School of Urban and Regional Planning

Honors Laurian receives Faculty Service Award from IISC

Lucie Laurian, associate professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning, received the 2016–17 annual Faculty Service Award presented by the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC).
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UI grad students take humanities-based approach to community development in Delmar, Iowa

Program engages community’s youth with older residents to help create path forward for town
A team of University of Iowa graduate students and their professor are bringing together longtime Delmar, Iowa, residents and students at the local K–6 school to renew a sense of community and revitalize the small eastern Iowa town.

UI students help eastern Iowa communities identify brownfields

Project targets most promising properties for redevelopment
Three University of Iowa graduate students are partnering with eastern Iowa communities to identify brownfields, sites where redevelopment has been complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. The students are compiling a database to help local leaders determine which properties to remediate.

Tapping Iowa City's energy

Midwest Creative College Town Conference looks at converting energy to entrepreneurialism
The Midwest Creative College Conference, hosted by the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning to commemorate its 50th anniversary, will be held in Iowa City Sept. 19-20. The conference will explore how college towns can convert their energy and cultural vibrance into an entrepreneurial start-up scene.
Enriching Iowa Communities

Enriching Iowa communities

UI partners across state for long-term sustainability
This past year, the UI’s Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Cities partnered with the city of Muscatine, a community of 23,000 located on the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa.
Muscatine Riverside Park

Muscatine Journal Plans for Muscatine riverfront are coming into focus

Muscatine residents and leaders were treated to three different visions for the future of the Muscatine riverfront presented by graduate students from the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning; the event was part of the process of gathering information about improvements to the park.

Tax limit repeal and school spending

School district spending in New York State relatively unchanged
Phuong Nguyen-Hoang, an assistant professor in the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning, provides evidence that the 1986 tax limit repeal on small city school districts in New York State had no significant impact on the spending of the school districts.

Second annual Jane Jacobs Walk to take place May 4

Walk will focus on emerging neighborhood north of downtown Iowa City
The University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning, along with the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, and the Center for the Living, will host a Jane Jacobs Walk through the emerging neighborhood north of downtown Iowa City from 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4. The walk is free and open to the public.

Sustainability through university-community partnerships

Lunch lecture series looks at the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities
Charles Connerly, director and professor of the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning, and Nicholas Benson will present the next installment of the PDH4L series in their talk, titled “Improving Iowa’s Sustainability Through University-Community Partnerships” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in 1117 University Capitol Center (UCC) in, Conference Room A.

Assisting Iowa towns and cities

Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities launches new effort
The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities has launched a new effort to assist Iowa municipalities with long-term sustainability projects. Broad in scope, these collaborative projects will encompass economic, environmental, social, and cultural needs of Iowa communities.