BSCRP Milpitas Studio Wins National APA Award

Feb 18, 2015

Adding to recent awards from the Central Coast Chapter and State, the BSCRP third year studio in Milpitas (completed by current seniors in the BSCRP) recently won the national AICP Honor  Award, given in recognition of special achievement by undergraduate planning student.  The plan was the only award recipent from an undergraduate program, and was advised by Dr. Hemalata Dandekar and  Dr. Vicente Del Rio.  More on the Milpitas project and this prestigious award can be found at:

CRP Professor Boswell Invited to Present to UN-Habitat on Climate Change

Feb 18, 2015

UN-Habitat recently invited Dr. Michael Boswell to participate in an expert group meeting on 'Guidelines for City Climate Action Plans', taking palce in Oslo, Norway in conjunction with the 2015 Cities & Climate Change Initiative Advisory Committee Meeting. Dr. Boswell recently authored the leading text on Local Climate Action Planning with CRP faculty member Adrienne Greve and subject area expert Tammy Seale.  More on their book can be found at or from the publisher at Island Press.

CRP & RCRI Welcome Leading Urban Thinker

Feb 9, 2015

One Wednesday 2/11/2015, from 11am-noon, CRP & RCRI welcome Dr. John Gilderbloom for a lecture entitled, "The 10 Commandments of Urban Regeneration" in the Dexter Fireplace Room (Building 34, Room 210). Dr. Gilderbloom is an expert in sustainable urbanism and has published widely in the areas of housing, community development, sustainable design and livability.  He has been listed a top urban thinker by  Planetizen ( 


UC Berkeley ITS Library Features Faculty Publication

Feb 6, 2015

UC Berkeley's ITS Library recently featured a discussion of case study work by Dr. William Riggs.  The research describes how balancing transit incentives and parking pricing can shift travel behavior, and how social incentives have the potential to be as effective as fiscal incentives is influencing mode choice.


CRP Faculty Member Releases Web Technology Study

Jan 28, 2015

JANUARY 27, 2015

CRP Professor Dr. William Riggs recently released the findings from a study on the use of technology in city planning departments in 523 cities across the United States.  Published on the key findings from the study include:

  • 10% of city planning departments have dedicated social media channels
  • 83% of city planning departments offer their zoning code online
  • 31% of cities self-publish their zoning code
  • 21% of city planning departments do not offer their general plan online
  • 40% of cities offer online property lookups (GIS)

Full results and a summary can be found at:

Top Rated Program

Jan 28, 2015


CRP is again a top planning program in North America. For the past 10 years Cal Poly 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 the #20 program in the country according to planning educators. More information about the Planetizen guide can be found here:

 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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Professor William Riggs Recognized for Work on Walkability

Jan 28, 2015

DECEMBER 11, 2014

CRP Professor William Riggs is honored to be mentioned in an article written by Richard Florida, an American urban studies theorist. The article talks about walkability in neighborhoods and how it can shape housing prices, health, crime rates, etc.  Read the full article written by Richard Florida here:

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.

CRP Faculty Leaves Mark in Rio de Janerio's Olympic Games

Jan 28, 2015

CRP faculty Vicente del Rio was one of the team members that presented the runner up entry in the international competition for the Olympic Park Master Plan for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Winners were selected in August from 59 entries from all over the world. Besides serving the games, the plan considered a legacy mode that included a sustainable neighborhood to be developed in a 30-year horizon. Professor del Rio’s team included the SWA Group and Gensler (both through their Los Angeles offices), CDC and MPG (from Rio), Herrera Environmental (Seattle), and other consultants. The competition results can be see at


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CRP Expanding Global Engagement

Jan 28, 2015


Expanding Global Engagement is one of the CAED’s four strategic themes. One example of how this is occurring is a three-country study of sustainable urban management practices. Projects in San Francisco, USA; Montreal, Canada; and Puebla, Mexico form the basis of this work that looks at how the city governments are nurturing and expanding sustainability of the built environment in their cities. The work is being undertaken by William Siembieda from the CAED’s City and Regional Planning Department, Marie Lasserve from the College of Urban Design at the University of Montreal and Blanca Rose Tellez from the College of Architecture, Benemertia Autonomous University of Puebla. These efforts are support by the a grant from the Colegio de Mexico under its North American Studies (NAFTA) program. Students from each university participate in the project as part of they studies; thus forming a new generation of professionals with an expanded global outlook.

In Montreal projects in this effort include the restoration of Mont Royal,a limestone quarry that had become a regional garbage dump; but is now home to the Cirque de Soleil Worldwide Training Center, a electric generating plan powered by dump’s methane gas and a will have a new regional park when completed. In San Francisco projects include the Presidio an unique attempt as sustainable historic preservation and habitat restoration under a regime of economic sustainability. In Puebla projects of new sustainable peripheral development are being examined.

An analysis of the different general plans and the sustainability plans of each city form the basis for understanding the local government framework for sustainability, and how each city is trying to expand the collective consciousness of its citizens. The project team is using different protocals to understand how to assess and evaluate sustainable projects in the built environment including protocals from Europe as well as the US.

The CAED and the Benemertia Autonomous University of Puebla have signed an exchange agreement to engage in student exchange and faculty projects. This project is one way of making the agreement real and opening up global opportunities for students.



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