Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Charlotte Obodzinski, Rapid Transit Program Manager, PACE Bus, BAUP '07 and MUP '08 (event)

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Charlotte Obodzinski, Rapid Transit Program Manager, PACE Bus, BAUP '07 and MUP '08 (event)

Monday, February 27, 2017

1490512335 - 1488196800

A Rapid Pace for Chicago Suburbs

Noon in 225 TBH

Charlotte Obodzinski is an AICP certified, Rapid Transit Program Manager at Pace Bus in suburban Chicago. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in Environmental Studies in 2007, and completed the 4+1 program earning her Master of Urban Planning degree from UIUC in 2008. Following graduation, Charlotte served as a Service Planner for Pace Bus for 6 years and was responsible for the planning and modification of bus routes covering northern Cook and Kane Counties. In 2014, she became the Rapid Transit Program Manager for the agency where she oversees the planning of rapid transit services on major arterials and highways throughout Pace's 6-county region as well as their associated infrastructure. Her current projects include a partnership with the Illinois Tollway to develop an express bus network with support facilities along the I-90 corridor as well as the development and implementation of Arterial Rapid Transit services along Milwaukee Ave, Dempster St. and 22 future corridors in the northwest suburbs. In addition to her duties at Pace, Charlotte served as the 2015 President of the Transport Chicago Steering Committee and she is an active member of the American Planning Association and the Women's Transportation Seminar.


The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.


Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Ed Christopher, Transportation Consultant (event)

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Ed Christopher, Transportation Consultant (event)

Monday, October 3, 2016

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Reflections Upon a Career as a Transportation Planner

Noon in Room 225, TBH

Ed Christopher has been involved in urban transportation planning since 1979. He has a Master's degree in urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a transportation specialization. Ed began his career at the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) as the Director of Information Systems. There he was responsible for the collection, acquisition, maintenance and analysis of data needed to support the many activities of CATS, the Metropolitan Plannings Organization for the Chicago region. In 1998, Ed went to work for U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Between 2001 and December 2015, he was the Metropolitan Planning Specialist for the Federal Highway Administration's Resource Center. In December 2015, Ed retired from Federal service and now keeps active as a transportation consultant.

Ed’s active work in the field of transportation planning includes working on several transportation and health related projects, chairing a Transportation Research Board (TRB) Task Force on Arterial Health, co-chairing a TRB Sub Committee on Health and Transportation, and speaking as a national expert at various conferences and workshops on the relationship of health and transportation. Ed is also an active member on the TRB National Data Committee as well as the founding chair of a TRB Sub Committee on Census Data for Transportation Planning. He serves as a member at large to the TRB Data Section and is an emeritus Member of the Urban Data committee. Ed has a long list of accomplishments and is well known among the transportation planning and data community especially for his work with large data sets, travel behavior research, urban and statewide planning and programming, travel demand forecasting, traffic operations, travel demand management, developing long range transportation plans, communicating technical concepts to the public, developing large scale research projects, and policy analysis and planning. Ed likes to call himself a student of the transportation planning process and as a FHWA employee he was a national expert on the MPO certification review process.

In 2008 Ed was profiled in TRNews a bi-monthly publication of TRB:

 Monday, October 3

Noon:Presentation: "Reflections Upon a Career as a Transportation Planner," TBH Room 225

5:00 pm: Up 430/Urban Transportation Planning, Room 29 ACES Library


The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: David L. Reifman, Commissioner of the Chicago Planning and Development Department (event)

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: David L. Reifman, Commissioner of the Chicago Planning and Development Department (event)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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Policies and Principles for Equitable Urban Development

5:30 pm in Plym Auditorium TBH

David L. Reifman was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) in August 2015.

A native Chicagoan, Reifman is responsible for leading the department's Housing, Economic Development, and Planning & Zoning bureaus while fostering community-improvement projects and initiatives throughout the city. As Commissioner of DPD, he serves on the Chicago Plan Commissions Community Development Commission, and Commission on Chicago Landmarks, among other public agencies. He is also chairman of the board of the Chicago Development Fund.

