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2010 Urban Planning Travel

Vietnam Studio Site Trip

In mid-October, the students traveled to Vietnam for their site visit, arriving in Hanoi on the 1000th anniversary of the city's founding. The team spent seven days in the country meeting with scientists, planners, developers and local and state officials as part of their efforts to develop planning recommendations for the coastal city of Quy Nhon. The students' research in Vietnam focused on issues of spatial and environmental planning.

Meetings were arranged with the Vietnam Institute of Architecture and Planning (VIAP), the Center for Environmental Research Education and Development (CERED), UN-Habitat and the Asian Cities Climate Change Resiliency Network (ACCRN). The students also attended the Hanoi Millennium Conference and participated in a symposium at the Urban & Architecture Institute (UAI) in Hanoi. In Quy Nhon, the students met with several provincial-level government agencies and familiarized themselves with their site through intensive field work.

Summer 2010 Call for Students

In conjunction with the Universities of Hawaii and North Carolina, urban planning students at Columbia were invited to participate in a project to explore sustainable planning strategies in Quy Nhon, Vietnam.

The work, partially funded by a Ford Foundation grant aimed at strengthening planning infrastructure across Vietnam, built upon economic and community planning research by the other participating institutions. Columbia students, led by veteran GSAPP faculty member Andrea Kahn, focused on spatial planning issues, to devise recommendations for use by local and state planners committed to creating "modern" and "civilized" cities.

The workshop was open only to 8 2nd-year students; student traveled to Vietnam in October 2010, just in time for the 1000th anniversary of the city of Hanoi.

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Jordan Studio Site Trip

In 2009, Columbia University opened its Middle Eastern Research Center (CUMERC) in Amman, Jordan. The Urban Planning Program has been involved since the beginning, as Director Robert Beauregard was one of the first GSAPP faculty to travel to Jordan to assess the possibilities of collaborative projects from GSAPP to be held there. So far, the Urban Planning Program's has been involved in two projects in Amman.

The first was a documentation of the recent Amman 2025 master plan process done for the Greater Amman Municipality. The project was headed by Professor Robert Beauregard, and assisted by Andrea Marpillero-Colomina, (MSUP 2009). Both the report, Amman 2025: From Master Plan to Strategic Planning Initiative, and a second publication titled Amman 2025: A 21st Century Plan are available on the web site of The Amman Institute (www.ammaninstitute.org).

The second project took place in Spring 2010: A Planning studio led by Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner of Urban-Think Tank. The client was the Ministry of Social Development. Students and their instructors visited Amman in March 2010 to carry out the on-site investigations for the studio.

Two students from the studio returned to Amman in June to present their final report to the client and CUMERC, as well as participate in a mosaic workshop held with kids in Rusaifah, Jordan on June 16 -- the workshop was a joint effort by CUMERC/GSAPP, the El-Hassan Youth Awards, and Hana M. Hijazi and her students from the Institute for Traditional Islamic Art and Architecture.