Apr 27, 2017
This past April 12th, the Chilean Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Research (CIGIDEN) recognized William Simbieda’s contribution to the advancement of Disaster Science in Chile. CIGIDEN is Chile's leading center of excellence related to multidisciplinary disaster research. This award reflects William’s service as an International Advisor to CIGIDEN as well as his mentorship of Investigators working in the area of urban management, planning and public policy.
Part of the work in Chile, focused on coastal city recovery planning, was completed as a Fulbright Specialist. A couple of his other contributions include working on disaster recovery, and helping a local university create an urban planning program within the architecture college. This work with CIGIDEN is an extension of his overall research focus making the built environment safer, which was the basis for the 2016 Cal Poly Distinguished Scholar Award.
Apr 14, 2017
The Spring 2016 CRP 553 studios have won an APA California Award for the Ventura Wellness District Urban Design Plan. The award will be presented at the Awards Ceremony in Santa Barbara on Saturday, April 29,2017. Click here to view more information about this amazing award.
Apr 14, 2017
The American Planning Association has awarded Professor Emeritus Paul Wack, AICP (CRP) the inaugural 2017 Central Coast Section Impact Award for his dedication and commitment to the planning profession as a professor, colleague, professional, mentor, volunteer, contributor, and friend. In the future, this new award will be known as the “Paul Wack Impact Award” and will be given to recipients, as warranted, that have demonstrated an extraordinary impact to the Central Coast APACA Section.
Paul Wack was a CRP faculty member at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from 1979-2011.
Oct 14, 2015
This Fall and Winter quarter, 14 masters students in the City and Regional Planning program will be working with the City of Lemon Grove to update the City's General Plan and work with community members in Lemon Grove to envision and create a healthier, safer, and thriving community. The students, under the direction of Professor Kelly Main, come from diverse backgrounds and educational disciplines, and are excited to develop a General Plan document that will help shape the future of Lemon Grove.
Jul 23, 2015
Over the past 3 months City & Regional Planning faculty member William Riggs has had his research featured in over 20 news outlets including Planetizen, Curbed, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic / CityLab. Dr. Riggs' work focuses on the potential urban regeneration benefits of converting multi-lane, one-way street corridors to two-way. His full publication is available for download from the Journal of Planning Education and Research.
May 29, 2015
Master's students in the Cal Poly, City and Regional Planning program recently presented their studio work on the campus Master Plan to Cal Poly President Armstrong. The students worked on the plan as a part of their 2nd year studio sequence 552-554. President Armstrong spent over an hour with the team going over the Master Plan policy proposals developed in the studio, in a robust discussion. The project demonstrates the capacity of both CRP students and faculty to make a difference on campus, and to use education to influence policy. Congratulations team!
May 28, 2015
Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning William Riggs recently had his work featured in an article in The Atlantic by Richard Florida. The article focused on Riggs' work to evaluate the inclusivity of the most walkable areas in cities, using a case study of the San Francisco Bay Area. Riggs found that areas with the fewest concentration of black residents, are some of the least walkable in the Bay Area - a factor not wholly tied to housing values when controlling for price.
The article underscored Dr. Riggs' findings that there were many push and pull factors other than walkability influencing residential choice other than neighborhood, and that more research was needed to understand and address the equity issues in access to walkable areas. The full paper is available open access at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13549839.2014.982080.
Apr 24, 2015
The work of CRP lecturer, Ken Topping is featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Evidence Matters, US Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research quarterly bulletin.
Apr 20, 2015
Faculty member William Riggs was recently featured in the Washington for his work on two-way street conversions. The article entitled, "Why one-way streets are bad for everyone but speeding cars," focuses on research that tracked neighborhood conditions for 3 years after the conversion of a multi-lane, one-way street to two-ways. Riggs and his co-author Dr. John Gilderbloom from University of Louisville found that traffic collisions dropped steeply following the conversion. More details can be found at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/17/why-one-way-streets-really-are-the-worst/
Feb 18, 2015