CRP Faculty News Updates - August 2013

August 29, 2013
  • Professor John Forester has published a book of teaching materials in the form of 12 profiles of practitioners dealing with the issues suggested by the title, Planning in the Face of Conflict: Surprising Possibilities of Facilitative Leadership (American Planning Association Press, 2013). With Ken Reardon, he is completing a book for Temple University Press, Rebuilding Community After Katrina: Transformative Education in the New Orleans Planning Initiative. Continuing his research and teaching about issues of planning, participation and governance, Forester is working with David Laws of the University of Amsterdam on a book contracted to Routledge, tentatively titled, Street Level Democracy, Conflict and Improvisation. Forester has been invited to give lectures in the next year at University of California–Irvine School of Law, Haifa University, and in Vienna, Austria; he will teach a workshop on conflict in planning for the APA in Boston in June, 2014.
  • As a member of a National Research Council committee, Professor Susan Christopherson participated in two workshops this summer on shale gas risk assessment and governance. She also completed research on a project to examine community responses to shale gas development. The initial results are presented in a working paper and a policy brief distributed by The Cornell Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI). During the fall semester, she will give lectures at The University of Birmingham, Oxford University, and at the State University of New York in Buffalo.
  • Associate Professor Victoria Beard is working with a team from the World Bank to develop new methods to examine problems with project implementation and service delivery. The team is conducting a series of case studies in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Nigeria. The knowledge generated from this effort will contribute to four actionable areas: (1) learning by doing at the operational level, (2) learning through knowledge hubs based in different regions, (3) adapting operations on the ground, and (4) rethinking the engagement model.
  • Associate Professor Stephan Schmidt spent the 2013 summer in Moshi, Tanzania, with funding from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. He researched the role of agricultural cooperatives in the urban economy, comparing and contrasting the structure and organization of urban agriculture in Moshi and Dar Es Salaam, linking these differences to changes in urbanization patterns. He is collaborating with researchers at Moshi University College of Cooperative and Business Studies. While in Tanzania, he taught a five-day GIS training workshop at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College.
  • In spring 2013, Associate Professor Stephan Schmidt spent a sabbatical in Germany, partially funded through the German Academic Exchange Service. He collaborated with researchers at the TU Dortmund and TU Stuttgart, examining changing land use planning processes and patterns in Europe as the result of demographic, institutional, and political economic impacts. With his colleagues, he is currently undertaking a quantitative land use change analysis of central and eastern European countries. While in Germany he gave a guest talk at TU Munich-Weihenstephan's Colloquium on Applied Ecology and Planning. Schmidt was recently appointed to the editorial board for the journal Raumforschung und Raumordnung.
  • Professor Michael Tomlan visited Cambodia during the summer of 2013 to speak at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, in a conference on the "Conservation and Enhancement of Cambodian Heritage."  He worked with the new director of Heritage Watch, International, to move the offices of their organization from the capitol to Siem Reap, in anticipation of continued work in the northern areas of the Angkor region. Back in the United States, Tomlan assisted in the certified historic rehabilitation of two residential hotels in Syracuse. After collecting images of the damages suffered from Hurricane Sandy with the assistance of alumni in New Jersey, Tomlan submitted the manuscript of his new historic preservation textbook to Springer Publishers in New York.
  • Assistant Professor Michael Manville traveled to Berlin in June to address a U.N. conference on transportation and sustainability. His research was featured on NPR's "Here and Now" in August. In September he will be the lead speaker on a panel about zoning and housing affordability in Washington, DC.
  • Lecturer George Frantz was active on a number of fronts. He completed the design and construction oversight of new 530-ft. wetland boardwalk in the Finger Lakes Land Trust Roy H. Park Preserve in Dryden, New York. The structure is unique in that the structure is built almost entirely of highly rot resistant native black locust wood, precluding the need to use preservatives or other chemicals to protect the wood structure.
  • Frantz hosted Professor Daixin Dai of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, Shanghai and collaborating on a comparative study of mid-20th century residential developments in New York City and Shanghai based on the superblock concept advocated by Clarence Stein. He also supported landscape architecture in the 4th annual CU-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Summer Landscape Seminar in August. The program brought landscape architecture students and faculty from both institutions together to study the practice in the U.S., visit the sites, and complete case studies on specific projects in New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston.

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