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07.01.2014 | UAP faculty Laxmi Ramasubramanian honored with service award
The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) has announced two recipients for its inaugural Service Award, which recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the growth, development and ongoing success of the organization. UAP Professor Laxmi Ramasubramanian is one of the recipients of this award.
From the UCGIS press release: “Professor Ramasubramanian recently completed her term as President of UCGIS and is now serving the organization as Past President. [She] tirelessly served the organization during a time of restructuring and renewal. Professor Ramasubramanian has also served UCGIS as Secretary, a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President. Through her diplomatic and consultative style, her inclusive view of GIScience, and her strategic planning skills, Professor Ramasubramanian has positioned the organization for a successful future.”
06.23.2014 | Hunter UAP Studio’s recommendations for Harlem African Burial Ground in the news
The New York Post recently reported that the 126th Street Bus Depot in East Harlem, which is situated above a 17th-century African burial ground, will be shut down in January. Plans for the site include a memorial as well as possible residential development. The article references Hunter UAP’s Fall 2011 studio report, Reclaiming Cultural Heritage: A Plan for the Harlem African Burial Ground, which recommended relocation of the bus depot and identified three possible alternative sites. The report was the result of a four-month-long planning process to provide the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force with a cohesive plan to memorialize the site. The plan outlined design guidelines, recommendations, strategies and future policies that were intended to assist the Task Force in their efforts to memorialize the burial ground and educate the public about its historical and cultural significance.
06.03.2014 | New book edited by UAP Professor Sigmund C. Shipp
Professor Sigmund C. Shipp is an editor of recently published Community Matters: Service-Learning in Engaged Design and Planning (Routledge, 2014). The book explores issues that resonate with a diverse group of design and planning educators drawn to the challenge of supporting greater community building and empowerment while combining learning with practice. It provides compelling evidence that educators should be adopting engaged pedagogies, research methods and theories through which they can bring together education, practice and scholarship at the boundary of community and academy.
06.01.2014 | UAP Studio report, “Where Will New Yorkers Live,” referenced in NYTimes
UAP Professor Matthew G. Lasner was quoted in today’s Real Estate section of The New York Times, which featured an article on middle-income housing in Manhattan:
“In New York, it’s not just the poor in Jacob Riis-type conditions who endure housing stress,” said Professor Lasner, the author of the book “High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century” (Yale University Press, 2012). “When it comes to housing, middle-income families also need help. They earn too much to qualify for apartments earmarked for low-income families, but they can’t afford market-rate housing. So they feel very vulnerable. They get that letter telling them their rent is going up, and they realize they’re one pen stroke away from being displaced, from having to pay a lot more for a new apartment, or worse, having to leave the city.
“They’re truly the forgotten middle, locked out of both luxury and public housing,” said Professor Lasner, whose department recently published a report titled “Where Will New Yorkers Live?” that underscored the shrinking number of affordable rentals for middle-income households. “They don’t experience as much stress as low-income families, but they live with a tremendous amount of uncertainty.”
05.13.2014 | UAP alum Mitchell J. Silver, NYC Parks Commissioner, featured in The New York Times
Mitchell J. Silver, a graduate of Hunter’s Master in Urban Planning program and former planning director of Raleigh, N.C., was featured in today’s edition of The New York Times. Silver was recently appointed Commissioner of NYC Parks. In the article, Silver described parks as “a system within a city. They are connected to culture. They are connected to traditions and memories, the economy, the natural systems. As a planner, I take a very different view of parks, as not just a green space but a public space.”
Click here to read the article.
03.24.2014 | UAP Chair Joseph P. Viteritti’s new book on the Lindsay administration
Professor Joseph P. Viteritti’s new book on the legacy of the Lindsay administration, Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream, was celebrated last week at a conference hosted by the Public Policy Institute of Roosevelt House. Hunter College President Jennifer Raab gave introductory remarks prior to Professor Viteritt’s keynote address. Sam Roberts of the New York Times and Errol Louis of NY1 moderated panel discussions with former Lindsay aides including Jay Kriegel and Ronnie Eldridge, and urban history scholars including Vincent Cannato and Lizabeth Cohen.
Each chapter of Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream covers a distinct aspect of Lindsay’s mayoralty (politics, race relations, finance, public management, architecture, economic development, and the arts). The book is an honest portrait of Lindsay and the prospects for shaping more balanced public priorities as New York City ushers in a new era of progressive leadership.
03.22.2014 | UAP Professor Matthew G. Lasner recognized for outstanding scholarship with Feliks Gross Award
The CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences awarded Matthew G. Lasner the 2014 Feliks Gross Endowment Award. This honor is presented each year to two junior faculty members in the CUNY system who, through their research, show exceptional promise for contributing to their field, the university, and academia.
03.21.2014 | Mitchell J. Silver, Hunter MUP alum, named NYC Parks Commissioner
Congratulations to Mitch Silver, MUP alum and former APA president, on his recent appointment to NYC Parks Commissioner! Silver, a Brooklyn native, was most recently the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously, in NYC, Silver served as planning and policy specialist for the Manhattan Borough President’s office, and as a city planner. Silver played a central role as an expert consultant in the formulation of the “Harlem-on-the-River” 197-A plan, which materialized into the plan for Harlem Piers Park, redesigning a site originally pegged for a hotel development and turning it into a $20 million park.
Silver has written and spoken extensively about the need to integrate city planning and public health policy, the expansion of green spaces and recreational facilities, and the implementation of educational campaigns promoting walking and other outdoor activities. He was President of the American Planning Association, has been named one of the Top 100 City Innovators in the World by UBM Future Cities, and was named one of the top international thought leaders of the built environment by Urban Times.
02.07.2014 | NYC cycling study by Hunter UAP Prof William Milczarski finds increase in safety measures and more female riders
According to a recent report by Hunter UAP Professor William Milczarski and Professor Peter Tuckel (Sociology), New Yorkers on bikes are riding safer than they were 4 years ago. They are also proportionally more female.
The study, “Bike Lanes + Bike Share = Bike Safety” looked at the behavior of 4,316 bicyclists at 98 different locations in central and lower Manhattan. The researchers compared the resulting data to what they found in a similar, although not identical, survey in 2009. You can read the full report here.
02.03.2014 | “Keeping the Public in Public Housing,” new report issued by Hunter College CCPD
The Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development (CCPD) has released a new report, Keeping the Public in Public Housing, by Tom Angotti, Director and Professor of Urban Planning and Affairs, and Sylvia Morse, Fellow and Master of Urban Planning student. The report includes a look at the New York City Housing Authority, its controversial plans for private infill development and other NYCHA initiatives, and proposes policy directions for the future. On Friday, January 31, Tom and Sylvia presented the report at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. They were joined for a discussion on the report and the future of public housing by local elected officials, planning and housing professionals, researchers, and advocates, public interest law groups, and public housing residents.
01.22.2014 | Hunter UAP alum writes article for urbanonmibus about Coney Island’s Residential Community
In a recent article for urbanomnibus.net, housing advocate and Hunter MUP alum Oksana Mironova investigates the planning policies and housing developments that have shaped the often-overlooked residential side of Coney Island and calls for investment in a neighborhood facing challenges of poverty, climate change, and affordability loss. Click here to read the full article, “West of Nathan’s: Planning Coney Island’s Residential Community.”