Channel District “Walkabout” with CNU Tampa Bay 10/8 5:30 PM

Please save the date for a Channel District Walkabout hosted by CNU Tampa Bay. AICP certification maintenance credits will be offered for this educational walking tour led by Michael English of Tindale-Oliver and Associates, Michael Hatchett of the City of Tampa’s Economic and Urban Development, and Shaun Drinkard of Tampa Downtown Partnership. We will discuss the past, present, and future challenges and successes of the Channel District.

We will meet at the office of Cooper Johnson Smith for an informal talk and head out to learn about the neighborhood’s most interesting projects. Please hang around afterwards for some drinks at the Pour House.

Monday October 8th from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
The offices of Cooper Johnson Smith – 102 S. 12th Street in Tampa’s Channel District
Click here to RSVP:

Happy Hour with Sun Coast Planners + USF URP Program on Friday 9/7 at 5PM

Come join your fellow students and planners for a happy hour on Friday September 7th at 5:00 PM at New World Brewey in Ybor (1313 E. Eighth Ave). If you are looking for an internship or if you are headed to the FAPA Conference in September this is a great opportunity to make a few friends and connections.

There will be light refreshments provided by the Sun Coast Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Walkable Urbanism Tour in Sarasota on June 28

Come join Suncoast APA for a 2-hour mobile tour of award-winning infill projects in Sarasota, Florida: Citrus Square and Janie’s Garden! If you’re looking for a job or internship, this is a great opportunity to rub elbows with potential employers and fellow planners!

The tour begins at 4:00pm at the Citrus Square project (411 North Orange Avenue). On street parking is available, or you may park at City Hall (1565 1st Street) and walk two blocks north along Orange Avenue to the project site. Transportation will be provided from Citrus Square to the Janie’s Garden project site (1400 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Way) and returning to Citrus Square. The event will finish at 6:00pm, with a Happy Hour to follow (more details to come!). 2.0 Hours of CM Credit has been applied for.

The event is a joint APA/USGBC event, sponsored by the Florida House for Sustainable Development and APA Suncoast.

Cost: FREE for the first 5 students to RSVP.

To reserve your FREE spot, please send your RSVP to Stephen Benson ( as soon as possible and no later than Friday, June 22nd.

[re]stitch Urban ideas competition! April 13-14 in Downtown Tampa!

Please join us for (re)stitch TAMPA:

[re]stitch TAMPA, an international ideas competition, is coming to a close. The competition, which launched September 1st, has seen submissions from around the world that reveal the power of ecology and landscape infrastructure to redefine the interface between a city and its river. Come join us, Friday, April 13th, 2012 to celebrate the winners of [re]stitch Tampa. Festivities will begin at 3pm with lectures from our world renowned jurors at the USF CAMLS building located at 124 S. Franklin Street. including Juhani Pallasmaa, Charle Waldheim, Chris Reed, Chad Oppenheim and Margaret Crawford. A Gallery reception will follow at 5pm in the USF CAMLS lobby, upon which the winners of [re]stitch TAMPA will be announced! Keynote lecture to follow at 7:30pm in the CAMLS auditorium.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, April 13th, 2012
3:00-5:30 lectures by out of town jurors-Charles Waldheim, Chris Reed, Chad Oppenheim and Margaret Crawford in the auditorium of USF CAMLS.
5:30-6:15 Reception begins in lobby of USF CAMLS with competition panels.
Anticipated audience:community stakeholders, constituents, city officials, interested citizens, developers, students from USF, competition participants, media.
6:15-Mayor of Tampa/City officials make introductory comments

6:30-Jurors make comments and then announce winners.
Reception continues

7:30-8:30 Lecture-Juhani Pallasmaa

Saturday April 14, 2012
Location TBA in downtown Tampa near river
Community urban design workshop and presentations

9:00-12:00 Guest lecturers

-Tom Levin-ASLA designer of award-winning Florida Aquarium site design
-Green Artery-Lena Young
-Ray Chiaramonte-Hillsborough MPO

-Randy Goers- Project Manager/UP Coordinator-Community Planning Division-currently serving as the PM for the initiative to develop a master plan for Tampa’s urban core. Introduces Tampa masterplanning process.

