Society for International Planning & Public Policy

The SIPPP goal is to bring together those who share an interest in the enrichment of our international community, through the promotion of diversity, professional and educational development, global learning opportunities and discussion in the field of urban planning and policy.

Storm Surges, Disaster Planning, and Vulnerable Populations at the Urban Periphery: Imagining a Resilient New York after Superstorm Sandy

Article Download: In the aftermath of Sandy, the destructive superstorm that had a devastating impact in New York City and other parts of the Northeastern U.S. in 2012, ideas and data proliferate about how coastal cities, such as New York, can pursue strategies of resilience to help withstand the next weather-related onslaught. This article argues that whether the city in fact acts resiliently must take into account the extent to which its proposals respond to the needs of vulnerable people housed along its coastline.

- Andrea L. McArdle, CUNY School of Law

Free Download - Urban Energy, Climate Resilient and Sustainable Development: An Integrative Dynamism for Planning Perspectives of Mega Cities, India

Climate change is widely recognized as the most serious environmental threat facing mankind and has diverse local, regional and global consequences. Among the most significant environmental challenges of our time are global climate change, excessive fossil fuel dependency and the growing demand for urban energy, are being the major challenges of 21st century and one of the greatest problems facing humanity.

Article - Unrest in Egypt: Political Challenges to Economic Stabilization

Read the Brookings Institution Article on Political Challenges to Economic Stabilization in Egypt and how the current political turmoil—following the November 22nd constitutional decree that gave the president powers over the judiciary—will probably make implementation of an agreed IMF program more challenging

Article - Global Cities are Coastal Cities Too: Paradox in Sustainability?

HermanL. Boschken,San Jose State University - Donald and Sally Lucas Graduate School of Business(October 31, 2012)

Worldwide, most global cities are located in coastal zones, but a paradox of sustainability is especially striking for American global cities. This article examines such paradox drawn between globalization-induced development and coastal ecosystems. It focuses on two developmental components found principally in global cities: (1) the agglomeration of foreign waterborne commerce and global business services and (2) the accelerated activity and mobility habits of a global professional class. Despite formidable gaps in research, some anecdotal evidence suggests unique hazards exist for the coastal ecology as globalization pressures expand a global city’s urban footprint. 

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UN-HABITAT: Urban Planning for City Leaders

UN-HABITAT has launched Urban Planning for City Leaders to provide local leaders with tools for urban planning good practice. This report is a valuable source of information, inspiration and ideas on urban planning that is designed for city leaders and decision makers at a critical moment in human history. (2012)

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Paper: Risk, Resilience and the 'Knowledge City'

Huston, Simon Hugh and Warren, Clive, Risk, Resilience and the ‘Knowledge City’ (May 14, 2012).

The ‘knowledge city’ (‘KC’) enriches regional development with institutional and environmental domains. Its competitors in the new-economy regeneration discourse include the ‘creative’, ‘green’, ‘intelligent’ and ‘smart’ cities.This paper investigates the KC resilience claim, noting conceptual ambiguity, statistical issues and spatial concerns. Preliminary findings suggest that knowledge-city score, however imperfect, does confer some post-GFC economic resilience but no more than a burgeoning middle class.

In this first installment of a series of videos showcasing integrated development in Tanzania, Sean Peoples takes a look at the BALANCED Project’s efforts to combine sustainable livelihood generation, natural resource conservation, and empowerment of women through the provision of clean cookstoves.

Mobile Borders in Urban Daily Mobility Practices in Santiago de Chile


In cities today, the possibility of being confined is not only applicable to fixed areas, like work or home, but it may also occur while moving. This is because high levels of mobility, long distances, and extended hours of daily travel, along with monotonous and difficult mobility experiences may lead some to “miss” the city, in a tunnel-like manner. In the context of urban daily mobility practices, this paper argues that although the possibility for expanding places by daily mobility exists, increasingly urban experiences in cities like Santiago de Chile, involve a simultaneous tunneling or confining effect, reducing the possibilities of encounter and interaction, which are the essence of urban experience. Using an ethnographic approach to urban daily mobility practices in Santiago de Chile, this paper discusses how mobility relates to place making and to urban inequality and then analyzes the way place enlargement and confinement occur.

(Source: textbookmaneuver, via urbanplannerholic)

Envision Tomorrow: Free GIS-based Software Package

Envision Tomorrow puts powerful tools in planners’ hands to design and test land use and transportation decisions. The Envision Tomorrow GIS-based software package can help your city or region examine possibilities at a range of scales. Whether considering how to maximize growth around transit or identify development and redevelopment priorities, Envision Tomorrow provides planners with an easy-to-use, analytical decision making tool.

Global Development Podcast: Nairobi, Kenya

A Global Development Podcast: What’s the key to good urban planning?
More people live in cities than ever before. How can we ensure urban spaces are able to accommodate changing populations and cope with a climate in flux? To help answer these questions, this podcast takes look at Nairobi, Kenya.
(September 2012)

City Strength in Times of Turbulance: Strategic Resilience Indicators

A very salient article as major urban centers across the east coast of the United States recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
- This paper identifies strategic resilience indicators for cities and analyzes  four  vectors  which  are  distinct  and  interdependent: urban  metabolism, social dynamics,  the environment and network governance.
- A Definition of Resilience is the ability for a system to recover or adjust to misfortune or change.

FRAGSTATS: Spatial Pattern Analysis Program for Categorical Maps

FRAGSTATS is a computer software program designed to compute a wide variety of landscape metrics for categorical map patterns. The program was upgraded to accommodate ArcGIS10 (version 3.4). The latest release (version 4) reflects a major revamping of the software, with a completely redesigned architecture intended to support the addition of cell-level metrics and surface pattern metrics, among other things. The purpose of this web site is to facilitate dissemination of the software and to facilitate communication among FRAGSTATS users.