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  • Urban and Regional Planning
    2013 in Madison Stay tuned for details Prof Harvey M Jacobs traveled to Taiwan in October and Netherlands in November to participate in training programs with students from developing countries Prof Alfonso Morales was interviewed for the Galician newspaper El Progresso Read all news stories Who we are For nearly 50 years we in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning have been active in the core missions of teaching research and outreach Since inception in the 1960s we have granted over 1000 graduate degrees and forwarded a progressive and interdisciplinary approach to the theory and practice of planning As a department of both the College of Letters and Science and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences our faculty affiliates and students provide links between the array of academic disciplines and knowledge bases necessary to address key planning problems found in the real world Our Goals The department has three primary goals First we actively prepare qualified graduate students to become competent creative and effective practicing planners Second we contribute to knowledge in the field of planning through scholarly and applied research And third we undertake professional planning activities and provide service in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin

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  • Urban and Regional Planning
    share his expertise in eminent domain in the United States and was joined by an expert from the United Kingdom on the compulsory purchase process used in the UK The meetings were hosted by the Constitutionalism Research Institute at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing one of China s leading law schools The Chinese participants included prominent legal scholars from around China journalists and governmental officials Brian also contributed a paper that was translated into Mandarin on the theory and practice of eminent domain in the United States for use by the Chinese scholars in their reform efforts Prof Knut Ingar Westeren is visiting the Department from NORWAY and working with Prof Dave Marcouiller on a variety of regional science and tourism economics topics Ingar is in the Faculty of Economics Organization Management at North Trondelag University College in Steinkjer Prof Harvey M Jacobs recently returned from one week in Spain at the University of Santiago de Compestela Lugo He was there to teach a component of a course Spatial Planning for Sustainable Development which helped to launch a new master s program in Management of Land and Territory In addition under the sponsorship of the new program he gave a University wide lecture What Place Private Property in a Sustainability Schema The Legacies and Challenges of John Locke Aldo Leopold and Garrett Hardin Prof Jim LaGro is part of a team that was recently awarded a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant from the U S Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD The grant provides nearly 2 million over a three year period during which the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission and its partners will advance numerous sustainability initiatives including promoting best practices in transit oriented development stormwater retention and infiltration and greenhouse gas emission reduction Over a two day period in October Prof Jim LaGro taught a continuing education course for licensed architects engineers and landscape architects in the New York New Jersey and Connecticut region Invited by the Institute for Design Professionals his course on Open Space Systems for the Built Environment was taught in Manhattan and Syracuse Prof Harvey M Jacobs recently returned from one week in Spain at the University of Santiago de Compestela Lugo He was there to teach a component of a course Spatial Planning for Sustainable Development which helped to launch a new master s program in Management of Land and Territory In addition under the sponsorship of the new program he gave a University wide lecture What Place Private Property in a Sustainability Schema The Legacies and Challenges of John Locke Aldo Leopold and Garrett Hardin Prof Jim LaGro is part of a team that was recently awarded a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant from the U S Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD The grant provides nearly 2 million over a three year period during which the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission and its partners will advance numerous sustainability initiatives including promoting best practices in transit oriented development stormwater retention and infiltration and greenhouse gas emission reduction Over a two day period in October Prof Jim LaGro taught a continuing education course for licensed architects engineers and landscape architects in the New York New Jersey and Connecticut region Invited by the Institute for Design Professionals his course on Open Space Systems for the Built Environment was taught in Manhattan and Syracuse Prof Ken Genskow URPL Graduate Students Taylar Foster and Colette Hershey and Prof Dave Marcouiller shared their work at the Cooperative Extension State Conference held Oct 19 21 at the Monona Terrace in Madison Topics of their poster presentations included water basin evaluation Ken and recreational homes from a rural development context Taylar Colette and Dave Prof Guangqing Chi Mississippi