Boston University Students and Alumni Win IXL Innovation Olympics

With participants from universities such as Harvard, New York University, Georgia Tech, Duke, and London School of Economics, the IXL Innovation Olympics is a prestigious 8 week global consulting competition. Graduate student teams are paired with professional coaches as mentors; sponsors then provide guidance to the teams during alignment sessions, and pick the winning business plans […]

#BUcityplanning Students Increase their Marketability at Digital Design Skills and Portfolios for Planners Workshop

On October 14th from 10am to 2:30pm, in COM 206, the City Planning and Urban Affairs Program hosted a Digital Design Skills and Portfolios for Planners Workshop for #BUcityplanning students and Architectural Studies students. Brian Creamer started the morning with a session on digital design to help students acquire highly sought-after skills in the Adobe Create Suite. An […]

#BUcityplanning and Architectural Studies Host Two-Part SketchUp Workshop

On Wednesday 27th September and Wednesday October 4th, two workshops on the 3D Modeling software SketchUp were held. The Workshop was hosted by The City Planning and Urban Affairs Program and sponsored by the Architectural Studies Program.  Michael Born, president and owner of Born Illustration Inc. presented and demonstrated the use of SketchUp for a […]

#cityplanningBU Student Proposes Strategic Plan of Urban Development for Valledupar, Colombia

The city of Valledupar, in the department (state) of Cesar, Colombia, has been suffering from an accelerated rate of growth. Valledupar was included among a group of 200 cities with the fastest growth in Latin America by the New York University Urban Expansion Program, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) and the Lincoln Institute of Land […]

Beyond the Classroom

New #cityplanningBU Adjunct Professor Lourdes Germán, JD, Answers Nine Questions     1. Tell us a little about yourself? In addition to my role on the faculty at Boston University, I serve as Director of International & Institute-Wide Initiatives at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and as Director of the Civic Innovation Project. At […]

#cityplanningBU Alumna Spotlight

Lauren Masiar, MCP ’16, shares her journey to becoming the Assistant Town Planner for the Town of Milton, MA   Current Position:  Lauren Masiar is currently the Assistant Town Planner for the Town of Milton, Massachusetts. Under the supervision of the Director of Planning and Community Development, she assists in the review of development proposals […]

#BUCPUA Urban Planning Association’s Bright Future

The mission of the #BUCPUA Urban Planning Association (UPA) has always been one to create opportunity for its students and faculty, to get to know each other, and to create a network of connections that both parties can benefit from. By creating a more inclusive and friendly environment, it encourages students to reach out to […]


#BUCPUA Hosts Actionable Sustainability Symposium on Technology, Policy and the City

On Friday, April 21, Boston University Metropolitan College’s City Planning and Urban Affairs students, faculty and alumni gathered at the Initiative on Cities brownstone at 75 Bay State Road for a full-day Symposium, titled “Technology, Policy and the City.” The event was co-sponsored by the Initiative on Cities and the Urban Planning Association. It included a […]

#BUCPUA Professor O’Connell Hosts Book Lecture

On Tuesday, March 21, #BUCPUA Professor Jim O’Connell held a lecture on his newly published book Dining out in Boston: A Culinary History hosted by the BU Wine and Food Program. Surrounded by food and history enthusiasts alike, O’Connell used historic menus and photos of restaurants to detail Boston’s culinary past. The book has a […]


Welcome to the Future; Input Your Data Here

For many years, city planners collected a small fraction of information from residents to design the best solutions aiming to maximize the liveliness of cities while tackling the most urgent needs in the community. Nowadays, with the technological boom that we are currently undergoing, it became even easier to access data that could increase the […]