Jennifer Minner

Jennifer Minner's teaching and research explore tensions and areas of opportunity between land-use planning, historic preservation, sustainability, and community development. She is focused on methods of care, conservation, and sustainable adaptation of the built environment. Additionally, her research emphasizes analytical and participatory mapping; equity, reinvestment dynamics and public space; and creative and critical approaches to technology.

Minner's experience includes planning, research, and community mapping projects related to land use and sustainability, historic preservation, community and economic development, and institutional research. She has been a principal investigator, project director, coprincipal investigator, and project manager on an array of research projects sponsored by government agencies and nonprofits including the U.S. Department of the Interior, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Texas Historical Commission, and City of Austin. She served as chair and heritage commissioner on the Olympia Heritage Commission and has served 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.

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Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 2000 The Promise and Pitfalls of Contemporary Planning (fall 2017 syllabus, PDF)
  • 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.  
  • CRP 5850 Society, Place, TechnologyThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to 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.
  • Colisted CRP 5072 Land Use, Environmental Planning, and Urban Design Workshop and CRP 5073 Historic Preservation Planning Workshop: Equity Preservation and Planning WorkshopLand Use and Environmental Planning workshop courses focus on the forces and actions that directly affect the physical character, transformation, rehabilitation, and preservation of natural landscapes, cities, and regions. Participants provide technical assistance to communities, and have the opportunity to work with communities in resolving critical planning issues. Topics may include development of land use and natural conservation plans, community redevelopment plans, design and analysis of public spaces, and strategies for making communities more environmentally and economically sustainable.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Equity Preservation: Sharing and Deepening Connections, Jennifer Minner (grant recipient), Zach Small (coapplicant), and Ashley Pryce (coapplicant) (2017)
  • 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)
  • Oliver Torrey Fuller Award for Outstanding Article Demonstrating Technical Excellence and Innovation in Preservation Practice, from the Association for Preservation Technology, with Jeffrey Chusid (2016)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Minner, Jennifer, and Martin Abbott. "How Urban Spaces Remember: Memory and Transformation at Two Expo Sites," 18th International Planning History Society Conference, Yokohama, Japan (2018)
  • "Geodesign, Resilience, and the Future of Former Mega-event Sites," Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, Adelaide, South Australia (2017)
  • "Equitable Reinvestment and Community Preservation: Mapping Progress in Buffalo, New York," Cultural and Historic Preservation conference, Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island (2018)

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