State University Ph D 2007 and Prof Dave Marcouiller had two articles published in the most recent issue of the Canadian Journal of Regional Science vol 32 no 3 pages 331 348 and 349 360 Both had to do with rethinking the effects of natural amenities on population change and migration Their fine graned empircal analysis used Wisconsin minor civil division level data over time The Department welcomes our Visiting Scholar Dr Jean Christophe Dissart who will be in residence through mid October Dr Dissart URPL Ph D 2003 works as a Senior Scientist with CEMAGREF Grenoble a public research institution in France He is here working on issues pertinent to rural multi functional landscapes natural amenities and the economics of rural tourism with Prof Dave Marcouiller and others The Department welcomes our Visiting Scholar Prof Shang Tiancheng who will be in residence through August of 2011 Dr Tiancheng is a Fulbright Scholar from the Tianjin University CHINA School of Management While here Prof Tiancheng will be working on integrative tourism planning with a specific interest in the development of regional ecotourism carrying capacity indices Prof Harvey M Jacobs is the author of two new publications Social Conflict Over Property Rights The End A New Beginning or a Continuing Conversation appears in the new issue of Housing Policy Debate vol 20 no 3 pp 329 349 Stop the Beach Renourishment Is an Answer Blowin in the Wind is published in Planning and Environmental Law vol 62 no 9 pp 7 9 and is one of six solicited commentaries on the U S Supreme Court s major property rights case of the 2010 session The Department has now launched its official group on LinkedIn a professional networking social media website Alumni and current students can join the group to re connect and network Prof Harvey M Jacobs was a featured speaker at an international conference in Aix en Provence France in June The conference was the biennial meeting of the International Center for Research on Environmental Issues Prof Jacobs is a member of the Center s scientific advisory committee this year s conference focused on biodiversity Harvey chaired the opening plenary session and in a later session presented a paper on Non Regulatory Approaches to Sustainable Resource Management 20th Century Lessons from the U S Graduate Student Melissa Whited was selected out of 16 entries as the winner of the 2010 M Jarvin Emerson Student Paper Competition at the recent Midcontinent Regional Science Association Annual Meetings in St Louis MO Her paper entitled Economic Impact of Irrigation Water Transfers in Uvalde County Texas earlier served as the term paper for Prof Marcouiller s course in Regional Economic Problem Analysis URPL Econ LAF 734 The honor comes with a 1 000 cash award and publication in the Association s journal Prof Erwin van der Krabben of the Department of Spatial Planning Nijmegen The Netherlands is visiting URPL for the summer under the sponsorship of Harvey Jacobs The focus of his visit is to study urban redevelopment processes in American cities asking what European planners can learn from the U S experience of using non financial tools to facilitate the redevelopment process He plans to conduct case studies in Madison Milwaukee and Chicago Asli Gocmen is the co author with Prof Steve Ventura of an article in the most recent issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association vol 76 no 2 entitled Barriers to GIS Use in Planning In May Prof Harvey M Jacobs continued his participation in the activities of the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training of Taiwan He taught a one week short course as part of their 113th Regular Session on Land Policy for Sustainable Rural Development his students were 25 mid career professionals from 25 different countries globally While in Taiwan he was also invited to give a lecture at the Department of Land Economics of National Chengchi University and to facilitate a faculty roundtable at the University s College of Social Science In April 2010 Asli Gocmen was invited to give a lecture on her research on conservation subdivisions as part of the Smart Growth Seminars organized by the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee URPL Student Adam Smith recieves the Andrew Muzi Yellow Jersey Fellowship Award sponsored by the Dane County Bicycle Association for cycling enthusiasts enrolled in the Transportation Management and Policy Program who plan to pursue careers that promote safe effective bicycling Recent Ph D graduate Dr Guangqing Chi now an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University and Professor Dave Marcouiller published an article in the international journal Regional Studies on migration with a specific interest in the role of natural amenities Two additional articles by these two authors on related topics are also forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Regional Science Prof Harvey M Jacobs is co author with Prof Ellen M Bassett of Portland State University URPL Ph D 2001 of an article in the April issue of Land Lines published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy The article After Kelo Political Rhetoric and Policy Responses examines the impact of state laws passed after the 2005 U S Supreme Court s eminent domain decision Harvey Jacobs was the invited plenary speaker at the first national Canadian conference on Private Property Planning and the Public Interest sponsored by the Faculty of Law University of Windsor Ontario in