News & Activity
Check out our news & activity feed below, where we post the latest updates about our UAP community. We normally keep about a year of current news & activity in our feed. If you’d like to see what transpired before this, check out the archive where we keep updates dating back to January of 2011.
05.06.2015 faculty, manufacturing
Associate Professor Lynn McCormick, who teaches courses in economic development, employment policy and planning, and manufacturing retention, authored a chapter in the recently published Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015). Entitled “The city and industry: deurbanizing manufacturing in New York City?,” the chapter examines the issues surrounding manufacturing retention in the city.
As the chapter points out, in 1950s, New York City was the largest manufacturing hub in the United States, with over one million workers. Today, manufacturers in the city employ about 75,000 people, or less than 3 percent of all local workers. Planners and policymakers face a question of whether to attempt to retain the manufacturing that remains or let it go and foster service sector expansion instead. For further reading, click here.
Each year, the Environmental Design Research Association recognizes professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design. Award-winning projects reflect an interdisciplinary approach that is enduring, human-centered, sustainable, and concerned with the experiential relationship between people and their environment (built and natural).
This year, the Great Places book award is being given to Community Matters: Service Learning in Engaged Design Planning, co-edited by Associate Professor Sigmund Shipp.
The award will be formally announced and presented at EDRA46LosAngeles, the 2015 EDRA conference held May 27-30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The winning entries will be on display throughout the conference and publicized throughout the year in various print and electronic publications.
Professor Shipp is the Director of the Urban Studies program. His research has involved a study of urban renewal, worker-owned cooperatives, and the Black church and college community development corporations.
04.23.2015 alumni, student, urban fellow
The Urban Affairs and Planning Department proudly congratulates Brian Lamberta on becoming a 2015-2016 Urban Fellow. The Urban Fellows Program is sponsored by The City of New York and administered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). The program is designed to introduce America's finest college students and graduates to local government and public service.
Brian credits the assistance of UAP faculty members as being invaluable in guiding him toward the fellowship, specifically in terms of his professional growth and sharpening his academic skills. His placement is still unknown, but he is leaning toward the New York City Department of Small Business Services.
The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service professionals. Congratulations to Associate Professor Jill Gross, who has just been elected Chair of the UAA Governing Board.
From the UAA website: “The Urban Affairs Association is dedicated to creating interdisciplinary spaces for engaging in intellectual and practical discussions about urban life. Through theoretical, empirical, and action-oriented research, the UAA fosters diverse activities to understand and shape a more just and equitable urban world.”
UAA includes over 700 institutional, individual, and student members from colleges and universities throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Among its other activities, UAA sponsors the Journal of Urban Affairs, a refereed annual journal, publishing manuscripts related to urban research and policy analysis of interest to both scholars and practitioners.
Prof. Gross is the Director of the Graduate program in Urban Affairs. Her primary areas of research are in comparative urban politics, governance, migration and economic development in Western European and North American cities, with an emphasis on issues of equity.
03.25.2015 APA, student, transportation
Jeremiah Cox, a graduate student in urban planning, is the first - prize winner of the 2015 student paper competition for the Transportation and Planning Division (TPD) of the American Planning Association (APA). The first -prize winner is awarded a $1,000 cash prize. Jeremiah's paper, "The Shrinking, Rural Intercity Bus Network: A Problem of Immobility for Rural Residents without Automobiles and Possible Solutions, " is posted on the American Planning Association's website.
Cheers to Jeremiah!
01.07.2015 asia, china, cities, faculty, pacific rim
UAP Professor and Director of the Urban Affairs program, Jill Simone Gross was recently published in Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning. Her work, co-authored with Hank V. Savitch and Lin Ye, titled, "Do Chinese cities break the global mold?" investigates the significance of China's new-found globalism.
Professor Gross wrote about a similar subject for the Journal of Urban Affairs in the article titled, "Asia and the Pacific Rim: The New Peri-Urbanization and Urban Theory" with Lin Ye and Richard Legates. She also participated in the Second International Conference on Regional and Urban Development last month at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China where urban clusters and regional development were discussed through the lens of contemporary public administration.
Ted Orosz, an adjunct lecturer in the Hunter College Urban Planning program, in collaboration with Sean Di Luccio, a planning undergraduate student at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, created a special feature for the American Planning Association. In their report, Green Acres: The Greatest Planned Neighborhood You've Never Heard Of, they detail the significance of the history of Green Acres, New York, a neighborhood just east of New York City in Nassau County. Click here to read more about the cultural and historical importance of this seemingly forgotten planning project.
