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.
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, 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 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.
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IUS representatives met with Kaufman city officials on a recent visit. See more photos below.
The City of Kaufman, Texas, has contracted with the School of Urban and Public Affairs’ Institute of Urban Studies to help improve Kaufman’s historic downtown and central business district. Representatives from the Institute have met with Kaufman city officials and will gather public input before developing a portfolio of design scenarios aimed at attracting tourist activity and new businesses to the area.
The Institute of Urban Studies conducts applied research and delivers customized planning and management assistance to clients, like Kaufman, across Texas.
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.