“You cannot be a distinguished educator without distinguished students. If you do
it right, your students will go on to do things you could never do, write things you
could never write, conduct research you could never carry out, solve problems
beyond your capacity, and surpass you in numerous ways. What you must do as
an educator is create a learning opportunity for younger people that will make
– Barclay Jones, former CRP Professor Emeritus
In CRP we study, teach, and practice planning as a diverse and integrative, applied, and change-oriented discipline, seeking as we do so a more just and efficient, sustainable, and beautiful world. Planning research and practice must be diverse, integrative, and multi-disciplinary because the world in which we work is not organized departmentally the way universities are. Our research and practice must be applied because environmental, political, and social changes force us both to respond appropriately — justly, efficiently, and wisely — in the physical world and to anticipate practically future changes in the social world. Our research and practice must be change-oriented because we find social injustice, environmental degradation, institutionalized spatial neglect, and regulatory dysfunction both unacceptable and demanding practical and ethical response. Our research and practice must be oriented to an increasingly interdependent world of countries with developed and developing economies with great variation in cultural perspectives and institutional environments.