In his previous capacity as an attorney, Reifman specialized in a wide range of urban issues and public-private partnerships involving commerical, residential, and industrial development; land use planning; taxing districts; contract negotiations; and historic preservation.

Commissioner Reifman grew up in Rogers Park, attended Sullivan High School, and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from University of Illinois. He received his law degree from Northwestern University.

 Thursday, September 22

5:00 pm: reception in TBH Atrium

5:30 pm: Presentation: "Policies and Principles for Equitable Urban Development," TBH Plym Auditorium

7:30 pm: Dinner with invited guests



The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.


Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Bridget Lane, Director, Business Districts, Inc., BUP '74 (event)

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Bridget Lane, Director, Business Districts, Inc., BUP '74 (event)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Why Economic Development Planning Requires Regional Positioning (Please Don't Call It "Branding")

12:30 pm in 225 TBH

Bridget Lane specializes in marketing and commercial revitalization strategies based on market analysis that positions communities to compete in regional markets. Her experience as a retailing executive, a professor at Chicago's University of Illinois and DePaul University, and manager of Downtown Evanston has established a practical foundation for her marketing and business development consultations.

Neighborhood retail business development, community branding, residential development impacts, industrial recruitment, and mixed-use project enhancement have all been subjects of Bridget's research and consulting work. She created university courses covering economic development for urban planners, retail management, advertising, introductory marketing, and personal selling. Bridget's profit-improving workshops for independent retailers have been heralded by participants and the sponsoring communities.


Bridget Lane has served on various public service committees and boards including a term on her community's Economic Development Corporation, Trustee of the District 64 Elementary Learning Foundation, and treasurer of the Pickwick Theatre Council. She currently is a member of the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Public Policy Committee and participated in ULI Technical Assistance Panels for Downtown Winnetka, Chicago's Argyle Street, and Bronzeville's Rosenwald Apartments.


Retail in Underserved Communities, Bridget Lane and Maureen McAvey, ULI, 2014

Reaching for the Future: Creative Finance for Smaller Communities, various including Bridget Lane, ULI, expected March 2016


Before obtaining a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, Bridget graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Urban Planning.

Thursday, April 14

11:30 am: lunch with invited students

12:30-1:50 pm: Presentation: "Why Economic Development Planning Requires Regional Positioning (Please Don't Call It 'Branding')," TBH 225

2:00 pm: UP 347/Junior Planning Workshop, TBH 225


The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.

Visiting Entrepreneur: Derek Eder, Civic Tech Building, Co-Founder of Open City

Visiting Entrepreneur: Derek Eder, Civic Tech Building, Co-Founder of Open City

Monday, April 11, 2016

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 What Problems Can Tech Solve?

11:30-12:30 pm in 225 TBH

Derek is an entrepreneur, developer and one of the leaders of the civic technology community in Chicago. He is founder and partner at DataMade, a company that tells stories and builds tools with data, co-founder of Open City, a collective that makes civic apps to improve transparency and understanding of our government, and organizer for the Chi Hack Night, America's premier weekly event for building civic technology with open data. He has built and collaborated on dozens of civic and data applications including 2nd City Zoning, Chicago Lobbyists, Look at Cook, Chicago Councilmatic and Dedupe.


Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Michael F. Schubert, MUP '75, Community Development Strategies (event)

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Michael F. Schubert, MUP '75, Community Development Strategies (event)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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Rethinking Neighborhood Revitalization

