Faculty and Staff Profiles

Antonio Raciti
Asst Professor, City and Regional Planning
Email: araciti@memphis.edu
Office Location: 208 Mccord Hall

Work Experience

  • Technical Staff Member, Planning - City of Francofonte (Siracusa, Italy) - 2010 - 2012
  • Technical Staff Member, Planning - City of Fiumefreddo di Sicilia (Catania, Italy) - 2008 - 2012
  • Technical Staff Member, Planning - City of Scicli (Siracusa, Italy) - 2008
  • Technical Staff Member, Planning - City of San Pietro Clarenza (Catania, Italy) - 2007
  • Design Staff Member, Design - Fabrizio Russo's Firm (Catania, Sicily) - 2005
Honors/Awards
  • Recipient of the 2015 University of Memphis Engaged Scholarship Conference Travel Award - The University of Memphis - 2015
  • Fall 2016 College of Arts & Sciences Travel Enrichment Award - The University of Memphis - 2016
  • Knowledge and Protection of Sicilian Hazard Areas - Accademia Gioenia, The University of Catania - 2008

Teaching Experience

  • Planning Theory - The University of Catania
  • Urban Design - The University of Catania
  • Urban Design Studio - The University of Catania
  • Planning Studio - The University of Catania
  • Planning Studio - The University of Memphis
  • Urban Design - The University of Memphis
  • Ecology and Planning - The University of Memphis
  • International Comparative Planning Studies - The University of Memphis
  • International Comparative Planning Studies - The University of Catania

Student Advising/Mentoring

  • Architectural Engineering Master Degree - Grazia Speranza - 2012
  • Master in City and Regional Planning - Gene C. Burse - 2013
  • Master in City and Regional Planning - Kwasi A. Agyakwa - 2013
  • Master in City and Regional Planning - Zachary L. Hunter - 2013
  • Master in City and Regional Planning - Bridget McCall - 2014
  • Master in City and Regional Planning - Deborah La Rue - 2015

Support

  • The Green Machine Mobile Food Market Project - Various Foundations - $300'000 - 2012-2013
  • Planning to Capitalize on the Regional Greenprint: Development of the West Memphis Eco-Park and its Environs - Shelby County Government, Office of Sustainability - $50'000 - 2013-2014
  • The Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park - Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) - $51'390 - 2015-2016

