COVID-19 and the Future of Planning

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted how we live, work, play and move around our communities.  It also has changed how planners think about and prepare for the future, while navigating the impacts of social inequity.

Join the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network at 1 p.m. Eastern, Thursday, Aug. 13, as Petra Hurtado and Jo Peña of the American Planning Association explain how APA is using its “foresight-first approach” in times of COVID-19, what the biggest pain points and potential solutions are, and what current developments may mean for the future of the planning profession.

This will be the second offering of Planning With Purpose: A Smart Growth Network Webinar Series on Community Revitalization, hosted by the Maryland Department of Planning in coordination with the Smart Growth Network.

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Petra (Stieninger) Hurtado is the Research Director at the American Planning Association, heading APA’s research programs and foresight practice. In this role, she is responsible for expanding a future-focused research agenda and advancing current and future planning practices that assist communities in navigating change. Her areas of expertise and research include urban sustainability, smart cities, emerging technologies, nature-based solutions, and environmental psychology. Prior to joining APA, she worked as an advisor, planner, researcher, and educator in the global urban sustainability arena. She has a Ph.D. in urban planning from the Vienna University of Technology, where she teaches on urban sustainability and environmental psychology.

Jo Peña is a Research Assistant with the American Planning Association, where she with partners on sponsored research, contribute to the Planning Advisory Service, and support affiliated groups.


The views expressed by speakers in this webinar are those of the speaker and not, necessarily, of the Maryland Department of Planning or the State of Maryland.

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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm