NCSG Presents at 53rd Annual ACSP Conference

NCSG faculty, students and affiliates presented sixteen papers at the 53rd Annual American Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference, held in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 1-4, 2012.  Each paper is identified below with links to the ACSP papers and presentations (if available).

  • 636 Improving Opportunity Accessibility for Underserved Populations: A Sustainable and Equitable Economic Development (SEED) Initiative for the State of Maryland
    Authors:  Chao Liu*, Gerrit Knaap*, Jason Sartori*, Eli Knaap†
  • 701 An Integrated Land Use and Transportation Model: Lessons Learned from Maryland Scenario Planning
    Authors:  Gerrit Knaap*, Sevgi Erdogan*, Sabya Mishra*, Tim Welch†, Yanli Wang*, Fred Ducca*
  • 107 Economic Clusters and Transit Oriented Development: Two for the Price of One
    Authors:  Eli Knaap†, Chengri Ding*, Sabya Mishra*, Yi Niu†
  • 264 Job Loss and Housing Foreclosures – Evidence from the State of Maryland
    Authors:  Yi Niu†, Chengri Ding*
  • 426 Building Height Restrictions, Economic Costs, and Land Development in Beijing
    Author:  Chengri Ding*
  • 640 Planning Policy and Vehicle Emissions Reduction: Do the Results Match the Hype?
    Authors:  Tim Welch†, Sabya Mishra*
  • 030 A GIS Bikeability/Bikeshed Analysis Incorporating Topography, Street Network, and Street Connectivity
    Authors:  Hiro Iseki*, Matt Tingstrom†
  • 738 Regional Employment/Activity Center Transformations: A Case Study of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Region
    Authors:  Basheer Saeed, Hiro Iseki*, Chao Liu*
  • 210 Housing Affordability with Local Wage and Price Variation
    Authors:  David S. Bieri, Casey J. Dawkins*
  • 445 The Effect of Green Belt Policy Reform on the Seoul Metropolitan Area Housing Market
    Author:  Jae Sik Jeon†
  • 670 Livable Street vs. Sprawl Street: Which One Has Higher Fuel Efficiency?
    Authors:  Xiaoguang Wang, Chao Liu*, Lidia Kostyniuk, Qing Shen, Shan Bao
  • 505 Professional Education in Planning: An Overview of Offerings and Strategy To Move Forward
    Authors:  Cari Varner, Marie Howland‡
  • 506 The Value of Interdisciplinary and Cross Cultural Studio Courses in the Environmental Design Fields
    Author:  Marie Howland‡
  • 076 Bringing in the Green: An Assessment of Entrepreneurial Urban Agriculture
    Authors:  Jim Cohen‡, Allison Wakefield
  • 425 Plan Quality and Development Outcomes in Florida
    Authors:  Rebecca Lewis‡, Jamie Schindewolf
  • 442 The New Regionalism, Spatial Rationalities and Sustainable Urban Development: A Case Study And Evaluation of the Sacramento Region’s Blueprint Planning Process
    Authors:  Dustin Allred, Arnab Chakraborty‡


* NCSG faculty or staff
† NCSG research assistant
‡ NCSG affiliate

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NCSG Alumna Wins ACSP Best Thesis Award


Dissertation on Smart Growth in Maryland Recognized as Best in the Nation


Maryland alumna and NCSG affiliate Rebecca Lewis (Master of Public Policy ’08, Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning and Design ’11) is this year’s recipient of the Barclay Gibbs Jones Award for Best Dissertation in Planning from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Her 2011 dissertation, which examined the effectiveness of smart growth instruments in Maryland, was selected among a bevy of doctoral thesis entries nation-wide. Award Committee Chair William Goldsmith recognized Lewis last week at the ACSP conference in Cincinnati, OH.

“I am humbled and honored to receive the Barclay Gibbs Jones dissertation award for the Best Dissertation in Planning,” said Lewis. “The data and collaborative research environment offered by the National Center for Smart Growth, financial support from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and particularly, the direction and support from my advisor, Gerrit Knaap, enabled me to achieve this great honor.”

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes planning education, research, service and outreach in the United States and worldwide through institutional collaboration and community outreach. The Barclay Gibbs Jones Award recognizes theses that address pertinent issues faced by government and planning agencies and that also provide guidance on decision-making. This year’s award committee consisted of distinguished professionals in a variety of planning facets, including city, regional and federal planners.

Lewis’ dissertation, entitled “Do Smart Growth Instruments in Maryland Make a Difference?” examined the effectiveness of three smart growth instruments used by the state of Maryland to manage growth and allocation of resources for appropriate development, preservation and revitalization. In addition to presenting her findings, Lewis suggests ways Maryland can better integrate state programs with local planning statutes to improve instrument implementation and performance. Two papers from Lewis’ dissertation have been published in the premiere planning journal, The Journal of the American Planning Association and a third is forthcoming in Regional Science, Practice and Policy. In addition, Lewis was named a C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellow by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in 2010.

“All of us at the National Center for Smart Growth and the PhD program in Urban Planning and Design take great pride in Rebecca’s success,” said Gerrit Knaap, Director of the University of Maryland National Center for Smart Growth. “The opportunity to work with students of her intellect and energy is what makes working at the University of Maryland so special.”

Lewis has leant her professional expertise to journal articles, papers and books on smart growth related issues and has presented at several conferences nation-wide. She is a Faculty Affiliate with the University’s National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education and is currently an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University.

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Planning for States and Nation-States: A TransAtlantic Perspective

On October 15-16, 2012, a symposium on planning for states and nation-states was held in Dublin, Ireland. The symposium was jointly hosted by the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland, the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy at the University College Dublin, the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The symposium included paper presentations from leading scholars from the U.S. and Europe and responses from seasoned planning practitioners at the regional, state, and national levels. The symposium offered fresh new information for those interested in comparative planning, European spatial planning, state planning, regional planning and intergovernmental planning relationships.  (See symposium overview below.)

Inquiries about the symposium can be sent to Gerrit Knaap or Zorica Nedovic-Budic.

Planning for States and Nation-States: A TransAtlantic Perspective

Symposium Overview

The symposium, Planning for States and Nation-States: A TransAtlantic Perspective, will examine the process, contents, and implementation of National Spatial Strategies in Europe and State Development Plans and planning frameworks in the United States. Such comparisons must be conducted carefully. State development plans and frameworks in the United States and national spatial strategies in Europe have distinctly different conceptual roots and administrative foundations. European nations and US states are probably more different than alike in geography, culture, economic structure, political institutions, and other aspects that pertain to planning at the supra-local scale.

But national spatial strategies and state development plans and frameworks face many of the same challenges. As inherently intergovernmental endeavors, successful implementation requires extensive vertical integration across various levels of government, horizontal integration across functional agencies within each level of government, and spatial articulation of concepts and policies at various geographic scales. The comparison, therefore, is potentially valuable.

Five states and five nations will be represented and discussed. Specifically, state case studies will include Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland, all with some form of state development plan, and Oregon and California, states with no explicit state development plan but unique state planning frameworks. There will also be an overview of state and federal planning frameworks in the US and an overview of the European Spatial Development Strategy. Case studies from Europe will include The Netherlands, Denmark, and Ireland, all with some form of national spatial plan, and France and Great Britain, nations with no national plan but unique national planning frameworks. For each case study, an academic will present a paper followed by commentary from a local practitioner.

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