Category Archives: Scholarship

#PlannersTweet: Learning how planning and planners use(s) Twitter

Inspired by my friend Raul Pacheco-Vega’s recent use of Twitter to encourage scholars to talk about their research, I’d like to get planning researchers and practitioners talking a little bit about what they get from using Twitter. There’s always been a lot of misperceptions — that Twitter is only for reading headlines, sharing what you […]

A little more about #myresearch

#myresearch looks at how planning orgs have used & understand Twitter for public engagement on sustainability issues. Here’s a little more on what that research is looking at, why I chose Twitter, and what I hope to get out of this research.

APA Conference 2011: Internships and Open Government

I’m nearing the end of my layover in Chicago in the last leg of my journey to Boston. It’s been a strenuous 24 hours or so, crossing timezones and working on assignments, but I know this will all be worth it as, in but a few hours, I will be attending PlanningTech@DUSP, and in the […]

Accountability is both social and personal

What do school group projects, volunteer projects, and ongoing campaign coordination have in common? They all involve working with people where the rules are slightly different than the standard work situation. It’s one thing to think about the psychology of a group when everyone gets a paycheque; it’s quite another when the common ground is […]

Second Year: Thoughts on Spring 2011

It’s the end of the third week of the semester. I can safely say that my course schedule has shaped up to be an intensive and challenging one: PLAN 548: Transportation Planning Analysis with Jinhua Zhao (class cross-listed with Civil Engineering) PLAN 596: Seminar on Ecological Economics with Bill Rees PLAN 550E: Building North America’s […]

Reflecting on “What Urban Planning Taught Me About Open Data” – Open Gov West Presentation

On November 10, 2010, at the Open Gov West BC conference, I experienced the exhilaration and terror and joy that is an Ignite presentation, when I shared the concepts, examples and ideas from urban planning that have changed my thoughts on what’s possible with Open Data.

Just Metropolis — Opening Celebration

I’m in San Francisco from June 15 to 21 for a joint conference of the Planners Network, the ADPSR (Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility). Last night was the opening celebration of the conference. So far, I am blown away by the obvious love and care the organizers have poured into making it a […]

Northern Voice 2010 Panel Preview — From Tweets to Plans: Online Conversation for Urban Planning

On May 7th, I’ll be moderating a panel bridging two worlds of practice that I think are going to be increasingly interested in each other: urban planning and online publishing.

What is a Planner? A: Managing outcomes and processes

Those of you who’ve read through my posts for the last few months can tell, I think about what it means to be a planner a lot. I’m afforded the luxury of spending time on this, as a student, and I’m going to start keeping track of this stuff as I read it, because there […]

Online Social Networking, Travel Behaviours and Choice of Urban Transportation Mode

Friend Rob Cottingham drew an interesting webcomic recently. His witty and observant comic is syndicated on ReadWriteWeb, a techhnology-focused blog. The comic touches on a phenomenon I’ve observed in my own life that I’ve had a chance to do a little bit of scholarly work on; namely, how well mobile technologies go with transit. I […]