Community Planning, Policy and Design at the College of Charleston

Producing community builders & placemakers by progressive traditional design making it more culturally diverse, socially inclusive, sustainable & beautiful

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). It is innovative in many ways. First, CPAD blends architecture and urban design studio courses with classes in public policy, infrastructure planning, architectural history and real estate. This interdisciplinary curriculum empowers graduates to succeed as skilled practitioners in today’s complex development field. They become valuable contributors to any given development company, city government or design firm precisely because they are capable of serving any and all of the above. In short, CPAD graduates are trained to speak the language of law, know the realities of business, and wield the design skills needed to create and enhance inclusive, sustainable, beautiful places. CPAD CURRICULUM SEMESTER ONE CPAD 605 Drawing Charleston CPAD 615 Introduction to Urban Design (studio course) ARTH 565 The City as a Work of Art SEMESTER TWO PUBA 611 Urban Policy CPAD 619 Architectural Design (studio course) ARTH 535 American Architecture SUMMER CPAD 790 Independent Urban Design Field Study (online course) SEMESTER THREE PUBA 617 Urban Transportation: Problems and Prospects CPAD 860 Sustainable Design and Adaptive Reuse (studio course) CPAD 631 Introduction to Real Estate SEMESTER FOUR CPAD 895 Urban Design Graduate Thesis (studio course) ELECTIVES Two electives are also required. These can be selected from CPAD special topics courses or approved PUBA urban planning courses. PROGRESSIVELY BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFULLY PROGRESSIVE The placemaking skills of our students are strengthened by the second unique feature of the CPAD program: its “progressive traditional” design ethos. Most design schools around the world teach modern architecture; a few tolerate classicism, but only a handful actively promote traditional design. CPAD is counted among the latter, but with a unique and important twist: our students are taught to understand and appreciate traditional design from a global, pluralistic perspective. They know how to draw upon the specific forms and details of local sites, but they are also capable of thoughtfully engaging with any and all traditions when crafting architecture and urbanism to serve diverse populations. Furthermore, our students are encouraged to engage with modern ideas, materials and aesthetic innovations, to aid them in their quest to make places that are beautiful by classical standards but successful and sustainable by any standard. PLURALISTIC PLACEMAKING At the core of the progressive traditional philosophy of CPAD is a conviction that all cultures in every part of the globe have made valuable contributions to the realm of design. We celebrate the ennobling truth that all human beings are bound together by abundant commonalities, many of which have been elegantly etched in the history of architecture. We also acknowledge the present and growing need for people to work together and use every tool in the box—whether old or new, and no matter where it was invented—to build a more functional, resilient and delightful world. THE PERFECT CLASSROOM Charleston is one of the best places on the planet to teach good, walkable, mixed-use urban design, and our historic downtown campus puts students right in the heart of the action. The subtropical city’s world-renowned historic center grew out of the colonial confluence of European, Caribbean and West African crafts and aesthetics, creating a city that is powerfully diverse in both heritage and population. As a popular coastal city, it is also on the front lines of many pressing global issues, including gentrification and sea level rise. Real improvement was made in the social, economic and physical fabric of Charleston during the four decades of innovative and inclusive governance by the famous Mayor Joe Riley, whose legacy and support is part of CPAD’s foundation. Much work remains to be done, however, here as elsewhere. The College of Charleston is launching the new program in Community Planning, Policy, and Design to empower graduates become the professional urbanists that cities and companies require. A HOST OF OPPORTUNITIES A deep engagement with the major components of modern public policy via the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities A broad commitment to the issues of sustainability and resilience A unique “progressive traditional” design ethos drawing upon the vibrant, multicultural classical architecture of Charleston A dedication to incorporating the economic realities of urban development into design education Engagement with leading voices in the design field; past guest lecturers and critics have included David M. Schwarz, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Peter Pennoyer, Andres Duany, Robert A.M. Stern and others A choice of electives dedicated to contemporary issues, such as ameliorating the social costs of gentrification, or designing neighborhoods for automated vehicles Internship opportunities with the City of Charleston and a large number of world-class design and development firms

Mission: The College of Charleston proudly offers a unique urban design MA degree program in Community Planning, Policy, and Design (CPAD). It is innovative in many ways. First, CPAD blends architecture and urban design studio courses with classes in public policy, infrastructure planning, architectural history and real estate. This interdisciplinary curriculum empowers graduates to succeed as skilled practitioners in today’s complex development field. They become valuable contributors to any given development company, city government or design firm precisely because they are capable of serving any and all of the above. In short, CPAD graduates are trained to speak the language of law, know the realities of business, and wield the design skills needed to create and enhance inclusive, sustainable, beautiful places.

