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Sep 15 09

Smart Growth Expert to Address Montgomery County Planning Board September 17

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – An international architect and urban planner specializing in smart growth for academia and research will address the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, September 17 as part of its 2009 Growing Smarter Speaker Series.

Dhiru Thadani, an architect and urbanist with more than 25 years experience researching and designing compact, mixed-use developments, will describe how to link technology and research with public transportation to the Board, planners and members of the public. Using a local example – M Square, a transit-oriented master plan in College Park, Maryland – Thadani will provide insight into innovative planning for universities and research clients locating near Metro.

M Square is a research village and transit-oriented plan for the University of Maryland at College Park that spans 293 acres and develops links between Metro, University shuttle buses, automobiles and pedestrians to create a balance of land uses and minimize vehicular use.

Thadani’s work has spanned North and Central America, Europe and Asia and includes urban design, town planning, architectural design, interior design, landscape design, construction management, graphic design, and rendering. Some of Thadani’s other U.S. work includes a college town district for the University of Kentucky, a mixed-use development for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a mixed-use research village for the University of Texas at Austin, a student/community town on the edge of the University of Notre Dame, and a research campus at Carnegie Mellon University.

Thadani recently co-edited and designed a book with Leon Krier called “The Architecture of Community,” published by Island Press. The book presents a comprehensive theory and implementation strategy for repairing and revitalizing fragmented towns and cities into sustainable and humane communities.

Thadani is the latest of a series of monthly speakers to present before the Board this year. Continuing education credits have been approved for AICP members.

CM I 1.5 CM credits are approved for this activity. AICP members will earn Certification Maintenance
credits. 

Who:
Montgomery County Planning Board

What:
Dhiru Thadani presenting “Compact, Complete and Connected”

When: 
7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 17

Where:
Park and Planning Headquarters auditorium
8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring

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Apr 10 09

Author to Recommend Ways to Partner with Nonprofits on Housing, Other Issues as Part of Planning Board Speaker Series

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – An expert in housing and philanthropy will bring ideas to tackle development challenges, such as planning for affordable housing, to the Montgomery County Planning Board on April 23 as part of its Growing Smarter Speaker Series.

Rick Cohen, a thought-provoking author who once directed the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, will explore the role of nonprofit and private organizations in creating social equity as communities grow.

His talk, “Leveraging the Role of Organizations in Housing and Development,” is the latest in a series of presentations as part of the board’s 2009 series. Cohen’s focus on what nonprofits might bring to the discussion of diverse housing needs is of interest to the Planning Board as it prepares to approve a new housing plan and form recommendations for the 2009-2011 Growth Policy.

Cohen will make a case that the civic sector has an even greater role to play during times of economic crisis. He will cover what nonprofits, foundations and public agencies should be doing to address smart growth, affordable housing and social equity during the economic downturn, particularly in the dynamic communities of Montgomery County.

With governments strapped for funds, Cohen’s message about what foundations around the nation are supporting in the areas of smart growth is timely. He will lay out the opportunities he sees for partnership and collaboration between nonprofits, foundations and government in good planning and development and what government might look to nonprofits to accomplish.

Cohen writes for Nonprofit Quarterly magazine, the nation’s premier journal of nonprofit policy and practice, as national correspondent and editor of the widely read Cohen Report. Cohen’s writing advocates increased philanthropic giving and access for disadvantaged and disenfranchised constituencies.

Prior to directing the philanthropic organization, he served as vice president of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in charge of national strategic planning, vice president of the Enterprise Foundation directing field programs, and director of Jersey City’s Department of Housing and Economic Development. Cohen continues to provide consulting services to nonprofits, foundations and government agencies. He also worked for the Trust for Public Land in New York City and began his professional career as a planner with Action for Boston Community Development, one of the nation’s original anti-poverty agencies.
 
Who:
Montgomery County Planning Department

What:
Rick Cohen on “How Nonprofits, Foundations and Public Agencies Address Smart Growth, Affordable Housing and Social Equity”
Growing Smarter Speaker Series

When: 
7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 23

Where:
Park and Planning Headquarters auditorium
8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring

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