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Routledge Companion to Professional Awareness and Diversity in Planning Education

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ISBN 9781032183121
April 21, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
336 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Professional Awareness and Diversity in Planning Education engenders a discourse on how urban planning as a discipline is being made attractive to children and youth as they consider their career preferences. It also provides a discourse around the diversity challenges facing the institutions for training urban planning professionals.

This Companion is an impressive collection of initiatives, experiences, and lessons in helping children, youth and the general public appreciate the importance of and the diversity challenge that confronts urban planning profession and education. It comprises empirical, experimental, and case study research on initiatives to address the professional awareness and diversity challenges in urban planning. It has uniquely assembled voices and experiences from countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Contributors are educators, practitioners, and activists of urban planning as well as policymakers in their respective countries.

This Companion is intended as a resource for urban planning schools and departments, foundations, non-profit organizations, private sector organizations, public institutions, teachers, and alumni, among others to learn and consciously drive efforts to increase planning education awareness among children, youth, and the general public.

Table of Contents


Danilo Palazzo, Leah Hollstein, and Stephen Kofi Diko

I. Diversity in Planning – Section Introduction: Editors

    1. Racial Diversity and Accredited Planning Programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Contributions, Challenges and Prospects
      Jeffrey S. Lowe and Siddhartha Sen
    2. The People that Represent the Region and The Year of Change
      Ivis Garcia, April Jackson, Andrew J. Greenlee, Benjamin Chrisinger
    3. More than an Invitation: Setting the Rhythm of Planning Programs through DEI Statements and Plans
      Sean Angst, Lindsay Oluyede, Jocelyn Poe, Dylan Stevenson
    4. More than a Job: Building opportunities for undergraduate professional development in a Minority Serving Institution
      Laura M. Keyes, Lauren Ames Fischer, Abraham David Benavides
    5. Deconstructing Diversity in Urban Planning Education in Italy: Implications for the Future of a "Practical Knowledge"
      Bertrando Bonfantini and Carolina Pacchi
    6. Diversifying Urban Planning and Architecture Programs through International Education Experience: Lessons from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran
      Hossein Maroufi and Parsa Pahlavan
    7. A Path to Racial Equity: Representation and Youth Planning Education
      Giovania Tiarachristie and Daphne Lundi
    8. Building Planning Education at a Hispanic-Serving R1 Institution: Challenges in Diversity and Recruitment
      Lauren Ames Fischer, Laura M. Keyes, Abraham Benavides

II. Planning Awareness Among Children and Youth – Section Introduction: Editors

9. Becoming Activated: Professional Awareness Through the Activate Community Empowerment Outreach Program

Leah Hollstein, Stephen Kofi Diko, and Danilo Palazzo

10. Why Plan? A two-decade exploration into how and why to engage young people in city planning and diversify the planning pipeline.
Deborah McKoy and David H. Garcia

11. Engaging Elementary School Pupils in Community Awareness and Planning: Insights from the Kaizuka Machizukuri Club, Osaka.

Seth Asare Okyere, Lisa Ueno, Mowa Ebashi, Motoki Shimoda, Hiroshi Tsuji, Michihiro Kita

12. Learning Environmental Planning with Geodesign: A Case Study in Cache Valley, Utah
Bartlett Warren-Kretzschmar and Carlos V. Licon

13. Planning With Children: Implications for the Planning Profession and Active Citizens
K. Meghan Wieters

14. Promoting Urban Planning Awareness for Children: An Overview of Multifaceted International Case Studies and Community Outreach Initiatives.
Aya Elkhouly and Doha Eissa

15. For mutual benefit? Introducing Urban Planning to High School Geography Students in NSW, Australia

Isabel Virgona and Simon Pinnegar

16. Can Children’s Participation Inspire a New Generation of Planners?

Robyn G. Mansfield

17. Town and Gown Partnerships for Youth Engagement and Diversity in the Planning Profession
Evangeline Linkous, Melissa Zornitta, Melissa Dickens

III. Planning Education Awareness – Section Introduction: Editors

18. Shaping awareness about planning by helping planners to become more mindful and critical about their identity, role, and context
Savis Gohari Krangsås

19. Undergraduate Urban Planning Students’ Awareness of and Motivations for Planning Education and Profession

Dohyung Kim

20. Increasing Planning Education Awareness and Addressing Enrollment Challenge in Urban Planning Schools: The Iowa State University Experience

Carlton Basmajian and Francis Owusu

21. Factors Influencing Considerations for Urban Planning as a Field of Study and/or Career Choice among Environmental Science Students

Kwame N. Owusu-Daaku and Mackenzie Devine

22. Alabama City Year Program

Binita Mahato, Sweta Byahut, Jay Mittal

23. Career Choices in the Century of Urbanization: A Comparative Study of Student Enrollments in Nigerian Universities from Urban Planning Perspective
David Osiyi and Victor U. Onyebueke

24. Enhancing Planning-Education Awareness in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from Namibia
Eric Yankson

25. Raising Urban Planning Awareness in India

Bhargav Adhvaryu and Bhavesh Joshi

Conclusion: A Clarion Call to Act Intentionally

Stephen Kofi Diko, Danilo Palazzo, and Leah Hollstein

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Stephen Kofi Diko is an Assistant Professor at the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Memphis, Tennessee (USA). He holds a PhD in Regional Development Planning from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio (USA). His research interests and experiences encompass urban green spaces, climate change, flooding, informality, community economic development, plan quality assessments, and urban planning awareness. He explores these interests through the lens of sustainable urban development and policy both at the local and global levels.

Leah Hollstein is an Assistant Professor in the School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests are in the areas of environmental planning, green infrastructure, land use planning, planning practice, and planning research methods.

Danilo Palazzo is a Professor and Director of the School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati, USA. Prior to moving to Cincinnati, Palazzo was on the faculty at the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy. Palazzo has authored, with Frederick Steiner, Urban Ecological Design. A Process for Regenerative Places (2011), as well as contributing a chapter on "Pedagogical Tradition" to the Companion to Urban Design (2011). He is the author, with Vikas Mehta, of Companion to Public Space (2020)