UC Irvine MURP program supports Embedded Planning

Image from the UC Irvine MURP program facebook (originally posted May 28, 2019). Connect with UCI #MURP at https://www.facebook.com/UCIrvineMURP/

Among the many excellent urban planning programs in the Los Angeles region, UCI MURP has been one of the strongest supporters of advancing #EmbeddedPlanning praxis. To the students, faculty, and staff: THANK YOU!

Looking forward to growing our partnership and developing future critical planners & Embedded Planners.

Through Mutual Aid, We’re Creating a New Way to Advance Embedded Planning Praxis

We’re working on a new way to advance #EmbeddedPlanning praxis. It’s an act of mutual aid by our friends at South Central Shirt Printing.

Embedded Planning was born on the streets of Florence-Firestone in South Central Los Angeles. The founders of South Central Shirt Printing grew up in #FlorenceFirestone. We take care of each other. They help me build community power. I rep their gear at public talks. This is how we do.

Stay tuned for more on this project. Meantime, follow @south_central_shirt_printing on Instagram 👊

Thank you #SouthCentral Shirt Printing and fam 🙏

Embedded Planning in MIT master’s thesis on ADUs in Los Angeles

Embedded Planning in Hannah Diaz MCP thesis Recommendations, MIT 2019
Embedded Planning in Hannah Diaz’s MCP thesis Recommendations, MIT 2019

EmbeddedPlanning has spread into urban planning student projects. One among many examples is Hannah Diaz’s MIT master’s thesis on Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) pilot programs in Los Angeles, titled “Bidding AD(ie)U to Homelessness?”

Originally from California, Hannah wanted to write a thesis addressing the highly personal issue of homelessness back home. Affordable ADUs are part of the solution. Hannah interviewed me and several L.A. planning colleagues for this project. I shared my street-level experience with regulation and legalization of informal ADUs. I was honored to see Embedded Planning mentioned in Hannah’s Recommendations, as it implores planners to understand planning’s technocratic work from a “human perspective and weigh the effects of regulations on real, familiar lives.”


Congratulations Hannah Diaz on completing your Master in City Planning at MIT Urban Planning #MITDUSP! Onward to professional praxis 🙌


P.L.A.N workshop

New name. Same vision.

The workshop advancing #EmbeddedPlanning praxis is now called P.L.A.N.

Praxis-Led Action Network

Each word comprising the acronym reinforces the values of this ambitious project.

What is my vision? We continue Embedded Planning advocacy by expanding into new urban planning degree programs, city planning departments, and communities. New emissaries become leaders in our network; our network exponentially grows. Action, defined broadly, is our drive. We challenge planning orthodoxy. We create new knowledge. We demonstrate the value of street-level #praxis. In due time, P.L.A.N workshop expands to include other areas of critical planning informed by the original rallying cry: WE CANNOT PLAN FROM OUR DESKS.

Embedded Planning becomes a meme

You know you’ve made an impact on the culture when your work becomes a meme 😄

This meme was posted today in the Planning Peeps group on #facebook! It references the #EmbeddedPlanning rallying cry: WE CANNOT PLAN FROM OUR DESKS!

Shout out to the meme creator and colleagues who sent this over today 🙌 Please head over to Planning Peeps on fb, like the meme, and post a comment on Embedded Planning.


Michigan Urban Planning Student Affirms WE CANNOT PLAN FROM OUR DESKS


In a letter to the editor of Planning (February 2019), Michigan grad student Nadia Karizat endorsed Embedded Planning praxis.

Nadia and other future planners will lead #EmbeddedPlanning.

Things are underway.

Stay tuned . . .

Virginia Urban Planning Student to Lead Embedded Planning Efforts

Gianna Raggio Embedded Planning
Access Gianna Raggio’s op-ed on Embedded Planning at: https://medium.com/@giannamarieraggio/how-this-future-planner-will-practice-embedded-planning-1ee636da5453


In a recent op-ed, Virginia urban planning student Gianna Raggio declared that she will lead Embedded Planning praxis in her community when she’s a practitioner.

As Gianna observed:

“Once I become a planner, I don’t want to be glued to a desk. Nor should I be. In order to make a positive impact on my community, I need to be present. To be an embedded planner, I need to be constantly interacting with residents in the community in which I work. Yes, that means attending community meetings. But it also goes above that. Embedded planners should go beyond what the job requires. Be present at community events, and contribute to neighborhood relationship building. Be a familiar face in the community.”

From #LosAngeles to #Norfolk and beyond, #EmbeddedPlanning is the future.