28 March 2017

Master Plans

As an assigned reading for Fundamentals of Environmental Planning, students should look over this ANJEC piece on municipal Master Plans in New Jersey.  But they can optionally look over this scan of the 2006 Chatham Borough Master Plan. Does the quality of the scan say more about 2006 technology or the Borough's commitment to engaging the public in their plan? Before you judge, the slides from their 2016 update seem much more engaging.

And, in case you lost the link, this great Steve Strom handout on Suitability Analysis.

27 March 2017

Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills 2014 Reexamination Report of the Master Plan.

In our textbook, the community Master Plan is described as a chart of collective hope. That is a powerful summary of what these official documents (and processes) can represent at their best.

So, take a few minutes to look over this municipal Master Plan from Parsippany, New Jersey. More precisely, it is the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills 2014 Reexamination Report of the Master Plan.

It includes seemingly boring but important things, like the date it was adopted. But it also includes elements from the inventory and analysis process that we studied in class, like the age sex pyramid shown below. And it includes several pages of maps of the Land Use Plan for an area that is pretty representative of much of New Jersey.

21 March 2017

Student-friendly competition

Registration is open for the 30th annual NJDEP GIS Mapping Contest. The event features the best non-commercial mapping in the State of New Jersey. GIS users from federal, state, local government, non-profit agencies, as well as students are eligible to enter the contest.  Attendance is open to all.

Review the rules, categories and register online at the NJDEP GIS web site:

New This Year:
Two Internet mapping categories – Best Story Map and Best Analytical Web Map

For Mapping Contest questions contact the Bureau of GIS Help Desk at 609-777-0672 or mailto:gisnet@dep.state.nj.us.

20 March 2017

More salamanders

A Salamander Movement seems to be emerging to help protect the movement of salamanders. The US Fish and Wildlife Service posted a great piece on efforts in our area to help those little guys safely cross streets. We disturbed their habitat, so we should be helping them cope.

18 March 2017

Design lecture: Public/Private Partnerships


Quennell Rothschild & Partners

“Public/Private Partnerships: Quennell Rothschild & Partners”

Rutgers University - Landscape Architecture Lecture Series

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Cook/Douglass Lecture Hall, Room 110, Cook Campus

Rutgers Landscape Architecture Alumni

15 March 2017

City quote

“How’s anyone ever going to come up with a book or a painting or a symphony or a sculpture that can compete with a great city? You can’t. When you look around, every street, every boulevard is its own special art form.”
 - Gil in Midnight in Paris

14 March 2017

LAM photo outtakes

Landscape Architecture Magazine keeps a running collection of photos that didn't quite fit into the latest issue, called the Art Director's Cut. The latest is a beautiful evening photo along Chcago's Riverwalk.Take a peek at the entire collection.