Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CRP Alumni Reception in NYC

On October 17th, the Organization of Cornell Planners (OCP), organized an informal alumni meet-up in New York City. The AAP NYC program hosted the CRP reception in the gallery space of the 20th floor AAP NYC studio space at 26 Broadway. The reception occurred concurrently with Open House New York, a weekend where 300+ of New York City's most famous spaces are open for public tours. CRP students spent Saturday exploring Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, visiting some of the city's most iconic neighborhoods, buildings and projects. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

PSD & WPF's November #RealTalk

Join Planning Students for Diversity & Women's Planning Forum next week (11/04) for the November #RealTalk

Ithaca City Cemetery Clean-up

Students at Ithaca Cemetery
Credits: Historic Ithaca
On August 29, 2015, graduate students from the M.A. HPP, MRP, and CIPA programs, as well as community members joined Historic Ithaca to clean up the Ithaca City Cemetery. Established around 1790, the cemetery covers 16 acres of University Hill, located to the west of Cornell’s campus. Often used by students as a pass through, the cemetery has suffered from acts of vandalism and general decay. Working in the oldest part of the cemetery, the CRP and CIPA students were split into two different groups. One group worked on digging out headstones that had cracked and fallen over to ultimately reset them and the other worked on cleaning nearby monuments. Historic Ithaca taught students how to use an environmentally friendly enzyme cleaner to scrub the headstones. After the work of digging out and cleaning a row of four headstones was complete, Historic Ithaca referred to a map made decades ago in order to know where to instruct students to place the headstones. After digging out a section of ground to replace them, students reset the headstones in the correct location and refilled the holes. Upon completion, two monuments and five headstones had been cleaned and reset.

The Fitch Colloquium

HPP students, alumni, and Professor Jeffrey Chusid in front of Butler 
Library at Columbia University
On October 17, students in the Historic Preservation Planning Program attended the Fitch Colloquium at Columbia University in New York City. The Colloquium is held annually in honor of James Marston Fitch who founded Columbia’s Historic Preservation Program. This year’s program was special because it is the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law. Preservation organizations across the city have been celebrating this anniversary through various events throughout the year such as exhibitions and symposia that have examined how preservation has affected the city. 

1st Year CRP Students Travel to Cleveland

Walking Tour of Downtown Cleveland.
Each Fall, First-Year MRP students are encouraged to participate in a class trip to a large U.S. city.  During the first weekend of October, first year MRP students traveled to Cleveland, Ohio to learn about various planning initiatives to revitalize the once prospering city!  Professor Jeff Chusid and two second year MRP students led the trip.  Prior to the trip, students were able to learn a bit about Cleveland during a scheduled colloquium.  John Grabowski of Case Western University provided the first years just enough information about the city to get us excited for the trip!

During the students’ time in Cleveland they were given the opportunity to learn about city planning initiatives from various development agencies, network with local alum, and take in some of the unique flavor that the city has to offer.   The trip started off in Terminal Tower.  The Tower is one of Cleveland’s most well recognized buildings, and also home to the Renaissance Hotel where the group stayed for the weekend.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Erie County Focus Group in Amherst, NY

A focus group discussion conducted by the students of Economic Development Workshop (CRP 5074) was held at Salvatore's Grand Hotel in Amherst, New York on 24th September, 2015. Senators from New York State Assembly and representatives of towns and village from the state were a part of this meeting.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cornell Planning T-shirts

OCP is ditributing Cornell Planning T-shirts designed by one of the CRP Faculty Professor Thomas Campanella. CRP current students and alumni can order t-shirts from hereThe t-shirts are either $13 if you do not require shipping, or $20 including shipping. Order yours today and show your CRPride!

Source: Jaclyn Hochreiter, OCP Vice President

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Cornell's Planning Students for Diversity holds September #RealTalk

Cornell's Planning Students for Diversity organized #realtalk to discuss how social justice impacts planning while getting to know their fellow classmates on September 9th.

Dinner with the Chair


A delightful Turkish dinner and informal discussion with CRP Department Chair, Susan Christopherson was organised by OCP on September 10th for all the incoming students.

Monday, September 14, 2015

2015 Orientation

This year, OCP welcomed the incoming group of students with a series of events including the traditional pancake breakfast at Miller Heller House,


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CRP Young Alumni Panel: Andrew Bielak, Daniel Kelleher, and Katelyn Wright

Annual CRP Young Alumni Panel
February 27, 2015

Katelyn Wright, Andrew Bielak, and Daniel KelleherKatelyn Wright (M.R.P. '10), Andrew Bielak (M.R.P. '11), and Daniel Kelleher (M.R.P. '10) during the panel session. Photo by William Staffeld / AAP


This spring, as part of the CRP 2015 Spring Colloquium Series, OCP and the AAP brought three recent graduates return to Ithaca to share their experiences as young practitioners in the field of planning.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Town Hall 2015



Hosted by OCP, a tradition of discussing thoughts and feedback on the CRP graduate experience 

February 23, 2015 - Hans Bethe House

Hein Dinh (MRP '16) & Sivan Naaman (MRP '16)

Every spring, the Organization of Cornell Planners (OCP) organizes, funds and facilitates a Town Hall meeting between the faculty and graduate students of the City and Regional Planning Department. Attendees come together to discuss student concerns and proposals for improving the everyday functioning of the department. The event serves as an opportunity to step back from the traditional classroom discussions and to critically reflect on the policies and structure of the department as a whole. 

Town Hall embodies Cornell's strong tradition of participatory planning - a cornerstone of the department's philosophy. One of the first core courses students take focuses on planning as an evolving and engaged process; this event and the interaction it facilitates closely mirrors the techniques and strategies that distinguish urban planning as a profession and our department's approach to it.



Three rounds on professional development, facilities and scheduling, and curriculum and programming.

Professor Susan Christopherson


Daniel Kuhlmann (PhD) & Hadar Sachs (URS)


Gabriel Halili (MRP '15) & Professor Michael Tomlan


Jessie Masters (MRP '16) & Isaac Robb (MRP '15)

Zoe Siegel (MRP '16) & Hilary Dowden (MRP '15)

Geslin George (MRP '16) & Professor Mildred Warner

Jennifer Rowe (MRP '15) & Melissa Strelec (MRP '15)



Friday, January 23, 2015

Seneca Falls / Design Connect 2014


In Fall 2014, Design Connect took on a number of exciting projects. For the project below, a group of planning, architecture and engineering students got together to develop a waterfront enhancement proposal for Seneca Falls. Check it out.



















Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lansing / Design Connect 2014

In Fall 2014, Design Connect took on a number of exciting projects. For the project below, a group of planning, architecture and engineering students got together to develop a transportation issue assessment and best practices guide for the Town of Lansing. Below are excerpts of the final proposal. 

Check out some news coverage the project got here and here.

Enjoy!