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

#concrete is #evil

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

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How Norway Convinced Drivers to Switch to Electric Cars

Incentives always work to implement policy and especially behavior changes/challenges

nextcity.org 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 #Charleston!

today.cofc.edu

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."

today.cofc.edu https://youtu.be/NL8k3BOWyEA 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...

[04/07/20]   Explore the College of Charleston from the comfort of your home through the Virtual Visitor Center. Register for advising sessions, chat with deans, tour the campus and more!

http://http://admissions.cofc.edu/virtual-visit/index.php

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

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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."

today.cofc.edu 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!

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

[02/18/20]   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 Community Planning, Policy and Design at the College of Charlestonis looking forward to #helping 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.

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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!

abcnews4.com 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....

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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.

today.cofc.edu CofC Day, a 24-hour day of giving at the College of Charleston, was a a record-setting day for engagement and philanthropy.

[02/04/20]   This event is postponed due to a family emergency from our speaker. We will keep you all updated on our new date!

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The audacious effort to reforest the planet

The single easiest option....

washingtonpost.com Trees suck Earth-warming carbon out of the atmosphere far more efficiently than any machine.

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The case for ... never demolishing another building

#climatechange #mitigations #traditionalarchitecture #reuse

CPAD teaches this everyday.

theguardian.com The construction industry is wasteful and creates huge CO2 emissions. But what if new buildings had to be adapted and resused or built only with materials already available?

[12/05/19]   Go Proterra Inc. in Charleston County Government #mobility #allelectric

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Lake Nona gets $20 million federal grant for driverless bus system, other improvements

We are working on a similar effort with Daniel Island, SC Check this space in the Spring! #mobility #mobilityfutures GoBeep

orlandosentinel.com The grants to the Orange County Local Alternative Mobility Network Project at Lake Nona will create designated lanes for the already existing autonomous shuttle system that kicked off in September.

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Charleston awarded $18.1 million for new Ashley River bike-pedestrian bridge

Wonderful news!!

postandcourier.com The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Charleston an $18.1 million BUILD grant for a stand-alone bicycle and pedestrian bridge that would be built just south of the twin U.S.

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College of Charleston Grad Student Building More Than Just Her Resume

“I initially wanted to gain more knowledge in technical drafting because it’s the earliest form of design developments and it will never fail,” she says. “This program has taught me more than design elements, it provided me with life lessons personally and professionally.” The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.

today.cofc.edu T'Leya Walker, a student in the College of Charleston's Community, Planning, Policy, and Design graduate program, spent the summer studying architecture at the prestigious Engelsberg School in Sweden.

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New Bill Would Tie Federal Transit Funding to Housing Production

incentivized great development is the only way forward.

nextcity.org The Build More Housing Near Transit Act, introduced by Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA 52), would tie federal transit funding to opportunities to build moderate-income housing near new rail and bus rapid transit projects.

Hope everyone is as prepared for this as possible

This potential surge map, courtesy of Jared Bramblett, paints a shocking picture of what we can expect Dorian to bring our way. It does NOT take into account rainfall amounts, only surge. We are praying for everyone's safety as we navigate yet another severe weather event and keeping those already affected in our thoughts and prayers. Stay safe Lowcountry.

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Daily ferry service from Daniel Island to the Charleston peninsula coming soon

The auto-reliant Charleston area has made little use of its abundant waterways to transport people, but population growth and crowded highways have paved the way for a passenger ferry service that’s expected to begin in October. Charleston Moves

postandcourier.com Regular ferry service between Daniel Island and the Charleston peninsula is expected to start running in October.

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Commentary: Charleston needs common-sense transportation policy, not wider roads

CPAD instructor Vince Graham says "Roads are widened at tremendous cost to the many for the enrichment of a privileged few."

postandcourier.com “I do know that we need wider roads, but give us a break.”

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Architect Alejandro Aravena receives 2019 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development

"One of Alejandro's greatest accomplishments is the process in which he's connected architecture and working with communities, taking care to include people's ideas on how to make a better environment to improve all parts of the community. He doesn't just draw solutions, he strives (for his work) to be part of the solution."

archinect.com The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on education and research initiatives supporting responsible land use and sustainability practices. This year the J.C. Nichols Prize has been awarded to Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena.  In a recent press release ULI...