March his talk was titled Private Property in Historical and Contemporary Global Context Prof Jim LaGro recently spoke on Climate Change Sustainability and the Built Environment at the 2010 joint annual conference for the Wisconsin chapters of the American Planning Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects Posing the question How will Wisconsin grow LaGro identified key challenges in creating more livable and climate resilient communities including a legacy of unsustainable land use policies and practices that compound the barriers to climate mitigation and adaptation Alfonso Morales spoke to the International Municipal Lawyers Association Code Enforcement division on the subject of community gardens and public markets Recently his work on urban agriculture and street markets has been discussed in On Wisconsin Wisconsin Week and a number of other newspaper and magazines including Reuters and the Associated press Harvey Jacobs gave the opening keynote address to the annual Research Showcase program at the University of Florida s College of Design Construction and Planning his talk was titled Fighting Over Land and Property Rights An American Pastime Harvey also delivered a CM continuing maintenance education webinar under the sponsorship of the Small Town and Rural Planning Division of the American Planning Association it was titled Talking the Property Rights Blues and registered approximately 1 000 persons Harvey Jacobs presented the closing keynote address to the fourth annual meeting of the International Academic Association on Planning Law and Property Rights held in Dortmund Germany February 10 12 2010 His talk was titled Shaping the Property Rights Debate in the U S and Europe The Influence of Neo liberal Advocacy Organizations URPL welcomes Visiting Scholar Dr Pery Francisco Assis Shikida who is a Senior Post doctoral Fellow with the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Techological Development Dr Shikida specializes in the economics of ethanol production and is working with URPL Prof Dave Marcouiller on applied research to assess regional comparative advantages of ethanol production using sugar cane Brazil and forest biomass U S Lake States Jim LaGro contributed an essay on Climate Change and Public Health for a new book Green Community published jointly by the National Building Museum and the American Planning Association Edited by Tim Mennel and Susan Piedmont Palladino the book addresses the interconnectivity of density and transportation conservation and preservation energy and resources and local health and global health This collection of essays written by a diverse group of international experts examines the challenges and opportunities for planning and designing sustainable communities and demonstrates that creating sustainable communities is critical to the long term health of our environment and our economy Harvey Jacobs traveled to Gabes Tunisia in November where he was the invited keynote speaker to a week long conference for young academic and professional researchers organized by a consortium of French and Tunisian research organizations his talk was titled Gouvernance Publique et Propriété Privée des Ressources Naturelles Private Property and Public Governance of Natural Resources Jack Huddleston was featured in a news report from WKOW TV 27 on Wisconsin s fiscal crisis The video and story are available here early November In November Knut Ingar Westeren visited the Department from NORWAY Ingar is a Professor of Economics Organization Management at HiNT and lectured on Knowledge Economies while working with Dave Marcouiller on a variety of regional science and tourism economics topics Together they are writing on the experience scape concept with specific reference to last summer s Olav Dunn Stemnet and the fairyland of Western Norway Harvey Jacobs was an invited participant on an experts panel convened by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute in early November and held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City The panel met to discuss the topic of Reshaping Development Patterns specifically the problem of premature and obsolete so called zombie subdivisions in the inter mountain west Harvey Jacobs was an invited participant on the opening panel of the national Future Cities 2009 conference held in Madison in early November A copy of his remarks The Strains on Progressive Cities is available here Kurt Paulsen presented a paper Historical Evolution of Housing Unit Variety in the Suburbs at The Diverse Suburb Conference at Hofstra University in Hempstead NY Alfonso Morales s research was the focus of a feature story in the October 22nd edition of Wisconsin Week the official all campus newspaper The full story Street markets are this professor s laboratory begins by noting Alfonso Morales didn t sit in a library to do research for his graduate degrees It can be read at http www news wisc edu 17258 Dave Marcouiller returned to Norway in July and August to conduct applied tourism planniing research on the Olav Duun Stemnet a cultural festival in honor of novelist Olav Duun with colleague Knut Ingar Westeren Professor of Economics at North Trondelag Univerity College in Steinkjer Ingar will be visiting the Department in early November to discuss his work on Knowledge Economies with the URPL Econ LaF 734 students hopefully we will entice him to provide an URPL Faculty Lecture on a related topic while he is here Stay tuned Harvey M Jacobs traveled to Taiwan in