not just for the Cornell-centric world. We are really losing someone who was going to stand up for the people.” -- Levi Schoenfeld

“He was one of those people that [was] always ready for everything that [was] happening –– always ready to help you, always ready to learn something new.” -- Zoloo Brown

The following are some notes posted in the 1st floor of Sibley Hall to remember Joe. 
"I only met you fall semester but by December you treated me like a true friend. If anything I hope that my song and dance put a smile on your face." 

"I wish I had gotten to know you better. You always seemed so hip, so at ease. Everyone misses you here. I hope you're still as at ease as you were."

"We will miss you so much. Your loving smile, quiet watchfulness, patient words. You had a perpetual brightness in your eyes, a hopefulness that couldn't be extinguished. You lived a life of abundance and promise. We will keep telling your story."

With you gone I feel the need to be a better planner. You had so much passion, I would hate to see a world where it went to waste. I take it upon myself to do a portion of the work you would have."

"You always had a smile on your face and a hearty laugh at the ready. You never let any situation get you down, and because of you, I want to live like you did—always smiling and optimistic. I know, and am comforted by, that wherever you are now, you've got a smile on."

"Joe had a peculiar way of communicating, but if  you dug just a little deeper you would know he was truly passionate about where he's from. He reminded me of why I'm in URS, and his mannerisms defined what URS'15 classes were like. I will truly miss all of that."

"Joe was a special young man. He was insightful, deeply interested in improving the world around him/us, and very smart. In his quiet, unassuming way, he had a gift for stepping forward and providing effective leadership for whatever task was at hand. His gentle smile welcomed everyone and encouraged all to play a constructive role in our common endeavors. We miss him now, and we will miss all the contributions he would have made for years to come. Let him rest in peace."

Joseph Quandt, who was 20 years old, died of natural causes. A memorial service will be held in Anabel Taylor Chapel on March 27 at 4 PM, followed by a reception in the One World Cafe.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Design Connect Kicks Off Spring Projects

Design Connect, an multidisciplinary, student‐run, community design organization based at Cornell University, recently held two information sessions to kick-off recruiting for their Spring projects. After applications were compiled, four project teams emerged to advance projects around the region. 
Erin, NY - The Scotchtown Cemetery Restoration
The Scotchtown Cemetery was struck by a tornado in the April 2011.  The storm uprooted century old fir trees and damaged grave markers, radically changing the natural environment of the cemetery. Design Connect will help the trustees in the restoration of the cemetery by providing  research and preliminary landscape design work towards development of a final site plan. The goal of the trustees is to develop the cemetery as a natural area with green spaces and possible nature trails—using plants that encourage wildlife and contribute to the natural beauty of the space while minimizing long-term property maintenance and labor costs.

Oneonta, NY - Advancing the River Corporation Commerce Park
The Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council (GOEDC) is looking to develop a large parcel of land that was once the largest railroad roundhouse in the world and is now known as the River Corporation Commerce Park.  Due to the size and complexity of the project, GOEDC has engaged with Design Connect through a combined workshop class and volunteer group to provide key services in the creation of a site plan.  Some of the projects the GOEDC is interested in pursuing include a conceptual master design of the site, developing a green energy plan for the site and renderings of potential buildings, landscape designs and streetscapes.

Wayne, NY - Creating Conceptual Designs for Zoning and “Best Practices” Guidance
The project entails helping the Town of Wayne visually translate new land use regulations (developed by students in CRP 5072) into design guidelines for future subdivision of lands in the town.  Five to six key tracts of land within the proposed Agricultural and Hillside Conservation zoning districts would be used to illustrate land subdivision approaches that can preserve scenic views, rural character and working agricultural landscapes. 

Waterloo, NY - Working Towards a Revitalization Master Plan
The Village of Waterloo is a small community located between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes, in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region. Waterloo has historical significance as the birthplace of Memorial Day and connection with the Womenʼs Rights Movement over 150 years ago. The village recently completed a Downtown Assessment Study. The goal of Design Connect this semester is to help the Village to continue towards developing a master plan focusing on revitalizing the downtown area. 

