Urban Studies & Planning Fall 2018 Alumni Newsletter

Message from the Director

I’m honored to provide you with this welcome message as part of our very first Alumni Newsletter. Our Urban Studies and Planning Program has graduated almost 2000 majors since it was founded in 1971. We are delighted that a good number of you keep in touch with us. Many of you are now enjoying careers in traditional planning areas like city and regional planning, environmental protection, economic development, transportation, community design, housing, and social planning. Some of you have entered related professions such as real estate development, law, health, and school planning. Others have become teachers, researchers, or community organizers. You are a diverse and interesting group.

A lot of good things are happening in USP now. For instance: (1) we just launched a new Real Estate and Development major; (2) our Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design now has a series of impactful solutions-oriented research projects underway (e.g., urban agriculture, green infrastructure, healthy placemaking, GIS and urban data analytics); (3) faculty have created a new international exchange program in planning, architecture and design; and (4) Our annual Urban Expo keeps getting better. The Urban Expo is a well-attended showcase of student projects completed by USP majors during their Senior Sequence research. The Urban Expo also publicly shares some of USP’s collaborative projects (e.g., Greening San Diego’s Alleyways) that involve community partners. Our 29th Urban Expo will take place at UC San Diego on Marc h 14, 2019. Please come if you can.

We encourage you to engage with USP. There are many ways to do this. You can become a mentor to a student, provide an internship opportunity, come to campus and give a guest lecture, support USP student/faculty research, host a meeting, among other possibilities. Lets work together in making USP even stronger; your engagement means a lot to students, faculty and staff. It takes a village and our Alumni (you) have a vital role to play.

Keith Pezzoli, Ph.D.

Director, Urban Studies and Planning Program

Director, Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design

Upcoming Events

State APA Conference Alumni Reception

The 2018 California State APA Conference Flyer

The Urban Studies & Planning Program at UCSD and the City Planning Program at SDSU would like to welcome our alumni back to San Diego!

Please join us at our alumni reception:

  • October 9, 2018
  • 7:00-9:00pm
  • Fireside by the Patio @ Liberty Station

RSVP here

Questions? Contact us at: uspprogram@ucsd.edu

You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend. All UCSD & SDSU Planning alumni are welcome!

Graduate School Preparation Workshop

On behalf of the Urban Studies & Planning Program and the Young Planners Group of the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association (SDAPA YPG), we would like to reach out to you for additional information about your graduate school experience in Planning and related fields. We are organizing a Graduate School Panel & Information Session to take place the evening of Monday, October 22nd from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM on the UC San Diego campus. We will be gathering representatives and San Diego Area alumni from graduate programs in Planning from around the nation to assist our undergraduate students and YPG members in navigating the application and decision making process.

SDAPA YPG is a resource for all planners, with an emphasis on those under the age of 35 and/or who may have less than 10 years of professional planning experience. The purpose of SDAPA YPG is to provide opportunities to learn more about planning and related fields, build successful careers, expand social and professional networks, and ultimately become leaders in the planning profession and the local San Diego Section. SDAPA has many members who are interested in furthering their educational careers. Various areas of interest include Masters and Doctoral programs in City Planning, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Policy, Sustainable Planning, and Transportation Planning.

We would like to invite you to attend this information session and participate on a panel where you discuss your experience in graduate school and beyond. If you would like to join the panel or have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email at uspprogram@ucsd.edu

Program Updates

Real Estate & Development Major Launch

The front cover of the new RED Brochures. The full brochure can be found here: http://usp.ucsd.edu/Undergraduate%20Programs/RED/index.html

The USP Program is excited to share the news that this fall we will launch our new major: the Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Development (RED). This is the first undergraduate degree of its kind in the University of California system, and early indications suggest that it will be a popular major here at UC San Diego.

The RED degree is a natural outgrowth of the USP Program, which is building on a long-standing and distinguished record that has been in existence for nearly 45 years and has graduated many alumni who hold influential positions locally and nationally in urban planning, public policy, and real estate finance and development.

Our new RED major is unique among existing undergraduate degree programs at UC San Diego with a distinct focus and curriculum. It is based on the premise that the livability of communities around the world can be credited to the cooperation of universities, industry, public agencies and non-profit organizations on critical issues related to transportation, housing, public space and land use planning and design, conservation, real property development, social justice and inequality. With the global trend towards urbanization, changing demographics, and the inherent challenges this raises regarding environmental sustainability and resilience, our faculty members recognize that the complexity of city growth and development must be fully understood and thoughtfully addressed. Since the degree is housed in the Division of Social Sciences, our RED major transcends the traditional real estate finance and investment focus found in most business schools and provides a more comprehensive education to equip students with the skills, competencies, and strategic problem-solving abilities to thoughtfully and ethically address the challenges and opportunities of 21st century urban growth and development. Required classes include real estate finance, real estate market analysis, real estate development, land use planning, accounting, and sustainable development. Students are required to take a technical elective in GIS, site analysis, urban design, or visual communication and urban information. All of our seniors will also be required to complete a capstone real estate and development capstone studio sequence.

