Prof. Arnab Chakraborty designed UP 443 for students interested in making communities and cities more prepared for future uncertainties. Read more.
With deep sorrow, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning announces the passing of our dear friend and colleague Jane Terry. Jane passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 21 at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana at age 69. A visitation and funeral were held on Friday, April 29, at Salem Baptist Church, Champaign.
Jane was a member of our Department for most of her life and for virtually the entire existence of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Decades of our students knew her as their advocate and friendly helper, who steered them through the processes of admission, course enrollment, and graduation. Alumni have known her as the one constant in an ever-changing department. She took delight in staying connected with so many of our alumni. We will all miss her.
Prof. Miraftab's work focuses on the small west central Illinois community of Beardstown, where a local meat-processing plant recruited African Americans, Mexicans, and West Africans who re-create the town in unexpected ways. Prof. Miraftab teaches several courses on international planning, including UP 185/Cities in a Global Perspective and UP 423/Community Development in the Global South. Read more.
Professor Rob Olshansky is leading the studio, "Integrated Post-disaster Planning Action Research" with the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University. Read more.