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Hollander has a Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. While at Rutgers, Dr. Hollander conducted research at the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment. His research has been supported through funding from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Urban Land Institute, City of New York, Government of Canada, Government of Quebec, and other government agencies and foundations.

Professor Hollander has almost a decade of experience as a practitioner in land use and environmental planning at the local, regional, and federal levels. Hollander worked for the Public Buildings Service of the U.S. General Services Administration as a Presidential Management Fellow. He is an elected member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners.


“The First City on Mars review: How to make life on Mars a reality”. 2023. New Scientist. February 8. (The biggest weekly science magazine in the world wrote a review of Professor Hollander’s newest book).

“Book review: ‘The First City on Mars’ by Justin Hollander”. 2023. Engineering & Technology Magazine. February 8. (The preeminent UK engineering magazine covered the release of Professor Hollander’s newest book).

“Green Line Extension to Medford set to open after years of delays”. 2022. WBUR/NPR. December 8. (Local NPR station interviews Professor Hollander on the urban planning implications of an extended transit line).

“Why knowing your neighbors could save you in the next climate disaster”. 2022. The Guardian (UK). December 8. (Articles references Professor Hollander’s research on social connectedness).

“The New Block Club” 2022. Planning Magazine. July issue. (Article includes interview and quotes from Professor Hollander on blockchain and NFTs applicability to urban planning).

“A közlekedés mindenhol fejtörést okoz a várostervezőknek – Justin B. Hollander a Mandinernek.” 2021. mandiner. August 13. (Hungarian magazine interview with Prof. Hollander about his cognitive architecture research and books).

“This city vision starts with a fallacy and ends with the towering phallus”. 2021. Sydney Morning Herald. July 10. (Architecture criticism essay mentions Prof. Hollander and his research).

“‘God Only Knows’: As Sea Level Rise Threatens Harvard and Greater Boston Area, Experts Mull Mitigation Strategy”. 2021. The Harvard Crimson. May 27. (Article includes quotes from Prof. Hollander).

“The New Science of Spaces.” 2021. Cerebrum. Winter issue. (Dana Foundation’s quarterly magazine profiled Prof. Hollander and wrote about his research on neuroscience and urban planning).

“Even Before Covid 2,600 People a Week Were Leaving New York City”. 2020. Bloomberg News. December 5. (Nationally syndicating article includes quotes from Professor Hollander related to his shrinking cities research).

“Social Media Bots and the Community Planning Process.” 2020. Planetizen. November 20. (Article describes Professor Hollander’s recent journal article studying social media bots and planning).

“Data Companies Track Our Pandemic Patterns” (City Tech Column). 2020. Land Lines. June 30. (Article in Lincoln Institute of Land Policy magazine refers to Prof. Hollander’s Urban Social Listening book and reports on an interview with him).

“Calgary's tough choices: Gamble on growth or gamble on retreat”. 2020. Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). June 12. (Article includes interview with Prof. Hollander based on his research on shrinking cities).

“Greater Worcester's population growth stagnated in 2019, as immigration dropped”. 2020. Worcester Business Journal. April 28.(Article includes quotes from Professor Hollander based on his research on shrinking cities).

“Coronavirus rent crisis: ‘Millions of Americans will have trouble paying rent this month’”. 2020. Curbed. March 24. (Article includes quotes from Professor Hollander regarding his proposed Healthy Works Initiative).

“How America's shrinking cities can 'rightsize'”. 2020. The Guardian (UK). February 22. (Article includes quote from Professor Hollander and refers to his research on shrinking cities).

“Can a City Shrink and Thrive? It’s Complicated.” 2019. Bloomberg. May 22. (Article quotes directly from Prof. Hollander’s research on shrinking cities).

“Lawrence reborn: A polluted mill town reclaims its future”. 2019. Christian Science Monitor. January 11. (Article includes quotes from Prof. Hollander on brownfields reuse).

“Why concrete barriers are the wrong move for Canadian cities after Toronto van attack”. 2018. Toronto Star. April 30. (Article mentions Prof. Hollander’s research on security zones).

“Population Decline: Look for silver linings, expert says”. 2018. Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA). April 5. (Article profiles Prof. Hollander’s research on population decline and latest book).