12:30-1:30 in 225 TBH

Michael Schubert has nearly 40 years of experience in community development and neighborhood revitalization. He began his career as the Assistant Director of the Near Northwest Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS), at a time when the Near Northwest NHS achieved dramatic neighborhood turnaround, and was one of the first NHS programs in the country to complete its mission. Michael became the Associate Director of NHS of Chicago, overseeing operations in the local offices and managing the expansion into four new neighborhoods. In 1989 Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed him Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Housing (DOH), a cabinet level position. DOH addressed the city's private housing issues in various neighborhoods. In this capacity he managed a budget of $75 million and a staff of 375. As Commissioner, he developed the New Homes for Chicago Program, an award-winning effort that brought new homeownership opportunities to Chicago neighborhoods. He also restructured the City's Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, funded the rehabilitation of over 4,000 housing units, oversaw the City's Urban Renewal Program, and brought new efficiencies to the administration of the Department. In 1991, Michael left the Department and began a consulting practice-Community Development Strategies- which focuses on neighborhood revitalization. For the last 23 years he has worked in 81 cities and 170 neighborhoods around the country. Clients include community development intermediaries, nonprofits, state and municipal governments, and foundations on program development, implementation, and evaluation.

Michael is an award winning trainer at the NeighborWorks National Training Institutes, and has also worked with NeighborWorks in developing the Campaign for Homeownership, the implementation of a neighborhood change evaluation program, and a national demonstration on neighborhood marketing.  He developed the Milwaukee Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative in 2006 with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and continued to work with the Foundation over the next five years on implementation. He is currently working as a consultant to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the implementation of the Choice Neighborhoods Program.  As a result of this work, HUD asked Michael to prepare a resource guide for the Choice Neighborhoods Program. This booklet, Designing and Directing Neighborhood Change Efforts: How to Be More Intentional and Effective, is on the HUD Choice Neighborhoods website.

Tuesday, March 15

9:30-10:50 am: UP 494-AG/Shrinking Cities, Prof. Andrew Greenlee, TBH 19

11:15-12:15 pm: Lunch with invited students

12:30-1:30 pm:Presentation: "Rethinking Neighborhood Revitalization," TBH 225 (Choice Neighborhoods Resource Guide) (Schools and Neighborhood Revitalization: An Invitation to new Thinking)


The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Regina Pritchett, Senior Land & Resilient Development Specialist, Huairou Commission, '11 MUP (event)

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Regina Pritchett, Senior Land & Resilient Development Specialist, Huairou Commission, '11 MUP (event)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

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Planning in the global-to-local nexus--some lessons & limitations learned doing international community development with grassroots women 

12:30-1:50 in 225 TBH

Regina Pritchett has 13 years' experience in working with community based organizations doing local development. She is currently serving as the Senior Land and Resilient Development Specialist at the Huairou Commission in Brooklyn, New York, and coordinates pan-African opportunities for learning, policy advocacy and partnership in the African Region. Prior to this, Ms. Pritchett worked with Huairou Commission member group Espaço Feminista in Recife, Brazil. Over a two year span she documented grassroots women's hard-fought advancement of a participatory land regularization process for their own center city informal settlement. As an activist in her own right, she had been a community organizer in a number of grassroots groups and community-based organizations to advance community-led development, participatory governance, restorative justice practices and youth development in Harlem/Bronx, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; Los Angeles, California; and Champaign, Illinois. Regina holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she concentrated in transnational planning and community development for social justice and two bachelor's degrees in policy, planning and management and neuroscience, from University of Southern California. She is fluent in English and Portuguese.

Thursday, March 10

11:00-12:20 pm: UP 494-L1/ Informal Settlements: Brazil and Beyond, Prof. Clarissa Freitas, "Brazilian Urbanized Issues", TBH 223

12:30-1:50 pm: Presentation: "Planning in the global-to-local Nexus: Some lessons & limitations learned doing international community development with grassroots women," TBH 225 (Poster)

2:00-3:15 pm: Lunch/break

3:30-4:50 pm: GCL147B/ Race and the City, Prof. Ken Salo, LH 1064

5:00-6:30 pm: Break. Early Dinner

7:00 pm: African Studies and the Pan African Vision: From Garvey to Biko to Black Lives Matter.  Speakers: Ken Salo, Urban and Regional Planning; Erik McDuffie, Department of African American Studies; Teresa Barnes, History. Location: Graduate School of Library and Information Science; Room 126; 501 E. Daniel, Champaign.

