30 April 2007
A. Unfortunately, you may have waited too long for most remedies. Now that the grades are final I will NOT:
* Offer additional extra credit opportunities;
* Change the break point between letter grades;
* Reconsider subjective grades (like a paper or a studio project) unless they were returned so late that you did not have the opportunity to review the paper until after the end of classes; or
* Accept late assignments or offer make-up exams without excused absences (as approved by Martin Hall).
You should understand that these are not fair to the students who worked so hard to come to class on time, take good notes, get their work in on time, complete the extra credit, and take advantage of office hours and test review sessions.
However, there are some appropriate reasons for which I would consider a grade change. If you are requesting that I reconsider your grade, you should suggest which of the following reasons applies:
a) there seems to be a computational error in calculating your grade;
b) there seems to be a reporting error in calculating your grade;
c) you believe there was a scoring error on one of your exams;
d) you believe that you showed significant consistent improvement over the course of the semester (65%->75%->85%) and should receive special consideration; or
e) you want to submit late work under an excused absence.
If you are going to argue your case on a subjective grade, you certainly should focus on the SPECIFIC element of the grade (like "Test #2", or "the graphics grade on the final studio project") that you think should be reconsidered, not the overall final grade.
If you are close to the next grade and don't see any justifiable reason to request a change, you should at least try to get a copy of your final (by the first week of classes of the next semester) and check that there was no scoring error.
You certainly should EXPLAIN why a change of grades would be appropriate. I won't even respond to vague general requests to reconsider.
GENERAL TIPS AND REQUESTS:
Ask yourself this simple question, is there some strong evidence that clearly demonstrates that your ability and knowledge are superior to your performance on the measures used in class? Is there a specific and appropriate reason that your test scores were not as high as they should have been considering your level of knowledge and ability?
Your grade is YOUR grade. Please do not ask me to change it because of someone else's (e.g., "I worked harder than him but didn't get as good a grade". If I erred and gave him a higher grade than he deserved, it doesn't mean that you deserve it too.) Instead, show me how your grade would be wrong even if you were the only person in the class.
Try not to insult me in your requests. Telling me that I am not FAIR is a really good way to make me feel less like helping. Plus, if I am really unfair, you should probably be discussing the matter directly with the department chair.
Try to avoid obvious lies. Students shouldn't tell me that they never missed a class when they know that I called on them 6 times and they answered twice. Don't tell me that you are a good student when you know that a quick check of your GPA will reveal otherwise.
I am more than willing to discuss these matters further, but would encourage you to contact me with specific questions or concerns at email@example.com
29 April 2007
After our recent lecture on New Urbanism, I did want to mention some online resources.
Another notable project within a few hours drive is the Storrs Center near UConn's compus. They have an official site up for this planned community.
Washington Town Center, here in NJ, has been written about plenty including this older piece saying it was a smart idea and this newer one pointing out that it has been too successful.
I also recently saw this piece on the new Dardenne Prairie, which is a little more from DPZ.
You could look at the firms like Rutgers-related A. Nelessen Associates or the (in)famous DPZ.
The Congress for the New Urbanism maintains an official presence online that includes projects and images.
What I don't have handy is any written critique of New Urbanism. Maybe next time...
Cornell Law School has pulled up some of the SCOTUS texts:
- Penn Central - http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0438_0104_ZS.html
- Dolan - http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/93-518.ZD.html
- Nollan - http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0483_0825_ZS.html
- Kelo - http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/04-108.ZO.html
28 April 2007
Last year the NJ DEP ran a design competition to develop a masterplan for Paterson's Great Falls. The competition entires have been posted online by NJIT, with entries from notable landscape architecture firms including WRT, Field Operations, and EDAW. The jury included Lance Neckar, a landscape architecture professor from Minnesota.
