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May 2017

Planning Honors the 2017 National Planning Award Winners

Planning reveals what's extraordinary about each of this year's five National Planning Excellence Award recipients and recognizes gold- and silver-level National Planning Achievement Award winners and the 2016 JAPA Article of the Year. Also in this issue, breakthroughs in planning practice: new uses for immersive environmental technologies, Esri's Green Infrastructure Initiative, and successful efforts to diminish urban light pollution.

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Featured Articles

Using Your Illusion

Immersive environment technologies are taking planning to a whole new dimension. Story by Emily Schlickman and Anya Domlesky.

Dark Skies, Bright Future

Allen Best investigates cities fighting light pollution — and the policies helping them win.

Mapping for the Masses

Esri's new Green Infrastructure Initiative helps decode sustainability planning, Jonathan Lerner reports.

National Planning Awards

Planning celebrates the best and brightest in planning.


National Planning Award Winners

Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan

Plano Tomorrow
Plano, Texas

National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Landmark

Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve
Montgomery County, Maryland, Planning Department

National Planning Excellence Award for Planning Pioneers

Lawrence P. Witzling, PhD, AIA, ASLA

Advancing Diversity & Social Change in Honor of Paul Davidoff

Near Northside Quality of Life Agreement (QLA) 2015
Community Design Resource Center — University of Houston and Avenue CDC

Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Excellence Award

Bhubaneswar Smart City Plan
IBI Group and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation
Odisha, India

National Planning Achievement Awards — Gold and Silver


2016 JAPA Article of the Year

"Do Planners Create Homogenous Neighborhoods of Rich and Poor?"
By Michael Lens and Paavo Monkkonen

Stand Up and Be Recognized!

Here are some tips on writing a compelling award nomination.

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