Past News and Events

Carie Penabad, Chris Mader, Adib Cure, "Mapping Informal Cities" - Monday, Sept 29th, 2014 @ 6.00-7.00 P.M., Jewell and Stanley Glasgow Hall, School of Architecture  View Flyer

Professor Petra Doan, Florida State University, "The Demise of Queer Space?  The Role of Planning in Atlanta's LGBT Spaces" - Friday, Oct 24th, 2014 @ 3pm, Otto Richter Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room View Flyer

Dr. Shouraseni Sen Roy's research on urban climate change is reported on in the latest IPPC report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability  View report

Professor Ed Soja, University of California, Los Angeles, "My Los Angeles: From Urban Restructuring to Regional Urbanization" - Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 @ 2pm, 250 Campo Sano  View Flyer

Professor Padraig Carmody, Trinity College Dublin, ICTs and Cities in Africa - April 4th @ 2pm, 250 Campo Sano View Flyer

Geography Distinguished Speaker: Karen Seto - Nov. 8th   View Flyer

New paper on Juba, South Sudan   View Paper

"Cities 2030" Conference Brochure   View Flyer

Urban Health Colloquium - Friday Oct. 12th   View Flyer

Study Abroad and Service Learning in South Africa   View Flyer

New Program Under Development U-CAPE TOWN, Spring 2013   View Flyer

Urban Studies & School of Communications "Media and NGO Training Workshop," Johannesburg, South Africa, sponsored by the Arsht Research on Ethics and Community Grants, University of Miami   View Flyer

Dr. Oteng-Ababio, Coordinator of the Urban Disaster Risk Reduction Program at University of Ghana, Legon will speak on "Climate Change and African Cities: Reality or Rhetoric?", Tuesday February 21st at 5pm in the Whitten Learning Center, Room 180.   View Flyer

Elliott Sclar, Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University will talk about "The Challenge of Sustainable Urbanism in the 21st Century City: Urban Mobility and Urban Access" on Tuesday Feb 28th at 4.30pm in the Glasgow Hall, School of Architecture.   View Flyer

Leading obesity urban researcher, James Sallis, Distinguished Professor of Family & Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego "Creating Activity-Friendly Communities: What Can You Do?" - Tuesday, February 7, 2012 9:30am-10:15 a.m. in the Glasgow Hall, Jorge Perez Architecture Center   View Flyer

This year's distinguished speaker Professor Jennifer Robinson of University College London, "Traces of Elsewhere: Arriving at Urban Policy/Urban Theory" - Thursday, February 23 at 5:00 PM in the School of Communication, Room 2055   View Flyer

Canstruction Charity Event on Friday, Nov. 18th 12-2:30pm

New Arch course for spring 2011 "Off the Map: Learning from Informal Cities in Latin America." Dr. Cure, Architecture

Study on location in South Africa, summer session II, 2012.GEG 511/REL 406 (spend 35 days based at Stellenbosch University)

Friday, September 2 8 pm: Jan Nijman, Miami: Mistress of the Americas, Books and Books, Coral Gables

Sixth Annual Undergraduate Paper Award (2011): Ms. Kristin Tedford, "History Repeats Itself: A comparison of the real estate booms in the 1920's versus the 2000's in the city of Miami." — View Paper

Sixth Annual Graduate Paper Award (2011): Mr. Tom Clery, "Marketing the Tropical Playground: Issues of Exclusion and Development in Miami's Imagery." — View Paper

 Miami: Mistress of the Americas
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011

"… a most insightful book on Miami as the ultimate pan-American metropolis, highly transient and postmodern. … Essential reading for anyone curious about enigmatic, evolving, Miami."
Maurice Ferre, Mayor of the City of Miami 1973-1985.

"… an exemplary study of urban history. Nijman captures the intriguing character of a city destined to be forever between two worlds… Miami: Mistress of the Americas tells the story superbly and suggests that Miami's experience may well be a harbinger of America's future."
Alejandro Portes, co-author of City on the Edge: The Transformation of Miami.

New course in Spring 2011: ENG 395 Latino/a Metropolis — View Flyer

Urban Studies Lecture Series: Michael Smith, Professor of Anthropology, Arizona State University, “Aztec Cities: Civic Architecture, Housing, and Public Order.” February 15, 2011, 5 pm. Venue TBA.

