group of people standing across the street from a historic-looking building

Students being asked to observe and determine whether a building is historically original or a new construct. photo / Nicole Nomura

First-year students in the MRP and MA-HPP programs traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the annual Cornell University City and Regional Planning fall field trip. This year’s trip was led by Department Chair Jeffrey Chusid and Assistant Professor Nicholas Klein, who highlighted that city’s achievements and challenges in regard to planning and preservation.

Students were introduced to elements that make up a contemporary city, including infrastructure, transportation, housing, governance, economics, and urban design, as well as people and organizations that participate in the making of the city in public and private realms.

Through walking tours and panel presentations, students were exposed to ways of seeing, studying, and critiquing the city in a rigorous fashion, while learning about the perspectives, skills, and knowledge base found in CRP at Cornell.

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