late September to engage in training and deliver lectures Continuing his and the Department s long time relationship with the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training in Taiwan he served as a one week lecturer as part of their six week short course on Land Policy for Sustainable Rural Development He was also invited to lecture at National Taipei University s Department of Real Estate and the Built Environment his lecture was titled The Bark is Worse than the Bite Legal and Social Conflict Over Expropriation after the U S Supreme Court s Kelo Decision and was based on recent research undertaken with funding from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Brian Ohm has been appointed by Rod Nilsestuen Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection DATCP to the new Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement PACE Council The PACE program was created as part of the Wisconsin Working Lands Initiative passed by the Legislature as part of the state budget earlier this year The Council will advise DATCP on the administration of the PACE program Asli Gocmen is the author of an article in the most recent issue of Journal of Planning Education and Research vol 29 no 1 entitled Relationships between Residential Development and the Environment Examining Resident Perspectives Kurt Paulsen has published a Working Paper with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy entitled The Effects of Land Development on Municipal Finance A Conceptual Overview available here Alfonso Morales was awarded a Faculty Diversity Research Award for the Fall semster of 2009 from the University of Wisconsin System He will be working on his research on street markets and food systems Harvey M Jacobs co hosted an official delegation from the nation of Trinidad and Tobago who came to UW for two weeks in August for a specially designed training program on land management organized through the Land Tenure Center The delegation received lectures from Prof Jacobs and others and visited sites throughout the state to see how land management is undertaken by state county tribal and private owners The delegation s goal is to draw on Wisconsin s experience and the long standing relationship of the Land Tenure Center with Trinidad and Tobago as they begin a new phase of land management policy and implementation for the 52 of national lands that are publicly owned Kurt Paulsen is a co author of an article in the most recent issue of the journal Urban Affairs Review vol 45 no 1 entitled Is Open Space Preservation a Form of Exclusionary Zoning The Evolution of Municipal Open Space Policies in New Jersey Haiyan Zhong presented Urban Agglomeration Cooperation Policy in Core Region of Upper Yangtze River at the AsRES AREUEA Joint International Conference in Los Angeles Her presentation examines the system obstacle in the development of Chengdu Chongqing urban agglomeration in upper Yangtze River of China discovers the dual mechanisms system innovation and policy guarantee in the harmonious development of regional economy Harvey Jacobs is the author of Planning is Un American or what to say when you are accused of being a communist in the June issue of the newsletter of the Small Town and Rural Planning division of the American Planning Association Harvey Jacobs is the author of a chapter in a new book published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Property Rights and Land Policies edited by G K Ingram and Y H Hong the chapter is titled U S Private Property Rights in International Perspective In April and May Assistant Professor Alfonso Morales presented work on public markets at the Project for Public Spaces Conference on Public Markets in

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  • Urban and Regional Planning
    information and accomplishments and a section for alumni to share their news with the department and each other If you are interested in sharing your news with the URPL community through the Connections newsletter please fill out this electronic form Our Current Issue Hot off the press Fall 2012 Past Issues Fall 2011 Fall 2010 Spring 2010 Winter 2009 Summer 2009 Winter 2008 Spring 2008 Fall 2007 Summer 2007 Fall

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  • Urban and Regional Planning >> Admissions
    to them The area of specialization often draws on courses taught by the Department but often also draws on courses taught in other leading departments available to students at the UW Madison One unique thing about URPL is that each student and their advisor develop areas of specialization individually Although it is up to the student to choose an appropriate area of specialization based on their interests often areas of interest fall into broader categories including Community Development Urban Design Housing Historic Preservation Food Systems Planning Natural Resource Development and Planning Social Justice and Environmental Equity Ecological Planning International Planning Economic Development Planning Transportation Planning and Policy Land Use Planning and Policy Downtown Revitalization Energy Planning Environmental Planning Sustainable and Smart Growth Planning GIS Applications and Utilization Parks and Open Space Planning Each student consults with their advisor in identification of their chosen area of specialization and in selecting the courses that will be used to fulfill the Area of Specialization requirement This process normally starts during the first semester of study and must be completed by the last semester of study Recent graduates areas of specialization are listed below Community Development Land Use Transportation Community Development Disaster Planning Land

