The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is hosting their 24th annual conference June 8-11, 2016, in Detroit. With a focus on The Transforming City, this event will bring together more than 1,500 individuals from North America and around the world for four days of education, collaboration, discussion and debate on the policies, designs and emerging approaches that create great places.
The MSU Land Policy Institute claims 2016 as the Year of Placemaking! Each month, LPI will publish an article focused on an aspect of placemaking that is pulled from the newly released guidebook titled Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool, which is a must-have resource for communities of any size.
The nearly 600-page comprehensive guidebook is divided into four parts, with two to four chapters in each. Part One provides an overview of placemaking, explains the demographic and market preference shifts that are driving the need for placemaking, as well as its economic benefits. Part Two covers the form and structure of neighborhoods, and why that’s critical for effective placemaking.
The Land Policy Institute (LPI) at Michigan State University (MSU), in collaboration with the MIplace™ Partnership Initiative, announces the release of a guidebook titled Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool. It is the most comprehensive publication on placemaking to date, drawing from the best works available. This complete guide seeks to assist neighborhoods and communities with quickly reshaping their thinking and acting on how effective placemaking can greatly enhance community and economic development.
With an emphasis on economic aspects of placemaking, this tool is particularly valuable in states, regions and localities that are attempting to reshape their communities to again be competitive in the global New Economy. Appropriate for municipalities of all shapes and sizes, including those facing different sets of challenges, this guidebook includes case examples of placemaking in action, and highlights various organizations, tools and resources that can be employed, engaged and adapted to meet a community’s unique situations.
In 2012, LPI, along with MSU Extension Educators, developed the Michigan Placemaking Curriculum, as part of the MIplace™ Partnership Initiative, with funding from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). Since 2013, about 15,000 people have attended trainings on some parts of the curriculum. The guidebook was developed based off this curriculum.
The MSU Land Policy Institute (LPI) is pleased to welcome Yue Cui, PhD, to the team.
She comes to LPI from the MSU Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) where she will continue her work as an assistant professor for the Center for Economic and Spatial Analysis for Planning and Management. Cui is also an adjunct assistant professor with the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction.
In 2010, Cui earned a PhD from the former MSU Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies, now CSUS. She also has a PhD in Geography from Peking University in China. Cui has been working on estimating the regional economic impacts of recreation and tourism since 2007.
She has conducted various economic impacts studies for the National Marine Manufacture Associations, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the National Park Service. Cui is also a geographer working to design a Volunteered Geographic Information System for a spatial-related survey instrument, placemaking tool, and recreation resource and inventory management tools for the USACE.