All of this year's National Planning Award recipients demonstrate exemplary commitment to planning healthy, sustainable, and inclusive communities for all, while the projects and the planners behind them illustrate how planning connects us. The 2019 jury selected five Excellence and 20 Achievement award recipients to be honored at this year's Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 15, at NPC19 in San Francisco.
APA designation as one of the Great Places in America gives elected officials, business leaders, community members, and planners the opportunity to celebrate positive transformations that occur when all work together toward one goal. Learn what elected officials from six states said about planning that earned Great Places designation for their communities. Nominate your Great Place by April 17.
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Elevate your planning career
Sign up now for NPC19! It's the best opportunity this year to enhance your planning knowledge, boost your practical skills, and expand your professional network.
Students: Get ready for a day filled with career development advice, activities, and networking, finished by a social at San Francisco's TableTop Tap House. Check out April 14 at NPC19, aka #StudentSunday.
Look ahead to NPC20
It's not too late to start thinking about next year's conference! You could shape NPC20 in Houston by reviewing educational session proposals. Volunteer to be an NPC20 peer reviewer by noon (CT) on May 1.
Shaped by play
At Landscape Structures, we believe playstructures should complement their surroundings. But more than that, they should complement childhood. Every aesthetic choice is also backed by evidence to challenge, excite, and energize kids of all abilities. Because better play shapes kids into better adults. Watch our video.
CM reporting cycles, explained
There are a pair of two-year Certification Maintenance reporting cycles and every AICP member is in one or the other. Find the one you're in by opening your CM Log — you'll see your reporting cycle's begin and end dates right at the top. Need more help? Contact a CM customer service associate at AICPCM@planning.org.
2017–18 reporting cycle grace period ends April 30
Do you think you are in the grace period for the 2017–18 CM reporting cycle? Check your CM Log to confirm. If you are, missing the logging deadline will cause your AICP membership to lapse and require reinstatement of your AICP credential. Avoid the hassle by earning and logging all required CM credits by April 30.
How to finish a completed cycle
Go to your CM Log to review and close a reporting cycle as soon as that cycle has ended and you have earned and recorded all the required CM credits. That will enable logging for the next reporting cycle.
APA Learn offers 375+ courses on myriad planning topics, including many courses that fulfill CM law and ethics credit requirements. When you've finished a course, log the CM credits directly from APA Learn. Try these new courses:
How livable is your community? The AARP Livability Index tells us by rating housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement, and opportunity. In the latest episode of People Behind the Plans, Jana Lynott, AICP, AARP senior strategic policy advisor, talks with podcast host Courtney Kashima, AICP, about the index and universal mobility as a service, or how we should move around people. The two also discuss why planners must consider how the built environment affects people of all abilities.
Planning + public art = great communities
APA and partner Forecast Public Art are collaborating to release materials that equip planners to successfully integrate planning and public art. Resources available now include two online courses, "Spaces, Places, and Public Art," and "Public Art and Healthy Communities," and a recent issue of PAS QuickNotes. To learn more, stop by Forecast Public Art's booth in the NPC19 Exhibit Hall.
Protecting communities from wildfire
Wildfires are taking an ever more deadly toll on communities across the country even as vulnerable development in the wildland-urban interface accelerates. How can planners make their communities safer and more resilient to wildfire? The newest PAS Report and related NPC sessions can help.
Planners in California and Colorado are helping communities successfully accommodate legal marijuana. Find out how in the April issue of Planning. Also, learn how state governments are tackling climate change and visit an Athens neighborhood that is recovering from years of austerity. "The Commissioner" reviews Seattle's approach to housing affordability.
Serve on the PIE advisory committee
Planners working in hazard mitigation and floodplain management are invited to volunteer to serve on the Planning Information Exchange advisory committee. AICP members who serve are eligible for CM credit. Interested? Complete a brief survey by April 13.
Take a student survey on AVs
The 2019 Virginia Tech Master of Urban and Regional Planning Studio is surveying professional planners to learn how automated vehicles may change local communities. Please take the 20-minute survey and email Dr. Theodore Lim if you'd like to receive raw survey data or summary results.
The European Cultural Academy offers short courses for architects and urban designers during the Venice Biennale. This year's courses in art, architecture, and urban design include explorations of the city's public spaces and historic preservation and renovation efforts.