The most recent issue of the Journal of Planning Education and Research ranked The University of Maryland's Urban Studies and Planning (URSP) program one of the top programs in North America for faculty scholarly productivity. The findings are based on the results of Google Scholar Citations data among ninety-nine Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) member schools in the United States and Canada through 2014.
A new study by the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth and the advocacy group CASA states that stakeholder intervention is crucial to preserving affordable housing along the proposed Purple Line light rail corridor, particularly in areas like the immigrant-heavy Langley Park, Maryland. The study, “Preparing for the Purple Line: Affordable Housing Strategies for Langley Park, Maryland,” looked at the people and economy of this mostly-immigrant community at the edge of Prince George’s County and how it would fare once the new public transportation project was completed.
Associate Professor Ronit Eisenbach led a bi-national team to design Hot/Cold, an engaging art installation in Haifa, Israel, for the Holiday of Holiday Festival celebrating Christmas, Chanukah and Ramadan.
This spring, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (The Clarice) at UMD will unveil a new production very different from the artists regularly showcased on stage. The newly refurbished Applause Café will offer an upscale dining experience for students and faculty, borrowing themes from California cafés and featuring a revamped menu.