Jennifer Minner

Jennifer Minner investigates urban change, building reuse, and community memory in all manner of places – along commercial strips, within mega-event impact craters,  in demolition sites, in the analysis of future scenarios, and in reflections of the city in art. Her research and teaching focus on land-use/spatial planning, historic preservation, and community development. She directs the Just Places Lab, a platform for multi-disciplinary research and creative action related to place, the built environment, and social equity. 

In recent years her work has focused on equitable preservation and reinvestment; innovation and agency through art-making and film; and creative and critical approaches to the technologies used to analyze, visualize, and shape places. 

Minner presently serves as the Conference Chair for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and is joining the editorial board of the Journal of the American Planning Association. She serves on the board of the Susan Christopherson Center for Community Planning, the advisory council for Historic Ithaca, and is one of the founding members of the Circularity, Reuse, and Zero Waste Development (CR0WD) Working Group. She served as Chair of the Olympia Heritage Commission and on the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission. She is a past president and a founding board member of the MidTexMod chapter of Docomomo U.S., a nonprofit dedicated to documentation and conservation of the Modern Movement in Central Texas.

Minner's education background includes a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Washington, an M.U.R.P. from Portland State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Community-based planning and development
  • Historic preservation planning
  • Land use/spatial planning
  • Participatory and collaborative planning
  • Planning history
  • Sustainability
  • Technology and art

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Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 2000 The Promise and Pitfalls of Contemporary PlanningIntroduction to the historical origins and evolution of city and regional planning. Students acquire a deeper understanding of professional practice, theoretical foundation, core values, primary methods, and key challenges facing contemporary planners through lectures, readings, films, in-class exercises, individual and team-based research, and observation of public meetings. The course provides an overview of successes and failures in the history of planning, as well as opportunities and tensions that will shape the future of cities and city and regional planning. 
  • CRP 3850/5850 Art, Preservation, and the Just City / Art Re-Building CitiesThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of planning. Topics vary each semester. 
  • CRP 3850/5850 Community Shaping TechnologiesThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of planning. Topics vary each semester. 
  • CRP 5530 Land Use Planning MethodsThis course provides an introduction to land use planning methods, especially those that are used in comprehensive planning by local governments and regional framework plans. The course surveys analytical and participatory methods to shape land use and urban form and to guide infrastructure provision in order to achieve more sustainable urban systems. Land use planning concepts and methods are included at other scales as well, including statewide frameworks for Smart Growth and small area plans. Other skills include the application of planning support tools and geodesign methods, drafting and applying land use regulations such as zoning and Smart Codes; creation of natural resource inventories, conservation areas, and green infrastructure plans, and planning at the nexus of transportation and land use. Includes methods of participation in land use planning processes.
  • CRP 6690 Special Topics in History and Preservation: Cultural Landscapes and Public Space - Former Mega Event SitesThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to history and preservation. Topics vary each semester.  

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Faculty grant, Cornell Council for the Arts; and Engaged Opportunity Grant, Engaged Cornell: "Socially Engaged Art and Indigenous, Urban, and Environment Histories," with Jonathan Jones, Jolene Rickard, Martin Abbot, Skye Hart, Dylan Stevenson, Jeffrey Chusid, Urszula Piasta-Mansfield, Maria Park, Rod Howe (2019)
  • Faculty Fellow in Engaged Scholarship (2018)
  • "Former Mega-Event Sites: Adaptation, Collective Memory, and Public Space," $5,000 Affinito-Stewart Grant from President's Council of Cornell Women (2017)
  • American Planning Association Technology Division, Smart Cities Award for Scenario Tools for Equitable Corridor Reinvestment and Affordable Housing Preservation research project, with Elizabeth Mueller, Thomas Hilde, Marla Torrado, Amanda Micklow, and Alex Steinberger (2017)
  • Exemplary Implementation Award from the Scenario Planning Applications Network for Corridor Housing Preservation Tool project, with Elizabeth Mueller, Thomas Hilde, Marla Torrado, Amanda Micklow, and Alex Steinberger (2017)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Ghirmatzion, Rahwa, Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Russell Weaver, Jennifer Minner, and Sam Magavern. "Equitable Economic Recovery After Covid-19: The Power of Community Collaboration." Webinar. (2020)
  • Idziorek, Katherine, Lan Nguyen, Heather Campbell, Marccus Hendricks, Jennifer Minner, Karen Umemoto, and Anaid Yerena. "Carrying two buckets: Reconciling the fragmented lives of community-engaged planning scholars." Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. (2020)
  • Minner, Jennifer. "Sunrise over Landscapes of a Thrift: Toward Circular Economies and Equity Preservation." Presentation for Toward Sustainability and Equity: Envisioning Preservation Policy Reform symposium, New York City, NY. (2020)
  • Abbott, Martin, and Jennifer Minner. "How Urban Spaces Remember: The Essay Film as Archive for Protest and Resistance." City Essay Film Symposium, London, U.K. (2019)
  • Minner, Jennifer. "Just Places? Community Preservation, Art, and Equity." Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Greenville, South Carolina. (2019)

Publications (Selected)

  • Goodman, Wylie, and Jennifer Minner. "Will the urban agricultural revolution be vertical and soilless? A case study of controlled environment agriculture in New York City." Land Use Policy 83 (2019), 160-173.
  • Minner, Jennifer. "Assembly and Care of Memory: Placing Objects and Hybrid Media to Revisit International Expositions." Curator: The Museum Journal 62, no. 2 (2019), 151-176.
  • Minner, Jennifer, and Martin Abbott. "Conservation logics that reshape mega-event spaces: San Antonio and Brisbane post expo." Planning Perspectives (2019), 1-25.
  • Minner, Jennifer. "Open Data Flows, Spatial Histories, and Visualizing the Future." Journal of Preservation Education and Research 10 (2018), 33-49.
  • Minner, Jennifer, and Michael Holleran (editors). Special Issue on Historic Preservation and Planning. Journal of the American Planning Association, 82:2 (2106), 69-71.
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