The final outcome was announced late in the year:
The competition winner, Field Operations of New York City, proposed a plan called "Paterson's New Outdoor Living Room," allowing residents to walk along the river, under the shade of its cliffs and up to the foot of the falls. The $10 million vision for the project's first phase centers on using a loop path to tie the park's various elements together -- linking the falls and Overlook Park to the ATP site, which would be restored as a landscaped path, the Valley of the Rocks and Mary Ellen Kramer Park.
27 April 2007
Instead, I can spend some time this weekend reading up on the recently found George Washington letter.
26 April 2007
1) Our highlight every year is, of course, the daylong open house at Blake Hall. We'll have up new student work with both students and faculty around to give tours to prospective students and interested parties. Make sure you check out the giant model of Paterson, NJ in the upstairs back studio. We'll have our list of alums who we've lost touch with, hoping that other alums can help us find them again. And we'll have lots of stories and news to share.
2) My second home on campus, the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, is holding an open house from 10 to noon. We'll be giving away posters and showing off high-tech mapping toys.
3) The Marine Science program is showing their highly acclaimed IMAX film on the somewhat smaller screen in the Alampi Room at IMCS. "Volcanoes of the Deep" is showing at 10am with the lead researcher there to introduce it and answer questions. It is a fascinating film and yet another RU product to be proud of.
It'll be a great day that we look forward to sharing with you.
The awards they brought home were:
- 1st Place Best Newbie
- 2nd Place Most Unique
- 2nd Place Best Overall (Non-NJDEP)
24 April 2007
Jose Manuel Almuzara, an architect and president of the Association for the Beatification of Gaudí, said: "We do not see any serious obstacles to him becom-ing canonised. His greatest creation has made faith accessible to the average person and inspired thousands who were not Catholics before they visited. We do not know how long this may take but we are confident.
But I do know that there is a fairly well established process for estimating the value of existing trees in the landscape, either as a fixed value to the owner (what you you owe them if you killed their tree) or as an annually accruing value (what are the benefits of this tree to the community). Researchers have just conducted a street tree survey of all 5 boroughs of NYC and found that after you factor in costs for planting and maintenance, the city is benefitting $122 million per year from its street trees. According to the NYTimes, these benefits aren't evenly distributed...
The tree census found that Queens has about 40 percent of the city’s street trees, followed by Brooklyn, with about 25 percent; Staten Island, with about 16 percent; the Bronx, with about 10 percent; and Manhattan, with roughly 8 percent.
23 April 2007
If you read the details you'll find that his ideas on sprawl and architecture are probably not as simple as you might first have suspected.
21 April 2007
Last Summer I finally made it to Peter Walker's classic project, the Weyerhaeuser Headquarters. As you can see from the photos, it was extremely hot and dry (98 degrees), but it still felt lush. A sign of the timlessness of the project is that the Walker firm posts their photos of the 1972 Weyerhaeuser Headquarters in the same project list as the very recent Novartis campus in Basel. After those, look at the other 100+ PWP projects that are online.
20 April 2007
"Green: The New Red, White and Blue," a documentary featuring Tom Friedman¹s reporting on green technology, premiers on the Discovery Channel on Saturday, April 21 at 9 p.m. EDT.
Responsibilities include basic land maintenance, habitat restoration, creation of hiking trails, monitoring of preserved lands and working with partner organizations, in addition to various physical tasks. Significant in-state travel required.
Candidate must possess passion for the environment and a willingness to work hard. Qualifications to be considered include: knowledge of native ecology, practical skills including carpentry and operating heavy machinery, excellent interpersonal skills, and a college degree in biology, ecology or a related field.
Please send resume & salary requirements to Maria Hauser, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. EOE M/F/V/D
19 April 2007
Robert Pinsky's Samurai Song
When I had no roof I made
Audacity my roof. When I had
No supper my eyes dined.
When I had no eyes I listened.
When I had no ears I thought.
When I had no thought I waited.
When I had no father I made
Care my father. When I had
No mother I embraced order.
When I had no friend I made
Quiet my friend. When I had no
Enemy I opposed my body.
