Reserve your spot for “Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards,” a free Planning Information Exchange webinar on August 15. Join experts as they discuss specific challenges and opportunities in planning for drought and its aftermath and suggest practical approaches to assessing local and regional drought vulnerability.
Come away with practical methods for integrating drought and drought-related impacts into multi-hazard mitigation planning.CM | 1.25
The Planning Information Exchange webinar series features discussions on all hazards with a primary focus on mitigation planning. Browse free recordings of previous webinars that offer Certification Maintenance credits.
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
Balloting in the APA/AICP consolidated election — administered by Survey & Ballot Systems — continues through August 15. If you are not already logged in to the APA website, you will be asked to do so, using your APA username and password, to access your personalized ballot.
The APA Board of Directors and AICP Commission will meet in APA’s Chicago office August 2–3 for their annual summer retreat. During their joint meeting, directors and commissioners will review and adjust the association’s approach to strategic planning and discuss public and operational policy.
The Board and Commission will conduct individual business meetings as well. Agendas are posted on our website.
APA Foundation FutureShape convening
The APA Foundation’s efforts to produce the first peer-vetted research agenda for the planning profession will culminate when the FutureShape work groups, comprising researchers, academicians, and practitioners, convene in Chicago next week. The resulting agenda will identify gaps to inspire research that ultimately will equip planners with knowledge and evidence-based best practices to help communities thrive now and in the future.
Guide to mastering facilitation skills
Many public policy making efforts — comprehensive plans, zoning regulations, neighborhood plans — depend on productive and collaborative public meeting processes. But facilitation skills are mastered on the job, not in planning classrooms. In our blog, Milton Herd, FAICP, introduces some of the hard-won wisdom he fully describes in the new PAS report, Planner’s Guide to Meeting Facilitation. Herd’s report is a trove of step-by-step guidance to effectively plan, prepare for, and lead group meetings to productive outcomes. This and all PAS reports are free downloads for APA members.
Uncovering JAPA: A new view of ride-hailing
Are well-to-do urbanites the primary users of Uber, Lyft, and their ilk? Maybe not. A recent study shows that widespread use of ride-hail services may be promoting mobility in low-income, suburban, and rural areas. Read more in a review of “Ride-Hailing Could Boost Mobility Beyond Rich, Urban Areas,” published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association.
APA Learn: "Planning Strategies for Climate Resilient Development"
Cities are facing climate resiliency challenges. In this course, learn about district-level strategies and how to apply key elements from the Climate Boston initiative in your community. CM |1.25
Planning History Timeline: Design With Nature
In 1969, Ian McHarg, a Scottish landscape architect, published Design With Nature, a landmark work on considering the natural environment when planning. McHarg applied the English philosophy of garden design more broadly to the connection between the human and natural worlds. The book influenced the concepts of environmental impact assessments, coastal zone management, and sustainability, among others. View the Timeline.
POLICY AND ADVOCACY
Policy and Advocacy Conference
Activate your advocacy ideas! Learn how to address planning policy issues at the federal, state, and local levels and turn your knowledge into action. Register for the September 23–25Policy and Advocacy Conference and APA will set up meetings with your representatives in Congress and their staff — a unique opportunity to talk with them about planning in your area.
The University of Oregon College of Design is accepting applications for a new Oregon | Places Prize to support ambitious public scholarship — or publicly engaged research, teaching, and programming — on the practices, institutions, spaces, and aesthetics that encourage or obstruct urban equity and environmental justice and the relationship of the disciplines to the larger structures of power. The competition is open worldwide; apply by September 16.
APA kids take over
July 23 was Bring Your Kids to Work Day in the Chicago office. Twenty of APA staffers’ sons and daughters — ranging in age from two to 15 — got APA passports “stamped” at different departments, designed their own Planning covers, frequented the cotton candy machine, and visited the nearby Riverwalk.