Friday, March 11

9:30 am: (optional) Telling No Lies: History of African Liberation Movements--Lessons for the U.S. Today.  Speaker: Prexy Nesbitt.  Location: Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 51 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign

11:30-1:00 pm: Meeting and lunch with Planners' Network and other interested students

6:30-9:30 pm: TNP/Transnational Planning Stream Pot Luck; Informal presentation/discussion on making a career in international development; at the home of Faranak Miraftab and Ken Salo

 The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.

"My Brooklyn" film screening and discussion

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Rita Morocoima-Black and Ashlee McLaughlin, '08 MUP (Event)

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Rita Morocoima-Black and Ashlee McLaughlin, '08 MUP (Event)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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(LRTP) 2040: Sustainable Choices

12:30 - 1:30 PM, 225 TBH

Rita Corocoima-Black, Transportation Planning Manager for the Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS), has over 25 years of experience in transportation planning and engineering. Her past fourteen years with CUUATS have resulted in significant recommendations and changes to the local area transportation system in terms of active transportation infrastructure, road diets, and the development of several Long Range Transportation Plans (LRTP) and associated performance measures. She has also led the development of a suite of interrelated models for land use, travel demand, greenhouse gases, population health, social costs, affordability, and accessibility used to evaluate different scenarios for the LRTP. During her tenure, Ms. Black has served on a number of federal research and advisory committees and CUUATS' work has earned various awards and been highlighted in a variety of federal reports and publications.

Ashlee McLaughlin has worked at CUUATS for the past two years on a variety of transportation planning projects for the Champaign-Urbana area including documenting the intersections between transportation and economic development, researching the transportation impacts on population health, and assessing connectivity for minority and low-income neighborhoods. From 2013 to 2014 Ms. McLaughlin was the lead planner for the Champaign-Urbana Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) 2040: Sustainable Choices and the associated public involvement campaign which included an outreach bus and over 60 public events and presentations. Her past experience includes community development research with the United Nations in Mexico, Archeworks in Chicago, and development work as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador.

The Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) 2040: Sustainable Choices public involvement strategy included a variety of ambitious and innovative methods to educate the public about the long range transportation planning process, raise awareness of existing transportation services, collect public input regarding the existing transportation system, and facilitate visioning sessions regarding the future of the Champaign-Urbana community. CUUATS staff places special emphasis on public input because the LRTP affects every resident, employee, and visitor in our community. To garner local support and produce a plan that is grounded in a shared vision for the future, CUUATS encouraged citizen involvement in a variety of ways. For the LRTP 2040, the public outreach efforts have been expanded to include a website, informational videos, interactive maps for public comments, a social media campaign, periodic newsletter updates, an outreach bus, and dynamic public meetings.

The most prominent tool in this outreach campaign was the LRTP 2040 Community Conversations Bus, a decommissioned transit bus from the local mass transit district that was wrapped with the LRTP logo and retrofitted for laptops, a video projector, information displays, and a kids' table while still remaining ADA compliant. To address past problems with unreliable meeting attendance, staff decided to capitalize on the many outdoor festivals and activities that this area of central Illinois is known for during the summer months. CUUATS staff collaborated with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District drivers, local municipalities, and local park districts to park the Community Conversations Bus at popular local events around the region such as concerts in the park and outdoor neighborhood celebrations. These events allowed CUAATs planners and engineers to talk face-to-face with local residents throughout the region during the residents' leisure time in a location that was comfortable for them. In preparation, CUUATS worked with the local public television station to produce and air an LRTP information video to inform local residents about the plan and let them know how and why to get involved in the months leading up to the events. On the video, local children, community leaders, and other transportation stakeholders use simple terms to explain the LRTP planning process and how to get involved. CUUATS staff also collaborated with PACE Center for Independent Living to provide closed captions on the video for the hearing impaired and subtitles for Spanish-speakers.


