The parks commissioner has said the city needs the athletic fields to combat childhood obesity. This is an important objective, but the money that would be used to destroy this extraordinary natural habitat could be better spent improving Highland Park, next to Ridgewood Reservoir. Highland Park has plenty of ball fields to serve its neighborhood, but they are in such deplorable condition that few people use them.There is even a blog (how cheesy are those?) kept by supporters.
31 May 2008
30 May 2008
"Some of these seeds are worth more than their weight in precious metals," said Mike Whitt, an environmental specialist for the Mdewakanton tribe. He said the tribe has spent about $600 an acre just to buy the seed mix needed to create prairie.
29 May 2008
28 May 2008
''We're not looking to eliminate big homes, we just think there should be a balance,'' said Planning Commission Executive Director Michael Kaiser. ''Most of what we see now is a 3,000-square-foot home with giant rooms and a cathedral ceiling. The typical firefighter, policeman or medical workers can't afford it. We'd like to provide more options.''The developers are saying that the current situation isn't their fault, but is the fault of the planning boards.
''Don't blame us, we're just building what the current zoning laws allow,'' said Chuck Hamilton, executive officer of the Lehigh Valley Builders Association. ''If a township requires 1-acre lots, no one wants to put a small house on that. If these planners allow smaller lots, we'll be happy to build smaller homes, if people want them.''(h/t Eschaton)
27 May 2008
Insights into Suburbia: art exhibition
Reception - Thurs. June 5th
Members of the Rutgers community and the general public are invited to attend a reception for the art exhibition, Insights into Suburbia, at the John Cotton Dana Library on the Rutgers-Newark campus on Thursday June 5th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Exhibition curator Esther Thyssen, PhD, Associate Professor of Art History, Sage College will speak at the reception.
The exhibition features selections from an exhibit of 55 works by 27 artists which was organized by NAWA, the oldest professional women's fine arts organization in the United States. Works were solicited from women artists across the nation to describe their physical social, and cultural perceptions of contemporary American suburbia. The pieces in the exhibit include paintings, photographs, drawings, and mixed media.
The exhibition is available for viewing in the Dana Gallery and Dana Room, on the fourth floor of the library, until June 30th.
And the criticisms have followed quite quickly:
But even in the hands of designers as talented as all of these, New Urbanism is a dead letter.
26 May 2008
Taylor, partner in charge of the Urban Design and Planning Practice at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP and the first woman to serve as chairman of the firm, is internationally known for her involvement in the design of large-scale urban projects and civic initiatives. During a 35-year career with Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Taylor has led many of the firm’s largest and most complex projects around the world.
25 May 2008
Internship Level Position
Company / Agency: City of Gaithersburg
Job Category: Community Development and Redevelopment
Salary Range: $10-$12 per hour
Experience: Not Required
Seeking a motivated college graduate with a BA/BS in Urban and/or Regional Planning, Architecture, or Geography (or other related degree field) and with coursework in geographic information systems for an intern position of approximately 20 to 30 hours per week.
The City of Gaithersburg is well-known for projects such as the neo-traditional development of Kentlands and Lakelands, revitalization of Olde Towne Gaithersburg, Washingtonian Center, and the use of many other progressive urban planning principles. The City is also a leader in the
Smart Growth arena. The planning office provides an inviting environment to learn about planning and GIS through hands-on tasks in a small city planning department. The intern would be working side-by-side with City planners and GIS staff.
Tasks to be performed include: reviewing minor site plan applications, answering general planning questions from the public, performing general research, updating various GIS layers, field visits and data collection using GPS, mapping using ArcInfo and ArcView GIS, presenting plans at staff meetings and Planning Commission meetings, and other administrative tasks
(photocopying, faxing, digital photographing of sites/buildings, telephone answering, etc.) as assigned.
Contact Name: Human Resources
E-mail Address: email@example.com
31 S. Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg MD 20877
23 May 2008
On this date in 1483, Joan of Arc was captured.
On this date in 1934, Bonne and Clyde were gunned down in Louisiana.
On this date in 2008, the Cook College class of 2008 graduated with much fanfare and sunshine.
- A record number of Environmental Geomatics Certificates were conferred.
- 8 Patels walked.
- Dr. Eva Pell of Penn State addressed the graduating class.
- At 12:02 Craig ZAGATA walked across the stage completing the parade of new Cook College graduates.
The faculty were ready to go.Taking full advantage of one of the only remaining benefits of serving on the faculty, Dr. Steven Handel got to award the diploma to his son Ethan.Our alum, Bob Sneickus, was honored and sat on the platform.Cheryl Corr and Rich Bartolone knew to stay in the shade.
Jessica Booth never dressed like this in Spain.
Christina Reimer graduated with the highest honors.
This will probably be one of my last candid photos of Zachary Caruolo.
Stephanie Blaser was ready to take notes during the Commencement Address.
Stan Brand took the stage with great energy.
Zack posed for a faculty photo.Celebrations ensued and then suddenly...The fun was over and the graduates were ready to go.More photos should appear online at http://landarch.rutgers.edu/ early next week.
