As local host of the ACSP 2018 national conference, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning showcased Buffalo as a center of innovation in urban planning. Daniel Hess (pictured left), program chair, leads conference-goers on a bicycle tour of the city.
UB urban planning professor Henry Louis Taylor discusses the Center for Urban Studies' research on urban regeneration and housing affordability in one of several "local host sessions" organized as part of the ACSP conference last month. Photo by Maryanne Schultz
Dean Robert Shibley (center) facilitates discussion at the "What's Next for Buffalo Niagara?" workshop in Hayes Hall. Photo by Maryanne Schultz
Samina Raja (standing, rear) invited food systems planning scholars to Buffalo a day early for a special session exploring the field's connection to equity and social justice.
UB faculty and students organized this year's ACSP Pre-Doctoral Workshop, which convened students from traditionally under-represented groups to introduce them to doctoral paths of study.
Camden Miller (right) assists visitors to the ACSP conference at the local host welcome desk. Miller organized the efforts of more than 50 UB student volunteers at the conference. Photo by Maryanne Schultz
Ibrahim Jammal, founder of UB's urban planning program, was posthumously recognized by ACSP's Global Planning Educators Interest Group for his impact on international planning education. His wife Viviane Jammal (second from right) accepted the award. Standing with Jammal are (from left to right), Daniel Hess, Alfred Price, and Dean Robert Shibley. Photo by Maryanne Schultz
Published November 20, 2018
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning set an attendance record for its national conference when more than 1,200 urban planning scholars descended on Buffalo last month for ACSP 2018.
The conference, which took place Oct. 26-28, brought together urban planning faculty, scholars and students from more than 100 colleges and universities from across the U.S. and Canada to share research on the discipline's most pressing questions.
UB's Department of Urban and Regional Planning served as local host for the conference, which was shaped around the theme of long-term urban resurgence and its relationship to equity, economic development, sustainability, housing, transportation and land use.
Leadership from the department and School of Architecture and Planning played a pivotal role in recruiting the ACSP to Buffalo for its 2018 conference. The last time ACSP held its conference here was 1988.
Daniel B. Hess, professor and chair of urban planning at UB, said the conference put Buffalo and its transformation on center stage, and drew attention to the city as an ideal site of study for issues in urban planning.
“We were especially proud to show off Buffalo to our colleagues, particularly the city's vibrant neighborhoods, revitalized urban core, and diverse immigrant communities," said Hess. "Much has changed since the ACSP came to Buffalo 30 years ago; our visitors surely saw a ‘new’ place in 2018.”
In addition to presenting their research at the conference, UB's urban planning faculty and students added a Buffalo and UB flair to a number of events and programs:
Daniel Hess and MUP alumnus Evan Iacobucci had conference-goers mount bicycles from a bikeshare service to tour Buffalo's transportation infrastructure. Iacobucci (pictured left) led the tour's Instagram takeover.
Urban planning professor Kerry Traynor and student volunteer Camden Miller (pictured left) led the "Business of Grain" tour, which featured Buffalo's monumental grain elevators and craft breweries.
Members of the ACSP also toured the city's historic architecture. Leading this mobile workshop was Ashima Krishna, assistant professor of urban planning. MUP student volunteer Tabitha O'Connell documented the tour experience on Instagram.
MUP students Julia White and Sylvia Kelly (pictured on left) shared stories of entrepreneurship and grassroots activism on the tour of Buffalo's West Side, led by urban planning professor Samina Raja.
MUP student Grace DeSantis captured the energy in the room during the ACSP Pre-Doctoral Workshop through her reflective "takeover" of the school's Instagram channel.