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Two new tool kits developed by researchers at the National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) are providing strategies to help shape neighborhood growth, expand access to opportunity and improve quality of life. Geared toward community stakeholders and policymakers, the tools offer a roadmap to capturing community input, a critical element to planning for better neighborhoods. The tools are part of an online platform by Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing nonprofit, called Opportunity 360.

Posted on 10/25/2017 by Maggie Haslam

In August, URSP graduate student Sofie Rhoads (M.C.P. ’18) and her research group won the award for best collaborative research project, a celebratory nod to their innovative vision for the Chicago community of North Lawndale. The project was the culmination of a two-week “boot camp” at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE). SISE pools undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to learn, research and collaborate around themes of sustainability. 


Posted on 10/24/2017 by Maggie Haslam

Over the past two decades, the three Washington area chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Washington Architectural Foundation, and the National Building Museum have collaborated to organize the annual Interschool Design Competition. These competitions expose students to the various local architectural curriculums and the architectural profession.

Posted on 10/18/2017 by Maggie Haslam

Andrea Ponsi talks with his hands. In a recent critique of projects in MAPP’s great space, his fluent gestures—combined with a sharp Italian accent—demand attention. Later in studio, working closely with students one-to-one, Ponsi again uses his hands to make a point—this time with a pencil.


Posted on 10/16/2017 by Maggie Haslam

A solar-powered house that blends Native American principles with cutting-edge technologies and modular design won second place at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017.

Posted on 10/15/2017 by Maggie Haslam

Learn what it takes to land a job at one of the country's top firms.

Posted on 10/12/2017 by Maggie Haslam

M.C.P. alum helps communities in rural Pennsylvania become resilient in today's environmental and economic climate.

Posted on 10/12/2017 by Maggie Haslam
Oct 21, 2017
5:00 PM
Great Space

Please join us as we celebrate Jim Cohen, who recently retired from the university, and welcome new faculty members Ariel Bierbaum and

Posted on 09/28/2017 by Christine Cestello Hinojosa

Inspired by both technology and tradition, reACT connects the indigenous world with western scientific innovations to deliver a sustainable, regenerative, almost “living” model that intends to change the way the industry approaches housing.

Posted on 09/27/2017 by Maggie Haslam