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Planner's TEDx Talk shows how solutions can worsen the problem

LAUP prof delivers TEDx Talk defining 'uncanny wisdom'

posted June 29, 2018
Seemingly rational choices, made in the wake of natural disasters, can produce unsound results due to “uncanny wisdom,” a term, coined by a Texas A&M urban planning professor, describing actions that eventually exacerbate problems they were meant to solve.
Planning, LAND students unveil La Grange post-Harvey proposals

Students craft plans to relieve La Grange flooding problems

posted June 22, 2018
As La Grange, Texas recovers from post Hurricane Harvey flooding, residents and elected officials are considering Texas A&M student proposals that address the town’s infrastructure, housing and transportation needs.
TTC, Texas Sea Grant team up to build storm resilient communities

TAMU agencies unite to help build resilient coastal communities

posted March 19, 2018
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, two Texas A&M groups have teamed up to launch the Community Resilience Collaborative, a program aimed at bolstering the resilience of the state’s coastal communities to natural hazards and at restoring their habitats and ecosystems.
Study eyes benefits of ‘green’ stormwater management

‘Green’ stormwater management eyed in Sea Grant study

posted March 19, 2018
A Texas A&M research team is investigating how coastal municipal planners can respond to increasing flood threats in rapidly growing coastal communities and build sustainable and healthy ecosystems using “green” stormwater management methods.
Former planning students elevated to AICP fellows

Former urban planning students elevated to AICP fellows

posted March 19, 2018
The myriad achievements of two former Texas A&M urban planning students have elevated them to the American Institute of Certified Planners’ College of Fellows, one of the profession’s highest honors.
Viz, planning profs represented Texas A&M at SXSW in 2018

Texas A&M at SXSW in 2018 featured planning, viz profs

posted March 2, 2018
Texas A&M at SXSW, a March 11-14, 2018 showcase of university faculty and research at South by Southwest, the annual Austin mega-event that celebrates the convergence of creative industries, will include a panel of visualization professors discussing technology.
Planning prof’s research reveals flaws in municipal hazard plans

Five-year study finds coastal communities' hazard plans lacking

posted February 16, 2018
The field of urban planning is gaining interest as cities around the world, including nearby Houston, are facing increased exposure to weather-related risks and hazards ranging from sea level rise and flooding to temperature build-up and urban heat island effect.
Planning prof presents hazard mitigation strategies in D.C.

Planning prof presents hazard mitigation ideas

posted December 11, 2017
In the nation’s capital, congressional staff and professional meterologists heard Phil Berke, professor of urban planning, present research-based strategies aimed at heightening communities’ ability to withstand and recover from natural disasters.
Senators hear of  post-Harvey housing problems from prof

Senators hear of post-Harvey housing problems from prof

posted December 7, 2017
Editor’s note: Texas lawmakers heard Shannon Van Zandt, professor of urban planning, describe the significant housing difficulties low-and moderate-income people face as they recover from devastation caused by August 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.
Study: Focused disaster plans help cities better prepare for impact of human-caused climate change

Study: Focused plans help cities prepare for climate change

posted December 5, 2017
Municipalities are more responsive to natural disaster plans that focus on a single threat, such as flooding, than they are to comprehensive resiliency strategies, according to a study evaluating how U.S. cities are adapting to the impacts of climate change.
College of Architecture faculty, students respond to hurricanes

College community responds to Harvey

posted September 20, 2017
As tens of thousands of Texans undergo a long, difficult recovery from Hurricane Harvey, numerous faculty and students initiatives at Texas A&M University are helping individuals and communities learn how to emerge from the damage and mitigate the effects of future disasters.
Brody says Houston flood risk rises as urban sprawl expands

Brody tells Guardian urban sprawl elevates Houston flood risk

posted June 28, 2017
Houston's growth has created a city at risk to devastating floods, said Sam Brody, a flood impact expert and professor of urban planning at Texas A&M, in a June 16, 2017 article in The Guardian, where he said “it’s not if, but when” a natural disaster will strike the metropolis.
Students, residents in Houston neighborhood to create plan combating polluted conditions

Students, residents in Houston to combat neighborhood toxins

posted June 22, 2017
Residents of Sunnyside, a Houston area neighborhood beset by water and air pollution and prone to flooding, will collaborate with College of Architecture students to develop plans to improve their community and create a roadmap for future growth.
Former planning student finds Houston-Galveston region more vulnerable to hurricane flooding

MUP student project reveals new Houston area flood threat

posted June 6, 2017
The Houston-Galveston region is even more vulnerable to hurricane flood damage today than it was when Hurricane Ike struck in 2008, concluded Md Yousuf Reja ’16 in his final Master of Urban Planning project.
Hazard researchers eye disaster effects on food distribution links

HRRC eying how disasters influence food distribution

posted October 11, 2016
Texas A&M University researchers are collaborating on an NSF initiative aimed at identifying links between the U.S. food distribution system and the nation’s energy, water and transportation networks that are most likely to be disrupted in a natural disaster.