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UPDATED – CM credit courses at SUPA: Competitiveness and Prosperity in the Creative Economy

The School of Urban and Public Affairs and UT Arlington are teaming up with the Creative Class Group to offer a unique professional development course for alumni and students. The course will be presented by Steven Pedigo of the Creative Class Group. This course, taught in three modules, will provide the framework and tools necessary to evaluate community competitiveness and locational assets in a shifting economic landscape:

Module 1: Why Cities and Clusters Matter to Prosperity
O ct. 16, 4-7 p.m.

Module 2: 4-T’s of Creative Communities
Nov. 13, 4-7 p.m.

Module 3: Measuring and Benchmarking Communities
Nov. 29, 4-7 p.m.

View the course syllabus

Register now

Seating is limited. All modules will be held in the Planetarium (CPB 303).

Each module qualifies for three American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certificate maintenance credits.

Cost is $35 per module, or $90 for all three. Alumni who are members of the SUPA Alumni Chapter of the UT Arlington Alumni Association will receive $10 off their total.

Cost includes parking. Cash or checks will be accepted at the door if you pre-register. SUPA students, faculty and staff members can attend the course for free, but must pre-register.
This post was updated on 09/28/2012 to include new dates and details.

Meet our new faculty members

The School of Urban and Public Affairs is excited to have two new faculty members joining us this semester:

David Arditi, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Before joining UT Arlington, David Arditi earned his Ph.D. from George Mason University in Cultural Studies. At GMU, Arditi taught classes on interdisciplinary studies, globalization and cultural studies. His dissertation explores the condition of the music industry during the transition to digital music production and demonstrates that contrary to the recording industry’s stated position that digital music has harmed the industry, major record labels are in a stronger position today as a result of this digital transformation. Furthermore, it shows that the music industry led this transformation rather than reacting to it. Broadly speaking, Arditi’s research lies at the intersection of cultural studies, media studies and political theory.

Dr. Arditi will teach INTS 4301 – Interdisciplinary Research Process this semester.

Yekang Ko, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning

Before joining UT Arlington, Ye Kang Ko received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. At Cal, Ko worked at the Center for Metropolitan Studies and taught courses in GIS and environmental planning. Ko’s research focuses on quantitative assessment of urban sustainability using spatial analysis. Her research and teaching support the long-term resilience of built environments that minimize energy consumption and maximize on-site renewable energy utilization. She is also interested in international planning in the Asia-Pacific region. Her works are based on environmental planning, science, policy and active collaboration with local governments and NGOs.

Dr. Ko’s dissertation research on energy efficient solar cities classifies the energy performance of neighborhoods and as a spin off this research, she has recently submitted an revised article to the Journal of Planning Literature that reviews design principles and research findings related to urban form and energy use. She has also submitted to the Journal of the American Planning Association the article entitled “Solar Sprawl Versus Compact Neighborhoods: Assessing an Optimum Urban Density for Energy Sustainability,” coauthored with K. Jang, D.J. Radke, and R. Cervero.

Dr. Ko will teach CIRP 5327 – Introduction to Green Cities and Transportation this semester.

New Graduate Student Orientation

New grad students: Come meet the Dean, program directors and advisors at the New Graduate Student Orientation on Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in University Hall.

We will also discuss the PhD, Urban Affairs, Public Administration and City and Regional Planning program plans, future academic schedules and many lots more about SUPA.

If you plan to attend, RSVP to Christa Barreras at christab@uta.edu or 817-272-5631.

New Grad Student Orientation

Grodach earns NEA grant to study the impact of the arts on cities

Carl Grodach

Congratulations Carl Grodach, PhD, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the School of Urban and Public Affairs! He recently earned a unique grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to study the impact of the arts on cities.

Read more about his NEA grant in this news release from The University of Texas at Arlington:

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SUPA awards record number of Ph.D. degrees in 2011-2012

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Photo courtesy University Communications

The School of Urban and Public Affairs is proud to have awarded a record number of doctoral degrees during the 2011-2012 academic year. Congratulations to our Ph.D. graduates:

Public and Urban Administration
Helen Kay Godbey, Ph.D.
G.M. Cox, Ph.D.
J. Randall Farmer, Ph.D.
Linda K. Johnson, Ph.D.
Ravindra Kumar Jain, Ph.D.
Uvaldina Montoya Janecek, Ph.D.
Rebecca Jane Lewis, Ph.D.
Malcolm Khalid Oliver, Ph.D.
Urban Planning and Public Policy
Lou Kelley Brewer, Ph.D.
Kent Lee Hurst, Ph.D.
Chawana Mwangeka, Ph.D.
Moses Pologne, Ph.D.
Pratap Narasimha Mandapaka, Ph.D.
Steven Nabieu Rogers, Ph.D.
Ali Tayebi, Ph.D.
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Congratulations SUPA Class of 2012!

