URP News

  • posted on May 9, 2017 12:04pm

    In 2015, the MSU Urban & Regional Planning Program received funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Office of Passenger Transportation for a study on “Measuring Customer Satisfaction and Identifying Trip Purpose. . .” MSU will design, implement, collect and evaluate data across 78 Michigan transit agencies (over a three-year period) under guidance from Associate Professor Eva Kassens-Noor and Assistant Professor Zeenat Kotval-Karamchandani.

  • posted on May 9, 2017 11:11am

    In January 2015, the Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO) received three years of funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to study “Urbanization and Sustainability Under Global Change and Transitional Economies: Synthesis from Southeast, East and North Asia (SENA).” The study will conclude in 2018. . . Urban & Regional Planning Program’s Associate Professor Peilei Fan, from the School of Planning, Design and Construction and CGCEO, leads the project with Jiquan Chen, professor from the CGCEO and the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences (GEO). Zutao Yang, GEO postdoctoral research associate, is also part of the team.

  • posted on April 27, 2017 2:47pm

    Peilei Fan, associate professor of urban and regional planning in both the School of Planning, Design and Construction and MSU’s Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, has been named a Fulbright Scholar.

  • posted on April 6, 2017 11:02am

    There may be potential for establishing a “deconstruction economy” in West Michigan that collects and repurposes waste generated by more than 250,000 abandoned structures in the Great Lakes region.

    According to a study conducted by the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development, in partnership with the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, structural abandonment and blight create economic hardships on already distressed Midwest regions and subject residents to potentially significant health and safety hazards…

    ...“Vacant, deserted property presents communities with a clear health and safety hazard,” said Rex LaMore, director of the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development [and Urban & Regional Planning faculty member at the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction]. “Repurposing the materials salvaged from these properties can reduce the negative effects of abandonment and create jobs in the local community.”

  • posted on February 27, 2017 1:00pm

    Peter and Linda made a $1 million gift to create the Peter G. and Linda Riguardi Experiential Learning Fund for Domestic and International Site Evaluation Experiences. It is one of the largest gifts ever given to MSU from non-alumni parents of a current student. The fund will enable students in the School of Planning Design and Construction to gain firsthand knowledge of major urban planning projects through site visits around the world.

     

  • posted on February 2, 2017 3:26pm

    The Sustainable Built Environment Initiative (SBEI) at Michigan State University is a means of assisting communities to address physical planning, design and land use issues. It offers a graphic visioning process that provides citizens with a set of images and recommendations to guide improvements in their community with a sustainability theme. MSU Extension (MSUE) and the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) have jointly developed SBEI to address sustainability challenges and improve the quality of life in Michigan’s communities.

    The SBEI seeks projects that integrate planning and design elements within a sustainability framework, including regeneration (vacant land reuse, brownfields, placemaking), renewable energy (green development and building technology) and resiliency (economic shock, climate adaptation, natural disasters) using the imaging/visioning umbrella of physical sustainable design.

  • posted on November 20, 2016 12:51pm

    Joel Arnold, a recent Michigan State University graduate with degrees in social relations and policy from James Madison College and urban and regional planning from the College of Social Science; and Margaret Born, an Honors College senior majoring in comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College and Arabic in the College of Arts and Letters, are two of 12 students in the country to earn the Mitchell Scholarship, which is a competitive graduate school scholarship.

    Arnold and Born are two of the three Mitchell Scholars from MSU. The last Mitchell Scholar from MSU was selected in 2001.

    The U.S.-Ireland Alliance established the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, which allows up to 12 future American leaders to pursue a year of graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    “Congratulations to Joel and Margaret on receiving this prestigious recognition,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “As Spartans, they have the talent and tenacity to make an extraordinary impact. I join the entire MSU community in wishing Joel and Margaret good luck on their journeys to make the world a better place.”

  • posted on November 2, 2016 11:34am

    Michigan State University has four finalists for a pair of highly competitive graduate school scholarships – two for the Mitchell Scholarship and two for the Rhodes Scholarship.

    MSU’s Mitchell Scholarship finalists are: Joel Arnold, a recent graduate with degrees in social relations and policy from James Madison College and urban and regional planning from the College of Social Science; and Margaret Born, an Honors College senior majoring in comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College and Arabic in the College of Arts and Letters.

    The U.S.-Ireland Alliance established the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program, which allows up to 12 future American leaders to pursue a year of graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. MSU has produced one Mitchell Scholar to date.

    “I am honored to have been named a national finalist in this very competitive process,” Arnold said. “Applying for the Mitchell has allowed me to explore more deeply my passion for struggling communities and what I can do to impact these communities in a positive manner while learning from and with the people of Ireland.”

  • posted on October 27, 2016 10:40am

    The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) held its ninth Industry Seminar Series event on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in East Lansing. Featured speaker Scott Adams, deputy city manager for the City of Las Vegas, and a MSU urban planning alumnus (1977), presented on “MSU, Urban Planning and Cities: A Career Perspective.” Professor Mark Wilson, program leader for the MSU Urban & Regional Planning Program, was the facilitator for this event. The series continues to be popular with local alumni and industry leaders, and helps to show SPDC students real-world examples of what is possible to achieve upon graduation.

    In his role for the City of Las Vegas, Adams oversees the departments of Economic and Urban Development, Community Services, Cultural Affairs, and Parks and Recreation. He also serves as the operations officer for the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency. Adams is a certified manager with the International City Managers Association; a member of the International Economic Development Council and the Urban Land Institute; and a past member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

     

  • posted on October 24, 2016 9:34am

    The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) a $750,000 University Center grant. It will be used to create, identify and implement innovative regional economic development tools and strategies to expand business opportunities, creating new jobs across Michigan.

    The MSU CCED, located within University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) in the Office of the Provost, [and led by MSU Urban & Regional Planning Seinor Specialist Rex Lamore,] has worked with hundreds of communities in Michigan for nearly 50 years. The CCED developed a number of innovative initiatives in partnership with EDA and Michigan’s EDDs, while operating an EDA University Center (REI) for the last five years. A variety of departments, colleges, and units within MSU—­the College of Social Science; College of Communication Arts & Sciences; Office of the Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies; Office of the Provost; School of Planning, Design and Construction; Office of the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement; and MSU Extension­—have made commitments to support REI’s work, providing access to their expertise, resources, research centers, faculty, students, and more.

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