Institute of Urban Studies hosts international planning forum
April 12, 2016
On Friday April 8, 2016, the Institute of Urban Studies hosted 20 planning and governmental officials from around the world as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S Department of State.
Dr. Shima Hamidi and PhD students Ahoura Zandiatashbar, Priscylla Bento, and Myriam Igoufe gave brief presentations about current research on housing affordability and reimagining and reinvigorating Fair Park, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Ivonne Audirac, Dr. Colleen Casey, Dr. Baranda Fermin, and Patricia Ward of the Tarrant County Community Development Division.
Visitors from Malaysia, Uganda, New Zealand, Israel, and other countries asked numerous questions and provided perspectives from their experience in widely divergent environments and governmental systems. Following the program, our international visitors were provided a tour of the Institute offices and the discussion continued about the work we do for communities of Texas.