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Ketchup, the Telephone and Cherry Coke: CAPLA Scholar Explains How World's Fairs Bring Inventions to the Public

World's fairs introduced us to Heinz ketchup, the Ferris wheel, the telephone and countless other now-ubiquitous innovations. Lisa Schrenk, a CAPLA associate professor who studies world's fairs, has helped establish a new institute to study how the events impact global society. Learn more in this interview.

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CAPLA Planning and Real Estate Law Professor Helps Land Tucson Midtown Townhomes on National Register of Historic Places

Linus Kafka, CAPLA professor of practice in planning and real estate law, spearheaded the successful addition of the "desert modernist" Orchard River Garden Park, a 136-unit townhome complex built on a former pecan orchard, to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Extreme heat is the deadliest climate hazard in the U.S. How are urban planners tackling it?

In a paper published in December 2021 in the Journal of the American Planning Association, ASU's Sara Meerow and UArizona's Ladd Keith analyzed the results of their extreme heat survey of planners from diverse cities across the United States to establish baseline information for a growing area of planning practice and scholarship that future research can build on.

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Inaugural Institute for the Study of International Expositions Symposium Looks to the Past to See the Future

On March 24 and 25, 2022, the Institute for the Study of International Expositions (ISIE) will host its first annual symposium: International Expositions: Looking to the Past, Seeing the Future. Registration for the online event co-sponsored by CAPLA is now open.

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Sustainable Built Environments Professor Ladd Keith Provides Insight for CBS Story on Tucson’s Climate Action Goal

Ladd Keith, CAPLA assistant professor of planning and sustainable built environments, was quoted in a February 17, 2022 KOLD-TV story on Tucson’s goals to become carbon neutral by 2030. “We need to make sure the most vulnerable in our community are taken care of when we address climate change.”

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Lecture Recap and Video: Mabel O. Wilson on 'Can We Forget? A Memorial to Enslaved Laborers'

In this talk, Mabel O. Wilson, Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor in Architecture and Professor in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University, discusses her work to create the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lecture Recap and Video: Jason Jurjevich on 'Navigating Differential Privacy In Decennial Census Data'

In this talk, Jason Jurjevich, associate professor of practice in the UArizona School of Geography, Development and Environment, reviews the history of data protections leading up to differential privacy and outlines important takeaways for planners and real estate professionals working with census data.

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Urban Food Systems: GLHN-Sponsored Architecture Studio Crafts Paradigm for a Sustainable Future

Assistant Architecture Professor Courtney Crosson is working with CAPLA students to design solutions for a more sustainable Tucson by 2050, thanks to sponsorship and advising by GLHN Architects & Engineers. In the Fall of 2021, students partnered with five community organizations to design sustainable urban food systems.

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CAPLA Planning Professor Discusses the Rapid Growth in Small, Rural Communities Due to the Pandemic on NPR’s Morning Edition

Philip Stoker, assistant professor of landscape architecture and planning, was interviewed in the January 21, 2022 episode of NPR’s Morning Edition: “The ramifications of exploding interests in small-town living during the pandemic.” His NITC-funded research includes CAPLA graduate students.

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Public Health Researchers Join Statewide Initiative to Prepare for Climate Impacts

Researchers at UArizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and CAPLA are partnering with organizations across the state to implement interventions aimed at protecting Arizonans from heat hazards thanks to $2 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lecture Recap and Video: Linda C. Samuels on 'Infrastructural Opportunism, Infrastructural Urbanism, Infrastructural Optimism'

Linda C. Samuels, assistant professor of urban design at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, joins us for the CAPLA Lecture Series on the topic of "Infrastructural Opportunism, Infrastructural Urbanism, Infrastructural Optimism." View the video from Samuels' January 31, 2022 presentation.