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  • Lanisha Blount, NCAPA 2013 Summer Fellow — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    or a person from an under represented ethnic group who is majoring in urban planning or planning related at an accredited university in North Carolina I am proud of the Fellowship s evolution and its significant place within the Chapter s overall commitment to supporting efforts to diversify the planning profession said Ben Hitching MRP 97 Chapter President Lanisha s academic achievements coupled with her vision or future outlook of how planners can work together with professionals from other disciplines to improve the quality of life within challenged communities was very impressive We are happy to reward and support her ongoing pursuits toward a career in the planning profession The fellow will work closely with members of the executive committee as well as complete work on a policy research project Lanisha Blount is an aspiring urban planner and designer who believes that all communities should have access to profound public spaces with delightful greenery She is currently a Master s student in City Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and received her BA from Emory University in Political Science At UNC her focus is on Real Estate and Placemaking and she serves as the diversity committee

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/lb-2013-summer-fellow (2015-06-03)
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  • Working on Watersheds — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    J Austin sat down with her to learn more I heard you re a two time Tar Heel Tell me more about that Yes I am I bleed Carolina Blue I graduated with my master s in 2005 from the dual degree program between the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and the Department of City and Regional Planning I was one of two guinea pigs the first year of the dual degree but it was great to have a program that fit my curiosity as a student so perfectly Now I m back at UNC working on my Ph D What attracted you to UNC Chapel Hill While working in public health in Oakland I saw footage from the Annual Minority Health Conference held here that is completely student run and was amazed at what these students were studying and accomplishing I thought to myself I have to be a part of that And in the past few years I ve served as a session speaker at that very conference How did you become interested in public health s relationship with regional planning There was a moment when I was in a class at Stanford that looked at immune response I was fascinated by a throwaway story the professor told about increased malaria rates in war torn countries because water was collecting in bomb craters It was a passing moment for everyone else but it was when I realized what I wanted to study What does your dissertation work entail I m looking at two watersheds in different states and I m finding that planning institutions and policy interventions aren t producing a higher quality plan I want to see if we are incorporating scientific data from other fields to plan watersheds and then are we implementing policies

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/workingonwatersheds (2015-06-03)
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  • NC APA visit to New East — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    only in current section Text Increase font size Decrease font size Info Send this page to someone Fill in the email address of your friend and we will send an email that contains a link to this page Address info Send to Required The e mail address to send this link to From Required Your email address Comment A comment about this link The Department of City and Regional Planning

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/benncapa/sendto_form (2015-06-03)
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  • Two veteran planners capture how a majestic plan came together — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    in 2009 Since Godschalk and Howes had been on both sides of the town gown divide they were uniquely qualified to help bridge the gap The challenge Godschalk said was figuring out a way to harness these two major forces and try to get them to work in tandem rather than chewing at each other s throats all the time Howes said it is important to understand the distinction between the campus master plan which Hooker said he wanted in 1998 and the campus development plan that came about several years later The master plan was concept driven and in a sense aspirational a blueprint for growth rather than a map to guide it The development plan spelled out in intricate detail all the projects the University intended to build during the next decade with agreed upon limits for how much total space could be added Giving the green light For the development plan to work however the town council had to approve it That happened in October 2001 under an agreement providing a new zoning category that eliminated the requirement that the town approve each new construction project a process that in the past had taken two years or more It was sort of like clearing the runway for takeoff Godschalk said From that point forward the town gave the University the green light for growth that made the dynamic decade possible he said Under Moeser s leadership Howes said the concepts of the master plan were woven seamlessly into the design and character of every project included in the development plan And Moeser came along at exactly the right time for that to happen His first day on the job as chancellor was Aug 1 2000 Howes said On Aug 2 he was down in the basement of Morehead Planetarium pouring over all the maps and models that reflected the thinking of the new campus plan up to that point He spent virtually the whole day with us absorbing all the work that had been done At the end of that day he said I like this plan and I m going to support it That fall during his installation speech on University Day Moeser not only announced his support for the 3 1 state bond referendum for higher education which voters approved the following month but also pledged to raise 3 from other sources for every 1 of bond money Carolina received Moeser did far more than keep his promise Howes said Between 2000 and 2009 the University invested 2 31 billion in capital projects including 515 million of bond proceeds The scale and speed of the construction completed here had never been attempted on an existing campus anywhere in the country Runberg said Even more remarkably nearly all the projects were completed on time and on budget We built an amount of space equivalent to the building space at Wake Forest University and we did it while everything was still operating he said Runberg said his