When I had no temple I made
My voice my temple. I have
No priest, my tongue is my choir.
When I have no means fortune
Is my means. When I have
Nothing, death will be my fortune.
Is my strategy. When I had
No lover I courted my sleep.
18 April 2007
Naples - The living ruin pictured above (photo from Wikipedia)
Namesti Miru (Peace Square) in Prague
For background, go here: http://hahawall.rutgers.edu/tulloch/Candidates.html
One example would be the
A lesson learned: Some might still be confused about Andrew Jackson Downing and Alexander Jackson Davis. Davis was the architect. Downing was the landscape architect who died prematurely and is one of the top 10 shapers of the American landscape. Both were very important to the history of this region.
The image above (from the LoC) shows the old Newburgh, NY. Implied in the talk is the idea that Newburgh itself today is a ruins on the Hudson.
(I've mapped the Castle, Dia, and Power Plant on the S&PGoogleMap)
Jinhua, China is home to an intriguing new park. The park is the brainchild of Ai Wei Wei who has gotten 16 significant architects to design pavillions for this riverside park. The pictures remind me of a less consistent version of the follies in La Villette. Despite the somewhat gray weather, Iwan Baan's photography just makes me want to visit so badly.
I've mapped it for the more spatial readers.
The human story begins with Chinese paleontologist Sun Ge who, after 10 years of slicing rocks out of limestone and volcanic ash layers in northern China, found the fossil of what he thought might be a flowering plant.And at 10, WLIW is showing a Globe Trekker which looks at Cuba and Haiti. I saw a few minutes of the Haiti segment and couldn't help but change the way I think about that island.
Sun brought the fossil to University of Florida paleobotanist David Dilcher, who'd been looking for traces of the earliest flower for some 35 years. Professor Dilcher assured Sun that what they came to call archaefructus (old fruit) was indeed a flowering plant and that it was probably 142 million years old—thus it could be called the first flower.
17 April 2007
Full time position. Pay range: $12 to $18 per hour depending on qualifications. The work, to be done at CRSSA on the Cook Campus at Rutgers, would entail modifying a GIS of the New Jersey Highlands with special attention to two layers, one concerning growth in open space parcels and the other concerning changes in zoning regulations during the past 35 years. If you are interested, please contact Tom Rudel at email@example.com or at 732-932-9169x317.
16 April 2007
money needed for hunger alleviation.
The rain has stopped (for now) but everyone is home today because RU and the local schools are all closed. This has already been quite a storm, and now some areas have to brace for the melted snow to hit their streams.
There are pleanty of videos and photos online. Here are a few that stand out to me:
Photo from Bound Brook
Bound Brook along the Raritan?
Video from in or near Bound Brook
The coverage at http://blog.nj.com/reporter/bound_brook/ has been worth looking at.
I assume that there will be more interesting tidbits over the next day or so.
An interesting example comes from Fort Lauderdale where a major waterfront development is being opposed by a group of citizens who have turned to YouTube to express their concerns.
As a different use of You Tube, I point you towards Future City in Elizabeth (disclosure: I work with them). They have produced some environmentally-focused videos looking at issues facing the Elizabeth River-Arthur Kill Watershed (and all of urban America). They work to advance awareness as a general goal and not directed at a specific conflict on the calendar.
It all feels very David and Goliath. It is hard to be critical of a small group trying to protect their town or environment. So it may be equally hard to suspect or believe that jumpy little videos made by a anti-shopping mall group could really made by a group funded by another developer who is pro-resort hotel. And how do you research these groups to discover their full intent? With a group like Future City in Elizabeth, there is a 10 year history. But when citizens spontaneously respond to a new "threat" there is no history.
A. Sometimes there are some real benefits to taking a few classes at County Colleges. However, before you take them you should be sure that they will properly fulfill your goals. Here are a few issues to consider:
In your last 42 credit hours here at Rutgers, 30 credits have to be completed AT Rutgers. That means a maximum of 12 credits elsewhere.