In the 2017-2018 academic year we introduced the RED minor and used this as an opportunity to begin hiring our new RED faculty and teaching some of the core courses. We are delighted to welcome to our faculty a distinguished group of local practitioners: Nathan Moeder, Greg Edwards, Dick Yetwin and Alex Norr. Their respective courses on real estate development finance, real estate market analysis, real estate law and regulations, and applied urban economics for planning and development were all offered last year and student feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

It is my honor to be the inaugural director of RED. One of the favorite parts of my new position is alumni outreach, and I look forward to speaking with those of you who are interested in learning more about our new degree and ways to get involved with our students and us. Please feel free to contact me at mbussell@ucsd.edu. If you would like more information about the degree itself, please visit our website.

I look forward to hearing from many of you in the coming months and encourage you to connect with us and update us on your lives.

Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell, Ph.D.

Academic Director, Real Estate and Development

Associate Director, Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design

A New Location

North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood (NTPLLN) Rendering

The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood will be an exciting new addition to the UC San Diego campus. It represents a unique opportunity to plan, design and build a vibrant mixed-use community incorporating residential, academic and administrative space.

Located on the west campus between Muir and Marshall Colleges, the Living and Learning Neighborhood will also feature dining and retail space as well as parking. With plentiful open space and a pedestrian and bike-friendly layout, the new neighborhood will be a welcoming space for all who are there to live, learn, work or visit.

Beginning Fall 2020, the Urban Studies & Planning Program will be housed in the new Social Science's Public Engagement Building, located within the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood. Our new location will house design labs, classrooms, and our Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design.

You can read more about the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood in this article.

Retirement of Undergraduate Advisor, Paul Mamet

In September of 2017, the Urban Studies & Planning Program bid farewell to our longtime undergraduate advisor Paul Mamet. Paul retired from the program after six years with USP and even more with UC San Diego. He helped ushers hundreds of new planners into the world. We want to extend our greatest gratitude to Paul for his years of service and wish him the best in his retirement.

New Undergraduate Advisor, Erica Kirk

Just before Paul Mamet retired, USP was joined by our current undergraduate advisor, Erica Kirk. Erica comes to us fresh from their graduate studies at the University of Southern California, where they earned a Master's of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs. Erica had nearly eight years of experience mentoring and supporting students in higher education and is truly excited to work with our unique program.

2018 UCSD Sustainability Award

In celebration of UC San Diego's Earth Month, the Advisory Committee on Sustainability recognizes individuals and groups that have made our campus more sustainable. Urban Studies and Planning was honored with the department sustainability award this year.

You can read all of this years winners on the sustainability website.

Faculty Updates

Leslie R Lewis, PhD, MPH was recently named an Environmental Leadership Program National Fellowship recipient (2018-2019 cohort). Last December, she also attended a Rockwood Leadership Institute "Art of Leadership" Training for Women Leaders in Racial Justice and Human Rights, funded by a grant from the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Over the past two years, Dr. Lewis was awarded several new teaching awards, including the Barbara and Paul Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Senate Faculty Members. Most recently, she was awarded an Arts and Humanities "Breaking Out of the Classroom" grant to support healthy, equitable, inclusive, biophilic placemaking on and off-campus. She is the Co-Lead for the Build Well Working Group of the Healthy Campus Network (HCN), and will be the faculty representative from UCSD at the UC-wide HCN meeting in October. In November, Dr. Lewis and Dr. Bussell will be presenting their work on the Life Course Scholars Program at the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting.

Professor Isaac Martin was recently interviewed by KPBS on the lasting impact of Proposition 13. Passed 40 years ago, the People's Initiative to Limit Property Taxation kept many struggling Californians in their homes by limiting property tax increases. But it also posed new problems the state still grapples with today. You can read more about the interview at kpbs website.

Student Updates

Our First Global Seminar

USP Students at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany

The Urban Studies & Planning Program is fortunate to have a wonderful strategic partnership with Bauhaus University in Wiemar, Germany. In addition to our exchange program during the academic year, we were able to send 19 of our students to Germany with summer. Students were immersed in Weimar for five weeks where they learned about history, culture, and explored the local cuisine.

The students documented their experiences in a blog which can be found on their blog.

Roger's Garden Tour

Students, Faculty, and EVC Simmons on their tour of Roger's Garden

The Roger's Garden student research team, along with faculty from Urban Studies and Planning, hosted two hour-long tours of Roger's Garden in August. The first tour was for Executive Vice Chancellor Simmons, followed by a second tour that included key personnel from Campus Planning, Environmental Health and Safety, Campus Sustainability, and Facility Management. Over the years, the Garden has transformed into a student-led experiential research hub, focusing on sustainability issues such as zero waste, and food waste to soil, while also building a relationship with the Triton Food Pantry. The Garden has become a beacon for students of all disciplines interested in expanding their classroom-based research to actualized engineered projects. Some examples include an aquaponics system, a hydroponics system, an aeroponics system, an anaerobic digester, and a group for students interested in computer science, called Computer Science for Agriculture.

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