The second day of the MD/DE APA Regional Conference ended with a bang on Thursday, October 18th! Seven Masters of Community Planning students from UMD gave IGNITE presentations on topics representing the diversity of the planning profession, ranging from urban agriculture in Cuba to youth engagement in planning. IGNITE presentations are short (only 5 minutes long consisting of 20 slides of 15 seconds each) and are meant to share a presenter’s passions and inspire the audience.
Even after a long day, we had a full crowd that included Maryland Secretary of Planning Richard Hall, American Planning Association (APA) CEO Paul Farmer, APA President Mitch Silver, members of the MD APA executive community, representatives from the Maryland Departments of Planning and Housing and Community Development, and many others.
At the close of the event there was palpable energy in the room as we continued the conversations ignited by the presentations with the audience. The event was a great avenue to bring research and ideas generated within the University into the professional world, for us to network with professionals, and for professionals to get to know the next generation of planners.
The Student Planning Association sincerely thanks the Maryland APA chapter for making student involvement in the chapter a priority and for their support as we develop our ideas and careers. Thank you!
If you missed this great event, don’t worry! Dario, Allison, and Aviva will be doing an encore at the annual Maryland Planning Commissioners Association‘s annual conference at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County. We wish more of us could participate in round 2, but duty calls (ie class)!
Student presenters and their topics:
|Cycling in Low-Income Communities||Alex Hutchinson|
|Collaboration Nation: Learning from Regional Models of Economic Development||Alison Wakefield|
|Community-Based Economic Planning||Allison Forbes|
|The Invisible Gate: A Case Study of the Kentlands, a New Urbanism Designed Community in Gaithersburg, Maryland||Aviva Brown|
|Dog and the City: Planning for Pets in Urban Environments||Darcy Buckley|
|Implementing Urban Agriculture: Learning from Havana, Cuba||Dario Alvarez|
|What’s walkability, bioretention, and stormwater management? Oh, go ask a high-schooler: Why youth engagement is important to planning||Olivia Ceccarelli|