Dale Prize Archive

From Blueprint to Resilience: Planning when Change is the Norm

William R. And June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning

The 2019 theme is From Blueprint to Resilience: Planning when Change is the NormComprehensive planning assumed that planners could anticipate the future and discern goals around which a...

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Planning with Immigrants in Communities and Regions

The 2018 theme is Planning with Immigrants in Communities and Regions. Over 125 years ago, Jacob Riis published his class book, How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York, which emphasized the deplorable working and living conditions of...

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James Rojas

Practitioner Prize Winner

Anna Kim

Scholar Prize Wiiner

Southern California Suburbs: Looking Backward and Looking Forward

The 2017 theme is Southern California Suburbs: Looking Backward and Looking Forward.  The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) at Cal Poly Pomona is marking the 50th anniversary of its Bachelor of Science degree. URP was created to educate professional...

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Donald Waldie

Practitioner Prize Winner

Dowell Myers

Scholar Prize Wiiner

Planning for Community Self Determination and Racial Justice

The 2016 theme is Planning for Community Self Determination and Racial Justice. From Ferguson to Baltimore, New York City to Los Angeles, the historic social and political disenfranchisement and unequal treatment of communities of color has led to civil unrest and uprisings. New generations of...

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Hector Verdugo

Practitioner Prize Winner

Lisa K. Bates

Scholar Prize Wiiner

Streets for Everyone: Advancing Active Transportation

Today’s planners are challenged to make streets that support active transportation. The embrace requires herculean arms to reach around many concerns: human scale, sense of community, accessibility, linking modes of travel, and last-mile transportation. It requires consideration of the...

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Fred Dock

Practitioner Prize Winner

Jennifer Dill

Scholar Prize Wiiner

We Are What We Eat: Food Systems and the Healthy City

Planners have become involved in establishing “healthy city” policies and programs, involving many facets of how urban residents relate to their food. Planners’ professional appetites have been whetted: researchers and practitioners want to know how planning can help cities better accommodate...

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Heather Wooten

Practitioner Prize Winner

Samina Raja

Scholar Prize Wiiner

Restoring Main Street: Linking Historic Preservation and Economic Development

Many cities have underutilized historic commercial, industrial and residential districts that can become assets in an economic development strategy. While there are many success stories attesting to this, there are also examples where economic development has diminished historic resources. How...

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The Future of California’s Communities and Regions in an Era of Resource Constraints and Climate Change

Challenges associated with resource constraints and climate change require planners to critically evaluate their assumptions about the future of California’s communities and regions. Some see a transformation toward a mixed-use, urban model where location advantages are paramount, while...

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S. Gail Goldberg

Practitioner Prize Winner

Stephen Wheeler1

Scholar Prize Wiiner

Planning, Architecture, Landscape, Art: Collaborating in Practice and Education

How will Southern California respond to the pressures of growth while achieving sustainability and good community design? One part of the answer lies in collaborations between planning, landscape architecture, architecture and graphic design. Today’s challenges call for a coordinated approach...

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Ecological Urban Design: Making Rules / Breaking Rules

The 2007 Dale Prize winners for the Ecological Urban Design: Making Rules/Breaking Rules theme are advancing an ecological approach to urban design, focusing on innovations, experiments, and best practices. “Making rules” refers the emergence of new visions, design concepts, and urban...

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Crossing Boundaries: Fostering a Regional Approach to Environmental Planning

The 2006 Dale Prize winners for the “Crossing Boundaries: Fostering a Regional Approach to Environmental Planning” theme are environmental planners who are working to cross disciplinary and jurisdictional boundaries, solving environmental problems by integrating analytic environmental...

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Voices in Planning

The 2005 Dale Prize winners for the “Voices in Planning” theme are giving voice to underrepresented communities, ensuring that land use planning and decision-making practices are responsive to these new voices, and creating a civic culture of community engagement.

Linking Land Use and Transportation Planning

The 2004 Dale Prize winners for the “Linking Land Use and Transportation Planning” theme are reforming land use and transportation practice to support transportation, environment, and community development goals.