24 April 2014

Planning books as a resource

The semester is almost over but you still want to learn more about planning? Today's resource is books.

Even though it is a blog, PlaNetizen is a great place to learn about planning books. They frequently post reviews of new books, like this review of the GPS history book, You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves. Or you can check out their larger lists like the Top Ten planning books of 2013 or the 100 best books on city-making. Just remember, reading can be addictive, so try to use an internship or site visits to break up your sessions.

Old tech in NYC

You don't need a balloon, they can do this with computers now.

23 April 2014

More SCOTUS news

While our only required reading on the Supreme Court cases is the Sunday Magazine story on the Florida case, you may want to peek at old news coverage of the case like this NY Times article. Plus, New Jersey has had its own version of this conflict with a recent case that made it to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Finally, a few years ago I made a list of links to detailed information about most of the major takings cases.

22 April 2014

Happy Earth Day

(Photo locations: Cannon Beach, OR; Cook Campus, NJ; Monterey Peninsula; Tuckerton, NJ; Little San Bernardino Mountains, CA?; Bedminster, NJ; Mt. St. Helens, WA; Monmouth Battlefield, NJ; Bedminster and Bedminster)

16 April 2014

Class reading

In 2010, the NY Times' Sunday magazine ran a piece by Andrew Rice called a Stake in the Sand.  It is a closer look at the Supreme Court case that was named, STOP THE BEACH RENOURISHMENT, INC. v. FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ET AL

We will be re-reading this NY Times magazine article for class.  

But you might also enjoy this old photo and news clip from Pruned blog.

Common Lecture: Sungkyung Lee

Rutgers University Landscape Architecture Common Lecture
April 16, 2014 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Cook/Douglass Lecture Hall, Room 110, Cook Campus  (click for Rutgers Map)   
Sungkyung Lee, an assistant professor in the University of Georgia, College of Environment and Design, enjoys service-learning projects where students work on landscape design with community partners in need of resources and support. Her area of research is social sustainability in the built environment, place-oriented urban design, restorative benefits of nature, and healing garden design.

15 April 2014

The GIS&T Body of Knowledge

With efforts underway to update the Body of Knowledge for GIS&T, the original is now online as a downloadable PDF.  Take a look and think about what you would like to see changed. More remote sensing and aerial imagery? Add VGI? What else?

10 April 2014

Yet another eminent domain story

In Bridgeport, CT, the struggling community used eminent domain to create a property that could be developed as a large shopping center. " Bridgeport says it will build more than 1,000 new housing units and more commercial space, yet it started condemning businesses and 270 houses a generation ago, in the 1990s. All it has to show for it so far is a Bass Pro." Read Stephen Smiths' ‘We Razed 270 Houses and All We Got Was This Lousy Boat Shop.’ This is becoming a recurring theme in American development that has both ethical and political overtones.

The best of planning blogging?

PlaNetizen just posted its 5 most popular postings of the last three months. It represents some really good ideas.