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  • Urban and Regional Planning
    13 Lecture Series to its organizer Prof Alfonso Morales Upcoming Lectures Monday October 29 4 00 5 30 PM Redeveloping Union Corners on Madison s East Side Issues Perspectives Controversies Marsha Rummel Alderperson City of Madison Lou Host Jablonksi Chair Schenk Atwood Neighborhood Association Dan Rolfs City of Madison Planning Staff For details please click here Monday December 3 4 00 5 30 PM An Exploration of Property Development Taxation

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  • Urban and Regional Planning >> About URPL
    sector organizations History Urban and regional planning as an academic pursuit has a long history at the University of Wisconsin Madison The present program began officially in 1962 Over the years Department faculty have experimented with the curriculum and debated basic issues such as the degree of specialization appropriate for planning education and the relationship between research and service in a professional program Overall the program has evolved through six rather distinct phases each with its own administrative and curricular structure To learn about how the past shaped the mission and goals of URPL today read The History of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning Location The Department of Urban and Regional Planning is located in historic Old Music Hall see above deep within the heart of Madison the State Capital of Wisconsin We are amidst a host of cultural historic and natural amenities and many of the heartland s best examples of planning architecture and natural resources URPL is only 1 minute walk to Lake Mendota and The Memorial Union Terrace 10 minute walk to the State of Wisconsin Capitol Building and other State County and City offices 1 mile to the Monona Terrace Convention Facility designed by

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  • Urban and Regional Planning >> Admissions
    MELAB An admitted applicant whose TOEFL paper based test score is below 580 TOEFL computer based test CBT score below 237 or MELAB below 82 must take an English assessment test upon arrival You must then register for any recommended English as a Second Language ESL course s in the first semester you are enrolled Note Department Program requirements may be higher than the minimum scores stated above Statement of Purpose This should be a thoughtful reflective one or two page statement discussing why you wish to go into the field of planning and what you expect to do professionally If you have an interest in a particular concentration you should discuss that if you have planning or planning related experience this should also be discussed Three letters of reference from people who know your academic or professional work Letters will be submitted according to the Graduate School s requirements These requirements can be found at http info gradsch wisc edu admin admissions elorinstructions html In reviewing applications the department gives extra weight to planning related work such as volunteer service in the U S Peace Corps or professional planning experience The department also considers graduate work not taken as an undergraduate even if it is in another field If students have such experience it should be stressed in the application The official admission requirements for the UW Madison Graduate School can be found at http info gradsch wisc edu admin admissions requirements html The checklist of things that must be sent to the Graduate School is found at http info gradsch wisc edu admin admissions gschecklist html Deadlines Students may apply for admission to the program beginning with either the Fall semester or the Spring semester As a general policy however most students will be admitted for the Fall

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  • Urban and Regional Planning >> Academics
    studies It s research and service goals reflect the university s combination of scholarly and applied work The research activities of departmental faculty are diverse They tend to cluster around the areas of land use planning economic planning natural resources and environmental planning community development planning and international development planning as well as on planning process themes Faculty members are engaged in research on planning practice the ethics and values of planners community development planning evaluation of economic development and social welfare programs tourism and natural resources planning comparative planning and public policy issues in the international area integrated environmental planning and management watershed planning social conflict over land use and environmental issues growth management alternative dispute resolution social justice in urban areas and other related areas These interests are reflected in the curriculum structure For individuals who are seeking a joint degree the department offers several special programs Ph D Program The department also offers a research degree The Ph D Program is open to a limited number of qualified students In urban and regional planning the Ph D is most appropriate for those who intend to teach or to do research in a university in an independent research

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