Emily Talen, FAICP, Partners with Planetizen on New Urban Planning Instruction Series


Furthering its role as a leading provider of urban planning related products and services, Planetizen is pleased to announce a new partnership with Emily Talen, FAICP, professor of urbanism at the University of Chicago and noted author. Talen will lead a number of new efforts designed to increase the professional development resources Planetizen offers to urban planners and urban designers.

Talen is taking over as the instructor for Planetizen's popular American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Exam Preparation Class—an online series of courses that guides professional planners as they seek professional accreditation. Planetizen's AICP Exam Preparation Class is used by one-third of all planners who take and pass the AICP accreditation exam, which marks a major milestone in a planning career.

"Planetizen has established itself as the leading platform for planning education, and I’m thrilled to be part of it," says Talen in reaction to the new partnership on the Planetizen AICP Examination Class.

Planetizen has also worked with Talen to create a new series of online courses for the Planetizen Courses platform. The new "Urban Design for Planners" series includes six courses on innovative practices of urban design. The new series updates a series produced by Talen and Planetizen in 2014 that has persisted as the most popular offering on Planetizen Courses. All six of the new "Urban Design for Planners" courses will be available for credit in maintaining AICP accreditation, and the new series will roll out one week at a time, starting in early January 2018.

Planetizen is also pleased to announce the forthcoming release of the second edition of Talen's book, Urban Design for Planners, in February 2018, published by Planetizen Press. (The book was published as Urban Design Reclaimed in its first edition.) Urban Design for Planners offers clear explanations of the influential, but sometimes misunderstood, practices of urban design, and supplements the lessons included in the "Urban Design for Planners" videos on Planetizen Courses.

"We're thrilled to welcome Emily Talen to a prominent role with Planetizen," says Planetizen Co-Founder Chris Steins. "We hope Talen's work on these multiple platforms will provide professional guidance and instruction throughout the careers of planners all over the United States and the world."

Planning is a rapidly evolving field, as new technologies and changing demographics require new approaches to the built and natural environments. By partnering with a practitioner and academic at the forefront of the field, Planetizen aims to provide the products and services necessary for planners all over the world to take a leadership role in their careers and their communities.

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About Emily Talen
Emily Talen is Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago. Prior appointments were at Arizona State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a Phd in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research is devoted to urban design and urbanism, especially the relationship between the built environment and social equity. Her books include: New Urbanism and American Planning, Design for Diversity, Urban Design Reclaimed, and City Rules. She also has several edited volumes – the most recent one is Retrofitting Sprawl: Addressing 70 Years of Failed Urban Form. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014-15), and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Her next book is called Neighborhood.

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Planetizen Courses has collaborated with working professionals and skilled instructors to create online video training for the planning and urban design fields. Planetizen Courses has been empowering citizens and communities since 2005.

Posted January 16, 2018

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