Clarence S. Stein Institute Award Recipients

Current Award Recipients

2015–16 Awards

Nicolas Azel: Fecal Environments and Toxic Urbanisms: Application of Computation for Design in Complex Urban Systems

Azel's goal is to create a new model for facilitating redevelopment of informal settlements in a manner that is economically feasible while providing land deeds to current residents. He proposes a case study in the Riachuelo watershed in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Brian Byrd: "Shared Space Across Borders - A Practical Guide to Implement Shared Space in the USA Based on Lessons Learned from Europe"

Shared space is an urban design concept, which advocates for streets that incorporate all modes of travel with equal right-of-way. Byrd's research project is to create a dynamic "How To" manual for public space practitioners to implement shared space in their respective communities.


Design Connect team: "Design Connect"

Design Connect will demonstrate how Stein's ideas are applicable in two local communities, Candor and Geneva, where questions of affordability, sustainable design, and community engagement are vital for success. The group will look to past planning initiatives to provide holistic current plans development that stays relevant into the future. 


Jinhee Ha: "The Salt Exchange: Excavating Intersections of Industry and Community in Salt Mines of New York" 

This study examines the relationship between industries and associated communities by looking at salt mine landscapes of New York state with a special focus on the relationship between Cargill's Cayuga Salt Mine and the community of Lansing. Stein's ideas on the relationship between the physical and social environment point to how integrally tied industrial activities are to community well being.


James Macmillen: "Reimagining Detroit: City Planning and the Practice of Futurity"

Macmillen will examine how Detroit's planners engage positively and normatively with what has yet to come for the city, through their predictions, strategies, hopes, and fears. The first phase is an eight-month ethnography of Detroit City Hall, will involve shadowing planning staff as they radically overhaul the Detroit Master Plan.


Luis Martinez: "Envisaging a 'New Chicago': Collective Ways of Seeing and Creative Energy"

The purpose of this project is to provide a detailed account of the practiced political work of "seeing" by professionals and the creative energy necessary to mobilize visions addressing urban and regional problems.


Sean McGee: "Progressive Preservation: The Economic Benefits of Planned Development with Preservation in Mind, Historic Chatham Village"

McGee will examine the Chatham Village Historic District in Pittsburgh from the perspective of its economic history in order to more fully analyze the relationship among preservation, finance, and design within the context of a successfully established and longstanding community development.


Liz Muller: "Preserving the Documentary Record of Planning: Enhancing Access to City and Regional Planning Collections"

Each year, recipients of Clarence S. Stein Institute awards, among other students and scholars,  make use of the archival resources housed in Kroch Library. Muller's project will continue the survey of the planning-related archival collections and expand and enhance online access to the collections.


Katelin E. Olson: "Adapting the City: Ethnic and Immigrant Integration in Buffalo’s Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood"

Citing Stein's questions of how to adapt the existing industrial American city in the early 20th century, Olson will explore whether the same themes resonate a century later, and whether these ideas can be updated to help revitalize the aged residential buildings of Buffalo, New York.


Annie Schentag: "The Machine in the Garden City: Accommodating Industrial Architecture Across the Atlantic"

Tension between Stein's Garden City ideals and industrial realities are central to Schentag's dissertation research. A Shredded Wheat factory in Niagara Falls, New York, forms the focus of her dissertation, which will illuminate the diverse, complex roles that nature can play in designing and promoting industrial sites.


Mary Sies, Isabelle Gournay, and Robert Freestone: "Proposal Book Subvention Request for The Afterlife of Iconic Planned Communities: Heritage, Preservation, and Challenges of Change"

The editors of The Afterlife of Iconic Planned Communities: Heritage, Preservation, and Challenges of Change, will publish 16 color plates in their forthcoming book, which explores the 21st century fortunes of intentional 19th and 20th century communities around the globe. 


Jennifer Rowe: "Design/Build in Croatia: Evaluating the Potential of Shared Visualization to Improve Participatory Design Outcomes"

Rowe aims to collaboratively design, build, and study two landscape projects in Croatia. The first project will create a restorative gathering space in the middle of the University of Zagreb's urban campus. The second project will establish an aromatic sensory garden at a psychiatric hospital on the island of Rab.


