URP 590

URP 590– Special Topics: Citizen Planning School

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Course No.: 21617

Department: Urban and Regional Planning

Semester: 2018 Spring

Location: Hayes Hall – 327

Meeting Day(s): Monday

Meeting Time: 6:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Faculty: Walsh

One Region Forward (1RF) received a prestigious award 2016 from the American Planning Association for the exemplary approach to civic engagement in its regional sustainability planning process, including the innovative Citizens Planning School and its Champions for Change program.
This Spring, these programs will launch into their fourth year, this time with a special focus on Regional Regenerative Development, a place-based process of cultivating the ability in people, communities, and ecosystems to renew, evolve, and thrive. 1RF, the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and Blackstone Launch Pad seek talented, motivated students to join the interdisciplinary team that will deliver the next iteration of this program and forward the innovative work of diverse community members in regional regeneration that supports social and ecological well-being.

This course will be an intensive practicum and action research laboratory, where students, faculty and community partners well learn through doing as they contribute their skills and passion to move our region forward. Our diverse student team will:
1) Directly support community Champions for Change, through 6 Monday evening workshops and informal meetings, providing technical assistance, design & coaching as they translate their intentions into actions to move the region forward.
2) Develop a final project portfolio for each Champion with posters, flyers, a powerpoint presentation, best practices, and clear project concept and case for action;
3) Develop final “Regeneration in Action Case Studies,” for publication
4) Organize a culminating “Idea Summit” community celebration where Champions will share their initiatives with the broader regional community.

In the process, students will learn foundational concepts, practices and processes of regenerative design, social innovation, and asset-based community development while developing practical professional skills and participating in a dynamic community of learners and leaders.

• Passion for and demonstrated commitment to sustainable community development.
• Commitment to the collective vision set forth in the One Region Forward plan.
• Substantive knowledge related to the 5 Big Idea areas and related strategies.
• Commitment to excellence in civic engagement for regional planning & regenerative design.
• Desire for meaningful engagement with diverse community members.
• Graphic design & visual representation.
• GIS analysis & mapping.
• Facilitation skills.
• Writing skills.
• Project conceptualization, planning, and management skills (e.g., nonprofit management, entrepreneurship and business models).
• Event planning and community outreach skills (including social media)
• Demonstrated academic, civic, and professional leadership.
• Experience working with diverse community members.
• [Other? What gifts do you bring to the table?]

For more information, please contact Professor Elizabeth A. Walsh (eawalsh@buffalo.edu).
To apply, please go to: https://goo.gl/forms/xyCSwv6OAtfqua4M2