Brian Stone, Jr.

Brian Stone, Jr.

Associate Professor, School of City and Regional Planning

PhD Program Director

stone [at] gatech [dot] edu
Phone: (404) 894-6488Fax: (404) 894-1628Office location: 245 4th Street NW Room 204G

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Brian Stone teaches in the areas of urban environmental planning, climate change, and planning history and theory. Stone's program of research is focused on the spatial drivers of urban environmental phenomena and is supported through funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is Director of the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Tech. Stone's work on urbanization and climate change has been featured on CNN and National Public Radio, and in print media outlets such as Forbes and The Washington Post. He is author of the recently published book, The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live (Cambridge University Press), which received a Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award for 2012.  Stone holds degrees in environmental management and planning from Duke University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Educational Background

2001 - Ph.D. (City and Regional Planning), Georgia Institute of Technology

1996 - M.E.M (Environmental Management), Duke University

1993 - A.B. (English), Duke University

Fields

  • Environmental Planning
  • Climate and Health
  • Urban Design

Recent Publications

Funded Projects

  • Development of an Urban Heat Management Plan for Louisville, KY, Louisville Metro Government, 2014-2015
  • Impact of Climate-Responsive Design on Heat-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Large U.S. Cities: 2010-2050, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010-2012
  • Measuring the Role of the Built Environment as an Effect Modifier of Climate Change and Mortality, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009
  • Urban Sprawl and Excessive Heat Events, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008
  • Atlantic Station Employee Health Study: Measures of the Built Environment , U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008
  • Modeling the Effects of Land Use and Technology Change on Future Air Quality in the Upper Midwestern United States, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2005-2008
  • Modeling the Effects of Landscape Change on Regional Vehicle Travel, Ozone Formation, and Remote Forest Effects, U.S. Forest Service, 2005

Recent Courses

  • CP 6012 Planning Theory and History | This course seeks to examine historic and contemporary debates over the role and function of planning and the implications of these debates for planning practice and to analyze the role and effectiveness of planning in resolving contemporary urban problems.  The management of urban growth, the alleviation of poverty, and the protection of environmental values all require a response in the midst of the dynamic interactions that occur in cities and regions. This course provides a comprehensive exposure to the challenges that planners have historically faced and to the alternative views developed to help us select an appropriate planning strategy grounded in our history and theory.  This course is required of all CRP students.
  • CP 6213 Urban Environmental Planning and Design | This course provides an introduction to the field of environmental planning and is structured as both a seminar and a practicum.  In the seminar component of the course, assigned readings and group discussions explore the potential for ecology to provide a general theoretical basis for urban planning.  The practicum component of the course consists of GIS lab sessions and a series of site visits designed to introduce students to a range of spatial analysis and remote sensing techniques that may be utilized to develop and incorporate ecological criteria into the physical plan making process.  This course is one of two required classes for students specializing in Environmental Planning.
  • CP 8823: Climate Change and the City | Argued to be the most enduring of all human inventions, the city has proven remarkably resilient in the face of catastrophic weather events, severe economic disruption, devastating human epidemics, and prolonged warfare.  Yet, as the longstanding environmental stability of urban regions is altered through climate change, the structure and management of the contemporary city must adapt to these changing conditions if it is to persist in a warming world.  To this end, this course explores the fundamental challenges to the city posed by climate change and the range of policy and design-based responses available to anticipate and respond to these challenges. The objectives of the course are to understand the physical mechanisms through which climate change is modifying urban environments and, in turn, how cities amplify these changes; to consider the range of current and proposed policy strategies to manage climate change in cities; and to examine and develop design-based tools for climate change adaptation at the urban scale.   

 

Dissertations Supervised

  • Elizabeth Keysar, April 2013, Implementing Sustainability in Large Public Organizations: Impacts of Bureaucracy, School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Jason Vargo, October 2012, Planning for the New Urban Climate: Interactions of Local Environmental Planning and Regional Extreme Heat, School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology (Chair).
  • Elise Barrella, June 2012, Strategic planning for a sustainable transportation system: A swot-based framework for assessment and implementation guidance for transportation agencies, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Gretchen T. Goldman, May 2011, Characterization and Impact of Ambient Air Pollutant Measurement Error in Time-Series Epidemiologic Studies, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Mark R. Stevens, May 2005, Effectiveness Beliefs of Planning Practitioners, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Paul R. Denholm, May 2004, Environmental and Policy Analysis of Renewable Enabling Technologies, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Paul J. Meier, May 2002, Life-Cycle Assessment of Electricity Generation Systems and Applications for Climate Change Policy Analysis, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Recent Theses and Masters Research Papers Supervised

  • Rachel Cox (2013). Savannah’s Harbor Expansion Program: A Question of Related Growth.
  • Lauren Cardoni  (2013). The Atlanta Beltline: The Beginning of an Integrated Network.
  • John Rhodes  (2013). Development Potential vs. Development Regulation.
  • Elizabeth Ward (2013). Urban Agriculture and the Sustainable City.
  • Audrey Leous (2012). Respondent Beliefs on Transportation and the Environment.
  • Allison Buchwach (2012). Using Public Spaces Freely.
  • Thomas Caiafa  (2011). An Evaluation of TOD Opportunities Along MARTA’s North Line.
  • Matt DeVeau (2011). Strategies to Address the Climatic Barriers to Walkable, Transit-Oriented Communities in Florida. SCRP Master's Thesis Option Paper.
  • David Barg. (2011). Optimization of Distributed Generation Using Sustianable Energy Technologies in California. SCRP Master's Thesis Option Paper.
  • Joseph Staubes (2010). How Effective are Complete Streets at Increasing Bking and Walking? SCRP Master's Thesis Option Paper.
  • Ermis Zayas (2010). Tightening the Spigot: Water Conservation Implementation in the Atlanta Metrpolitan Area. SCRP Master's Thesis Option Paper.