Planning & Community Development

March 31, 2017

Tactical Urbanism, Urban Acupuncture and Community Engagement

Author: Lynn Mandarano

The Winter 2017 issue of Temple Magazine includes an artlcle highlighting recent community-service learning courses and funded projects led by Architecture and Environmental Design faculty and students.  Since 2013, Lynn Mandarano, Associate Professor and Chair, has been working with the community development corporation just to the east of Temple's Main campus.  In partnership with Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha (APM) students in the undergraduate Community Development workshop (Spring 2015) developed a Green Neighbohood Toolkit and coordinated a one-day tactical urbanism project during which 40 residents volunteered to paint shipping pallets. The pallets were then planted with sedum to create a living green fence around a vacant lot at 6th and Diamond.  These activites were made possible by a $60,000 Wells Fargo Foundation grant. Read More

December 12, 2016

Randall Rook (City Planning MS) Awarded Fellowship

Author: Tracy Purdy

Randall Rook (MSCRP '16) recently was awarded a Wagner Free Institute of Science Humanities & Arts Research Fellowship. The Wagner Free Institute of Science at 17th and Montgomery Avenue is a Victorian-era National Historic Landmark museum and educational institution, with free public education courses on science, now in their 160th year. The Temple University - Wagner Free Institute of Science Humanities & Arts Research Alliance is intended to stimulate opportunities for faculty and graduate students in the humanities and the arts at Temple to work with the institute. This will  establish a research alliance between the University and the intitute and the hope is that these fellowships expand into continuing research and an ongoing research alliance. Read More

October 5, 2016

Community Based Organization class tour with APM

Author: Tracy Purdy

In September, Dr. Jeff Doshna took his Community Based Organizations class to visit Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), a Latino-based health, human services, community and economic development non-profit, located just east of Temple Main campus. The tour was led by APM employee Bradley Vassallo (CDEV ’16). The students were quite impressed with APM's broad scope of work . Read More

July 28, 2016

From Class Project to President of the Board

Author: Anonymous

Tracy Purdy (CDEV ‘17/CTRP ’18) feels like the last 11 months have been a blur. As part of a project for Professor Jeff Doshna’s Community Based Organizations course in the Fall of 2015, students were instructed to write an in-depth profile of an organization doing community development work and write a strategic plan for the organization. The project involved interviewing employees, board members, and community stake-holders to learn as much as possible about the organization. “In interviewing the people involved in Mosaic Community Land Trust in Pottstown, I quickly realized that I cared deeply about the same issues the CLT is working on, namely affordable, sustainable housing, community gardening, and raising awareness of the arts and culture events in a city I love. I knew I wanted to get involved, so I became a member!” Read More

April 21, 2016

Annual Academic Award Recipients

Author: Lynn Mandarano

At the Annual Academic Awards ceremony on April 20, 2016 graduate and undergraduate students received recognition.  Join the faculty in congratulating this year's award winners. Academic Excellence Award Michelle Atherton (MCRP'16) Leonard Bonarek (MCRP'16) Michelle Goddard (MCRP'16) Jonathan Mark Huber (MCRP'16) Outstanding Service Award Ted Mullen (MCRP'16) AICP Outstanding Student Award Jonathan Mark Huber (MCRP'16) Alumni Association Award Bradley Vassallo (BSCDEV'16) Read More

March 16, 2016

Department Renamed Planning and Community Development

Author: Lynn Mandarano

Out with the old and in with the new. On March 15, 2016 the Temple University Board of Trustees approved changing the name of the department to Planning & Community Development and graduate degree to MS City and Regional Planning.  Faculty in the department requested the department name change to reflect the focus of its academic programs and faculty expertise.  The department offers an MS Community and Regional Planning and BS Community Development.   Likewise changing the name of the graduate program to MS City and Regional Planning more accurately describes the degree, which has been accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board since 2012.  The department name change is effective immediately and the degree name change will go into effective at the start of the new academic year on July 1, 2016. These are very exciting times for the Planning department at Temple University. Read More

February 2, 2016

Kyle Brown (MCRP '16) Soaking up Experience at the Philadelphia Water Department

Author: Steven Schrayer

Kyle Brown (MCRP ’16) is finishing up his time with Philadelphia Water Department. Kyle worked as a full-time summer intern in the Policy and Partnerships team at PWD, doing policy work and research to help them implement the Green City, Clean Waters plan. Philadelphia is one of many older cities that use a combined wastewater and stormwater sewer system. The problem: when it rains and the system can’t handle the extra volume, sewage overflows into streams, creeks, and rivers. Green City, Clean Waters is the first federally approved plan to reduce combined sewer overflows by using green infrastructure—trees, green roofs, rain gardens, and other vegetated features that infiltrate and evaporate water instead of releasing it into the sewers. The goal: invest in surface features that improve our communities and contribute to the economy of the region, while creating a more environmentally resilient city.   Read More

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