Ric Richardson, director, Community & Regional Planning in the University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning, is profiled in Volume 14, Issue 2 of PTP, or Planning Theory and Practice, one of the premiere journals in the field of city planning, or as it is called at UNM, Community & Regional Planning.

The centerpiece of the issue is a symposium organized by John Forester, an eminent scholar from Cornell University, titled: Design confronts politics, and both thrive!: Creativity in the face of urban design conflict: A profile of Ric Richardson.

In the profile, Richardson tells the story of mediating negotiations and building consensus about a hotly contested plan to redevelop Albuquerque's north 4th Street from Lomas Blvd., 4 1/2 miles north to the Village of Los Ranchos. This historic route was part of Rout 66 when it swept north to Santa Fe. Many locals also think the street was part of El Camino Real, but it was not.

Following the Richardson profile, a panel of five distinguished international urban designers - Ali Mandipour, from England, Alessandro Balducci from Italy, Klaus Kunzmann from Germany, and Americans Tridib Banjeree at the University of Southern California, and Emily Talen from the University of Arizona. Richardson's response follows their critique.

The profile will appear as a chapter in a book from the American Planning Association (APA) Press: When We Value Places Differently: Surprising Possibilities of Facilitative Leadership, John Forester, Cornell University, APA Press 2012. The critique will not be included in the book.

To see the article, visit Planning Theory and Practice, Volume 14, Issue 2.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; email: cgonzal@unm.edu