Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies

Created in 1994 with an endowment provided by Aline Laureen MacMahon Stein, the Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies supports the research, teaching, and community service of "students and faculty who have demonstrated interest in the ideas of Clarence Stein as expressed in his book New Towns for America." Clarence S. Stein Institute grant recipients come from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban history, historic preservation, and city and regional planning. Their research encompasses both urban and suburban development. The program of the institute includes lectures, research grants, and support for the Stein Collection in the Cornell University archives. This collection is one of an extensive set of Cornell collections on major figures in city and regional planning that attracts researchers from all over the world.

About Clarence S. Stein

Clarence S. Stein (June 19, 1882–February 7, 1975) was an American planner, architect, and writer. A major proponent of the Garden City movement in the United States, Stein established his planning and architecture practice in New York City in 1919. In 1923, Stein cofounded the Regional Planning Association of America (RPAA), which addressed major planning issues such as affordable social housing, the effects of suburbanization, and wilderness preservation. The RPAA also sponsored and publicized community building experiments focused on affordable housing, including Radburn, New Jersey and Sunnyside Gardens, New York. Stein's legacy is one of progressive experimental architecture and planning intended to create a built environment to serve social as well as individual goals.