“How should we design cities on Mars?” 2018. Fast Company Design. March 1. (Article includes quotes from Prof. Hollander).

“Is Biometric Scanning the Future of Architecture Planning?” 2017. Architectural Digest. December 11. (Article refers to Prof. Hollander’s research using biometrics).

“If architects designed our life on Mars, it would look like this”. 2017. WIRED Magazine. November 5 (Article includes quotes from Prof. Hollander).

“How to Design Cities on Mars? A New Think Tank Has Some Awesome Ideas”. 2017. Metropolis Magazine. July 24. (Article includes quotes from Prof. Hollander).

“Justin Hollander: planning for the decline of cities.” 2016. Labour Day, Radio New Zealand (RNZ). October 23. (Long-form interview with Professor Hollander on strategies to manage rural depopulation in New Zealand).

“As Wyoming's economy slows, city planners consider future development. 2016. Casper Star-Tribune (Wyoming). September 27. (Cover news story in Wyomings major daily newspaper included an interview with Prof. Hollander).

“Why is private security patrolling our public streets? 2016. Colorado Springs Independent. September 21. (Cover story article refers to Prof. Hollanders research on security in urban public spaces.) .

“Being Broke and White. 2016. To the Best of our Knowledge, National Public Radio (NPR). September 18. (Nationally syndicated long-form radio show includes prominent interview with Prof. Hollander about urban depopulation).

“Do Parts of the Rust Belt Need to Die Off? 2016. The Atlantic. July 20 (Article mentions Prof. Hollanders research on smart decline.)

“Slechte architectuur is ongezond: 'Eentonige gebouwen maken triest.' 2016. DeMorgen. April 25 (Major Belgium newspaper article references Prof. Hollander's Cognitive Architecture book).

“Looking at Ugly Buildings Is Making You Legitimately Unhappy. 2016. Yahoo! News. April 18 (Online news story discusses Prof. Hollanders new book, Cognitive Architecture).

“The Psychological Cost of Boring Buildings. 2016. New York Magazine. April 12 (Science of Us column builds major news story around the contribution of Prof. Hollanders new book, Cognitive Architecture).

“Bostonians may be hard-wired to hate City Hall Plaza. 2016. Boston Globe. February 14 (Brainiac column mentions Prof. Hollanders new book, Cognitive Architecture).

“Why We Hug the Edge of Open Spaces. 2015. Metropolis Magazine. September 29 (Point of view essay discusses concepts developed in Prof. Hollanders Cognitive Architecture book).

“Edges Matter." 2015. INDESIGN Magazine (Australia). May 29 (Architecture and design article includes a quote from Prof. Hollander related to his Cognitive Architecture book).

“Considering Broader Topics." 2015. New England Home. May/June. (Editorial references Prof. Hollander and his new book as a key emerging idea in architecture and design).

“Social media data as a tool for urban planning? Maybe. 2015. WHYYs Newsworks.org (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). February 15 (Online news story mentions Prof. Hollanders Urban Attitudes Lab). .

“Brownfield cleanup lags.” 2012. Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Attleboro Sun, and other regional newspapers. August 26. (Article by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University includes interview with Professor Hollander).

“Is Phoenix’s Housing Market Ready to Rebound?” 2012. Next American City. July 12. (Online news story includes quote from Professor Hollander).

“Birmingham, drafting 1st long-term plan in 50 years, seeks big ideas for smaller city.” 2012. The Birmingham News. January 15 (News story on Birmingham’s planning refers to Professor Hollander’s research on smart decline.)

“'Smart Decline': A Lifeline For Zombie Subdivisions?” 2011. Morning Edition, National Public Radio (NPR). December 28 (Radio program on shrinking Sunbelt refers to Professor Hollander’s work and features portions of an interview).

“The Zombie Subdivisions of the Southwest.” 2011. State of Nevada, Nevada Public Radio (KNPR). November 29 (Professor Hollander participated in discussion about smart decline and his new book with three other panelists).

“One Tough Nut: Walnut Creek is weathering the recession well.” 2011. The Registry: Bay Area Real Estate Journal. July/August (News story on San Francisco real estate market refers to Professor Hollander’s latest book).

