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.
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 👊
#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 🙌
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.
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.