The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Eric S. Bosman, AICP, '98 MUP/MARCH  (Event)

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Eric S. Bosman, AICP, '98 MUP/MARCH (Event)

Monday, October 19, 2015

1490512335 - 1445252400

The Space in Between: Forging an interdisciplinary career within the planning, architecture, and landscape architecture world

12:00 - 1:00 PM, 225 TBH

Eric. S Bosman, AICP, is an urban designer, specializing in urban, community, campus, and strategic facility planning with Kimley-Horn in Atlanta, GA. Over the last two decades, he has assisted municipalities, community improvement districts (CIDs), educational systems, and other organizations as a facilitator, planner, designer, and program manager.

Eric's career has spanned leadership roles in a regional architecture firm; a boutique urban design firm; and a national planning, landscape architecture, and engineering firm. His experience has included the planning and design of educational, office, and healthcare facilities and campuses throughout the Southeast, Texas, and Mexico; implementing a $50-million streetscape and open space program that fransformed Midtown Atlanta into one of the Southeast's most urban walkable districts; and leading the revitalization of numerous Southeastern communities from auto-oriented environments into walkable urban places. As a sought-after leader of interdisciplinary planning, design, and implementation efforts, he combines strategies and tools from planning, landscape architecture, and architecture to create great places and stronger communities.

Almost all of Eric's professional projects include public involvement sessions to gather community input and feedback as an integral part of the planning and design process. He is an accomplished instructor and regularly conducts professional development seminars on leadership and communication skills, group dynamics, and public engagement.

Eric is Past-President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association and is a board member of the Georgia Planning Memorial Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of  Arts in Design from Clemson University and a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.

UP478 Final Presentation

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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"Welcoming Immigrant Owned Businesses in Urbana"

3:00 - 4:30 PM, Pizza M, 208 West Main, Urbana, Illinois


MUP Capstone Presentations & Reception

Thursday, May 7, 2015

1490512335 - 1430996400

 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Temple Buell Architecture Gallery, Architecture Building


DSUP Seminar Series, Shruti Syal

DSUP Seminar Series, Shruti Syal

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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"Structuring the unstructured:  Using GIS to set up a base plan for piloting DEWATS in informal settlements in Indian megacities"

12:00-1:00 PM, 19 TBH 

There are 700 informal settlements strewn across the city of Delhi, India, and over 8 million people living in these settlements without access to sanitation and waste management services. Nearly 100 of these settlements occupy part of 1700 acres of unused, environmentally sensitive land around 200 miles of open drainage. In order to pilot decentralized wastewater treatment systems at a few of these drain-adjacent settlements, GIS techniques are used to collect, process, and analyze primary data and a variety of open source (and other) secondary data to both shortlist the sites of intervention, and develop a preliminary design proposal for these sites. In addition, semi-structured interviews of the settlement inhabitants collected in July 2014 are used to assess the way to move forward with setting up the institutional framework for managing this infrastructure. Here, I present the work done thus far, and part of a report due in July for the CRB grant that funded this work.

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series:  Nancy Thompson (Event)

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Nancy Thompson (Event)

Monday, May 4, 2015

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St. Louis: A Tale of Blight, Beauty, Fragmentation, and Then Ferguson

12:00 - 1:00 PM, 225 TBH

Nancy Thompson, AICP, has been Executive Director of SLACO (St. Louis Association of Community Organizations) since 2013. SLACO is a membership coalition of neighborhood associations within the St. Louis metropolitan area.   After receiving her MUP degree from the University of Illinois in 1979, she served as a planner in Lafayette, Louisiana, and St. Louis before becoming planning director of Rolla, Missouri.  Later she also served as the planning director in Webster Groves, Missouri, and St. Lucie County, Florida.  She headed a planning consulting practice and a redevelopment corporation and then capped her career with nine years of specialized planning at the Great Rivers Greenway district in metro St. Louis.  Within six weeks of retirement, SLACO offered her a dream job, bringing SLACO back to life after a near-death experience in the recession.

