The Fall 2019 semester of the insight2050 Academy begins on Friday, September 27 – kicking off a five-session series focusing on affordable housing and related issues. This academy is co-sponsored by the OSU Knowlton School Alumni Society and is aimed at, but not limited to, planning and design practitioners.

The sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon each Friday from September 27 to October 25, and enrollment will include registration for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC’s) annual Summit on Sustainability on October 11. Academy participants will attend a summit breakout session from 10 to 11 a.m. that day on “Neighborhood Initiatives Building a Socially, Economically, and Environmentally Sustainable Region.” The topic relates to the academy theme, and participants can attend other summit activities as well.

Topics to be covered this semester include an overview of insight2050 and the decisions faced by Central Ohio communities in adapting to the population growth, demographic changes, and new technologies that will shape the region (housing costs are among the challenges), and barriers to potential housing solutions, such as zoning, policy, and finance.  The October 11 summit session will provide some additional background for that information.

The last two sessions will offer some “scenarios,” or hypothetical case studies, to help identify the “problem statements” that teams of participants will address in the workshop-style final session on October 25.

The academy theme is particularly relevant this year, as it coincides with local and national discussions about housing shortages.

Registration for the academy will begin in late August at If you have any questions, please contact Brian Williams at