Retired Faculty: Keeping Up With Them Via Blogs

With the proliferation of new media planning practitioners have new ways to find out about the continuing work of planning faculty members who have retired. Not all of them blog of course, but the list below demonstrates some of the variety of these efforts.

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October 24, 2011, 12:23 PM PDT

By Ann Forsyth


With the proliferation of new media planning practitioners
have new ways to find out about the continuing work of planning faculty members
who have retired. Not all of them blog of course, but the list below
demonstrates some of the variety of these efforts.

  • Emeritus Columbia Professor Peter
    Marcuse, blogging at http://pmarcuse.wordpress.com/, can be relied upon for
    provocative insights about current events. His recent postings explore
    Occupy Wall Street but earlier blogs have investigated a number of his
    other interests such as the foreclosure crisis, housing policy, and social
    capital.
  • In the UK, Cliff Hague, an emeritus
    professor at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, blogs at http://cliffhague.planningresource.co.uk/,
    a site affiliated with the Royal Town Planning Institute. Hague's "World
    View" blog deals with topics of global concern such as innovation, UN
    conferences, and regional resilience. Recent blogs feature cases in
    Europe, Africa, and Australia.

Of course there are a number of blogs by more senior but not
yet emeritus faculty, for example Larry Susskind at MIT (http://theconsensusbuildingapproach.blogspot.com/). These
are also well worth watching.


Ann Forsyth

Trained in planning and architecture, Ann Forsyth is a professor of urban planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. From 2007-2012 she was a professor of city and regional planning at Cornell. She taught previously at at the University of Minnesota, directing the Metropolitan Design Center (2002-2007), Harvard (1999-2002), and the University of Massachusetts (1993-1999) where she was co-director of a small community design center, the Urban Places Project. She has held short-term positions at Columbia, Macquarie, and Sydney Universities.

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