Promote urban planning as a tool to foster sustainable development across the Americas.

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The Academic and Professional Urban Planning Network is for anyone interested in engaging with urban planners and allied professionals from across the Americas on issues of energy, climate, and sustainable development.


The Urban Planning Initiative is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of State as a part of President Barack Obama's Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).

ECPA Urban Planning Initiative First Grant Final Report

| July 26th, 2013 | No Comments »
First ECPA Urban Planning Initiative Grant Final Report

APA is pleased to announce the completion of the ECPA Urban Planning Initiative First Grant Final Report.

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Case studies on transportation planning for an international audience

| July 15th, 2013 | No Comments »
Courtesy of WMATA

Reflections on transit planning by American planners for an international audience. In June 2012, a delegation of American based planning professionals accompanied by APA staff traveled to Brasília and São Paulo, Brazil to discuss Brazilian metropolitan transit planning challenges. The included links were originally meant to introduce our Brazilian partners to the challenges and opportunities facing transit systems in Los Angeles, California; Portland, Oregon; and Washington, D.C.

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Planning for Urban Transport in Large Cities

| April 15th, 2013 | No Comments »
2. The proposed Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge

São Paulo (metro) has emerged as a true world city. Long the center of the Brazilian economy, São Paulo is the preeminent economic center of South America and an important node on the international network of major economic and population centers

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Fresh look at Bogotá’s TransMilenio

| January 31st, 2013 | No Comments »
Photo: Andrea Marpillero-Colomina

Much has been written about the technical aspects of TransMilenio, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Bogotá, Colombia but there is a lack of political criticism of this BRT.

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Limiting The Effects Of Gender Discrimination

| January 26th, 2013 | No Comments »
Cochabamba panorama. Author: ozziebackpacker.

APA representatives and a communications expert recently visited Hábitat Para La Mujer Comunidad María Auxiliadora, an NGO in Cochabamba, Bolivia (and ECPA Urban Planning Initiative sub-grantee). The purpose of the trip was to share internal and external messaging best practices that strengthen the NGO’s ability to communicate its goal to provide a safe, healthy environment where families can enjoy the right of home ownership.

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The Second ECPA Grant

| December 12th, 2012 | No Comments »
Cochabamba, Bolivia (Author: Erinn McNamara)

Four project sites selected to improve quality of life and build urban planning capacity.

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The Crowd Sourced City

| November 8th, 2012 | No Comments »
Telegraph Road. Photo: Ben Chutz (used with permission)

Can people re-make their cities with little support from government?

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The importance of (fuel) mixology

| October 29th, 2012 | No Comments »

It is unlikely that any one single source of energy could replace fossil fuels as our primary source of energy, however, a mixture of biofuel, solar, wind, water, and tidal used together has a much better chance.

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Forgetting the air about you: losing perspective on the environment

| August 22nd, 2012 | No Comments »
Chalet suizo en el nevado del Ruiz (Author: Kamilokardona)

An unsustainable thing will end itself; the nature of its existence will destroy the system that sustains it.

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Planning, Participation and Sustainable Cities

| July 20th, 2012 | No Comments »
Sustainable Development

Sustainability has many definitions and provokes a wide range of concepts and approaches. In many aspects sustainability has been overused and lacks the clarity needed to fully understand what it means for a particular place.

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