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.