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As Floods Keep Coming, Cities Pay Residents to Move

David Maurstad, who heads the National Flood Insurance Program, said buyouts were the most permanent way to mitigate against future flood hazards. “Rebuilding out of harm’s way can help avoid future devastation in a way that flood insurance cannot,” he said.

nytimes.com The United States spends more on helping people rebuild after disasters than preventing problems. Nashville is leading an effort to change that by helping people move out of flood zones.

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Utsågs till fulaste staden – nu ska arkitekter från hela världen försköna Borlänge

CPAD student T’Leya Walker was accepted with FULL funding into the Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture, a four-week intensive program taught by leading practitioners and academics of modern classical architecture. Here she is in action! Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture

dt.se Som pris för att ha utsetts till Sveriges fulaste stad ska arkitektstudenter från hela världen...

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Looking at the changing American city through its ballparks

From the utilitarian beauty of early 20th-century ballparks like Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park—each nestled into its respective neighborhood—to the doughnut-shaped, concrete structures that sprouted in suburbia after World War II, baseball’s growth has neatly paralleled the rise, fall, and rise again of U.S. cities.

curbed.com A new book by critic Paul Goldberger traces how baseball and stadium design reflect our changing opinions of cities.

Charleston Moves

Is that Mrs. Professor Gilmore I see there at this rally?

“Officials from Charleston County Council and Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority committed Monday to support CAJM’s Fair Fares Plan which calls on CARTA to release limits on senior discount passes, eliminate transfer fees and create a weekly low income pass for local riders.

Currently, 15,000 people ride CARTA buses each day with 13,200 either walking and biking to a CARTA stop and most riders earn less than $30,000 a year, according to the ministry. Riders rely on routes that run on average, every 60 minutes.

CARTA also has senior citizen discount passes, but the passes can’t be used during peak hours.

....In addition to supporting the Fair Fares Plan, CARTA Board of Director Member Dwayne Green, James Lewis and Charleston County Council chairman Vic Rawl committed to working with CAJM to increase frequency and extended hours on specific routes along the Northbridge, Dorchester Road and Ashley Phosphate where riders wait extended amounts of time for buses.”

Congratulations to CPAD grad student T'Leya Walker who was accepted into The Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture in Sweden! BEVAN & LIBERATOS The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.

Congratulations to our graduates! The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.

bbc.com

How hydrogen is transforming these tiny Scottish islands

Progressive people. Living on islands highlights problems and needs like no other environment or community. Go live on one for a while to find a new perspective on the environment both built and natural.

bbc.com Scotland’s Orkney islands produce more clean energy than their inhabitants can use. Their next step? Hydrogen. Here’s why that matters – and what the rest of the world could learn.

CPAD grad student Ken Marolda in Cuba with Prof. Walker's "Urbanism without Capitalism in Historic Cuba" spring break trip. College of Charleston - School of the Arts

CPAD students Ken Marolda and Ali Heath with Professor Walker in Cuba! The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.

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What Happens When Kids Help Design Our Cities

Kids living in Cities? Designed for them by them? How much better can we get? Much better. Thanks Growing Up Boulder and @jillsuttie

greatergood.berkeley.edu An innovative program in Colorado incorporates children’s ideas into city planning for friendlier, greener, and more inclusive spaces.

Historic Preservation & Community Planning at College of Charleston

"I used to draw maps of cities for fun. I had no idea it was an actual career," said Nicole Payne, now a program official for the National Assn. of City Transportation Officials in New York City. SimCity

CPAD students Ali Heath and Samantha Martin at the Seaside Conference in Florida. Seaside Institute The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.

CPAD students Anne Tyler Howell, Ali Heath, Edgar Sada, and T'leya Walker on a walking tour downtown with Professor Walker's American Architecture class. The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.

CPAD student's presentations for their Urban Design Thesis class with Bevan & Liberatos Jenny Bevan The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.

American Architecture with Professor Walker #CPAD students explore downtown Charleston (rain or shine!)

CPAD students on a "Field Trip" downtown (Cannonborough-Elliotborough) with Professor Walker.

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252-room hotel, one of city's largest, approved for Charleston School of Law site

Katherine Saunders Pemberton, the manager of research and education at the Historic Charleston Foundation, submitted a letter of concern to the city opposing the proposed hotel.....

postandcourier.com A new full-service hotel is coming to Meeting Street. And according to the city board which voted to approve the project, there was nothing in the city's code to stop

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