Enter this contest to win free registration to the National APA conference and a $300 stipend for travel! Sure, you live here and won’t have to travel all that far to get downtown, but you could always use it for a sweet suite at a local hotel! Plus the writing topic choices are pretty darn interesting… so go ahead, make us proud.
The APA Urban Design and Preservation Division is hosting a writing competition for undergraduate and graduate students. The student who submits the best entry will receive a Student registration to the 2010 National Conference in New Orleans and a $300 stipend for the travel to the conference.
Entrants may choose from one of the following questions or pose their own question that they think the review committee will find engaging:
* How can planners and urban designers best articulate a definition of urban design in light of other current movements in the built environment? With terms like green building, sustainable building, and new urbanismfloating around the field of planning and architecture, how can urban design fit in and how might we best explain the role of urban design in light of today’s movements.
* What can planners learn from urban designers and what can urban designers learn from planners? How do the two professions complement each other and where are areas of conflict or mis-communication? How can urban designers and planners work more collaboratively?
* How can non-planners visualize the urbanization of the suburbs through urban design? How does urban design help with visualization and how and when can it back fire? What are some key elements that can keep density and urbanization on track?
* What are some of the historic preservation challenges in a recession? What are some techniques that preservationists can use to leverage projects and plans?
Articles must be written by current undergraduate or graduate students who are members of the Division or become members at the time of submission. Articles should not exceed 1,500 words. Submit your article by November 1, 2009 to:
APA Urban Design and Preservation Division
c/o John Maximuk, Immediate Past Chair