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Buffalo (Image: Pete716/Wikimedia Commons)

This week, members of Cornell CRP’s Ph.D. program will speak at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) annual conference in Buffalo, New York. The theme of this year’s event is The Continuing City: People, Planning and the Long Haul to Urban Resurgence.

Cornell Ph.D. CRP students and candidates will lead sessions over the course of the four-day conference, which begins October 25. We will update the post as more information about the event becomes available, but in the meantime, take a look at the sessions below:

Session Title: Working with “Working Rules”: Engaging Institutional Theory in Planning Research 

Subsession: When the Sum of Sectorial Parts Is Greater Than the City as a Whole: Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Divergent Institutionalization
Cornell Representative: Andrea Restrepo-Mieth (Ph.D. candidate)
Details: Saturday, October 27, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Session title: What Does Urban Sustainability Really Look Like?

Subsession: Bridging Policy Adoption and Policy Implementation: An Exploration of Local Governments’ Sustainability Actions
Cornell Representatives:  Lu Liao (Ph.D. student); Professor Mildred Warner
Details: Friday, October 25, 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Subsession: Analyzing Trends in Urban Sustainability and Equity Indicators
Cornell Representative: Ryan Thomas (Ph.D. student)
Details: Friday, October 25, 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Session Title: Urban Informality

Subsession: Planning the Invisible City: Migration and Urban Citizenship in Gurgaon, India
Cornell Representative: Shoshana Goldstein (Ph.D. candidate)
Details: Thursday, October 25, 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Subsession: The Land-Based Urban and Regional Development: The Impacts of State Rescaling
Cornell Representative: Yuanshuo Xu (Ph.D. candidate)
Details: Friday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Session Title: Analytical Methods to Understand Expanding Regions 

Cornell Representative: Yuanshuo Xu (Ph.D. candidate), moderator/discussant
Details: Thursday, October 25, 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Panel: Pre-Doctoral Workshop for Students of Color

Cornell Representative: Jared Enriquez (Ph.D. candidate)
Details: Saturday October 27, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session Title: What Is the Role of Institutions in Regional Governance and Planning?

Subsession: Restructuring Cities, Rethinking Planning? The Impacts of Municipal Mergers on Planning Practices in South Africa
Cornell Representative: Nidhi Subramanyam
Details: Thursday, October 25, 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Subsession: Fragility in Voluntary Regionalism: Efficiency Myths and Impacts for Equity
Cornell Representatives: Austin Aldag (Ph.D. student); Mildred Warner
Details: Thursday, October 25, 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Session Title: The Quest for Gender-Responsive Planning

Subsession: Where Are the Women In India’s Smart City Transport Plans?
Cornell Representatives: Seema Singh
Details: Thursday, October 25, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration for the conference is now closed, but a full schedule of events and presentations can be found here. For those who can’t make it out to Buffalo, here’s the link (PDF) to the accepted abstracts.

Support Cornell’s historic preservation students at the Pretty Creepy Pub Crawl on October 19

(Image: HPP/Cornell)

(Image: HPP/Cornell)

This Friday, October 19, the Preservation Studies Student Organization (PSSO) is hosting its third annual Pretty Creepy Pub Crawl to raise money for the organization. Participants will follow clues in a scavenger hunt that will take them around Ithaca’s landmarks (with plenty of stops at the bar, or course). There will be a prize for best costume and a prize for the first person to complete the scavenger hunt.

Festivities will kick off at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Big Red Barn. Tickets are $10, and event organizers Carolyn Gimbal ( and Kaitlin Mitchell ( are accepting payments by cash and Venmo. Find them in the HPP lounge (Sibley 102) or reach out by email before Friday to get a ticket.

Learn design software from fellow CRP students at Friday Free School

As important as it is to cultivate a nuanced understanding of zoning codes and postcolonial planning epistemology, it’s nice to have some practical design skills on your resume, as well. To that end, three enterprising and generous CRP students have agreed to teach their classmates the fundamentals of InDesign, Illustrator, and SketchUp over the course of three Friday afternoons for this semester’ edition of Friday Free School.

MRP students Josh Rotbert, Rhea Lopes, and Kristen Collins will each be leading a class. This year, sessions kick off October 26 in the computer lab on the third floor of West Sibley (officially the Barclay Jones Lab).

Here’s the sign-up link for sessions (which are open only to current CRP students, sorry!). More info on the classes can be found on the flier below:

(Image: Elyse Belarge‎/Cornell CRP)

(Image: Elyse Belarge‎/Cornell CRP)

Hope to see you there!

Good news, West Coast: Cornell CRP is coming to L.A. and San Francisco!

San Francisco (Image: UN Photo/Mark Garten)

Are you interested in studying city and regional planning at Cornell? Are you on the West Coast? Well good news, because AAP will be on your side of the world next week.

City and Regional Planning Department Manager Heidi Berrettini will be at the Idealist Grad Fair in San Francisco Fair on October 8 and in L.A. on October 10. The grad fairs are a great place to ask Heidi questions about all the programs on offer at Cornell CRP. More information on both of those events can be found here.  

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