Free City Planning Curriculum From the American Planning Association

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American Planning Association
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Urban planner Daniel Hewes recently attained his MS from Columbia University, where he focused on disaster planning in cities. Alongside his studies, Daniel Hewes joined and maintains a membership with the American Planning Association (APA).

The American Planning Association represents a network of 38,000 dedicated city planners, designers, and affiliated professionals. The organization works to improve American cities, using research and technology to make them safer, greener, and more livable.

The APA also provides a wealth of resources for teachers. It maintains a library of free curriculum in order to help educate the next generation of city planners and urban designers. One of these free resources is Metropolis, a multidisciplinary unit of study created by a third grade teacher. Metropolis teaches children about the fundamental parts of a city, and helps them understand how everything works together as a system. The curriculum includes relevant issues in health, art, and social sciences, allowing children to apply all of their learning to the study of communities.

Columbia Alumni Association Invited Members to Tour of the Met

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Columbia Alumni Association
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During his time in graduate school at Columbia University, Daniel Hewes spent time as a community affairs fellow for New York State senator Daniel Squadron. In May 2015, he earned his graduate degree in urban planning. Upon graduation, Daniel Hewes joined the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA).

The CAA consists of more than 320,000 individuals who have a shared connection to the university. The group seeks to create meaningful change both at the university as well as globally. Members of the group have opportunities to network with others, attend events, and give back to the university.

One event hosted by the CAA took place on May 21, 2016, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and involved an interactive museum tour and reception. Held in partnership with the CAA Arts Access, the event included a Columbia-themed tour through a Museum Hack experience. Museum Hack offers non-traditional, interactive tours to groups. This experience took the group on a tour of the Met where they performed team-building exercises, improved critical-thinking skills, and fostered a creative environment. Afterwards, guests enjoyed a complimentary cocktail at the Rooftop Garden Bar.