"Housing occupancy declines, but rentals up in some spots." 2011. USA Today. July 27 (Major news story reports on Professor Hollander's research into shrinking and growing cities).

“America’s Shrinking Cities.” 2011. The Diane Rehm Show, National Public Radio (NPR). March 28 (Professor Hollander participated as one of three panelist on hour-long radio show).

“'Sunburnt' cities have a shot to control growth.” 2011. USA Today. March 8. (Cover story in Money Section based on Professor Hollander’s research in his new book Sunburnt Cities).

“Dirty Secrets Under the Schoolyard - Parents Demand New Curbs for Schools Built on Contaminated Land.” 2011. E - The Environmental Magazine. January/February (Cover story about brownfields includes an interview with Professor Hollander).

“Recession could be opportunity to reshape, improve communities.” 2011. Las Vegas Sun. January 2. (Cover news story about how Las Vegas can manage depopulation refers to Professor Hollander’s research).

"If Las Vegas is in decline, let's make the most of it." 2010. Las Vegas Sun. September 15. (Columnist bases argument for shrinking Las Vegas on Professor Hollander's forthcoming book).

“Census estimates St. Petersburg lost population from 2008 to 2009.” 2010. St. Petersburg Times. June 22. (News story on Florida depopulation includes an interview with Professor Hollander).

“Depopulation Plan Needed For Windsor To Survive.” 2010. Biz X (Detroit, MI). May. (Editorial references Professor Hollander’s research on shrinking cities).

“Like a Pigeon on a Train.” 2010. The New York Times City Room Blog. April 30. (Story references Professor Hollander’s research on security zones).

“Polluted and Dangerous: New book tracks toxic sites.” 2009. Upstate Planner. December. (Interview with Professor Hollander about his new book and its relevance to Upstate New York).

“Residents asked to share Kelley's Corner ideas.” 2009. The Beacon (Acton, MA). October 2. (Story about Professor Hollander’s Open Neighborhood Project and its debut in changing public participation processes).

‘Dit is het topje van de ijsberg’ - Hoogleraar Hollander: huisuitzettingen VS beginnen pas (‘This is the tip of the iceberg’ - Professor Hollander: U.S. Foreclosures are just getting starting). 2009. Building Business. October. (Coverage of the foreclosure problem in the U.S. by a major Dutch business magazine prominently features an interview with Professor Hollander).

“Washington Journal”. C-SPAN. 2009. September 6. (Professor Hollander appeared as a featured guest on the national televised public affairs program to discuss his new book).

“Hollander writes the book on blight.” 2009. Westport News. July 30. (Story about Professor Hollander’s new book).

“Pete Braley Show.” 2009. WBSM-AM 1420 (New Bedford, Mass). July 17. (Interview with Professor Hollander about his new book and its relevance to New Bedford).

“Professor: Cities need help managing foreclosures, Office of Urban Affairs could help.” 2009. American City & County. May 22 < http://americancityandcounty.com> (Coverage of Professor Hollander’s research on foreclosure).

“Road to renewal. Amid old Detroit’s ruins, urban visionaries are plotting the city’s comeback.” 2009. TIME Magazine. April 6. (Coverage of spreading urban abandonment problems includes an interview with Professor Hollander).

“Study says too much of downtown is off limits.” 2008. Crain’s New York. September 11. (Coverage of Professor Hollander’s research on land use changes in Lower Manhattan).

“As resident leave, locals shrink smartly.” 2008. American City & County 123, 7:15-16. (Coverage of emerging national trend of smart decline and includes an interview with Professor Hollander).

“Construction Zone.” 2007. Tufts Magazine. Summer Issue. (Coverage of Professor Hollander’s innovative use of virtual design studio technology in his Physical Planning and Design class at Tufts).

“Students’ Design Work Exhibited in Boston.” 2007. Tufts Journal. July Issue. (Coverage of the inclusion of student’s work from Professor Hollander’s Physical Planning and Design class in city-wide celebration of architecture, planning, and design.)

“Daily News Update – A New City Hall?” 2006. WBUR: Boston’s NPR Station. December 13. (Coverage of City of Boston project includes an interview with Professor Hollander.)