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"Promoting Urban Vibrancy: Why and How"

Emil Malizia: Professor of City and Regional Planning; Director of Institute for Economic Development | UNC Chapel Hill

Emil Malizia, in a recent article published in UrbanLand, highlights the Clarendon Center, a 402,000-square-foot mixed-use development in Arlington, Virginia, as a best practice for vibrant downtowns.

Join us on September 28 as Emil Malizia of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill kicks off the 2016 Upstate New York Chapter of the American Planning Association's annual conference with a discussion of the relationships between planning and the development of vibrant urban centers.

Wednesday September 28, 2016

403 Hayes Hall, UB South Campus

6 - 7:30 pm

Dr. Malizia is a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and Institute for Economic Development at UNC-Chapel Hill.

In "Promoting Urban Vibrancy: Why and How", Dr. Malizia addresses why vibrancy in urban employment centers matters for planners and how planners can promote more dense, diverse, connected, and walkable places in cities and suburban centers. The talk draws from Malizia's research on economic and real estate development for vibrant urban centers, as represented in a recent article published in UrbanLand, the magazine of the Urban Land Institute.


Emil Malizia is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Director of the Institute for Economic Development at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  His expertise spans the related areas of regional economic development, real estate development, and urban redevelopment. For almost five decades, he has conducted research, taught graduate-level and in-service courses, and engaged in consulting for private, non-profit, and foundation clients. His current research and practice focuses on vibrant centers of employment in the U.S. with emphasis on real property performance and economic development synergies.   

Dr. Malizia has written five books, including Sustainable Development Projects with David Godschalk and Understanding Local Economic Development with Edward Feser.  He is author or co-author of over 170 scholarly articles, monographs, and other publications.  During university leaves, he has held positions of senior real estate adviser in a major life company, visiting professor, special assistant in Federal service, and Fulbright Senior Scholar. A Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), he is also a member of the American Real Estate Society, the American Planning Association, the International Economic Development Council, NAIOP, and the Urban Land Institute. 

Former chairman of the Department of City and Regional Planning (2002-2012), Malizia received his baccalaureate from Rutgers University and his Master’s and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He maintains an active lifestyle, formerly running marathons and playing competitive golf, and currently jogging, cycling and weight training.


The lecture with Emil Malizia will kick off "Rust Belt Reborn," the 2016 conference of the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Planning Association. Join planning professionals from across upstate New York to celebrate a vibrant return to urban centers and the promotion of active community lifestyles. Buffalo exemplifies the potential to reintroduce the heritage of the City to the community and welcome visitors to its extraordinary cultural landscape. Learn more about the conference.