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About Clement Lau

Clement Lau, AICP, has over 13 years of professional experience in urban and regional planning. Currently, Dr. Lau is a Departmental Facilities Planner with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, where he is responsible for determining parkland obligations for residential subdivisions, preparing park and recreation plans for unincorporated areas of the county, and working on joint use and license agreements with other entities. He enjoys writing about a variety of planning issues and is on the author panel for UrbDeZine. He has also published articles in California Planning & Development Report, Public Works Management & Policy, and Progressive Planning. Dr. Lau previously worked for Los Angeles County's Department of Regional Planning and the consulting firm of Cotton/Bridges/Associates in Pasadena. He has guest lectured on public policy and urban planning topics at the University of Southern California and California State University, Northridge. He holds a doctorate and master's in urban planning from USC, and bachelor's in economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Planes, Trees and Parks

Southwest plane

What do planes have to do with trees and parks?  I would not be surprised if you asked.  I did[Read More...]

A Hospital Near You: Part II

Good Samaritan Hospital Outpatient Center Under Construction

Most of us do not think about hospitals until an emergency arises.  However, as I shared in my article A[Read More...]

The Image of Oakland

Oakland Architecture

What images come to mind when you think of Oakland, California?  It seems that many people tend to only associate[Read More...]

Tour of East Bay Regional Parks

View from Roberts Regional Recreation Area

As part of the Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.: A Vision for the American West symposium, I had the opportunity to[Read More...]

CANstruction: Design-Build for Good

Hungry Heart

Over the weekend, I headed over to the historic core of Downtown Los Angeles to check out this year’s entries[Read More...]

Surveys: Finding Out What People Want

Metro Infographic

What do people want?  What do community members like or dislike?  As planners, these are the types of questions we[Read More...]

Barnsdall Art Park: A Hidden Gem

Barnsdall Park Sign

Have you ever heard of or been to Barnsdall Art Park before?  It is an eleven-acre park located in the[Read More...]

Los Angeles: 20 Years after Speed

Speed Move Poster

I was watching TV the other night when the movie Speed (1994) came on.  For those who have not seen[Read More...]

Exhibit Review: The Power of Photography

Annenberg Space for Photography

I have always enjoyed flipping through the pages of National Geographic because they contain such wonderful and powerful images.  A[Read More...]

Lacy Park: The Secret Garden

Lacy Park

Have you ever heard of or been to Lacy Park in the City of San Marino?  A few weeks ago, I[Read More...]

Land Use Law & Order: 2014 Edition

County Park

When I was in my early twenties, I considered becoming a land use attorney.  Inspired in part by the life,[Read More...]

L.A. Times Travel Show: A Planner’s Perspective

LA Times Travel Show

Do you like to travel?  Do you enjoy visiting different cities and countries around the world?  If you do, you should[Read More...]

Book Review: Project Management for Planners

Project Management for Planners book cover

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to read more and/or improve your project management skills?  If your answer is[Read More...]

Why this Planner is Excited about 2014

Small Group Exercise

Can you believe that 2013 is almost over?  Are you excited about 2014?  I certainly am!  While this has been[Read More...]

Creativity in Planning: Part II

Willowbrook is

How can planners be more creative?  How can we encourage and support greater creativity in planning?  These are important questions[Read More...]

Presents for Plannerds

Christmas Gifts for Plannerds

It is that time of year when we think about giving and receiving gifts.  For those of you who plan[Read More...]

L.A. Auto Show: A Planner’s Perspective

LA Auto Show

Should planners go to car shows?  After all, aren’t we supposed to hate cars and only use alternative modes of[Read More...]

Talking about the D-Word: Density in Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles Construction

Density is often referred to as the “D-Word” in urban planning and development circles because it can be so controversial and misunderstood. 

Parks and Recreation: Not Just Fun and Games

Fun at Community Fair

When I tell people that I work for the Department of Parks and Recreation, many ask whether I watch the[Read More...]

Cities at Sea

USS Midway

On a recent visit to San Diego, I decided to go to the USS Midway Museum.  It was definitely one of[Read More...]