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The Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) aims to improve the quality of the regional and urban environment by promoting excellence in design, planning, and public policy in the built environment. This will be achieved through its member and public education, in concert with allied community and professional groups. Join us!

2024 Symposium

The 2024 symposium will be held in Indianapolis, IN in November. Stay tuned for dates and location. Registration will open in July.

2024 Prospectus

RUDC has sponsorship opportunities for its 2024 events. See the 2024 RUDC Prospectus to for an option that fits your firm or company.

2023 RUDC Symposium

The RUDC Symposium, held in Washington, DC October 19-20, covered emerging trends, theories, and technologies that are shaping the future of regional and urban design. Watch the engaging highlight and speaker videos >.

Audiocasts for Urbanists

By Brian D. McLaren AIA posted 12-31-2017 12:00 AM


Radio isn't dead... it's just moved to the internet!

Check out some of these audiocasts episodes that many of our members have found interesting.
Do you know someone producing quality media we can share? Let us know!

The 21st Century School

The Maryland legislature approved $1.1 billion in funding for the revitalization of Baltimore city public schools, including the renovation or replacement of dozens of buildings. Construction on these projects is slated to begin in 2015. We look at best designs for the “21st century school,” and the creation of buildings that elevate learning while fostering a collaborative and technologically-driven environment. We’ll also look at the challenges to implementing these ideas in Baltimore. Guests: Midday contributor Klaus Philipsen, co-chair of the Urban Design Committee of the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects, president of ArchPlan Inc., and president and co-founder of D center; Paul Bradshaw, senior associate at the Calverton-based design firm Grimm & Parker, which has completed more than 180 public K-12 facilities in the last 10 years; and Larry Flynn, head of Facility Design and Construction for Baltimore City Schools.
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Rising Sea Levels

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says sea level could rise more than six feet by the end of the century. Scientists in Maryland say it could rise as much as two feet by 2050. How should Maryland prepare? Our guests: Donald Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, who chaired the group of experts who assembled a recent Maryland report; Zoe Johnson, program manager for climate change policy in the Office for a Sustainable Future, Maryland Department of Natural Resources; and architect and Midday contributor Klaus Philipsen.
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Gentrification and the Arts

Are the artists who colonize Baltimore’s three official arts districts mere pawns in the gentrification of the city’s marginal neighborhoods? Will they end up getting pushed out after paving the way for others? We examine that provocative question with urban architect KlausPhilipsen, president of ArchPlan Inc., and president and co-founder of D center, the Baltimore non-profit that promotes the field of design; Fred Lazarus, president of the Maryland Institute College of Art; and visual artist Stewart Watson, a Station North resident and the co-owner of Oliver Street Studios and Area 405.
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Movement and Place in Urban Design

A conversation with architect Klaus Philipsen about urban spaces and the need to move people around them and to them -- the challenges of retrofitting old cities like Baltimore for modern transportation systems while accommodating pedestrians and bikers.
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Midday on Urban Design

During the first in a new Midday series on urban design and planning, architect Klaus Philipsen, co-chair of the Urban Design Committee of the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects, talks about the role design plays in city life and Baltimore's future. Philipsen is president of ArchPlan Inc. and is president and co-founder of D center, a Baltimore-based non-profit that works to advance the field of design.
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