Dorothy Wong: "First Step in the Implementation of the National Park Service's HALS, HABS, and GIS/GPS Programs for the Stein National Historic Landmark Garden Cities"

Wong will use her fellowship to fund the inclusion of eight of Stein's Garden Cities in the National Park Service's documentation programs as the first step in developing a comprehensive disaster response plan for the Garden Cities.


Mary Woods and Vani Subramanian: "Indian Cinema Halls as Architectures of Migration and Immigration"

Woods and Subramanian's documentary film explores new and repurposed cinema halls as homes away from home for Indian migrants and immigrants. Filming on site, they probe how these architectures of migration/immigration reinforce or transform mores and identities for Indians at home and abroad.

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Select Previous Award Recipients

2014–15 Awards

  • Thomas Campanella: "2014 Clarence Stein Inaugural speaker series"
  • Liz Falletta: "Lessons unlearned: Chesapeake Rodeo Apartments vs. Baldwin Hills Village"
  • Shoshana Goldstein: "Toward New Towns for India: Community, Landscape, and the Planning of Gurgaon's Urban Space"
  • Scott Larson: "A Community Needs Assessment of Creative Learning Opportunities in Sunnyside and Woodside, Queens" (PDF)
  • Margot Lystra: "The Regional Planning Association and the Imagined Freeway"
  • Petra Marar: "Boom, Silence, Points, Lines: Constructing Industry, Community, and Wilderness in the Bakken Oil Boom"
  • Melanie Sand: "Planning Disputes of the Disappearing Coast: The Role of Local Cultures in Post-Disaster Louisiana"

2013–14 Awards

  • Alyson Fletcher: "Retrofitting Houston's Utility Corridors as an Open Space Recreation Network"
  • George Frantz: "A Comparison of Urban Residential Form in New York and Shanghai"
  • Sangni Gao: "History and Practice of Beijing Superblock Complex"
  • Laural A. Harbin: "The Etawah Pilot Project"
  • Lesli Hoey: "Stein in the Tropics: New Town Ideas at Work in Bolivia"
  • Tony Rohling: "Sunnyside Gardens Oral History Program for Sunnyside Gardens and Phipps Garden Apartments"
  • Joseph Rukus: "Clarence Stein and 21st Century Public Safety Challenges: An Examination of Hillside Homes and Sunnyside Gardens"
  • Peter Wissoker: "Does Form Follow Financing? Using Clarence Stein's Investor Typology to Understand the Role of Real Estate-Related Finance in Urban Change"

2012–13 Awards

  • Eva Birk: "Watershed-based Permits: Benton MacKaye's Contributions"
  • Caleb Cheng: "Carrying on the Hillside Tradition"
  • Elaine Engst: "Enhancing City and Regional Planning Resources: the Nolan Papers"
  • Sophie Hochhausl: "Austrian Settlement Movement and the RPAA"
  • Caitlin Kolb: "Stein's Transportation Systems"
  • Carrie Randall: "Homegrown: Energy Innovations"
  • Ana Vasudeo: "Exhibiting Housing Reform: Marashartrian Chawls in Gigaum" 

2011–12 Awards

  • Kenny R. Cupers, University of Buffalo: "French New Towns in Global Perspective"
  • Adrian Fine, Los Angeles Conservancy: "The Los Angeles Garden Apartments Network"
  • Allison James: "Designing a Greenbelt for Erzurum, Turkey"
  • Aki Marceau: "The Sustainable Regional Planning in Sedai"
  • Constance Werner Ramirez, University of Maryland: "Stein Summer Institute 2012" 
  • Sally Sims Stokes: "Stein's Views on 'Ethical Culture' and Judeo-Christian Progressive Reform"
  • Roger Trancik, Kurt Dillion, and Sam Sweezy: "Tropical Garden Cities"
  • Josi Ward: "Stein's Role in Resettlement Administration Community Building"
  • David West: "Pocket Neighborhoods to the Clarence S. Stein Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies"
  • Yizhao Yang: "Garden City Planning and Design in Contemporary China"

2010–11 Awards

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