The Community Planning + Visualization Lab employs a Biophilic Urbanism lens to investigate the interplay between individuals and their "total" environment (e.g., social, natural, and built environments) and how this interconnection impacts the planning process for creating sustainable, healthy, equitable, just, and "smart" communities. We utilize "spatial planning models" that integrate ecological and socioeconomic indicators, taking into account triple bottom-line community benefits (e.g., social, environmental, and economic benefits).
The lab comprises four research tracks: (i) Community food systems, environment, and security; (ii) Green, blue, and grey infrastructure; (iii) Sustainable development, design, and policy; and (iv) Digital tools, technologies, and societies.
We employ an innovative blend of participatory planning tools and geospatial or other digital/smart technologies in spatial planning, community engagement, and community capacity-building efforts. Our focus is on participatory and mixed-methods approaches, integrating GIS and geo-visualization.
We acknowledge that many planning processes and outcomes often overlook crucial aspects of human and social experiences. Planners have predominantly emphasized issues related to physical health, neglecting mental and emotional well-being, as well as spiritual health. Our goal is to evaluate and comprehend how human emotions are linked to social, natural, and built environments and how such connections may impact the planning process for creating happy and restorative cities and neighborhoods.
Planning sub-fields: environmental planning, food systems planning, community planning, and spatial planning
Equity + Justice
Mahbubur R. Meenar, Ph.D., GISP
Associate Professor of Planning
Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability
School of Earth and Environment
201 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro, NJ 08028