Will the Pre-Calc class at your local school count as pre-calc here? Just check the website at http://www.njtransfer.org/. They will give you definitive answers on equivalent courses. Several different College area requirements might be handled that way.
To use it, go straight to http://www.njtransfer.org/ and find the link to "Find Course Equivalencies". Set the Sending Institution to your local County College and set the Receiving Institution to "Rutgers-Sch Env Biol Sci-Co". If you have a specific class in mind, you can just type in the course number. If you are looking for general requirements just click on the "Keyword Look-Up" button and use the "Rutgers-Sch Env Biol Sci-Cook Co GEd:" pulldown menu to pick the set of requirements that you wan to investigate.
When you find some courses that have equivalency, you still need to go back to the County College's schedule and see when they are offered.
Be warned, very few of the Landscape Architecture requirements can be completed with transfers. And they almost always require approval of the faculty of the Department.
Larry Beasley, a former planning director for Vancouver, B.C., brought this nugget of Canadian wisdom: "The whole world is going mad about security," which has become, in terms of architecture and planning, the most important force shaping our cities. He lamented the return of above-ground parking garages (to prevent a car bomb from taking out a building placed above underground parking) and the use of huge setbacks (they create dead zones in the urban fabric). Cities that are finally reflecting the virtues of density, mixed-use development and walkable spaces are being shoved in the wrong direction by security-mad bureaucrats.And then there is that problem with the grass too...
It was also a day of soapboxes. Lucy Barber, author of "Marching on Washington: The Forging of an American Political Tradition," sagely pointed out that no matter how much the locals may dread the spring season of political protests, the idea of gathering on the Mall to demand something from the government is deeply embedded not just in the city's sense of itself, but in the American sense of identity as well. All those politicians who think "we have to do something about marchers" get it wrong. The marchers' right to make our beloved Mall a barren wasteland of trampled, stubbly grass makes us who we are.
15 April 2007
So does a listener’s own independent reaction to a song count for anything? In fact, intrinsic “quality,” which we measured in terms of a song’s popularity in the independent condition, did help to explain success in the social-influence condition. When we added up downloads across all eight social-influence worlds, “good” songs had higher market share, on average, than “bad” ones. But the impact of a listener’s own reactions is easily overwhelmed by his or her reactions to others. The song “Lockdown,” by 52metro, for example, ranked 26th out of 48 in quality; yet it was the No. 1 song in one social-influence world, and 40th in another. Overall, a song in the Top 5 in terms of quality had only a 50 percent chance of finishing in the Top 5 of success.That reminded of an old Advanced Environmental Geomatics problem that we explored on the Intrinsic Values of the Landscapes of Highlands. It was a follow-up to Jones and Jones' Intrinsic Values project in Puget Sound.
But does Watts' work prove scientifically that there is no such thing as the intrinsic or aesthetically perfect landscape? How do designers learn from this? And does this mean we should build cheap, plain parks and just work to get people excited about them? I really hope that this raises some exciting new research in regards to landscape perception and popularity.
13 April 2007
The County of Hunterdon seeks to fill the full time position of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Trainee in the Department of Information Technology / Division of GIS.
ABILITIES Knowledge of and experience with ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) products ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcMAP, ArcCatalog as well as Trimble GPS equipment. Knowledge of and experience in computerized data entry and formatting, data base management, and data base utilization.
Ability to maintain your focus on long-term work assignments. Knowledge of all phases of computer map preparation including digitization, data transmission, data reformatting, and map production. Experience with Trimble GPS products and software including data dictionary development, GPS data collection, correction and export. Knowledge of and experience in
Knowledge of ESRI products Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, ArcIMS and ArcSDE, Visual Basic Scripting as well as Microsoft SQL Server and Adobe Illustrator a plus.
EDUCATION Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree.
LICENSE Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey.
