Nan Ellin is the planning chair and professor in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah. Ellin's work in urban design, placemaking, community building, and university-neighborhood partnerships aims to enhance quality of life, specifically through improving the built and natural environments. She has developed a process for accomplishing this called VIDA: Visioning, Inspiring, Demonstrating, and Advocating. Most recently, Ellin applied this process with students and communities to introduce canalscape. Canalscape is one of the Green Phoenix initiatives and was awarded an Arizona Humanities Council Grant and designated an Official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Governor’s Centennial Commission. Ellin is a former Fulbright Scholar and the author of Integral Urbanism (2006) and Postmodern Urbanism (1996; revised 1999). She also served as editor of Architecture of Fear (1997) and collaborated with Edward Booth-Clibborn on Phoenix: 21st Century City (2006). Ellin’s new book, Good Urbanism, is forthcoming.
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