Photo courtesy University Communications

Members of the School of Urban and Public Affairs Class of 2012 received their degrees at SUPA’s commencement ceremony on May 12, 2012, at UTA’s new College Park Center. UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo gave the commencement address.

Downtown Front and Center

Left to right: City and Regional Planning Director Ivonne Audirac with CIRP students Ashley Shook, Megan O'Neil and Steven Duong.

On April 28, School of Urban and Public Affairs students turned an unused city block into a vibrant streetscape. The Downtown Front and Center event brought together local businesses, artists, musicians and food vendors to show the potential of public spaces in downtown Arlington. See more photos on the SUPA Facebook page.

SUPA faculty members join Richard Florida to discuss growth and economic development in North Texas

Richard Florida and UTA President James Spaniolo. Photo courtesy University Communications.

Richard Florida, founder of the Creative Class Group and Visiting Distinguished Research Scholar at The University of Texas at Arlington, led a symposium at UT Arlington earlier this month on growth and economic development in the North Texas region.

The symposium, titled “Stronger Together: An Interactive Conversation About Our Region,” featured conversations and panel discussions with UTA President James Spaniolo, Florida, his team from the Creative Class Group, and regional experts including SUPA Faculty members Carl Grodach and Andrew Whittemore. Grodach spoke on a panel about the role of culture-based industries in regional economic development and Whittemore was on a panel addressing historic and current areas for improvement in transportation and land use policy.

The experts focused on how DFW communities can compete globally by working together to bolster economic growth, attract and retain members of the “creative class” of workers, increase research and technology by supporting the region’s universities.

Read more about the Stronger Together Symposium:

UT Arlington has partnered with the Creative Class Group since 2010 to examine the Metroplex’s strengths and weaknesses as a region and to engage faculty, students and other stakeholders in conversations about the region’s future growth and economic development. And, the partnership will continue—Florida and his colleague Steven Pedigo will serve as Distinguished Visiting Research Scholars in the School of Urban and Public Affairs through the next academic year.

Faculty publications: Urban cultural policy, shrinking cities and addressing critics of smart growth

Carl Grodach Carl Grodach, Ph.D., assistant professor of City and Regional Planning, had an article published in the latest issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs, one of the highest-rated journals in the field. Grodach’s article, “Before and After the Creative City: The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy in Austin, Texas,” examines factors that influence cultural economy planning and policy-making in Austin. You can view the article on the Journal of Urban Affairs website.

Ivonne Audirac Ivonne Audirac, Ph.D., director and associate professor of City and Regional Planning, co-authored two articles that were published in the March 2012 issue of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research“Shrinking Cities: Urban Challenges of Globalization,” examines the global phenomenon of urban shrinkage. “Declining Suburbs in Europe and Latin America,” describes and compares urban decline in industrial suburbs in Glasgow, Paris, Sao Paulo and Guadalajara.  You can read both of the articles on the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research website.

Andrew WhittemoreAndrew Whittemore, Ph.D., assistant professor of City and Regional Planning, contributed a recent article to The Atlantic Cities website. His article, “Why Planners Need to Take Agenda 21 Criticism More Seriously,” offers thoughts on how planners can engage smart growth opponents for a more productive dialogue. Read the article at The Atlantic Cities website.

If you are aware of other recent School of Urban and Public Affairs faculty or student publications please send an email to supamav@uta.edu.

Two SUPA student projects earn Midwest Texas APA awards

School of Urban and Public Affairs faculty and students came home with two student project awards from the Midwest Texas Section of the American Planning Association’s annual awards banquet on Jan. 20.

The winning projects:

Preston Road Corridor Study: Community Preference Report
Through a community survey and workshop, students gathered the preferences of the citizens of Celina, Texas, for the future form, character and identity of development along State Highway 289 (Preston Road), which passes through Celina. Students found that the community favors complementary elements like native plants, pedestrian-friendly amenities and historic art and signs to add to the community character of Celina. The findings of their study can be used to set the stage for future planning efforts that will determine the form, use, and regulations for future corridor development and design. The Preston Road Corridor Study was a joint project by City and Regional Planning students and the Institute of Urban Studies. Project team:  Project Leads Alan Klein and Stephen Pope, along with Danny Brandt, Drew Brawner, Darren Groth, Aaron Ledford, Chris Shacklett, Skye Thibodeaux and Eric Ward. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jianling Li.

Calhoun Lofts Development Plan
The winning students took on the role of a development team by creating a proposal for a four block area on the southeast side of downtown Fort Worth. The team produced an analysis of existing conditions, explored entitlements, performed a market analysis, and produced a site plan and financial pro forma for their project. The team pursued a mixed-use residential and retail project and presented the project to local development experts with a graphic and oral presentation. Project team: Master of City and Regional Planning students Jeremy Lott, Christina Sebastian and Rob Parsons, along with Derek Main, a doctoral student in Geology. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew Whittemore.

The Midwest Texas APA annual awards program recognizes outstanding planning efforts, innovative projects, best practices and planning leadership advocacy and education.