Focus is an online, open access journal published annually by the Department of City & Regional Planning at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo since 2004. The journal is dedicated to the professional practice of city planning and urban design, publishing peer-reviewed research, case studies, exceptional student projects and opinion and editorial pieces each year. Its key mission is to keep professionals, students, and alumni informed about recent and changing planning issues. Focus has won several awards of excellence since its inception, including recognition from the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute.

Current Issue: Volume 15, Issue 1 (2019)

Full Issue

Front Matter


Notes from the Editor
Vicente del Rio



City and Regional Planning Department 50th Anniversary
William Howard, Linda C. Dalton, William Siembieda, and Hemalata C. Dandekar

Peer Reviewed Contributions


Faculty and Student Work


Designing for a Driverless Future in Downtown San Luis Obispo
Amir Hajrasouliha, Erik Anderson, Miles Barker, Kent Harrison, Edgar Hernandez, Sarah Howland, Madilyn Jacobsen, Justin Klaparda, Erin Kraft, Cara Meche, Mark Pasanen, Leeza Segal, Dustin Stiffler, Elizabeth Yee, and Qijun Zeng

International Exchanges


Studying Urbanism in Copenhagen
Laura Traffenstedt and Justin Wong


Urban Design Workshop in Lisbon - Summer 2018
Vicente del Rio and Diogo Mateus



Cartoon Corner
Blaze Skyra and Eduardo (Dedé) Rocha

Back Matter


Managing Editor
Vicente del Rio
Peer-Review Section Editor
Amir Hajrasouliha

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