11:00-12:00-moderated panelist discussion, distilling restitch Tampa entries and community input.
moderator: Shannon Bassett-USF SACD

Tampa-local jurors:

Ray Chiaramonte, AICP
Executive Director Hillsborough County MPO

Councilwoman Lisa Montelione, City of Tampa

Emily M. O’Mahoney, President of ASLA Florida

Laurie Potier-Brown, ASLA, AICP, City of Tampa Parks and Recreation

This Thursday at 5:00 PM: “Designing a new eco-city for China through landscape and ecology as urbanism”

Please join us for the following lecture on March 29, 2012 at 5:00-6:00 PM at the Patel Center for Global Solutions at USF:

Shannon Bassett-Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism USF School of Architecture and Community Design will be presenting:
“Designing a new eco-city for China through landscape and ecology as urbanism”

USF SACD Urban Design studio from Spring 2011 with Tianjin University School of Architecture and Urban Design in China designs a new city for the Tianjin eco-city.

A Delegation from Tianjin, China including three professors, (one vice dean) and eight students who participated in the design workshop with USF SACD students last Spring 2011 will be at the event and presenting some of the projects they are working on.

This event is sponsored by USF Research One; USF World; USF Confucius Institute; USF College of the Arts and USF School of Architecture and Community Design.

see campus map for parking location. Visitors must pick up a parking pass inside the front gate to the right.

Additional questions? Contact Dr. Shannon Bassett

Explore the new DALI Museum in downtown St. Pete with the architect, Yan Weymouth.

What: A guided tour of the new Dali Museum in Downtown St. Petersburg. The architect will guide us through the building he designed to house some of the most fascinating and bizarre pieces of art ever created. A small reception with refreshments will be served following the tour. This is a Sun Coast Florida APA section event.
When: Wednesday November 30, 2011 at 4:00 PM – The Dali Museum, One Dali Boulelvard, Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Cost: Free for the first five students. RSVP REQUIRED: E-mail Debra Hempel ( and Stephen Benson ( Cost for non-students is $10.

Urban & Regional Planning Program Annual Orientation 2011

Monday September 26, 2011
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
NES 222 – USF Tampa Campus

Come welcome new students to the Urban & Regional Planning Program. We’ll introduce the program faculty, hear a few words from our first graduate, mingle with current students, hear about the program and enjoy light refreshments. If you have any questions about the URP Orientation, feel free to contact Stephen Benson or Kevin McCarthy. We look forward to seeing you there!

Bridging the Bay on September 25th: A day at the ballpark with the built environment innovators of Tampa Bay

Join the Urban Charrette, the USF Urban and Regional Planning Program and the USF Student Planning Association for a day of fun and relaxation at the 25 September Rays game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. Come out early and enjoy batting practice and mingle with friends as we discuss the art of the safety squeeze and the beauty of public spaces within our cities!

Who should come?
Anyone who loves baseball, enjoys cities, and wants to live in a more connected region. We are inviting friends of the Urban Charrette, professional organizations such as the APA, the AIA, ULI and others, The USF Geography Dept. , School of Architecture and involved citizen’s of our region. So In other words, YOU.

Ticket information:
The Tampa Bay Rays have offered us the Baseline BOX and exclusive access to BAR 410 before the Game. Join us early to watch Batting practice and congregate with fellow Urban Design Innovators. Tickets are $27 dollars and include access to Bar 410 (an outfield Bar with a view of the stadium) and Baseline Box seats.

Click this link to purchase Tickets through the Urban Charrette PayPal portal. (You must purchase your tickets through this link to ensure access to Bar 410 and the reserved group seats).

Purchase Tickets here:

You will receive Email confirmation from the Urban Charrette and your tickets will be available for pick up at will call prior to the Game.