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8- How to get your research covered by Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BBC: Professor Zhan Guo from NYU talks about parking-related research

June 11th, 2016

Professor Zhan Guo from urban planning and transportation at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service talks about research findings on how parking affect travel behavior and property value. Professor Guo also shares secretes on how he got his work covered by New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Economist, ABC Evening News, the Atlantic Cities, etc. 


1'12'': How parking affects travel behavior
2'14'': How parking affects property value
4'10'': Car-free housing
6'34'': Street cleaning in New York City (NYC)
14'22: How availability of parking affects car ownership and car usage
15'42: Tips on how to solve parking problem in NYC

19'36'': How Professor Guo published 8 papers in 2013
20'36'': Why study parking?
23'06'': How Professor Guo's work caught the attention of top-nudge main stream media
27'50'': How to find research collaborators?


7- Conducting a fieldtrip class in a foreign country? Professor Rob Olshansky shares tips on how to do it.

May 20th, 2016

Professor Rob Olshansky, Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, conducted a two-week fieldtrip class in Japan in January of 2016.  They explored a variety of urban environments in Japan, from Tokyo to Sendai, from Kyoto to Kobe and Hiroshima, and from traditional neighborhoods to new towns.  Their footsteps also reached rural areas and small coastal towns in Japan where they learned how these places recover after the 2011 tsunami.  A total of 14 students from Univ. of Illinois participated in this extremely memorable fieldtrip class.  Professor Olshansky shared tips on how he made it work.    



6- Tyree Finley talks about how built environment affects students’ educational achievements

May 7th, 2016

Tyree Finley, a master of urban planning student at Texas A&M University,  talked about his professional paper on how built environment affects students' educational achievements.   Tyree grew up in an extremely low income neighborhood in New York.  He shared his own experience living in a high-crime-high-poverty environment, and talked about how his father led his family out of the distressed place through education.  He provided insights on what planners can do to enhance equality for everyone, especially kids living in neighborhoods with low socioeconomic status.    


5. 2015 JAPA Best Paper Award: Professor Phil Berke talks about his award-winning paper

April 22nd, 2016

Professor Phil Berke from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University talks about his paper on "Evaluation of Networks of Plans and Vulnerability to Hazards and Climate Change: A Resilience Scorecard", which won the 2015 best paper award of the Journal of American Planning Association.  Professor Berke is Director of the Institute of Sustainable Coastal Communities at College Station. His work lies at the intersection of land use planning, urban ecology, and community resilience to environmental hazards. He is the co-author of a book selected as one of the 100 Essential Books in Planning for the 20th Century by the American Planning Association. His research is currently supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.


4. Smart Cities and the “BrainBox”: Professor Raoul Bunschoten from Technical University of Berlin talks about architectural inventions for smart city development

April 8th, 2016

Professor Raoul Bunschoten, architect and specialist in smart city planning, talks about his views on "smart cities" and his creation of "BrainBox", an interactive urban performance space for the study of complex dynamics in urbanism, especially smart city development. He discussed the linkage between "smart cities" and climate change. Professor Bunschoten is the co-chair of the Climate KIC Sustainability City Platform, an EU initiative, and co-founder of an Urban Lab for Smart City research at the Technical University of Berlin.


3. Ph.D. or Family? You can have BOTH!- Interview with Professor Jeremy Merrill

March 25th, 2016

Professor Jeremy Merrill, a newly hired tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, talks about how he completed his Ph.D. in five years while rearing four kids.  Yes,it’s possible.  You can do it!


2. Professor Teresa Qu shares her secretes about award-winning student project

March 11th, 2016

Professor Teresa Qu from Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University talked about her award-winning student project on "feasibility of a bike share program on the Texas A&M University campus."  This project received the national American Planning Association's 2014 AICP student project award in the category of applied research.


1: Why a Podcast on Planning and Design?

March 1st, 2016

Your host Yu Xiao explains why she started this podcast and her plans for the podcast.  Please subscribe!