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Sunday, March 22 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Postcards From the Edge VIII: I Didn’t Know Urban Planning Was About …

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Barbara Becker, Professor, School of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington
Patrina Newton, Senior Planner, Economic & Community Development, City of Fort Worth Planning Department
Brian Chatman, Content Strategy Coordinator, City of Fort Worth Open Data Portal
Cecilia Smith, Ph.D., Geospatial Librarian, Texas A&M University

Kathy Edwards, Research and Collection Development Librarian, Clemson University
Rebecca Price, Architecture, Urban Planning, and Visual Resources Librarian and Liaison, University of Michigan
Marsha Taichman, Visual Resources Librarian, Cornell University

In this year’s Postcards from the Edge session, a planning educator, two professional planners from the City of Fort Worth, and an anthropologist-turned-geospatial librarian will lead us through the wide-ranging academic and professional terrain of urban planning. Although not native to arts librarianship, planning is often co-located with design programs in schools or colleges dedicated to the built environment. More than a few architecture librarians carry additional responsibility for urban and regional planning and urban design, which necessarily include transportation, sustainability, resource management, housing, social justice, municipal order, policy and public affairs, historic preservation, urban agriculture, and more. Together the group will explore the challenge of meeting the multi-faceted and interdisciplinary needs of the planning community.

Barbara Becker, former Dean of the UT-Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs, will address the academic scope of planning education and the needs of scholars and students. At the city scale, Senior Planner Patrina Newton will introduce Fort Worth’s planned Urban Villages and describe the issues, considerations, and data gathering that shape complex urban initiatives. Content Strategist Brian Chatman will explain the information design behind Fort Worth’s recently launched Open Data Portal and share some of the challenges of representing large data sets for public access. Finally, Texas A&M Geospatial Librarian Cecilia Smith, will demonstrate GIS tools and resources used by scholars and practitioners to collect, collate, analyze, and visualize data about urban environments and populations.

Architecture & Urban Planning Librarian Rebecca Price will facilitate discussion at the end of the presentations. 

Sunday March 22, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
Room: Sundance 4 Omni Fort Worth Hotel 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

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