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Top Rated Program

Jan 28, 2015


CRP is again a top planning program in North America.  For the past 7 years CalPoly has consistently ranked near the top of programs for planning in the country according to the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs.  According to the 2017 guide, the program is the #5 small program in the country and #3 in cities with less than 50,000 people.  

 For more information on the program or to watch videos about what planners (and our students) do check out our Google+ site.  
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CRP 341 Studio Wins 2014 APA Award for Milpitas Project

Jan 28, 2015


March 25, 2015

Cal Poly's City and Regional Planning has won four annual awards for the project "Urban Design Visions for the City of Milpitas, CA" (CRP 341 Urban Design Studio III).  The project received three awards in 2014 from the American Planning Association (APA): the Academic Award of Excellence from both the Northern and the Central Coast Sections, and the Award of Merit from the State Chapter. In 2015, it received the prestigious national Honor Award from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

These awards showcase excellence in urban and regional planning over a variety of categories and are highly competitive.  Winning is truly an accomplishment to be proud of. In the case of the AICP, it was the first time that an undergraduate project had won the award!

A video of the student work is available on our YouTube Channel. A links to view the awards website and all the award winners are provided below.

William Siembieda is Recognized for Disaster Science in Chile

Apr 27, 2017


This past April 12th, the Chilean Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Research (CIGIDEN) recognized William Simbieda’s contribution to the advancement of Disaster Science in Chile. CIGIDEN is Chile's leading center of excellence related to multidisciplinary disaster research. This award reflects William’s service as an International Advisor to CIGIDEN as well as his mentorship of Investigators working in the area of urban management, planning and public policy.

Part of the work in Chile, focused on coastal city recovery planning, was completed as a Fulbright Specialist. A couple of his other contributions include working on disaster recovery, and helping a local university create an urban planning program within the architecture college. This work with CIGIDEN is an extension of his overall research focus making the built environment safer, which was the basis for the 2016 Cal Poly Distinguished Scholar Award.

CRP 553 Studio: Ventura Wellness District Urban Design Plan Wins Award

Apr 14, 2017


The Spring 2016 CRP 553 studios have won an APA California Award for the Ventura Wellness District Urban Design Plan. The award will be presented at the Awards Ceremony in Santa Barbara on Saturday, April 29,2017. Click here to view more information about this amazing award.

Paul Wack Retirement

Apr 14, 2017


The American Planning Association has awarded Professor Emeritus Paul Wack, AICP (CRP) the inaugural 2017 Central Coast Section Impact Award for his dedication and commitment to the planning profession as a professor, colleague, professional, mentor, volunteer, contributor, and friend.  In the future, this new award will be known as the “Paul Wack Impact Award” and will be given to recipients, as warranted, that have demonstrated an extraordinary impact to the Central Coast APACA Section.

Paul Wack was a CRP faculty member at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from 1979-2011.

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Students Complete Work in Lemon Grove

Oct 14, 2015


This Fall and Winter quarter, 14 masters students in the City and Regional Planning program will be working with the City of Lemon Grove to update the City's General Plan and work with community members in Lemon Grove to envision and create a healthier, safer, and thriving community. The students, under the direction of Professor Kelly Main, come from diverse backgrounds and educational disciplines, and are excited to develop a General Plan document that will help shape the future of Lemon Grove.

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CRP Research Featured in National News

Jul 23, 2015


Over the past 3 months City & Regional Planning faculty member William Riggs has had his research featured in over 20 news outlets including Planetizen, Curbed, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic / CityLab.  Dr. Riggs' work focuses on the potential urban regeneration benefits of converting multi-lane, one-way street corridors to two-way.  His full publication is available for download from the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Cal Poly Grad Students Present to President Armstrong

CRP Students Present to President on Master Plan

May 29, 2015



Master's students in the Cal Poly, City and Regional Planning program recently presented their studio work on the campus Master Plan to Cal Poly President Armstrong.  The students worked on the plan as a part of their 2nd year studio sequence 552-554.  President Armstrong spent over an hour with the team going over the Master Plan policy proposals developed in the studio, in a robust discussion.   The project  demonstrates the capacity of both CRP students and faculty to make a difference on campus, and to use education to influence policy. Congratulations team!

 

CRP Research Featured in The Atlantic

May 28, 2015


Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning William Riggs recently had his work featured in an article in The Atlantic by Richard Florida.  The article focused on Riggs' work to evaluate the inclusivity of the most walkable areas in cities, using a case study of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Riggs found that areas with the fewest concentration of black residents, are some of the least walkable in the Bay Area - a factor not wholly tied to housing values when controlling for price.  

The article underscored Dr. Riggs' findings that there were many push and pull factors other than walkability influencing residential choice other than neighborhood, and that more research was needed to understand and address the equity issues in access to walkable areas.  The full paper is available open access at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13549839.2014.982080.

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