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.

DSUP Seminar Series, Sang S. Lee

DSUP Seminar Series, Sang S. Lee

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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"Global fantasies, heartland realities:  Immigration and diversity in Indianapolis"

12:00-1:00 PM, 19 TBH 

Indianapolis, Indiana, is a new destination for immigrants in the US Midwest. With a growth in its foreign born population from less than 2 percent in 1990 to nine percent in 2010 (US Census), the city has become home to immigrants from a wide diversity of countries including Mexico, China, India, and Burma. Indianapolis has enacted a variety of programs that address or celebrate ethnic diversity in response to the increase in immigration. Similar to other cities in the Midwest hoping to utilize immigrant population growth as an economic springboard, Indianapolis's cultural diversity programs are revealed to be part of a larger economic development plan by the city. Of course, this use of immigration as an economic development tool is not a new story. What is new is the use of globalization as a rationale to build Indianapolis' presence internationally and attempt to assert their identity as a 'global city'.

Professor Pengjun Zhao, Peking University

Monday, April 27, 2015

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"Urban transformation and transportation in China: Challenges and opportunities in planning"

12:00 - 1:00 PM, 225 TBH

Professor Pengjun Zhao is a professor in Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Urban and Environmental Sciences at Peking University. He is also the director of Centre for Urban Planning and Transport Studies at Peking University. He obtained his PhD in planning at University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His research mostly focuses onintegration of transport and land use, TOD, sustainable mobility, urban growth management, compact city and planning for social equality. He has published two books and more than 60 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, such as Urban Studies, Journal of Transport Geography, Environment and Planning A, Land Use Policy, etc.

Spring, 2015 Transnational Planning Potluck

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Guest Speakers:  United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Jeff Uehlinger, Campus Organizer, Chicago and Morgan Currier, National Organizer

603 S. Broadway, Urbana, IL (home of Professor Harwood)

Join us for dinner and informal presentation/discussion and good conversations.  Please bring a dish to share.  Social potluck starts at 6:30pm.   All interested students, faculty, and community members are invited.  Please RSVP at this link for planning purposes: Potluck RSVP


Documentary Film Screening

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Documentary screening:  Between the Bottomlands and the World

5:00 - 8:00 PM, 225 Temple Buell Hall 

Associate Professor of New Media at UIUC, Ryan Griffis will speak and answer questions about the inspiration for and process behind developing this project with Dr. Faranak Miraftab and Sarah Ross.

DSUP Seminar Series, Deniz Ay

DSUP Seminar Series, Deniz Ay

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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"Is it possible to plan displacement-free urban renewal?"

12:00-1:00 PM, 19 TBH 

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Adam Kader, MUPP, UIC, Worker Center Director, Arise Chicago (Event)

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Adam Kader, MUPP, UIC, Worker Center Director, Arise Chicago (Event)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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"Grassroots Policymaker to Build Worker Power"

12:00 - 1:00 PM, 225 TBH

Adam Kader received his master’s degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy with a concentration in Community Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As part of his Lawrence University undergraduate research in Bolivia, he studied with a feminist organization and met with indigenous leaders, including Evo Morales. He has taught the “Labor and Social Movements” course at UIC. Adam is a founding member of the Popular Education Alliance and the Chicago Chapter of the Planners Network. Before joining Arise Chicago in 2006, he worked as a research assistant at the Great Cities Institute and worked in immigrant adult education at Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Centro Romero, and Albany Park Community Center

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.

