Problem-Solving/Capacity Building Student Research

Professional Reports: A professional report is an analysis of a “real-world” planning problem or a detailed simulation of a planning project by students in UCI’s Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning Program. Students diagnose a planning problem, select appropriate analytical methods to assess the problem, and identify, evaluate, and recommend strategies to address the problem. Examples of past reports include:

“City and School Partnerships: Strengthening the Community of Moreno Valley with a Joint Use Agreement”
Client: Moreno Valley Unified School District

“Creating, Administering and Overseeing Owner-Occupied Affordable Housing in Orange County”
Client: Neighborhood Housing Services of Orange County

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Metropolitan Futures Initiative Second Regional Report

john_and_emile_3x4_100x133The Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) Second Regional Progress Report presentation was held on June 11, 2014. The audience was welcomed by the School of Social Ecology’s Dean, Valerie Jenness. Professor John Hipp, Director of MFI, revealed data that adds to the findings of the first report on jobs, home values, land use, crime, and the economy.

Metropolitan Futures Initiative First Regional Report

john_hipp_and_mayor_kang_100x133On June 14, 2012 Chancellor Michael V. Drake, M.D. welcomed community members, students and professors to the release and discussion of the Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) First Regional Report. Professor John Hipp, Director of MFI, presented a summary of the interesting findings on topics such as housing, jobs, transportation, and crime.

Building Resilient Neighborhoods: Policies and Systems for Responding to Foreclosures and Housing Market Stress

DDan Immergluck, Professor Georgia Tech University, School of City and Regional Planning, was the featured speaker on May 4, 2011. This event was part of the Metropolitan Futures Initiative and was co-sponsored by MFI, School of Social Ecology, Community Outreach Partnership Center and the Center for Community Development Studies. Immergluck presented on the polices and systems for responding to foreclosures and the housing market stress.

Water Policy and Environmental Justice in Southern California

dave_feldman_100wOn April 21, 2011,  Dave Feldman, Chair and Professor in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design at UC Irvine, discussed California’s long history of contentious, often divisive water politics. His lecture examined the issues caused by growing population, urbanization, pollution, and climate change and provided some potential solutions.

Keeping Orange County Moving: The Promise and Challenge of Transit Oriented Development

Will_Kempton_3x4On February 10, 2011, community members, students, and professors attended a lecture by Will Kempton, CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). Mr. Kempton spoke about the obstacles that must be overcome in order to employ transit-oriented development in Orange County, which includes building a public will among competing stakeholders.

Toward the Healthy City: People, Place and the Politics of Urban Planning

jason_corburn_1Jason Corburn, Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, was the featured speaker on January 25, 2011, at UC Irvine. Sponsored by the School of Social Ecology’s Metropolitan Futures Initiative, Center for Community Development Studies and the Community Outreach Partnership Center, Professor Corburn presented the argument that city planning must return to its roots in public health and social justice.

Metropolitan Futures: Imagining California Tomorrow

Joe_DunnOn November 2, 2010, we held a forum at UC Irvine featuring Joseph Dunn, Managing Partner of The Senators’ Law Firm. Mr. Dunn is the former CEO of the California Medical Association, as well as a former California State Senator who represented California’s 34th Senate District in central Orange County and led the state’s investigation into Enron’s involvement in the 2000-2001 energy crisis. He spoke about how our communities and the larger regional global context are changing and the need for visionary planning strategies and processes to ensure a thriving future for the golden state and its metropolitan regions.

Megapolitan America: The Rise of the New Metropolis

UNLV Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West Director Robert Lang poses March 18, 2010 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (Aaron Mayes / UNLV Photo Services) CLIENT: LINCY INSTITUTE, BROOKINGS MOUNTAIN WEST

Robert E. Lang, Professor and Director of the Brookings Mountain West Initiative at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was the featured speaker on October 26, 2010 at UC Irvine. Sponsored by the School of Social Ecology’s Metropolitan Futures Initiative, Lang’s presentation explored the relationship between metropolitan form, scale and connectivity.