In 2011, the International Research Training Group 1705 "The World in the City" was established under the auspices of the TU Berlin in conjunction with two universities in Berlin, four New York City universities (including City University of New York) and two Canadian universities to conduct interdisciplinary, internationally-oriented metropolis research.
The workshop “Metropolitan Capitalism, Family, Ethnicity, and Entrepreneurship,” was held in New York City from October 9th to 10th. It was jointly organized by Fordham University and the DFG--the German government's official Research Foundation's--New York office. In the opening presentation titled “The Historical Impact of Entrepreneurship on Metropolitan Development,” Professor Owen Gutfreund emphasized the importance of both successful individual and communal assumption of risk in order to enable quantum leaps in metropolitan development. Click here to read more about the workshop.
11.18.2014 graduate school, planetizen, planning school
Our Urban Affairs and Planning Department at Hunter College has been ranked as a Top Planning School by Planetizen in their Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, a comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs, which thousands of students have used to inform their decision on which graduate programs to apply to, and ultimately, attend.
According to the guide, the purpose of our Master of Urban Planning program, "is to train planners who, like their counterparts throughout the nation, have general expertise in planning theory and methods, an understanding of urban structure, specialized knowledge of a chosen planning concentration, and the skills and intellectual maturity to operate in the professional arena."
11.07.2014 emerald planet, environment, faculty, global, UN
Based on the research his research with Professor Peter Tuckel in the Department of Sociology at Hunter, Hunter UAP Professor William Milczarski was invited to be part of a panel at a forum held at the UN on October 17th. The forum was entitled, "The International Conference on Global Environment, Carbon Reduction, and Eco-drive" and Milczarski discussed how using non-motorized forms of transportation, especially walking, can make a contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Milczarski was then invited to be a guest on a TV show entitled The Inside Scoop -- Emerald Planet, which is part of the Emerald Planet network and is broadcasted on over 2,000 stations worldwide. You can learn more about the Emerald Planet organization and the TV show at www.emerald-planet.org. Milczarski had the opportunity to not only talk about his research, but also his experience at Hunter College and what a great place the UAP department is to learn about cities and urban issues. The entire one-hour show can be accessed here, but for just Milczarski's 15-minute segment, click here.
10.24.2014 apa foundation, scholarships, urban planning, urban studies, well fargo
We are so excited to congratulate two of our students for their amazing accomplishments this semester. Joshua D'Ambrosio, an urban studies undergraduate student, has received the Wells Fargo Scholarship, which awards undergraduate students and students obtaining a master’s degree in real estate to attend the Urban Land Institute fall meeting that's taking place this week. Click here for more information about this program.
Amina Hassen, a master of urban planning student, has been awarded the 2014-2015 Judith McManus Scholarship, made possible by the APA Planning Foundation. This scholarship is awarded each year to women and minority students enrolled in PAB accredited planning programs who intend to pursue careers in the public sector. To learn more about Amina and her award, click here.
Congratulations once again to these two gifted students who are making a difference in the world through their urban research and community development and planning!
10.03.2014 bicycling, california, faculty, new york, nyu, pedestrian
Hunter UAP Professor William Milczarski along with Professor Peter Tuckel in the Department of Sociology at Hunter and Professor Richard Maisel in the Department of Sociology at New York University have an article published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Safety Research. Entitled "Pedestrian Injuries Due to Collisions with Bicycles in New York and California," it examines the incidence of pedestrians injured by cyclists in New York between 2004 to 2011 and in California from 2005 to 2011. They found the rate of pedestrians injured in collisions with cyclists has decreased over time. You can read the full article here and find out why that is the case.
The research was featured on The Atlantic Citylab, which you can check out here. Professors Milczarski and Tuckel were interviewed on The Brian Lehrer Show on CUNY-TV about the research. To view the entire show, click here, and their segment starts around the 16:30 mark.
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."
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.
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.
“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.”
Yearning for more? Check out the news & activity archive.
Latest on Twitter
Hover and scroll down to see the full history of Twitter activity.
UAP::UrbanLens via Instagram
Our community is on the ground. See a selection of what they see below and other notable activity from UAP. If you would like to share images from your encounters with the city, you can learn more here.