Events & Resources

Events for Urban Affairs and City Planning

Innovation Seminars: Presentations

On February 27th, 2013, Boston University Metropolitan College was proud to host the Innovation Semiars presented by the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. based in New York (GACCNY). Feel free to view the presentation slides from each of the three speakers on the links below and we hope you join us at future events!

Andreas Wagner, Professor at
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Slides: Energy Efficiency on an Urban Scale

Jörg Gäbler, Managing Director at
Wagner & Co Solar Technology
Slides: Community Solar as an Integrated Building System

Rober Matthew Noblett, Partner at
Behnisch Architekten
Slides: Sustainable Urban Design and Planning Projects


MEGAPROJECTS : The Edge Series

In Fall 2012, the Graduate Programs in City Planning and Urban Affairs presented to graduate students, faculty and the broader BU community a set of lectures and panels on the social, economic and environmental relevance of megaprojects. Particular attention was given to the intersection of large-scale infrastructural development with issues of governance, land use regulation, social equity, and finance. Click here for more details on the event flier.


The 2012 Boston Urban Symposium: Planning for Opportunity: Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation & "Sustainable Metroscape"

The 2012 Boston Symposium focuses on the intersection of community development, sustainable urban agriculture, urban entrepreneurship, land use, civic engagement, and fundraising. As an outgrowth of a larger B.U. Sustainable Neighborhood Laboratory initiative to strengthen university relationships with community organizations and neighborhoods, Symposium students will act as consultants to the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (CSNDC), a highly regarded, established and effective community development corporation within the City of Boston. Click here for the course syllabus

The 2011 Boston Urban Symposium Disasters: Cities and Planning in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina and Haiti

The theme of the 2011 Symposium was "Disasters: Cities and Planning in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina and Haiti", an in-depth and pro-active exploration into the issues, challenges and opportunities generated by extreme natural occurrences and the social relationships that generate human vulnerability.
This capstone course featured five weekly panels of experts chosen by students based on their semester-long research topic.  The research projects and weekly topics ranged from information technology and disaster response to housing and the management of displaced populations. Click here for the course syllabus

The Five Panels of Experts that constituted the core of the 2011 Symposium included: 

First Panel: Are Universities Prepared?

Second Panel: Getting Out Before the Big One Hits: An Assessment of Communication Within the Evacuation Route Planning Process

Third Panel: Shaping the Disaster Agenda: The Role of the Media in Post Disaster Response and Recovery

Fourth Panel: Breaking the [Crisis] Code: Communication Technology as a First Responder

Fifth Panel: Access to Recovery:  Planning for Internally Displaced Persons in the U.S.A

For more details on the 2011 Symposium Click here

Events Outside BU

Meet Massachusetts Winter 2012: A Networking Event for Planning and Design Professionals

Wednesday March 7th 5:30--7:30
At Ned Devines Restaurant Historic Faneuil Hall, 1 Faneuil Hall Market Place Boston, MA 02109

Please RSVP by February 29th

Designing Healthy Communities: Zoning Reform to Inspire Healthy Living

Monday, March 12th at 1:00 PM
State House Room 437

The Act FRESH campaign, together with Partners HealthCare and the Massachusetts Public Health Association, will be hosting an event at the state house on March 12th at 1pm to highlight the important relationship between public health and land use.  Local zoning codes are the DNA of communities.  That is why zoning reform legislation is a primary public health concern in Massachusetts, where the vast majority of these codes have not been updated in generations. Click here for more details

MAPC Panel Discussion on Transportation and the Economy

Join MAPC on March 13 for a discussion on the crucial role that transportation plays in the economic development of Greater Boston. Click here for more details

Upcoming Boston 101 Events

Each semester the Rappaport Institute sponsors an informal series of discussions about the people, institutions, and customs that make Greater Boston what it is. The series brings in notable figures from a variety of fields. These events are open to everyone, including scholars, students, policymakers, and citizen groups. For information on upcoming events Click here

Boston Network for International Development

Upcoming Events: For details please visit BNID's Events page

BU MCP/MUA working with Haiti

for details, click on the following links:

BU Today: "Students Help Produce Maps of Devastated Areas for Relief and Rebuilding"

BU Today: "Haiti Leaders, BU Team Share Long-Term Goals"

WBUR: "BU Team In Haiti Works To Transform As They Rebuild"

BU Today: "Ground Up, Rethinking Haiti"

Pardee Center: "Experts Discuss Future Challenges in Dealing with Disasters"

Boston Globe: "Fatal Magnetism of the City"