1st Edition

Routledge Companion to Professional Awareness and Diversity in Planning Education

    344 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 confronting, the 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.

    Introduction: The Urban Planning Profession and Diversity Challenge
    Danilo Palazzo, Leah Hollstein, and Stephen Kofi Diko

    I. Diversity in Planning

      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, and Benjamin Chrisinger
      3. More Than an Invitation: Setting the Rhythm of Planning Programs Through DEI Statements and Plans
        Sean Angst, Lindsay Oluyede, Jocelyn Poe, and 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
        Parsa Pahlavan and Hossein Maroufi
      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 Keyes, and Abraham David Benavides

    II. Planning Awareness Among Children and Youth

    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, and 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, and Melissa Dickens

    III. Planning Education Awareness

    18. Shaping Awareness About Planning by Helping Planners to Become More Mindful and Critical About Their Identity, Role, and Context
    Savis Gohari

    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, and Jay Mittal

    23. Career Choices in the Century of Urbanization: A Comparative Study of Student Enrollments in Nigerian Universities from Urban Planning Perspective
    David S. 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


    Stephen Kofi Diko is 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 Marie Hollstein is 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 education, and planning research methods.

    Danilo Palazzo is 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).

    "Urban planning as a discipline does sometimes suffer from a public lack of understanding of its parameters and scope, unlike many other built environment disciplines. Furthermore, what the profession is in dire need of, is a diverse cadre of committed professionals that are able to contribute to more inclusive spaces in a variety of settings. This collection addresses both issues by sharing a range of planning pedagogic experiences from marginal spaces within parts of the global North and underexplored parts of the globe. Planning as a career choice is explored among school learners and undergraduate students, also. The contributing chapters are informative, incisive and a welcome addition to the growing literature on planning education."

    Prof. Nancy Odendaal, Director of the School of Architecture Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town, South Africa

    "It is hard to find an excellent book that simultaneously addresses many challenges facing planning education. This Companion does that, addressing diversity among scholars, professionals, and students; arguing for planning education to reach younger audiences; and encouraging self-reflection among planners and students. The Companion also argues for undergraduate and international planning education. The contributors include scholars at the forefront of thinking about these issues."

    Prof. Rayman Mohamed, Chair and Graduate Director, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Wayne State University, USA

    "Planning practitioners and students often admit that they stumbled into the discipline by chance or happy accident. This collection aims to change that by providing strategies to help raise awareness of planning as a career choice, with a thoughtful emphasis on connecting to children and youth. The companion draws from an impressively broad range of experiences, with examples from four continents, that emphasize the importance of increasing diversity in our discipline."

    Dr. Charles A. Santo, Chair and Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, The University of Memphis, USA