The 2010 Award for for Best Graduate Student Paper on Miami goes to Mr. Luke Drake for his paper on “Community Gardens in Miami.” Mr. Drake is graduating May 2010 with a MA in Geography. The Award is given by the Board of the Urban Studies Program and comes with a prize of $500. View paper 

2010 Competition for Best Student Paper on Miami -- $$$ prizes!! View Flyer 

URB Summer Course 2010: Service Learning in Africa. View flyer 

The 2009 Award for Best Graduate Student Paper on Miami goes to Ms. Karla Turcios for her paper on “Is Gentrification Anti-Sprawl?" Ms. Turcios is graduating with Masters in Fine Arts in May of 2009. The award comes with a prize of $500. View paper 

The 2009 Award for Best Undergraduate Student Paper on Miami goes to Mr. Joseph Weitzer for his paper on “"Aquaculture and its Impact on South Florida". Mr. Weitzer is graduating in May 2009 with a BA in History. The award comes with a prize of $300. View paper 

“Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami.” Exhibition at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, until January 24, 2010. View link

Undergraduate students join urban research projects 
in Mumbai and Johannesburg.
This summer, Daniel Bell and Zachary Woodward will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, and Mumbai, India. They will join the NSF-funded research project of professors Richard Grant and Jan Nijman that investigates the role of slums in the urban economy. Bell and Woodward, both Photography double-majors, are funded with REU support, a special NSF program that finances a Research Experience for Undergraduates. Their assignment is to develop a portfolio of photographs of the Dharavi and Klipspruit slums in the two cities. Some of their work will be online later this year.

A new summer course is offered on-site in South Africa. 
See flyer  for more details.

Interama: Miami and Pan-American Dream - Exhibition at the Historical Museum of South Florida. View site

Fourth annual paper contest on MIAMI, deadline May 1. $$$$$ prizes 
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The 2008 Award for Best Student Paper on Miami goes to Ms. Iselle Delgado (Architecture) for her paper on "The American Dream and Architecture in South Florida". The Annual Award comes with a $300 prize and is juried by the Steering Committee of the Urban Studies Program.

February 27: A Lecture by Dr. Will Graf on "Science, Policy, and Politics of Everglades Restoration." View flyer 

Spring 2009 Intersession Course in Greece View flyer 

YouTube video featuring Miami, UM, and a Chevy - 1950s. Watch video

"Promises of Paradise: Staging Mid-Century Miami." The Bass Museum on Miami Beach features a new exhibition on Miami's Architecture and Urbanism, starting December 5, 2007

Waterfront Design Exhibition and Symposium, September 24-November 7 
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November 3: A public lecture by Robert C. Kloosterman on "Architecture as Cultural Industy: The Case of Rotterdam." View flyer 

October 29: Public lecture by Anko van der Woude about the colonial architecture of the Dutch Caribbean. View flyer 

The Urban Studies Speaker Series, in collaboration with the Department of Geography and the School of Architecture, presents a lecture by Sako Musterd on "Social and Ethnic Segregation in European Cities." Sako Musterd is Professor of Social and Urban Geography at the University of Amsterdam. Thursday, February 14, 2008, 6:00 pm, Glasgow Hall, School of Architecture, University of Miami. 
View flyer  for more details.

Urban Studies sponsors Symposium on Central American Gangs, February 19, 9:30 am - noon, Cosford Cinema, UM Campus.
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The Urban Studies Speaker Series, in collaboration with the School of Architecture, presents a lecture by Saskia Sassen on "Reassembling the City." Saskia Sassen is the Helen and Robert Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. Thursday, February 7, 2008, 6:00 pm, Glasgow Hall, School of Architecture, University of Miami. View flyer  for more details.

UM professors receive collaborative research grant on Mumbai and Johannesburg: Professor Richard Grant and Jan Nijman have received a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation for research on labor and economic activities in the slums of Mumbai, India, and Johannesburg, South Africa. Their's will be a comparative study of the impact of economic globalization on slum dwellers and the effects of slum removals on the urban economy. The NSF grant was made possible with a seed grant from the Urban Studies Program.