40 Hr Work Week: Salary Range of $28,340 - $41,050
Please submit a resume and a <http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/personnel/jobapp.htm> County Application for Employment By April 27, 2007 to:
Cheryl A. Wieder, Director
Route 12 County Complex
Building #1, 2nd FloorPO Box 2900
Flemington, New Jersey 08822-2900
908-788-1114 * FAX 908-806-4236
<http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/Misc/adaeeo.htm> AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
While the frontrunner candidates have the last name of Steinbrenner, there is one other of special note. In regards to AG Alberto Gonzales, Borowitz reports:
“On the negative side, Gonzales doesn’t seem very good at remembering things that were said at meetings,” says the insider. “But on the plus side, it looks like he’s going to be available soon.” Gonzales’s biggest fan may also be the most important one: The Boss himself. “Steinbrenner is totally blown away by Alberto,” the insider says. “Even George has never fired eight people in one day.”
12 April 2007
"Collaboration in the Garden: Creating Restorative Environments"
Monday, APRIL 16, 2007
6:00 -8:00 PM
The Arsenal, Central Park, 5th Avenue at 65th Street, New York, NY
Learning Units: 1.5 (HSW)
ASLA Member Price: $10
Nonmember Price: $15
When designing accessible spaces for "special needs" populations, one designs not just for the disabled, but for everyone. The Elizabeth and Nona Evans Restorative Garden in the Cleveland Botanical Garden, winner of the 2006 National and New York Chapter of ASLA Honor Award, was created to accommodate the full range of the human condition. This presentation will outline the collaborative approach used to incorporate nature, healing, and design in the development of the Restorative Garden. It will also explore the renovation and expansion of a treasured Library Reading Garden into an exemplary setting that expresses the
restorative powers of nature.
11 April 2007
One of the great talks I saw in college was by Kurt Vonnegut and he was still making the rounds in recent years. His writing was groundbreaking and still reads as fresh and fun. His official website seems to have gone into a fairly inert state. But Archive.org lets you review what was there last year.
10 April 2007
I do not know which to prefer,But you might want to read the whole poem.
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.
And I've topped this post with the photo of Robert Rauschenberg's Migration, which was referenced in the talk too.
Ouch. Happy Landscape Architecture Month!
How do you think landscape architecture has changed since you first entered the field?
The quality of design has increased drastically since I started, but I think the basic services are still the same. When I joined the ASLA in 1980, the main market for landscape architects in my area was providing "sprawl" design services for developers. The ASLA had a motto in these days that made me feel good about the profession. It stated that we were "Stewards of the Environment." However, as I looked around, not much of that "stewardship" made it down to the street level. I used to say maybe we were the Martha Stewarts of the environment. The Savings and Loan robber barons were dumping their money into huge projects that displace the natural environment with exotic landscapes that tried to make the desert look like somewhere else. Landscape architects would stand in line to be these developer’s stooges.
Twenty-five years later, most of the firms in my area have grown into rather large firms catering to developers conquering and displacing the natural environment. Unfortunately, I think we are still a profession servicing sprawl.
09 April 2007
08 April 2007
07 April 2007
He says he understands the high expectations...
"The expectations are extremely high, as high as they are anywhere in the country," Gillispie said of UK basketball. "But if they give you the things you need to win, and you're expected to win, that's what I want to do.But does he really understand what he is in for?
John Clay says it is a great match and that UK fans are just going to love this guy, his persona and style...as long as he wins. His style is built on some intense man-to-man defense and "boot camp" type condition at the start of the practice season.
Gillispie even embraced the famously surreal UK fan expectations, best illustrated by the caller to Tubby Smith's radio show who said, "We're 22-3, but I'm not giving up."
The Lousiville Courier-Journal discovered Gillespie a few weeks ago since they were seeded into Louisville's NCAA bracket and ultimately sent the Cards home. Eric Crawford's column this morning is revealing"
What I've found is a guy who has made team managers run sprints for not wiping up sweat the right way.OK, so maybe this guy is ready for Rupp Arena. But he needs to start figuring out how to hang those banners up there, or this is going to be another short-lived relationship.
