Julia Koschinsky Talks to Emily Talen about CNU 19

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Our Urban Design and Territorial Planning Lab (LAU), together with the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University have been collaborating since 2008 on the research project: Methodology for the Regeneration of Low Density Suburban Sprawl. In order to continue this line of research, Julia Koschinsky, research director of the GeoDa Center of ASU, is currently in Barcelona working alongside the directors of the LAU-UIC on a methodology to build sustainable target models for the increase of subdivision density in the residential suburban areas of the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona.

During her stay in Barcelona to talk about our joint project, Julia Koschinsky interviewed colleague and professor Emily Talen of ASU School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, one of the guest speakers at the recently held Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Conference 19 on June 1-4 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. We wanted to share with you the recording of the video interview, in which Emily shares her thoughts on the debates around retrofitting suburbia that took place at the conference and that form a critical part of the ongoing discussion about New Urbanism’s approach to sprawl. (Thanks, Julia!)

Julia Koschinsky, Ph.D. is the Research Director of the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation. The GeoDa Center is part of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University and focuses on developing, implementing, applying, and disseminating geospatial methods. Her research is based on the application of spatial concepts, methods, and tools to understand dynamics and address problems in planning, housing, and other domains.

Emily Talen, Ph.D., AICP is a Professor in the School of Planning and the School of Geographical Sciences at Arizona State University. She holds a Ph.D. in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Ohio State University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. A forthcoming book, The Design of Diversity (Architectural Press, 2008), explores the urban design requirements of socially diverse neighborhoods in Chicago.


The annual Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading venue for new urbanist education, collaboration, and networking. CNU members come from around the world to discuss development practices and public policies, learn from recent innovative work, and advance new initiatives to transform our communities. You can find the highlights of the congress in articles and videos at the CNU 19 Liveblog and The CNU Daily Show.

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  1. […] suburbia” and “repairing sprawl” among the most popular labels, as urban planner Emily Talen explains in an interview conducted by our faculty member Julia Koschinsky last year. In our program […]

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