DSUP Seminar Series, Stephen Averill Sherman

DSUP Seminar Series, Stephen Averill Sherman

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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"Evaluating drug free school zones across urban form:  Hyper-criminalization in Illinois"

12:00-1:00 PM, 19 TBH 

Sentence enhancement zone laws, commonly known as “drug-free school zone” laws, were enacted by all 50 states since the 1970s. The common feature of these laws is increased penalties for drug-related criminal offenses within a certain perimeter of school facilities. Scholars have argued that these laws disproportionately punish urban and minority populations (e.g., Kajstura, 2014; Schlesinger, 2008), and create “hypercriminalized” public space (e.g., Inniss, 2003). A logical truism is that large urban areas are 1) dense and 2) contain large minority populations; ergo, these laws will disproportionately affect minorities and thus have the potential for poor equity outcomes. This conference paper evaluates Illinois’s drug-free school zone law (720 ILCS 570/407) - which includes playgrounds, public housing, and truck stops - and evaluates how it applies across urban forms. Using GIS, this research derives the sentence enhancement areas across different urban forms (parts of Chicago, a rural community, a small downstate city, and a Chicago suburb), all of which have a similar share of non-white population. Analysis points towards a strong “urban disadvantage,” wherein over 90 percent of residents in our Chicago target area live in a drug-free school zone. Given minority concentrations in urban Illinois, we also have evidence of a prima facie racial bias. This research strongly supports arguments of “hypercriminalized” public space, and this paper also advocates for specific reforms to the Illinois law.

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series:  Laura Searfoss (Event)

Wetmore Visiting Practitioner Lecture Series: Laura Searfoss (Event)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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"Safer Streets, Stronger Economies: Defining and Measuring Complete Streets Success"

12:30 - 1:30 PM, 225 TBH

Laura Searfoss, Associate at the National Complete Streets Coalition, focuses on building a stronger network of public, private, and nonprofit organizations concerned about safer, more equitable transportation choices. Before joining Smart Growth America in 2012, she served as a neighborhood-level planner in Greenville, North Carolina, building capacity among local residents through the city’s Neighborhood Advisory Board. She uses her experience in municipal government to provide strategic guidance to localities on Complete Streets policy development and implementation. Laura has presented on the nexus between transportation and planning decisions at national conferences, including APA and New Partners for Smart Growth. Previously, Laura worked as a magazine editor and conducted research for two national housing organizations—all in Washington, DC. She holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Wetmore Lecture is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Louis B. Wetmore Fund.

Inclusive Illinois: Building communities across boundaries

Inclusive Illinois: Building communities across boundaries

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Campus Lecture Series Presenter, Stacy Harwood

Professor Harwood's research, rooted in social justice, focuses on the emerging field of planning for difference and diversity. She has done extensive work with campus colleagues about the student experience at Illinois: Harwood, S., Huntt, M. B., Mendenhall, R. & Lewis, J. 2012. "Racial Microaggressions in the Residence Halls: Experiences of Students of Color at a Predominantly White University." Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

4:00 - 6:00 pm, Spurlock Museum

DSUP Seminar Series, Mohammad Shakil bin Kashem

DSUP Seminar Series, Mohammad Shakil bin Kashem

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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"Subsidized low income housing and social vulnerability in a multi-hazard urban area:  A case study of Houston Texas"

12:00-1:00 PM, 19 TBH 

Prior studies of subsidized low-income housing have evaluated whether these housing programs have succeeded in deconcentrating poverty or provided any improvement to participating household or communities. However, very few studies have explored the extent to which these housing provisions have increased or decreased hazard exposure of vulnerable populations. This paper hypothesizes that, by ignoring the multi-hazard context of urban areas, subsidized housing programs have failed to reduce the overall hazard exposure of socially vulnerable populations and to some extent have contributed to an increased level of hazard exposure. Exposure to technological hazards can be higher than exposure to natural hazards due to the concentration of these land uses in space over time and their attendant impacts on land values and rent in these areas of the city. Considering its high population growth and high level of natural and technological hazard exposure, the Houston metro area is taken as a case study. This paper evaluates how social vulnerability has changed in Houston area over a 40 year time period (1970-2010). By applying spatial econometric models, it explores how the locations of subsidized housings have influenced the movement of vulnerable populations to hazardous areas of the city. It shows that housing subsidy, particularly tax credit programs are having significant influence to growth of vulnerable population in hazardous areas, although it vary by different vulnerable groups. Since environmental justice and climate change concerns are not currently emphasized in the administration of subsidized housing, this paper provides significant direction for low income housing policies. Specifically, it calls for considering low income housing within the broader context of disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation.



Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Spatially concentrated renovation activity and housing appreciation in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

12:30 - 1:50 pm, 19 Temple Buell Hall


DSUP Seminar Series, Andrew McMillan

DSUP Seminar Series, Andrew McMillan

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

1490512335 - 1426071600

"Who buys foreclosed homes?  An analysis"

12:00-1:00 PM, 19 TBH 

While there exists extensive literature on the determinants and effects of concentrated foreclosures, there is still much that is unknown about properties after they enter into foreclosure status. In the wake of the foreclosure crisis, communities have struggled with REO properties passing to “investors,” people or groups who purchase a foreclosed home with the intent to sell it at a later date. Often, these properties remain vacant for long periods, as the purchasers delay actively marketing the property until they can achieve a substantial profit on its sale. These vacant units can have spillover effects that can negatively impact the surrounding neighborhood. This study examines the sales history of-estate-owned (REO) homes in the Chicago metropolitan area. In particular, we examine where REO homes are sold to consumers (households) and where REO homes are sold to institutions or investors (banks or property managers). A spatial logit model is employed and certain neighborhood-level social and physical variables are examined.

Helpful Hints for Internships

Helpful Hints for Internships

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

1490512335 - 1426071600

5:00 pm, 225 TBH

How do you obtain a summer internship?   BAUP students will share helpful hints.  Learn how to network, choose references, whether you need business cards, and many other ideas to get started.  

DSUP Seminar Series, Colleen Vojak, PhD

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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The world of awards and fellowships in urban & regional planning

12:00-1:00 PM, 19 TBH


Resumes with Michele Plante

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Resumes Writing Workshop

Michele Plante, Career Services Coordinator, College of FAA

12:30 - 1:30pm, 225 TBH


DSUP Seminar Series, Ying Xu, Visiting Scholar

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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"Land competition in China:  A theoretical explanation for industrial land supply"

12:00-1:00 PM, 225 TBH


Planners’ Writing Exchange: Write Like You Mean It Series

Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Session II: How to Write a Winning Cover Letter

12:30 - 1:15pm, 223 TBH

DSUP Seminar Series, Sofia G. Sianis

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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"Nonprofit property tax exemption in Illinois:  Mismatch of benefits, burdens and decision-making"

12:00-1:00 PM, 19 TBH




Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Researching disaster recovery: a 20-year retrospective 

12:30 - 1:50 pm, 19 Temple Buell Hall


NEURUS Brownbag: Meet and Greet and Application Information

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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Brian Deal and Andrew Greenlee invite you to welcome home Edwin Muller and Danny Obeler who (respectively) spent the Fall semester in residence at Humboldt University in Berlin and Vienna Institute of Technology in Austria.

Join us for an informal brownbag lunch with Edwin and Danny, Wednesday, February 11th (12:00-1:00) in TBH 223. They will talk a bit about their NEURUS exchange experience (including sharing some pictures), and will also answer questions that you may have about the NEURUS program.  For MUP1’s, information will be shared about applying for the Fall 2015 NEURUS exchange (applications due February 27th). 

Please email Andrew Greenlee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for application instructions.

Bring a lunch (or just stop by for a few minutes)- cookies and beverages will be provided!


ULI Hines Competition

Monday, January 12, 2015

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First day of instruction

Monday, August 25, 2014

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New Student Convocation

Friday, August 22, 2014

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11:00am Memorial Stadium, followed by the Chancellor's Picnic

DURP MUP/PhD Orientation

Friday, August 22, 2014

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Graduate Student Orientation 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

1490512336 - 1408341600

Graduate Academy for TAs

Monday, August 18, 2014

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