Program Accomplishments and Steps for the Future Highlighted at #BUCPUA Town Hall

Spring 2018 Town Hall
Dr. Madhu Dutta-Koehler, Professor of the Practice and Director, addresses Bu City Planning and Urban Affairs students, faculty, and staff at the Spring 2018 Town Hall.

On Thursday, April 12th, members of the BU City Planning and Urban Affairs Program met to reflect on past achievements and discuss the goals moving forward within the Program. Dr. Dutta-Koehler led the presentation, focusing on expanding the reach of the Program both within the current student body and for the entire university. She emphasized the desire for the faculty and students of BUCPUA to become “trailblazers” at Boston University, leading the way to a more modernized future for the community.

Spring 2018 Town Hall
Dr. Dutta-Koehler discussed the Programs recent achievements as well as the next steps for program expansion.

The night partially celebrated the Program’s recent achievements, including successfully establishing a new academic framework, content, and internship program. With heightened efforts in outreach, branding, and visibility, enrollment has grown substantially and shows no sign of slowing down. As the program continues to grow, Dr. Dutta-Koehler emphasized the creation of a strong community between the students and faculty, which increases student retention, recruitment, and satisfaction while strengthening the Program’s quality itself.

#BUCPUA community received the latest program updates and opportunities.

For next steps, Dr. Dutta-Koehler outlined an expansion of program activities, including field specific accreditation, international collaborations, dedicated career services, student advising, and digital media coordination. Aiming to bring BU City Planning to the forefront of the technological movement, she shared plans to pursue online and hybrid course development while taking advantage of the new Metropolitan College building set to open in August. Before adjourning for coffee and Q & A, Dr. Dutta-Koehler made a call to “make no little plans” and push BUCPUA to lead the way to BU’s brighter future.


Hannah Dion, CAS ’20

#BUCPUA Annual Alumni Appreciation Event

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Dear #BUCPUA Community,

Join us at 1 PM on Saturday, October 15 in the 4th Floor Plaza of Boston City Hall (entrance faces southwest toward the Government Center MBTA station).

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#BUCPUA Annual Alumni Appreciation Event | Sat, Oct 15 | 1-5 PM

Join us in the 4th Floor Plaza of Boston City Hall to celebrate our highly distinguished alumni and their lasting achievements! Savor delicious food, play games, and sustain lasting partnerships at this great fall networking event! See you there!


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BU Earth Day Festival – BUCPUA Actionable Sustainability Group

April 21, 2016
10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

GSU Plaza, Boston University
775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Open to all faculty, students, alumni + friends

The BUCPUA Actionable Sustainability Group is leading four interactive events on campus, including:
1) Humanitree  – participants write sustainability pledges on leaves, which are attached to our “humanitree”
2) Sustainability Charrette – Gather feedback on improved campus design, facilitate behavioral change with peer group, and recommendations for Campus Leadership on sustainability changes
3) Sustainability World Trivia – We quiz participants on locations where the world is affected the most by climate change, and participants place a push pin in the map to indicate their guess/answer
4) Boston Under Water – This event will illustrate the impact of climate change upon Boston in the next few decades, specifically as a harbor city
*** Participants will receive a toilet paper roll containing a plant (while supplies last)


IOC Urban Seminar: Sharing Visions, Shaping Cities

Hosted by BU Initiative on Cities
April 4, 2016
12-1:30 p.m.

The Initiative on Cities
75 Bay State Rd
Boston, MA 02215
Open to all faculty, students, alumni, and friends

The City of Boston recently kicked off Imagine Boston 2030, a community-focused comprehensive planning process that will lay out a vision for the city’s future. What will the plan ultimately look like? Do city plans work? How can we help create a great city for the next generation? Join us for lunch and a conversation with planning experts from BU and beyond.

Moderated By:

Madhu Dutta-Koehler – Associate Professor of the Practice and Program Coordinator, City Planning and Urban Affairs, Boston University

Panelists Include:

  • Sara Myerson – Director of Planning, Boston Redevelopment Authority and Executive Director, Imagine Boston 2030
  • Matthew Littell – Principal, Utile
  • Renee Loth – Editor, ArchitectureBoston
  • Rami el Samahy – Adjunct Professor of City Planning and Urban Affairs, Boston University, and Principal, over,under