The Community and Regional Planning program in the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning celebrates "30 Years of Community-Based Planning," Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 28-30, in George Pearl Hall.

The schedule includes a writing workshop for graduate students with John Forester, professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, and faculty and alumni presentations.

A reception for the exhibition "CRP: 30 Years and Beyond," is set for Friday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Pearl Hall gallery. The exhibition showcases three decades of work by faculty and students. It will be shown Monday-Friday, Sept. 26-30.

On Thursday afternoon from 3-5:30 p.m., alumni return to talk about their work since graduating. Among presenters is Kizito Wijenji, facilities planner for Albuquerque Public Schools; Bernadette Miera, Neighborhood Program Coordinator and Cultural Services Section Manager with Bernalillo County; Will Gleason, senior planner with Dekker, Perich, Sabatini; Andrea Plaza, executive director of Encuentros; Yasmeen Najmi, planner with the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy; Eugenia Quintana, planner with the Navajo Environment Department in Window Rock, Ariz.; Enrico Gradi, senior planner with Bernalillo County; Emily Geery, water resources scientist with the New Mexico Environment Department; and Kent Swanson with Albuquerque Open Space, and others.

On Friday from 9-11 a.m., faculty and emeriti faculty present aspects of their work that help define what planning is and the approach to teaching that Community and Regional Planning has taken through its 30 years. Presentations focus on urban design strategies, US-Mexico borderlands, community-by-design or community design, mediating land use and much more.

Teresa Córdova, CRP director, said, "Community and Regional Planning encompasses a variety of fields, including political economy of urban development, climate change in the Southwest, work force housing, community economic development, land use dispute resolution, rural development, watershed management, land use suitability analysis, urban design and much more. This anniversary year gives us an opportunity to look back at research and practice through the years as well as look at what lies ahead."

The culminating event is a lecture by Forester, "Dealing with Differences: Dramas of Mediating Public Disputes." Forester's research is in the micro-politics of the planning process, ethics and political deliberation assessing the ways planners shape participatory processes and manage public disputes in diverse settings.
He said, "While other faculty study economic development or environmental issues or international lending institutions, for example, I study the actual people we call planners and how they do their work day to day." He added that he is also interested in social and political theory because it can "help us to see more clearly real and messy situations of practice."

Forester and Norman Krumholz authored "Making Equity Planning Work," winner of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Paul Davidoff Book Award.

For more information, contact Liz Silleti, 505-277-5050.

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