Community Planning, Policy and Design at the College of Charleston

Producing community builders & placemakers by progressive traditional design making it more cultural It is innovative in many ways. Riley, Jr.

Empowering graduates to become community builders and placemakers Pushing traditional design forward by making it more culturally diverse, socially inclusive, sustainable and beautiful
Learn the lessons of Charleston, for the benefit of the world. SPECIALIZED GENERALISTS
The College of Charleston proudly offers a unique urban design MA degree program in Community Planning, Policy, and Design (CPAD

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CPAD second years final sustainable design studio Crette

South Carolina's low-wealth communities begin disaster relief training 07/12/2021

Our own graduate Ernest Clifford Muhammad continuing to do great work for Charleston!

South Carolina's low-wealth communities begin disaster relief training The trainings, modeled after mutual-aid sessions done in the Philippines, are the first of their kind in United States, said Omar Muhammad, executive director for the Lowcountry Alliance for Model

Photos from Melissa & Chris Bruntlett's post 04/29/2021

Applications Still being accepted through July for Entrance in August 2021.

We have a couple spaces left. Please go here to learn more about CPAD:


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This week’s guest:
Dr. R. Grant Gilmore III

Director, Historic Preservation and Community Planning BA Program at the College of Charleston Director, Community Planning, Policy and Design MA Program at the College of Charleston
Cofounder of the Center for the Study of Slavery at the College of Charleston

ETV representative and President 4 Mile Community Association Carla Gregg - Black History event


Do you want to change the community you live in through better design and an understanding of policy and planning issues? Then apply to our MA in Community Planning, Policy and Design!

No design experience is necessary. Apply to the College of Charleston graduate school here:


The rise of the carbon-negative building

Great article presenting the facts on Attention turns to building materials for better CO2 storage


One home, a lifetime of impact

In 1936, Tai Christensen’s great-grandmother, a housekeeper and widow in North Carolina with four sons, saved up $500 and bought a house at age 35. That decision, which changed the trajectory of her family’s finances for generations to come, wasn’t easy for a black woman facing racist housing policies. Mary Pherribo and her late husband, George Pherribo, were both born to parents who had been enslaved. Homeownership rates of black people lag behind whites’ rates, impacting their ability to build generational wealth. In the first quarter of 2020, 44 percent of black families owned their home, compared with 73.7 percent of white families, according to the Census Bureau.


Bike mayor sees ‘golden opportunity for cycling’

If only... Coventry's cycling champion is hoping to lead a pedalling revolution in the city.


Analysis | Black families pay significantly higher property taxes than white families, new analysis shows

Yet another reason for reform in our urban landscapes. can teach you how. As black Americans are leading protests against police violence in the United States, a new study shows they pay a disproportionate amount of the property taxes that help fund local police.


Community Planning, Policy, and Design - College of Charleston

The Master of Arts in Community Planning, Policy, and Design* (CPAD) degree program addresses the many dimensions of community building. Its innovative curriculum is designed to empower graduates to develop "progressive traditional" urban design skills while gaining knowledge of public policy, real estate economics, and practical transportation/land-use planning. The focus of the program is on the growing intersection of these skills and knowledge in today’s vibrant and increasingly complex development environment.

Visit our website to apply!


College of Charleston

Congratulations CPAD Graduates!

Here’s to the Class of 2020 – best wishes on all your exciting future endeavors!


Don’t Close Parks. Open Up Streets.

The Streets were made for walking.... Give people the public space they need right now.


Ride Ride Ride

Mobility benefits economy.
After ensuring bike shops were listed as "essential businesses," we have continued to elevate the conversation of mobility as essential. During this period of transition, it is vital that businesses are supported while they navigate opening safely. In service of that, our public spaces must accommodate the needs of our community -- social distance for people to move + to work.
Simple adjustments, such as these, can go a long way: convert metered + surface parking into placed for outdoor dining, greenspace + retail; widen sidewalks; + open underutilized lanes for bike travel. We've had very positive conversations with business leaders, , + City of Charleston staff + elected officials, + hope to see some of these recommendations put into place.
As we continue advocating for your safety, freedom of movement + our local businesses, we ask that you support us! Our is in full swing, + every dollar raised -- up to $25k -- is matched, thanks to the Pathfinder Foundation. Please give today to keep us on a connected path!