Design Connect strives to empower students and citizens by advancing collaborative, democratic, and sustainable design and planning projects in local communities. These projects offer practical experience to students through cooperation with local municipalities and non‐profit organizations while providing design and planning services for these groups that may not have the resources to advance projects forward toward professional implementation.
Formed in the Spring of 2008 by students as an initiative of the Design & Planning Group, Design Connect became an independent student organization in 2010. Since its inception, over 300 students have participated working on more than 40 projects.  For more information visit 

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Cornell Planner - Spring 2013 - Issue 2

The semester’s second issue of the Cornell Planner is available on the CRP website. CLICK HERE to view online.

Please send your news updates to Gar-Yin at

Past issues:
Spring 2013, Issue 1
Fall 2012, Issue 6

For other archived issues, click here

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Cornell Planner - Spring 2013 - Issue 1

The semester’s first issue of the Cornell Planner is available on the CRP website. CLICK HERE to view online.

Please send your news updates to Gar-Yin at

Past issues:
Fall 2012, Issue 6

For other archived issues, click here

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Seven Teams Represent Cornell in ULI Competition

This past Monday, seven Cornell teams competing for the 11th annual Urban Land Institute-Gerald D. Hines Competition breathed a collective sigh of relief as they finished their design and financial feasibility submissions. Thirty-five Cornell graduate and fifth-year architecture students returned early from winter break to participate in the annual urban design and development competition. Sponsored by international real estate firm Hines, this year's competition centers around design ideas for redevelopment of land immediately surrounding the Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis, MN. While the plans may or may not be applied to the site, the designs must be grounded in reality, addressing urban design and financial feasibility. The winning team will receive $50,000 with finalists teams receiving $10,000 each.

While Cornell is likely to have more team representation than any other school, the number of Cornell teams is not unprecedented; in 2011, Cornell fielded ten teams. Last year only saw four teams compete. This years teams represent a broad coalition of students from across the university: Business (1), Architecture (5), Landscape Architecture (10), Planning (12), Real Estate (5), and two joint degree program students participating: Landscape/Real Estate (1) and one Landscape/Planning (1).

Students pulled many long hours to submit their plans before the January 28th deadline. Results are expected by early March. Great work and good luck competitors! 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

2012 CRP Alumni Survey Results Available

Cornell's alumni networks consist of an unparalleled group of leaders, academics and professionals. Compiled by AAP Career Services, the CRP Alumni Survey 2012 includes attending alumni in bachelors, masters and doctorate programs. Responses to last years’ survey include graduates from 1957–2012, and represent a wide range of positions and career paths from consultants to directors. A summary of some points of the survey is included in the adjacent graphic with respondents separated by degree type.

To help students succeed professionally, alumni offered counsel on the most important skills as well as general professional advice. While individual responses could not be published, themes are summarized here and original responses are available from AAP Career Services, B1 West Sibley Hall. For more information, contact AAP Career Services

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mildred Warner to Receive Community and Economic Vitality Award

Professor Mildred Warner
The Community and Regional Development Institute’s 2012/13 David J. Allee and Paul R. Eberts Community and Economic Vitality Award will be presented on Monday, February 11th, 2013 to Mildred Warner, Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, for her years of innovative research on issues impacting families, communities and regions. The award will be given at CaRDI’s Research Roundtable Seminar on “Planning Across Generations,” to be held at Cornell University on February 11th from 12:00-2:00.

Panelists will include Professor Warner, Ruth Finkelstein (Senior Vice President for Policy and Planning, The New York Academy of Medicine), and Dana E. Friedman (Founder and President, The Early Years Institute).

Mildred Warner is a Professor of City and Regional Planning where her work focused on privatization, economic development and new models of service delivery. She has published over 65 articles in top journals and received grants from numerous foundations and US government agencies for her research. Her research is characterized by strong collaborations with local government associations which ensure its policy relevance. For more information on her research projects see

For more information on Professor Warner's award, click here.

Cornell Student Team Wins Philadelphia Design Competition

A mixed team of MLA and MRP students recently took first place at the 2013 Ed Bacon Student Design Competition, held annually by the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. The winning entry was entitled SHIFT (Smart Hub Infrastructure for Tomorrow).

Click for full-resolution pdf version 
The team members, listed below, all plan to graduate this coming spring.
• Logan Axelson, MRP '13
• Caleb Cheng, MRP '13
• Katherine Li, MLA '13
• Jesse Nicholson, MLA '13
• Travis North, MLA/MRP '13

Although Mr. Bacon (B.Arch ’32) was a Cornell alumnus, this did not affect the outcome—the team produced top quality work, beating out significant national and international competition. One key strategy of the ambitious proposal was a long-term, phased implementation. This win marks the third for the university in the past four competitions, demonstrating continued excellence by the universities programs.

More information on the competition can be found here. (

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Weekly Guest Lectures: Spring ISP Seminar Announced

One of the many benefits of Cornell's CRP program involves weekly guest lectures. As a top-tier research university, Cornell attracts prominent practitioners, researchers, activists and urban leaders each Friday to Milstein Auditorium to present on a variety of topics. The Spring seminar is sponsored by International Studies in Planning (ISP) and focuses on urgent and foundational issues affecting urban populations worldwide. Representing an impressive list of leaders in the field, the Spring 2013 seminar lectures were recently announced:
FEB 01
Germà Bel, Department of Economics, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
The Economics and Politics of High-Speed Rail: Lessons from Experiences Abroad.
FEB 08
Elizabeth McKeon, Philanthropy Consultant
Planning Injustice
FEB 15
Stefan Ziegler, UNRWA Barrier Monitoring Unit (BMU) West Bank.
Accomplishing Advocacy through Field-Based Research
FEB 22
Jonathan Thompson, Water and Environment Center (WCC), Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Tribal First Foods and the Umatilla River Vision: Planning and Implementation of Large-Scale Habitat Restoration in the Inland Northwest
MAR 01
Alexander Zaitchik, Journalist, New York
Chinese Avatar in the Amazon
MAR 08
Paul Smoke, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service , NYU
The Emergence of Recentralization in Developing Countries: Forms, Motivations and Consequences
MAR 29
Savitri Bisnath, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University
Crisis Prevention and Recovery: What does gender equality or human rights have to do with it?
APR 05
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps
Making a Difference: Peace Corps in the 21st Century?
APR 19
Randy Stoecker, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, UW Madison
TBA [on CBR]
APR 26
Vani Subramanian, Film Maker, Fulbright Scholar
Delhi. New Delhi. Improved Delhi.
MAY 03
Diane E. Davis, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Urban Resilience in Situations of Chronic Violence

Recently concluded, the Fall semester lecturers represented a similarly robust agglomeration of talent, innovation and experience, many with educational or professional ties to Cornell. Below is a list of this past Fall’s lectures.

David DriskellExecutive Director, Community Planning and Sustainability, Boulder, Colorado
Ken Meter, President, Crossroads Resource Center

Donna Fathke*, East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission
Michael Likosky, Center on Law & Public Finance and Institute for Public Knowledge
Rolf Pendall, Director, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
Laura Wolf-Powers, University of Pennsylvania
Mike McCoy, Executive Director, California Strategic Growth Council
Donald Greenberg*, Cornell University
CRP Faculty Authors
Vishaan Chakrabarti*, Director, Center for Urban Real Estate, Columbia University
Worrasit Tantinipankul*, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
George Frantz*, Cornell University
* Cornell Alumni; Past or current faculty

For a full list of lectures each semester, visit