A guy who wrote the name of all of the players' mothers on the board after a poor rebounding game, then got the attention of several by pointing out that they had gotten as many rebounds as their mothers.
A guy who once was so irritated that his players weren't playing fast enough in a game that he forbade them from running through the entire next day's practice, forcing them to walk the whole way while telling them if they weren't going to run hard in games, they might as well not run in practice.
I read about him storming out of practices in disgust, proclaiming that he couldn't watch another minute, only to have players discover later that he watched the rest from a secret spot.
06 April 2007
05 April 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 pm
Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center
Michael Van Valkenburgh
The Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture
is pleased to announce that the 2007 Margaret O.
Cekada Memorial Lecture will be given by Michael
Van Valkenburgh, principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh
Associates and Charles Eliot Professor in Practice
of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate
School of Design.
As one critic wrote, "To look at Van Valkenburg's
work is to see a landscape architect coming to
grips with a number of particularly contemporary
challenges. It is to be witness to an effort to
marry an essentially placeless modernist language
with more recent contextual concerns, whether
defined in terms of regionalism or local ecology."
In this talk Mr. Van Valkenburgh will share thoughts
on interpreting and engaging the built environment
in several of his recent projects including Alumnae
Valley on the Wellesley College Campus, which won an
American Society of Landscape Architects Award of
Excellence for 2006. Part of a seven-year reworking
of the campus, the design restores ecological function
to a once-contaminated landscape. The award jury
concluded: "The landscape architect backs up an
understated, sophisticated design with real science.
This project totally transforms the campus and sends
a very strong environmental message. Excellent
planning and execution--truly elegant."
Mr. Van Valkenburgh is a Fellow of the American
Society of Landscape Architects and of the American
Academy in Rome. He was awarded the 2003 National
Design Award in Environmental Design by the
Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt Museum and
has been the recipient of grants from numerous
organizations including the Graham Foundation and
the National Endowment for the Arts. He received
a BS in landscape architecture from Cornell University
and an MLA from the University of Illinois at
For questions, please contact the Department of
Landscape Architecture at 732-932-9317 or visit the
web site at landarch.rutgers.edu
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates website . . .
ASLA Award for Alumnae Valley website . . .
McHarg's reputation is most often linked with a method of suitability analysis which, as everyone who has read his 1969 book, Design With Nature, knows, is a way of planning land uses using hand-drawn, translucent overlay maps of geology, soils, vegetation, and other critical factors.And in our planning class, it is nice to see how his work keeps coming up in different units.
When the maps are superimposed, sensitive areas, as well as areas suitable for particular human activities, are revealed as in the "light shining through a stained-glass window." The concept was not original with McHarg. It had been tried as early as 1912 by landscape architect Warren Manning in Billerica, Massachusetts, and later, in various rough incarnations, by others. It took McHarg to turn an old refrain into an environmental call to arms.
04 April 2007
Roy DeBoer Jr.
Old Fairgrounds in San Diego - Balboa Park
Golden Gate Park
For background, go here: http://hahawall.rutgers.edu/tulloch/Candidates.html
We've mentioned it before. This is one of the very special places at Rutgers.
03 April 2007
They'll be attached from a distance by shooting a crossbow at the walruses. Much of the effort is aimed at getting a better sense for how these animals move around, but it might also help monitor changes in patterns as an impact of climate change. It is amazing to realize how much we have left to learn about an animal that seems so familiar and common at zoos.
02 April 2007
- a senior faculty member in landscape architecture who can serve as the Director of forthcoming graduate program
- a new tenture-track Extension position helping connect cutting-edge landscape architecture with the communities of New Jersey
- an instructor in landscape architecture who can teach construction and technology
01 April 2007
What a great way to start off the month of April.