Nominate a visionary urbanist to speak at the 2019 Clarence S. Stein Colloquium

Clarence Stein in 1950 (Image: Stein in 1950. Clarence Stein Papers/Cornell University Library Digital Collections)

Although 2019 feels a world away (especially since we’re all bogged down with finals next week), now is the time to nominate lecturers for the upcoming Clarence S. Stein Colloquium. The annual lecture, held on March 22 next year, brings distinguished urbanists to campus to talk about their ideas, their work, and their motivations for making better cities. Last year, MacArthur Genius Fellow Damon Rich, partner at Newark, New jersey–based design firm Hector, spoke to current and prospective students at the March open house.

So who should speak this year?Jane Jacobs is long dead, but there are still plenty of eloquent leaders quietly but profoundly shaping cities in the typically glamour-averse world of planning. Current students may nominate any urbanist, here or abroad, whose work relates to the questions that Stein grappled with in his architecture and planning practice.

If you have names, send them (along with a brief statement) to Ethan Wissler (MRP ’20), this year’s Clarence S. Stein fellow. The department is finalizing its spring lecture series in the coming weeks, so get those emails out as quick as you can!

Winning Cornell MRP team going for gold at Maryland real estate competition

(Image: Floriane Vita/Unsplash)

(Image: Floriane Vita/Unsplash)

A team of Cornell MRPs is headed to Maryland next month to compete in the Colvin Case Study Challenge, a real estate competition that asks university teams to document a development in their metro region. Cornell’s winning team—comprised of Sara Trigoboff (MRP ’19), Ethan Wissler (MRP ’20), and Zachary Decker (MRP ’20)—entered the competition as part of Baker Program in Real Estate Director Dustin Jones‘s Real Estate Development Process II, a graduate course open to Baker, Johnson, MRP and M.Arch students.

On December 8, these students will deliver a 30-minute presentation to a jury of real estate professionals at the University of Maryland, College Park for a change to win a grand prize of $10,000. Second, third, and the honorable mention teams will win $2,500.

The Colvin Case Study Challenge is distinctive among real estate competitions because it asks participants to evaluate a project after the ribbon-cutting. The competition description states that “[the] Challenge is designed to hone professional skills and reveal the knowledge base and understanding of markets, project valuation, finance, urban design and sustainability, entitlement processes and operational issues.” The final for Professor Jones’s course mirrored the competition submission, but participation in the competition was optional.

Support Cornell planners at this year’s OCP Auction

At auction (Image: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Wiese)

It’s that time of year again: fall, where the crisp air ruffles leaves on the ground, flannel cuffs poke out from parka sleeves, and warm seasonal beverages are consumed in abundance. Fall, specifically November 10, also marks the coming of the OCP Auction, the Organization of Cornell Planners’ annual event to raise money for its activities in the graduate MRP and HPP programs. This year, the silent and live auction at the Big Red Barn will feature items like horseback riding with CRP Program Assistant Kelsey Eliot and homemade lasagna from Mark Cassidy, MRP ’19.

The event info is reprinted below for those who don’t Facebook:

It’s that time of year again folks, the annual OCP AUCTION and you don’t have to be a planner to come!! Join MRPs in a fundraiser with both a silent and a live auction. This event is open to all grad students, so bring your friends!

There will be snacks, dollar beers and lots of fun things to bid on!

The auction kicks off at 8 p.m. this Saturday, November 10. Hope to see you there!

Five MRP students consider Cleveland’s Rust Belt urbanism

A factory on Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River. (Image: Elisabeth Benham)

This semester, approximately 45 students in the Department of City and Regional Planning took a three-day field trip to Cleveland to bond with each other and learn the inner workings of American urbanism firsthand. After the weekend, fearless field trip co-leader Linda Shi, assistant professor in the department, asked the class to reflect on what they saw.

The five essays linked below display a wide range of reactions to Cleveland, informed both by the diverse experiences of the writers as well as readings from Professor Shi’s required class for MRPs. That course, Introduction to Planning Practice and History, exposes first-year students to urban planning theory and issues in the U.S. and abroad. Check it out:

Elisabeth Benham, MRP 2020
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Academic interests: housing and international studies

Joel Hochman, MRP 2020
Hometown: New York City
Academic interests: community/neighborhood development, international/comparative planning, transportation, public space, and affordable housing

Jon Ignatowski, MRP 2020
Hometown: Canton, New York
Academic interests: rural land use planning and community development

Chin Ya Russell, MRP 2020
Hometown: Koahsiung, Taiwan
Academic interest: academic institutional planning for higher education

Minh Tran, MRP 2020
Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam
Academic interests: land use and international development

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