Construction Causes Major Pollution. Here's How We Can Build Better.

is The industry is four times more polluting than air travel. Making it more sustainable is critical to protecting our health and the climate.


How Norway Convinced Drivers to Switch to Electric Cars

Incentives always work to implement policy and especially behavior changes/challenges Nearly half of new cars sold in Norway are electric. Here’s how the country got miles ahead of the rest of the world.


Happy 350th Birthday to the City of !


CofC Professors Making Masks for Medical University

"If you had told professor R. Grant Gilmore III two months ago that he would soon be spending a good deal of his time 3D printing masks for healthcare workers, he’d likely have been speechless. As the director of the College of Charleston’s Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program and the Community Planning, Policy and Design Program in the graduate school, Gilmore’s expertise isn’t in the development of medical equipment – it’s in historic preservation, architecture and community planning. But, as it turns out, a 3D printer is just as good at making masks as it is models of historic buildings." If you had told Professor R. Grant Gilmore III two months ago that he would soon be spending a good deal of his time 3D printing masks for healthcare workers, he’d likely have been speechless. As the director of the College's Historic Preservation and Community Plannin...


Alumnus, Ken Marolda (CPAD class of May '19), was recently appointed to the West Ashley Revitalization Commission (WARC)! Congratulations Ken!


President Hsu to Students: 'Stay Positive, Be Kind'

Your CPAD faculty and staff are here for you!

"Although we may not be with you in person, everyone at the College is still working to make your educational experience as best as it can be. Remember, wherever you may be, stay positive, be kind and be patient with one another." College of Charleston President Andrew T. Hsu sent the following message to students on March 22, 2020: Dear Students: Tomorrow, Monday, March 23, marks the first day of our online coursework for the rest of the spring semester. I know the e-learning environment is a huge departure from what we expe...


Interested in pursuing a Graduate Degree? Come over to Cougar Mall to learn more about our CPAD program! We’ll be here until 1:00pm!


Wonderful presentations from our Graduate students showing off their design skills!


College of Charleston

Research just got a little more sustainable at Addlestone Library with the help of the student club Alliance for Planet Earth.


The Simons Medal of Honor Award Event that was to happen this Friday the 21st is postponed due to a family emergency from our speaker. Thank you to everyone who was going to attend, we will keep you all updated on our new date!


Friends of the Lowcountry Lowline

LowcountryLowline will be one of the greatest assets for our Community Planning, Policy and Design at the College of Charlestonis looking forward to in many ways

Yesterday was a great day. We presented our conceptual study to the City Council Recreation committee and received positive feedback. Be on the lookout for public meetings in March and April. We are eager to hear your feedback and to get started making this park a reality. Let's do this together.


Come see Michèle Gates Moresi next Tuesday, February 18th at 6pm in the Simons Center for the Arts, room 309.
Moresi is the Supervisory Museum Curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.


HPCP Student Emilie Crossan helping out at the Student Academic Fair today for Honors Students.


Charleston leaders assessing city's needs for new 5-year affordable housing plan

Charleston leaders are assessing the city's needs for a new 5-year affordable housing plan. The general public is invited to take part in the survey that identifies what the community needs and wants. What are your thoughts? Click the link to give your input! Charleston is embarking on a new five-year affordable housing plan. The city’s current plan to address affordable housing is coming to an end. Now, local leaders are assessing the city's needs for the next five years. In order to do that, the city needs the community’s input. It’s....


CofC Day Celebrates Traditions, Sets Stage for Transformation

CofC Day, the College of Charleston's first-ever 24-hour day of giving, was a record-setting day for engagement and philanthropy.
CofC Day, a 24-hour day of giving at the College of Charleston, was a a record-setting day for engagement and philanthropy. CofC Day, a 24-hour day of giving at the College of Charleston, was a a record-setting day for engagement and philanthropy.

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