Outreach

  • Avviare Progetti di Comunità - Librino Neighborhood (Catania, Italy) Community - 2007 - The University of Catania
  • From the Local to the Global: Organizing Communities for Participatory Local Development - Simeto Valley Communities (Sicily, Italy) - 2009 - The University of Catania
  • Re-Energizing Utopia – LabPEAT and Cornell University Joint Planning Charette for Librino - Librino Neighborhood (Catania, Italy) Community, Students from The University of Catania and Cornell University - 2009 - The University of Catania
  • Participatory Design for Public Spaces in Fiumefreddo Town (Sicily, Italy) - Fiumefreddo Communities - 2010-2011 - The University of Catania
  • Community Organizing for ‘Comitati Civici Siciliani - Sicilian Grassroots Associations Network - 2011 - The University of Catania
  • The University District (UD) Participatory Revitalization Process - UD Grassroots Neighborhood Associations - 2012-2014 - The University of Memphis
  • Vance Avenue Collaborative Planning Process - Vance Avenue Collaborative - 2009-2015 - The University of Memphis
  • Planning and Design Coordinator of The Green Machine Mobile Food Market - Vance Avenue Neighborhood Associations Coalition - 2012-2015 - The University of Memphis
  • Historic Preservation - Memphis Heritage Board - 2013-2016 - Memphis Heritage
  • The Simeto Valley Participatory Action Research Project - Simeto Valley Communities - 2008-Ongoing - The University of Catania
  • The Klondike Smokey City Participatory Action Research Project - Klondike Smokey City CDC - 2016-Ongoing - The University of Memphis
Service
  • The University of Memphis - Contributing research faculty to The Vance Avenue Collaborative Action Research Project. - 2009-2015
  • The University of Memphis - Committee Member for the Establishment of an Undergraduate Program in Urban Affairs in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. - 2015-2016
  • The University of Memphis - Committee Member for the Establishment of an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Urban Studies at the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. - 2015-2016
  • University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria - Conference Organizer, “RESILIENCE – Rethinking Sustainability in Urban Planning and Rural Development from a Social, Ecological and Economic Perspective - February 2013
  • Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey - Organizer of the “Writing Workshop for Young Scholars Academic Roundtable Discussion on Publishing” - July 2012
  • Izmir Institute of High Technology, July 2012, Izmir, Turkey - Conference Organizer, “Planning to Achieve/Planning to Avoid: Purposes and Impacts of Planning and Planning Research - July 2012
  • The University of Reading, Reading, UK - Conference Organizer, “Communication and Planning: Goals, Challenges and Possibilities” - April 2012
  • AESOP Young Academics Network - Chair - February 2010 - February 2013
  • The University of Catania - PhD Candidates' Representative - January 2009 - December 2011
  • The University of Catania - Core Organizing Group Member, “Remaking Borders: The first EastBordNet term, whether conceptual, aesthetic and/or empirical” - January 2011
  • The University of Catania - Seminar Organizer, “Gray Spacing the City. A New Urban Order” (Oren Yiftachel) - January 2011
  • The University of Catania - Conference Organizer, “Housing for Everybody: The Legacy of Franco Marescotti and the Social Housing Movement in Catania” - November 2008
  • The University of Catania - Conference Organizer, “La città che discute. Quale rapporto con la ferrovia e il mare?” - May 2006
Consulting
  • Mississippi River Corridor Tennessee - 2012
  • Vance Avenue Collaborative - 2012-2015
  • Simeto River Valley Participatory Presidium - 2012-Ongoing
  • City of West Memphis - 2015-2016
  • Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation - 2015-2016
  • Klondike Smokey City CDC - 2016-Ongoing
Journal Articles
  • 2015 - With Reardon K., “The Green Machine Mobile Food Market: A flexible response to food insecurity in the Bluff City (aka Memphis, Tennessee), in Phillips R. and Wharton C., Growing livelihoods. Local food systems and community development, Routledge, London, New York.
  • 2017 - With Reardon K. M. “The Green Machine Mobile Food Market: An Innovative response to Inner City Food Security”, in Phillips R. and Cecilia Wong C. (eds) The Handbook of Community Well-Being, ISQOLS/Springer Handbook Series.
  • 2016 - With Saija L. “Migliorare senza demolire Foote Homes”, (Improving without demolishing Foot Homes), in Saija L., La Ricerca-Azione in Urbanistica (Action-Research in Urban Planning), pp. 117-186, Franco Angeli.
  • 2016 - With Reardon K. M., Lambert-Pennington K. “The Struggle for the future of public housing in Memphis, Tennessee: Reflections on HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Planning Program”, Cities, Special issues: “Resistance to housing transformation”, Vol. 57, pp. 6-13.
  • 2016 - With Reardon K., “The Fight for Foote Homes: A peoples’ struggle to save public housing in Memphis, TN”, in Progressive Planning, N. 207, pp. 4-8.
  • 2015 - “Building Collective Knowledge Through Design: The Making of the Contrada Nicolò Riparian Garden along the Simeto River (Sicily, Italy)”, in Landscape Research.
  • 2013 - “Planning under the Lion’s paw: A Memphis tale”, with Saija L. and Westendorff D., in Progressive Planning, pp. 18-21.
  • 2010 - “Universities supporting effective citizen action: Comparing experiences in challenging landscapes”, with Saija L., in Journal of Landscape Studies, Number 3, pp. 87-95.
