APA is an active member of the international planning movement, engaging in strategic partnerships with other national associations that help us pursue our goal to support and build capacity for planning worldwide.
... At the Canadian Institute of Planners conference
APA President Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, and CEO Joel Albizo, FASAE, CAE, recently attended the annual conference of the Canadian Institute of Planners and presented their Canadian colleagues with a special gift commemorating the Institute's 100th anniversary. The two APA leaders congratulated CIP on a century of serving Canadian communities and the planning profession.
Rachael Thompson Panik, AICP Candidate, and Ellen Forthofer, current and former chair of APA's Student Representatives Council, respectively, participated in a CIP conference session on the state of planning for young professionals on both sides of the U.S.–Canadian border. Get their take on the experience and consider their three big ideas for engaging young planners and moving the profession forward. (Pictured below, l to r: Panik, Forthofer, and Canadian planners Nicholas Kuhl and George Benson)
... In the Global Planners Network
Jeff Soule, FAICP, APA director of outreach and international programs, recaps the Global Planners Network meeting during the CIP conference. Soule, along with Kurt Christiansen, Joel Albizo, and representatives from partner national organizations discussed member outreach; diversity and equity, climate change, and other planning issues. Also on the agenda: 2019 World Town Planning Day and next year's World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi.
... As countries move forward on Sustainable Development Goals
Soule also reported on the recent High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, a gathering of civil-society organizations that advise the United Nations. Several countries — and New York City — reported on their progress toward implementing global Sustainable Development Goals. The event also fostered networking among observers from APA-allied organizations like the World Urban Campaign and the International Council on Monuments and Sites.
JAPA's take on international planning
International perspectives are important to the Journal of the American Planning Association, especially as they relate to U.S. planning practice and APA. In "JAPA Looks at Planning from International Perspectives," editor Ann Forsyth unpacks the relevancy of worldwide planning to APA's scholarly journal.
U.S. job-finding tips for international planners
Jing Zhang, AICP, PTP, Vice Chair of the APA International Division, shares his experience and insight on how to get past the visa barrier to be considered for an entry-level planning job in the United States. Find out how to present your expertise and achievements in a way that is most helpful to your immigration case.
APA Learn: "International Approaches to Coastal Resilience"
Planners worldwide are preparing their coastlines in anticipation of climate change. In this course, you'll learn about coastal resilience efforts on six continents and how to apply them to your community. CM |.50
People Behind the Plans: Cultural Planner Julie Burros
Julie Burros, principal cultural planner at Metris Arts Consulting, views art and culture as tools that help planners solve intractable problems. Throughout her career — in Boston, Chicago, and elsewhere — she has helped local governments leverage experimental, artist-designed projects. In this podcast episode, she and series host Courtney Kashima, AICP, discuss Burros's "Cultural Planning Manifesto." Listen in to find out what goes into a cultural plan — from arts education and support for individual artists to incorporating art into a city's infrastructure, look, and character.
Planning History Timeline: The Americans With Disabilities Act
This landmark legislation, enacted on July 26, 1990, protects Americans from discrimination based on physical or mental disabilities. Title II prohibits such discrimination by local public entities, including transportation and housing, and Title III covers places of business. Achieving ADA compliance popularized the planning concepts of accessibility and universal design. View the Timeline.
Aids for planning age-friendly communities
Good planning is essential to ensuring built and social environments accessible to and inclusive of all residents — young and old. Explore Age-Friendly Communities, the latest addition to APA's Research KnowledgeBase, to discover background, policy guidance, and demonstrations of city and county plans, programs, and regulations that foster quality of life at all stages.
Borrow resiliency e-books
The expanded Resiliency Collection in APA's E-book Library now offers almost 40 e-books and audiobooks about climate change, disaster resiliency, sustainability, and related topics. Only APA members may check out and get free, instant access to these online resources.
POLICY AND ADVOCACY
Connect at the Policy and Advocacy Conference
At APA's Policy and Advocacy Conference, September 23–25, connect with planners and officials on important planning policies and advocate for stronger communities by speaking out on essential legislative issues. Learn how to address planning policy issues at both the federal and local levels.
Balloting in the APA/AICP consolidated election — administered by Survey & Ballot Systems — continues through August 15. To access your personalized ballot, log into the secure voting portal on the APA website with your APA username and password.
New! August 13 – "Addressing Cultural Divides," second in a four-part series sponsored by the APA Latinos and Planning Division (Register by August 12; pricing varies for division members, nonmembers, and groups) CM | 1.50