Masters Student Panel on Master’s Project Proposal Development

By Jo Kwon Last week PLAN 590: Master’s Project Proposal Development had a panel of past and present students to talk about their experiences of developing their Master’s Project (MP). The seminar-based course prepares first year master’s students to work on their MP. The panel included Lance Gloss (second year student at DCRP), Graham Zicekefoose (second year student at Eastern Washington University), Lauren Prunkl (DCRP’s … Continue reading Masters Student Panel on Master’s Project Proposal Development

Too Big to Dismantle: Planning for Reuse of the Tarheel Army Missile Plant

By Ian Baltutis As cities grow and develop and the national economy fluctuates, the industries that occupy cities change too. When the economy is booming, built structures of immense scale are constructed to accommodate the surge in industry. However, when the economy subsides, there is rarely the economic energy necessary to dismantle or repurpose those same structures. The Tarheel Army Missile Plant (TAMP) in Burlington, … Continue reading Too Big to Dismantle: Planning for Reuse of the Tarheel Army Missile Plant

The case for a K-12 planning education 

By Isabel Soberal What would it look like to incorporate principles of urban planning into the K-12 curriculum in U.S schools—could it be the answer to apathy planners are looking for? Dr. Thomas Campanella’s 2011 article, entitled “Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning,” reflects on the canonization of Jane Jacobs by grassroots activists, not necessarily for the overall betterment of the … Continue reading The case for a K-12 planning education 

Women Are Needed in Spaces Where Decisions Are Being Made  

By Rene Marker-Katz Climate change is ingrained in much of the work being done through the lens of urban planning, policy initiative, and other sectors influential at the human scale. While the web of climate adaptation has recently become embedded within the core of urban planning, it is crucial to address the continued lack of gender diversity in spaces where decisions are made.  This lack … Continue reading Women Are Needed in Spaces Where Decisions Are Being Made  

How Decisions are Made: The People’s Park Housing Project in Berkeley, CA 

By Kathryn Cunnigham Back in 2017, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ and City of Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín announced a housing development project at People’s Park. This project, set to start construction in late 2022, will redevelop the park into housing for students, low-income residents, and the unhoused. The City also promised to preserve 60% of the land for historical commemoration and green space.   Not … Continue reading How Decisions are Made: The People’s Park Housing Project in Berkeley, CA 

Mitch Silver’s Real Talk on “Planning with Purpose”

By Lance Gloss, Editor-in-Chief Professional planners need special knowledge to accomplish their core tasks. We know this. It may be even more important that planners understand why they do these tasks. This was one of Mitch Silver’s main messages as he connected the dots between ethics and outcomes in the planning profession. The celebrated planner graced the DCRP with a presentation on November 18, thanks … Continue reading Mitch Silver’s Real Talk on “Planning with Purpose”

Reflections of the Center for Urban & Regional Studies (CURS)’s Roundtable on Governance and Smart Cities

By Jo Kwon Last week, the Center for Urban & Regional Studies (CURS) at UNC hosted a roundtable on Governance and Smart Cities. This offered a perfect preview of the topics that will be addressed in Volume 48 of the Carolina Planning Journal, entitled Urban Analytics: Capabilities and Critiques. The roundtable included Prof. Päivi Korpisaari from the University of Helsinki, Prof. Anne Klinefelter from the … Continue reading Reflections of the Center for Urban & Regional Studies (CURS)’s Roundtable on Governance and Smart Cities

2022 North Carolina APA Conference in Winston-Salem

By Lance Gloss Attendees at the 2022 APA-NC Conference were relieved to return to an in-person format after two years of virtual events during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Planners from cities and firms throughout the state gathered in Winston-Salem from September 13th to 16th. They shared updates from their work, shared laughs, and considered the evolving practice of planning in North Carolina. Architect … Continue reading 2022 North Carolina APA Conference in Winston-Salem

Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership

By Josephine Justin This past May, I started working with the Southeast and Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership (SCDRP) as a Program Coordinator. The SCDRP is a coalition of public and private organizations that collectively seeks to strengthen the resilience of communities to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of natural hazards and climate change. SCDRP is the broadest regional collaborative network for professionals in emergency … Continue reading Southeast & Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership

Planner’s Playlist

By Jo Kwon After the long Labor Day weekend, looking for some motivational playlist to get back to planning? Angles have created a Planner’s Playlist. All of the recommendations were from DCRP planners or soon-to-be planners. If you are not in the mood for music, check out some of our favorite urbanist (or urbanist-adjacent) podcasts and featured episodes from last week’s post. 1) Suburban Home … Continue reading Planner’s Playlist