  • 2009 - “Possibilities for participation in Librino, Italy”, with Saija L., in Regions: The Newsletter of the Regional Studies Association, Number 273, pp. 13-14.
Presentations
  • February 2009 - “Dialogue or Fight? Looking for Strategies in Librino (Italy)”, with Saija L., a paper presented at the 3rd AESOP Young Academics Meeting, “Planning as a Rear View Mirror or Crystal Ball Activity”. Diversities of Planning Cultures, Traditions, and Identities Culture, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria.
  • February 2010 - “Creating a Theory for Effective Citizen Action in Politically Charged Landscapes”, a paper presented at the 4th AESOP Young Academics Meeting, “Landscapes of Planning”, Czech Technical University, Prague, Czechoslovakia Republic.
  • July 2010 - “The Memphis Action Research Center: Amplifying the Voices of the Poor in the Bluff City”, a paper presented at the 2010 AESOP Ph.D. Workshop: “Spatial Justice: Planning and Distributing the Luxury of Space”, University of Turku, Seili island, Turku, Finland.
  • May 2011 - “How to Make Things Happen: The Contrada Nicolò Community Design Initiative”, and “Promoting Economic Development through Regional Cooperation, Planning, and Development”, Papers presented at the 2011 Planners Network National Conference, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, USA.
  • July 2011 - “Questioning Planning”, a paper presented at the 2011 World Planning Schools Congress, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia.
  • June 2011 - “Design as Social Practice”, an invited lecture presented to HESP 3 (Higher Education in Spatial Planning) Symposium, ETH Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich, Switzerland.
  • July 2012 - “Social Practices and Design”, a paper presented at the 2012 Association of European Schools of Planning Conference, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey.
  • November 2012 - “Promoting Grass-Roots Urban Practices through Community Design”, paper presented at the 2012 ACSP Conference, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
  • October 2012 - “Environmental Community Design Experiences in the Simeto Valley (Sicily, Italy)”, 2012 Tennessee American Planning Association (TAPA) Fall Conference, Enhancing Community Assets, DoubleTree Downtown Hotel, Memphis, TN, USA.
  • December 2013 - “Enlarging the Table: Strengthening the Capacity of Community-based Organizations through Participatory Planning and Design”, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
  • April 2014 - With Reardon K. M. “Promoting the Just City: Participatory Action Research with Residents of Public Housing” 2nd Social Work Symposium at the University of Memphis, Social Work Practice: at the Intersection of Advocacy and Ethics, The University of Memphis.
  • November 2015 - With Saija L. “The Simeto River Agreement: A Landmark Achievement for Environmental Justice in Sicily”, University of Massachusetts Boston, MA.
  • March 2016 - “Engaging Communities in Planning”, Tigers Initiative for Gardens in Urban Settings (TIGUrS), Guests in the Garden, Speaker Series, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.
  • May 2016 - “Planning a Sustainable Culture of Engagement through Park and Recreation”, Tennessee Recreation and Park Association (TRPA) West District Workshop: Strengthening Communities Through Engagement, City of Millington, TN.
  • February 2017 - “Empowerment Planning in the US South”, Organizational Capacity Building Through Empowerment Planning pre-organized session, New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, St. Louis, MO
  • July 2014 - With Saija. L. “The Challenge of Practicing Justice: Lessons Learned by a Community-University Partnership in Memphis, TN, USA”, 2014 AESOP Conference, From Control to Co-Evolution. Utrecht/Delft, The Netherlands.
  • November 2014 - “The making and unmaking of cities in the American South”, 2014 ACSP Annual Conference, Big Ideas, Global Impacts. Philadelphia, NJ.
  • July 2015 - “Urban Design and the Public Realm. A Memphis story”, 2015 AESOP Conference, Definite Space – Fuzzy Responsibility. Prague, Czech Republic.
  • June 2015 - “Conflicting Views of Urban Transformation: The Vance Avenue Collaborative and Regeneration of Inner-City Neighborhoods in Memphis (TN, USA)”, 2015 European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) Conference: Housing and Cities in a Time of Change: Are We Focusing on People? Lisbon, Portugal.
  • October 2015 - “Reclaiming Urban Design as a Public Enterprise, The Vance Avenue Collaborative and Urban Transformation in Memphis (TN, USA)”, 2015 ACSP Annual Conference, Justice and The City: (re)Examining the Past to Create the Future. Houston, Texas.
  • October 2015 - “The Green Machine Mobile Food Market: An Innovative Response to Inner City Food Security”, 2015 International Society for Quality-Of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) Annual Conference, The Future of Quality of Life. Phoenix, AZ.
  • March 2015 - “Democratizing Urban Design: The Role of Media in Urban Transformation Processes” 2016 Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, Social Justice in the Global City? Contested Views on Social Control, Borders, and Equity. San Diego, CA.
  • November 2016 - “Getting the Neighborhood Back: The KSC/CRP Community/University Partnership in Memphis, Tennessee”, 2016 ACSP Conference, Planning: Practice, Pedagogy and Place. Portland, OR.
  • Upcoming July 2017 - “The Action Research Paradigm meets the Ecological Thought in the Simeto River Valley (Sicily)”, 2017 AESOP Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.

