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October 2020 | Who is the Future of Urban Planning?

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

ELLIS Prep Academy students present their vision for the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, featuring a 3-D model made in Minecraft

The Next Generation of Urban Planners Urban planning vision, ideas, and expertise can come at any age, as demonstrated by ELLIS Prep Academy students in the Bronx. A group of high school juniors and seniors recently met with Analysts Yuri Chang and Michaela Kramer for a virtual field trip to Karp Strategies. In a dynamic virtual setting, Yuri and Michaela shared their recent work conducting stakeholder engagement in Baldwin, Long Island and designing infographics for a market analysis in Long Island City, Queens, and answered questions about their career paths and the best practices for effective outreach. Students then led the way, sharing their ideas and work.

The students presented their process towards developing a community-forward vision of the Bronx’s Kingsbridge Armory as a neighborhood anchor. Working with APA-NYM Diversity Committee and Mission Society of New York, the students are researching the site, surveying community members to learn about local needs and priorities, and building a 3-D model of the armory using Minecraft, a video game. Thank you to the APA-NYM Diversity Committee for leading this initiative, and thank you to the incredible students from ELLIS Prep Academy who visited with us.

We were thrilled to continue the conversation with high school students this week at a virtual open house, convened by female leaders working in architecture, construction, engineering, and planning. Michaela Kramer will speak on a panel alongside other industry professionals about opportunities for young people to get engaged in the field. Thank you in advance to the students who are joining us this week.

The ELLIS Academy students and open house participants exemplify how urban planning, when made accessible, is a powerful tool for collaboration and engagement within one’s community. If any company or organization is interested in taking steps toward promoting access to learning, employment, and exposure to students or young professionals and is interested in sharing ideas, please reach out! We are eager to connect and support other organizations committed to promoting a more accessible industry. Karp Strategies will also be hosting Open Houses and career exploration conversations with students on a regular basis. If your organization or school would like to engage, connect with us.


Congratulations New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) for being name a 2020 Wellbeing Cities Award winner for their outstanding work on the Connected Communities Initiative and Guidebook. The award recognizes the initiative for its support of cohesive communities. Karp Strategies is proud to have supported Connected Communities in delivering its strategic plan to scale this incredible initiative. Learn more about Karp Strategies' involvement in the project on our website and read a recent op-ed by Rebecca Karp and Nicholas Bloom in the Daily News about the importance of reimagining NYCHA campuses.

Every year, our team looks forward to the Hindsight Conference, offered by the APA-NYM Diversity Committee, for its incredible lineup of cross-sector leaders sharing creative ways for achieving more inclusive, just, and equitable communities. This year’s virtual conference, taking place November 12 - 13, is themed Our Health, Our Future, and calls on planners and policymakers to center racial justice in understanding health and the environment. Join us at Hindsight by registering here.


Welcome to the team, Gopinath Gnanakumar Malathi

Gopinath joins the team as a Graduate Analyst, leveraging his experience working with geospatial analytics to explore the intersection between people and their environment. He uses data collection, analysis, and visualization to support development efforts. Learn more about Gopi.

Welcome to the team, Stephanie Silva

Stephanie brings expertise in community engagement, resilient development, and urban design to her role as Graduate Analyst at Karp Strategies. She is passionate about utilizing creative methods to communicate complex information to stakeholders. Learn more about Stephanie.

Jen Becker is named a 2020 Notable Woman of Consulting Congratulations Jen Becker for being named Crain’s2020 Notable Woman of Consulting. The honor celebrates women shaping the consulting industry. In 2020, Jen advised on several large-scale port infrastructure projects, supported private developers in pursuing offshore wind development, and supported Karp Strategies team members as a mentor. Congratulations Jen and all of the honorees.


Join us as we keep our finger on the pulse of key issues impacting our region.

AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Virtual Summit 2020, October 13 - 14 | Tune in to hear Rebecca Karp discuss "Meaningful Community Engagement in a time of COVID" during a panel on October 14th at AWEA's annual event. Join us.

IEDC Virtual 2020 Annual Conference, October 13 - 16 | IEDC’s annual conference begins today. The three-day event brings together leaders promoting resilient and sustainable communities. Don’t miss Tania Marinos speaking tomorrow alongside Contente Terry and Rob Hunden, presenting “Partnering with Real Estate Developers and Site Selectors in Creating a Community Engagement Toolkit”, and Ali Sutherland-Brown on a panel with Lara Fritts and Tom Difiore discussing “Salvaging Downtowns in the Wake of Closures”. Register here. ABNY: The X Factor: The Latinx Community and the Future of New York, October 14, 2:00 PM | Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a conversation commemorating the contributions of Hispanic-Latinx Americans on New York City. Register here.

Urban Design Forum: Power After the Pandemic, October 15, 12:00 PM | Tune in for a discussion about the future of community finance and community development after COVID-19. Register here.

ACE NY: Re-Energize New York - Build Back Greener, October 27 - 28 | The Alliance for a Clean Energy New York’s 14 Annual Fall Conference will highlight New York’s ambitious clean energy goals and programs, and the role they can play in job creation and economic stimulus. Register here. Karp Strategies and Arch Street Virtual Toolkit Webinar, October 30, 1:00 PM | Join Karp Strategies and Arch Street Communications CEOs, Rebecca Karp and Nora Madonick, as they share a free virtual toolkit to support you in delivering inclusive and comprehensive engagement. Sign up here to receive the toolkit in your inbox soon, along with more details about the upcoming webinar.

Karp Strategies Learning Club, November 10, 6:00 PM | Join a discussion on the future of mass transit in a post-pandemic world at the November installment of the Karp Strategies Learning Club. Snag your spot here and connect with us on LinkedIn for details and updates.


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