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FAU’s School of Urban & Regional Planning to Host ‘20/20’ Event

Lecture is Part of School’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

            FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (October 28, 2009) - Florida Atlantic University’s School of Urban & Regional Planning (SURP), within the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs, will host its “20/20” event on Wednesday, November 4 in honor of the School’s 20th anniversary. A reception will take place from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on the ground floor of the Second Avenue Studio in FAU’s Askew Tower, 111 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale campus, followed by a lecture by Dr. David Prosperi from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. on the 11th floor of FAU’s Higher Education Complex Building. Both events are free and open to the public.

“The School of Urban and Regional Planning has made great strides in its relatively short lifetime.  We are proud to be in a unique position where we are both educating our future leaders and decision-makers, as well as delivering innovative research and original thought to the field of planning,” said Dr. Jaap Vos, associate professor and director of SURP. “The School wants to be an active resource to the planning profession, the field of planning and anybody who cares about the future of Florida.”

The “20/20” event is designed to provide an opportunity for SURP alumni and friends to reconnect, as well as listen and react to a thought-provoking lecture on the future of urban and regional planning in South Florida.  The lecture also will touch on the past 20 years of SURP accomplishments.

Prosperi, SURP’s Henry D. Epstein professor, will speak about the possibility of reclaiming the urban region as the focal point of future-oriented thinking.  In the proposal, Prosperi will examine how it is essential to consider systems, such as economy, transportation, and environment, on multiple scale levels in order to effectively reinvent South Florida as a successful region. 

A distinguished panel of SURP alumni, moderated by Bill Nemser, planner for the Village of Wellington and first president of the SURP Alumni Society, also will be on hand to debate the proposal following the discussion.      

            For more information, contact Daniel Morris at 954-871-9522 or  For more information on future events celebrating SURP’s 20th anniversary, visit


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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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