Appendix A - Teaching Experience

  • 6002/4002 - Urban Food Security
  • 7008 - Site Planning
  • 7006 - Comprehensive Planning Studio
  • 7203 - Ecology and Planning
  • 7000 - Planning the American City
  • 7701 - Directed Research
  • 7006 - Comprehensive Planning Studio
  • 7008 - Site Planning
  • 7007 - Project Planning Studio
  • 7621 - Ecology and Planning
  • 7007 - Special Projects Studio
  • 7205 - Seminar in Urban Design
  • 7006 - Comprehensive Planning Studio
  • 7621 - Ecology and Planning
  • 7007 - Special Projects Studio
  • 7006 - Comprehensive Planning Studio
  • 7205 - Seminar in Urban Design
  • 7205 - Seminar in Urban Design
  • 7006 - Special Projects Studio
Appendix C - Research/Scholarship/Creative Activities
  • 2015-Ongoing - Faculty research leader for The Klondike/Smokey City Action Research Project – an ongoing community/university partnership between The University of Memphis Department in City and Regional Planning, (Memphis, TN) and the Klondike Smokey City Community Development Corporation.
  • 2012- Ongoing - Contributing research faculty to The Simeto River Valley Participatory Action Research Project – an ongoing partnership involving the LabPEAT (Department of Urban Planning, Architecture, and Engineering at the University of Catania, Catania, Italy) and The Simeto River Valley Coalition.
  • 2009-2015 Contributing research faculty to The Vance Avenue Collaborative Action Research Project – a community/university partnership between the UM Department in City and Regional Planning, (Memphis, TN) and the Vance Avenue Collaborative.
  • 2013-2015 - Contributing research faculty to The Food Security Assessment Scenarios: Evaluating the results of the Green Machine Mobile Food Market – an assessment project conduct in collaboration with St. Patrick Inc. Non-Profit Organization.
  • 2012-2013 - Faculty research leader for The Green Machine Mobile Food Market Project. Responsible for the overall management of this $300,000, multi-party food security planning and implementation project.
  • 2012-2013 - Contributing research faculty to The Brownsville on the Move Project – a partnership between The University of Memphis Department in City and Regional Planning (Memphis, TN) and the City of Brownsville to produce a comprehensive plan for the City of Brownsville.
  • 2012-2013 - Faculty research leader for the University District’s Participatory Revitalization Process – a community-university partnership between The University of Memphis Department in City and Regional Planning (Memphis, TN) and an extensive network of neighborhood associations in the University of Memphis District.
  • 2010-2011 - Contributing research PhD student to The Participatory Design of Public Spaces Project in the Town of Fiumefreddo (Sicily, Italy). A jointly funded community planning grant by the City of Fiumefreddo and the University of Catania.
  • 2007 - Contributing research PhD student to The Sustainable Urban Regeneration Program in Southern Europe. Project approved and financed under the framework of the “Progresdec/EDSP Steps” European Regional Development Fund INTERREG III C Initiative.
Appendix E - Outreach
  • June 2016 - International Teaching Program Instructor (with Reardon K., Lambert-Pennington K., Saija L.), “Community Planning and Environmental Design (CoPED) Summer School” A UniCT-UoM-UMass Workshop carried out in Sicily. The Summer School includes a series of pre-field preparation classes followed by a twelve-day field research and professional practice exchange with urban planners and policy-makers from the Catania Region.
  • June 2015 - International Teaching Program Instructor (with Reardon K., Angotti T., Saija L.), “Community Planning and Enviromental Design (CoPED) Summer School” A UniCT-UoM Workshop carried out in Sicily. The Summer School includes a series of pre-field preparation classes followed by a twelve-day field research and professional practice exchange with urban planners and policy-makers from the Catania Region.
  • June 2014 - International Teaching Program Instructor (with Santo C. and Saija L.), “Community Planning and Environmental Design (CoPED) Summer School” A UniCT-UoM Workshop carried out in Sicily. The Summer School includes a series of pre-field preparation classes followed by a twelve-day field research and professional practice exchange with urban planners and policy-makers from the Catania Region.
  • April – May 2013 - International Teaching Program Instructor (withSaija L.), “Sicily-US Mid-South Service-Learning Workshop”, a 10-day Community Design Workshop focused on the rehabilitation of the Foot Homes Public Housing Complex in Memphis, TN, The University of Memphis
  • March 2013 - International Teaching Program Instructor (with Wrobel S.), “Cuba: Comparative Public Administration Program.” UoM International Study Abroad Program organized by the Deparment of Public Administration at the University of Memphis. The workshop is organized with a series of pre-field preparation classes followed by a seven-day study trip to the Greater Havana Region.
  • June 2012 - International Teaching Program Instructor (with Santo C., Lambert-Pennington K., Saija L.), “Community Planning and Enviromental Design (CoPED) Summer School.” A UniCT-UoM-UMass Workshop carried out in Sicily. The Summer School includes a series of pre-field preparation classes followed by a twelve-day field research and professional practice exchange with urban planners and policy-makers from the Catania Region.
  • March 2009 - International Teaching Program Instructor (with Saija L., Ruggeri D.), “Reenergizing utopia – LabPEAT and Cornell University Joint Research Effort for Librino.” A joint studio project organized by the Departments of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Catania and the Landscape Architecture at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.
  • March 2007 - International Teaching Program Instructor, “A Week for San Cristoforo Neighborhood: Community Environmental Design Workshop.” A workshop designed for international undergraduate students and organized by the Laboratory for the Ecological and Environmental Planning of the Land (LabPEAT) at the University of Catania, Catania, Italy and the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.