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/veteranplannersbook (2015-06-03)
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  • Vishaan Chakrabarti - A Country of Cities — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    and globalization sustainability and resilience and heath and joy In the book Chakrabarti shows how American cities today are growing faster than their suburban counterparts for the first time since the 1920s and that strategically increasing the density of our cities and building the transit systems schools parks and other infrastructure to support them will both improve job opportunities and put environmental sustainability within reach The book closes with a manifesto rallying us to imagine a new urban America to build a country of cities and turn a nation of highways houses and hedges one of towers trains and trees One of America s foremost urbanists Vishaan Chakrabarti is a planner architect real estate developer and educator who though still in his 40s has already left an indelible mark on New York City s built environment Currently Holliday Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Real Estate CURE at Columbia University Chakrabarti is also a principal of SHoP Architects whose project portfolio includes the Barclay s Center in Brooklyn The Seaport at Pier 17 and master plans for Governor s Island and the Domino Sugar redevelopment in Williamsburg He also advises The Related Companies on design and planning operations for the vast Moynihan Station and Hudson Rail Yards projects Chakrabarti was previously Director of the Manhattan Office of the New York City Department of City Planning where he played a key role in the reconstruction of Lower Manhattan in the wake of 9 11 the expansion of Columbia University the makeover of Lincoln Center the extension of the 7 subway line to Manhattan s far West Side and the transformation of the High Line into the city s most innovative new park Earlier in his career he was director of urban design for the New York office of Skidmore

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/siler-vishaan (2015-06-03)
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  • Greenbridge: A look back as the town looks ahead — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    at the peak of the market and tried to sell it at the bottom of the market Greenbridge A look back as the town looks ahead By Tom Hartwell Correspondent The Chapel Hill News Five years ago invisible would have been the last word to describe Greenbridge though the building was then merely a hole in the ground Approved by the Chapel Hill Town Council in 2007 Greenbridge came to emblemize long simmering tensions about race growth and affordability in the community Timing was a disaster said Emil Malizia a UNC professor of city and regional planning They built the project at the peak of the market and tried to sell it at the bottom of the market High density urban style development is environmentally sound Malizia said It is as green a concept as features like solar panels and locally sourced building materials It prevents suburban sprawl and automotive commutes for things like groceries he said I ve talked to people who say it s really too bad how Chapel Hill has been developed how it used to be this nice small town Malizia said It s not a small town It s part of a 1 5 million

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/greenbridgelookback (2015-06-03)
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  • Nguyen honored with 2013 University Teaching Award — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    DCRP s Mai Nguyen was awarded the J Carlyle Sitterson Freshman Teaching Award This award is given to individuals who exemplify excellence in teaching first year students Twenty four instructors in 18 different departments or schools received 2013 University Teaching Awards at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Winners of the award the highest campus wide recognition for teaching excellence were recognized during halftime of the Carolina Virginia

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/nguyen-honored-with-2013-university-teaching-award (2015-06-03)
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  • Promoting Cycling and Walking for Sustainable and Healthy Cities: Lessons from Europe and North America — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    size Decrease font size Info Promoting Cycling and Walking for Sustainable and Healthy Cities Lessons from Europe and North America Promoting Cycling and Walking for Sustainable and Healthy Cities Lessons from Europe and North America John Pucher DCRP Visiting Professor Professor Urban Planning and Policy Development Program and Research Associate Alan M Voorhees Transportation Center Rutgers University His presentation covered topics such as What policies and programs are needed to make cycling and walking safe and convenient How do Dutch Danish and German cities get virtually everyone incl women children and seniors on bikes for a wide range of trip purposes What can communities in North Carolina do to increase walking and cycling while also making them safer and more convenient for everyday travel to work school and shopping John Pucher s research focuses on walking and bicycling with international comparative analysis that includes Australia Canada the USA Germany the Netherlands Denmark and several other European countries The main objective of his research is to determine what American Canadian and Australian cities could learn from each other and from European cities to improve the safety convenience and feasibility of these non motorized modes Visit our Facebook page see more pictures

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/pucherbikewalktalk (2015-06-03)
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