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School of City & Regional Planning

School of City & Regional Planning

The School of City and Regional Planning is dedicated to crafting communities that are sustainable, just, resilient, healthy, and inclusive through world-class education and cutting-edge research.

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Perry Yang Speaks at Princeton Energy Conference

Yang gave an invited talk on "Sustainable Cities, Smart Cities and Designing Urban Systems” on November 5.
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Mike Dobbins Speaks Out in Saporta Report

Dobbins discussed the Comprehensive Development Plan and its implications for housing affordability.
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Urban Analytics Degree Featured on GPB Radio

Guhathakurta spoke about the program and its goal of training cities' future problem solvers.
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Our Experts: Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement

Catherine Ross and Baabak Ashuri weigh in on the bill going before Congress.
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New Research on Electric Grid Failure

Brian Stone's research on heat waves was published in EST and The New York Times.
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Linking Transportation, Housing, & Health

Catherine Ross Tells U.S. House of Representatives: ‘Link Transportation, Housing, and Health for Infrastructure Redesign’.
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Ross Reappointed Regents Professor

The Board of Regents (BOR) appointed 12 Georgia Tech faculty members to Regents Professors.
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Student Planning Association Wins Award

SPA won the American Planning Association's 2021 Outstanding Planning Student Organization Award.
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Gulsah Akar Appointed City and Regional Planning Chair

The College of Design is proud to announce Gulsah Akar’s appointment as chair of the School of City and Regional Planning, effective July 1, 2021.

“Dr. Akar has established herself as a thought leader in urban transportation planning,” said Steven P. French, the dean and John Portman Chair of the College of Design. “She is the editor of the Journal of Planning Literature, one of the top three urban planning journals in the United States. She serves on two Transportation Research Board committees and is a manuscript reviewer for all the major transportation journals.”

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New Master of Science in Urban Analytics Launches Fall 2021

The Georgia Tech College of Design is proud to announce its newest interdisciplinary degree, the Master of Science in Urban Analytics (MSUA). The School of City and Regional Planning will administer the degree in partnership with the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), School of Computational Science and Engineering (CSE), and School of Interactive Computing (IC).

Our Commitment to Justice and Inclusive Communities

The faculty, staff, and students in Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning (SCaRP) have been deeply shocked and saddened by the police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and more recently Rayshard Brooks here in Atlanta. These incidents, along with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Ga. and other violence inflicted on the Black community across the country, acutely highlights the injustices that Black citizens and people of color continue to face in this country and elsewhere. The worldwide protests against racial injustice that ensued remind us of the systemic racism that undergirds the foundation of American society and its insidious impacts, especially on cities.

Equity, justice, and inclusive communities are principles that form the core of the planning discipline. These principles are the fundamental lens through which we view planning issues and engage in planning practice. We acknowledge that planning has not done enough to dismantle the inequities in our communities and cities. Urban planning has played a key role in institutions that promote racial inequality, including urban renewal, exclusionary zoning, and in the current moment, public investment which results in gentrification and displacement rather than promoting values of inclusion and justice. As planners, our work is deeply entwined with institutions that can either promote or dismantle racial inequality. We choose the latter. We embrace the equity and justice serving principles at the core of the planning discipline. We will actualize them to promote just, anti-racist societies and to undo the values of white supremacy at the root of racism.

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Equity, Justice & Inclusive Design Fellowship

We believe it is essential that the next generation of planning leaders include those who come from communities of color. Their often-unheard voices must be amplified for us to create just, equitable, and inclusive communities for all.

In order to do so, we are creating two Equity, Justice & Inclusive Design Fellowships for aspiring graduate students who are Black, indigenous, or of color who need financial assistance to attend Georgia Tech. We intend to begin awarding these $2,000 fellowships in fall 2021, but we need your help to make this happen.

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