United Kingdom and United States

The 15-Minute City Conspiracy Theory

We'll dive into the details surrounding the 15-Minute City theory and the conspiracy theories surrounding it, including clips from demonstrations in the United Kingdom. Included are our takes on what this all means for urban and rural planners in the United States. This podcast episode gets very interesting! [Listen Now] 

Mary Heberling-Creighton and Shelley Denison

Meet the Hosts

In the first episode of Season 2, you'll get to know a little bit more about the new hosts: Mary & Shelley! They'll provide information on how they got interested in city planning, what to expect with the new season, how to be involved, and their hottest city planning takes. Lots of really great discussion and conversation in this episode!" [Listen Now] 

Adrian Freund, FAICP

Perspectives on Planning from a 50 Year Career

Will and Chris sit down with Adrian Freund, FAICP during the 2019 OAPA Planning Conference, held in Eugene, Oregon, to reflect on his five decades in the planning profession. Adrian, who passed away on May 3, 2020, discusses the growing importance of planners in emergency management/disaster planning and the need to constantly learn, adapt, and change as planners move through their career. He concludes with a discussion of diversity and equity in planning, including the challenges of building trust with communities. 

For more information on Adrian’s career in planning, please visit his LinkedIn page and his bio on the FA Northwest website. Also, please read a short In Memoriam summarizing a long career and well lived life for our friend Adrian Freund. [Listen Now]

Becky Steckler, AICP

Urbanism Next – new mobility and emerging technologies

In this episode of Pints with Planners, Will and Chris chat with Becky Steckler as she discusses new mobility, emerging technologies, and building the places you really want to live. Becky serves as the Urbanism Next program director for the University of Oregon. Urbanism Next conducts research and convenes partners to explore possible future implications of new technology for people, cities, and communities to inform better decision making today.

For more information on Becky’s background, please visit her bio on the Urbanism Next web site. [Listen Now]

Steve Nygren

Master Planned Communities (Designing with Nature for Community Well-being)

Steve Nygren joins the PWP mobile studio to talk about master planning for community wellness. Steve is the founder and CEO of Serenbe, a wellness community created as a model to demonstrate that preserving 70% of green space interlaced with agriculture, housing, and retail is not only economically viable but the future of community well-being. This episode focuses on Steve’s experience in the foundation of Serenbe, and how he has become a thought leader in meaningful and innovative community design in the spirit of Ebenezer Howard and Ian McHarg. Steve’s passion shines through in this wide-ranging conversation recorded in the summer of 2018 in Denver.

For more information on Steve’s background, please visit his LinkedIn profile. To learn more about the Serenbe community please visit their website. [Listen Now]


Nick Snead, AICP and Dustin Nilsen, AICP

Planning for Smaller Communities in Oregon

Nick Snead AICP, the Community Development Director at the City of Madras, OR, and Dustin Nilsen AICP, the Planning Director of Hood River, OR, join the PWP mobile studio to share lessons learned from planning in smaller, often rural, communities in Oregon. While many of the planning concepts discussed at the national level highlight work being conducted in the metropolitan areas, planning in small communities is of equal importance to community development and the planning field as a whole. Nick and Dustin share their wisdom, discussing many of the advantages and disadvantages they have witnessed during their time in public service, in an episode that covers extensive ground. Join us to explore how to add additional planning silver bullets to your planning toolkit as we learn from two practiced experts on why planning for small cities truly represents a Neapolitan sandwich of experiences and opportunities.

For more information on Nick’s background, please visit his LinkedIn profile. [Listen Now]

Molly Mowery, AICP and Will Smith

Planning for Wildfire

Molly Mowery, AICP and Guest/Host Will Smith join Pints With Planners to discuss “Planning for Wildfire”. With changing climate dynamics and the expansion of the built environment into natural wildfire areas, community development practitioners are required to understand wildfire planning and hazard mitigation. This discussion wanders from what defines the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) to exciting new partnership programs bringing wildfire planning directly to communities, providing lessons from practicing experts for tomorrow’s planners. Tune in for this timely episode from PWP!

You can also find more information on Molly and the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) program here. The American Planning Association also has several hazard mitigation resources available on the Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division website.

For more information on Molly’s background, please visit her LinkedIn profile. For more information on Will’s background, please visit his LinkedIn profile. [Listen Now]

Kale Roberts and Peter Ulrich

Sustainable Urban and Regional Development

Kale Roberts and Peter Ulrich stop by the Pints With Planners’ mobile studio to chat about “Sustainable Urban and Regional Development”. In a wide ranging conversation, Kale and Peter present methods for promoting sustainability in communities of all sizes. Tune in for this dynamic discussion that includes national and global examples on localized efforts to address climate change, public outreach and coordination ideas to reach sustainability goals, and new concepts for financing resilient infrastructure, including crowdfunding.

You can also find more information on sustainability in OAPA’s Sustainability Policy and in the APA’s Sustainability Policy Framework. For more information on Kale’s background, please visit his LinkedIn profile. For more information on Peter’s background, please visit his LinkedIn profile. (Note: Peter now serves as the Business Development Officer for RMIT Europe.) [Listen Now]

Shipra Narang Suri

Post-Conflict / Post-Disaster Recovery Planning

Shipra Narang Suri, the current Coordinator of the Urban Planning and Design Branch at UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme), joins PWP for a conversation on “Post-Conflict / Post-Disaster Recovery Planning”. From discussions on smuggling public infrastructure plans out of Poland during World War II to the use of Minecraft in reconstruction efforts, her mandate for planners remains the same: the need for local champions that can think holistically when addressing these monumental challenges in community development. Don’t miss this exciting and eye-opening perspective from Shipra and the PWP hosts on the necessity of planning for a future that includes natural hazards and other types of disasters. [Listen Now]

Cynthia Bowen, FAICP LEED AP

Creating Memorable Community Spaces, Part II

For this episode of PWP, Cynthia Bowen, the past President of the American Planning Association (APA), joins us for a conversation on “Creating Memorable Community Spaces.” During the second episode on this topic, Cynthia helps us examine what factors or traits make community spaces memorable. We visit with Cynthia to learn more about her favorite places and experiences while travelling through the US during her time in leadership at the APA. For more information on Cynthia’s background please visit her LinkedIn profile. [Listen Now]

Ric Stephens

Creating Memorable Community Spaces

On this episode Ric Stephens, the current President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), joins us for a conversation on “Creating Memorable Community Spaces”.  What factors or traits make community spaces memorable? How do we integrate resilience and climate change into community place making? And what topics are going to be the most impactful on our future community designs? We visit with Ric on all of these questions in an effort to learn from his experiences in order to create playful, memorable, and mysterious public places in our own communities. For more information on Ric’s background please visit his LinkedIn profile. [Listen Now]

John Morgan

What is a City Planner?

John Morgan is the Executive Director of the Chinook Institute for Civic Leadership and the Leader of the Chinook Institute, the premier leadership development program for top-level public officials on the west coast. John has spent his career in public service focusing on community development and organizational leadership in government organizations. A former Community Development Director, Planning Director, and City Manager, John brings to the Chinook Institute a strong focus on organizational development, strategic thinking and processes, a passion for public service, and a clear understanding of leadership that works and how to learn and apply its principles.

John is principal with the MorganCPS Group, an urban planning and organizational development consulting firm. MorganCPS provides long-range, current, and strategic planning services to many agencies and jurisdictions. John also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Center for Public Service at Portland State University and teaches planning and economic development classes in communities statewide. John and his wife, Mary Lynn, are graduates of Willamette University in Salem. His degree is in urban and regional government and political science. [Listen Now]