APA Haiti Planning Symposium

The American Planning Association Florida Gold Coast Section together with the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University and the Miami Science Museum invite you to a symposium:  “Planning for Haiti’s Recovery and Anticipating the Impacts on South Florida.”  Date: Friday March 12, 2010.  Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Where: Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Avenue, Metrorail Vizcaya Station.  Registration: $10 at door (free for students).  RSVP by Wednesday, March 10th via email to victoria.lerma@fiu.edu or calling the FIU Metropolitan Center at 305.349.1251.

Come enjoy refreshments as we  bring together various disciplines and interested community members to discuss the physical and community development issues facing Haiti and its people as the country begins the planning process for recovery.  The discussion will also address the anticipated impacts on South Florida’s urban systems – health services, housing, schools and transportation as we respond to the needs of Haiti’s refugee population.  Speakers, which will be followed by interactive discussion, include:

N. Emel Ganapati’s planning research focus is on post-disaster recovery.  Dr. Ganapati has managed several international and domestic projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Education, and the National Institutes of Health.  She received a community award from the 10th Year Golcuk Earthquake Commemoration Committee for her contributions to the recovery of Golcuk, the epicenter of the deadly 1999 earthquake in Turkey.

Natacha Jasmine Yacinthe, PhD, AICP, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  She has worked with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) conducting a waste management and planning assessment for the City of Jacmel, Haiti.  Her assessments and planning resulted in a 25-page report with recommendations to the Haitian government on creation of a planning division and sustainable planning practices.

Bernard Zyscovich, AIA, is the President and Managing Partner of Zyscovich Architects.  He is a dedicated preservationist and urbanist, serving in numerous community leadership roles including Chairmanship of the Miami Design Preservation League, the organization responsible for the historic designation of the Miami Beach Art Deco District; Presidency of the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; and co-sponsorship of South Florida’s first Tropical Green Conference.

Oliver Kerr, FAICP, is a distinguished planner and member of the Board of Directors of the APA  Florida Gold Coast Section and a Senior Research Associate for the FIU Metropolitan Center. He has over 30 years of experience as a planner/demographer with the Miami-Dade County Department of Planning and Zoning.  He was responsible for the County’s demographic studies program, preparing estimates and projections of population and housing, neighborhood profiles, and studies of Miami’s changing ethnic and racial groups.

Moderator: Ned Murray, PhD, AICP, is the Associate Director of the FIU Metropolitan Center and a leading expert on economic development and housing market issues in South Florida.  He has served as Principal Investigator on many of the landmark economic development planning studies in South Florida including the South Florida Workforce Housing Needs Assessment, FEC Corridor Strategic Redevelopment Plan, City of Miami Targeted Industry Study and Miami-Dade County Economic Development Implementation Plan.


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