Today's graduates include Suzanne Pilaar. As if having her picture on the billboard in downtown New Brunswick wasn't enough, now one of our
I had the pleasure of taking several members of the Class of '08 to Barcelona. Truly one of the great experiences for me as a teacher.
There were also around 3 members of the class of '08 that helped make the award winning Advanced Geomatics Revolutionary War Map. Cool stuff and a great (albeit exhausting) experience.
Best of luck to the Class of 2008. Today is your day. Please grab your diplomas and saplings quickly.
22 May 2008
Dr. Singh will give a presentation at 1PM in B120 entitled "Impact of Religion & Ethics on the Population Growth of India".
Impact of Religion & Ethics on the Population Growth of India
By Dr. Girija Nandan Singh, Ph.D., Professor of Geography, T M Bhagalpur
University, Bhagalpur, Bihar, India.
Abstract: India is the second most populous country in the world with a population over 1.1 billion. This paper explores the role religion and ethics play in impacting the Indian population growth. The 2 major religions in India, Hinduism (81.4%) and Islam (12.4%) had a growth rate of 20% and 29.3% respectively during 1991-2001. Hindus believe that cremation by a son leads to the salvation of the soul, which greatly increases the demand for a male child but results in the
increase of unwanted girl children. In Islam, procreation is a blessing from God and birth control is a sin. There are important differences between the modern and traditional values of Hinduism and Islam. Islam allows easy divorce and polygamy which in turn increases the risk of
woman pregnancy. As the modernization process is unfolding in India, differentials in fertility across different religion are declining but unsafe abortion is creating a bigger problem in terms of double death syndrome. The government is also using unethical ways such as coercion
and unfairness to limit population growth.
Dr. Girija Nandan Singh is the University Professor & Head of Geography at R. D. & D. J. College Munger, Bihar, India (T M Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur). He has worked as a University Professor for the past 18 years. He has more than 37 years of teaching & research experience with over 50 research publications. 14 PhD scholars have obtained their degrees under the guidance of Dr. Singh. He has represented T. M. Bhagalpur University at the International Geography Congress in Washington D.C, USA (1992), Seoul, South Korea (2000) & Glasgow, United Kingdom (2004). His primary area of specialization is Physical Geography, Population Geography, Environmental Geography & Resource Management. Besides his teaching activities Dr. Singh currently serves as a Judge in the People’s Court of Munger District of India. Munger is one the oldest district of state of Bihar in India with a population of more than 1.1 million.
Just as an example is their page about one of Thomas Edison's copper mines up in Sparta. There is even a book about Edison's mining efforts (PDF). And several years ago we took a field trip (pictured above) through the Highlands where we stopped at several mines including the Hibernia mine, famous for its bats.
There doesn’t seem to be any place for children to climb, he was told. “It’s a garden for learning about plants, not a playground,” he said.Don't worry, they still made sure that the structures were sturdy enough to handle New York's roughest. And MVV has done children's work before, so we'll trust he knows what they like. I know our boys loved his sliding board in Teardrop Park.
21 May 2008
19 May 2008
Today's NY Times reports that 2 professors, Madis Philak and Lisa Austin, are contesting Paul Murdoch's claims of exclusive authorship for his winning entry in the design competition. And, to spice things up a bit, the co-chair of the design solicitation committee is Tim Baird, a colleague Madis' at Penn State. (Tim is also an LSU grad - Geuax Tigers!) At the heart of the challenge is the concern expressed over how much Murdioch's initial proposal changed going into the second design phase. The Times reports:
As these plagiaristic charges became increasingly public, Philak and Austin submitted a paper to a national parks conference, “Designing the Parks”, where they thought that their paper was temporarily removed from the agenda because of Murdoch's manipulations. But, tomorrow they will be presenting their paper and the audience can decide whether or not this is a design catastrophe or classic coincidence.
“What’s interesting is if you look at his Phase I proposal and compare it to what his proposal is now,” Ms. Austin said, “our design is a closer match to his final design than his first is.”
Among the ideas they believe were taken from their plan are a tracing of United Flight 93’s path rendered by a break in two walls, the inclusion of buildings used by investigators in the wake of the crash, the use of abandoned mining machinery in the design, and the planting of September-blooming coneflowers.
18 May 2008
Back in December, NPR ran a great piece on the brewing controversy, but we mentioned it even earlier. It even seems to change a little every time it comes up. First the problem was the size. Then it was the nationality of the artist (Chinese) and the material (Chinese granite). Now it is the style of the representation (Social Realist).
Some proponents of public participatory design look at these processes and see them improving the nature of the dialogue and potentially the final outcome. I tend to agree in principal, but the outcomes of previous debates leave me quite concerned. Maya Lin's Vietnam Memorial survived pretty well but had a set of sculptures tacked on in a way that remains awkward decades later. The Korean didn't fare nearly as well through the process. And, as the MLK Memorial weblog points out, even the WWII was greeted coldly by critics. But they don't point out that the controversy was resolved by building something that many still consider an eyesore and that might age so inelegantly as to leave it at risk in a generation. Let's hope that the MLK memorial becomes something solid and memorable and treasured instead of an interesting relic.
17 May 2008
16 May 2008
- A redevelopment fight in Jersey City, centered around an old matzo factory, says a lot about how Jersey City is struggling to form consensus about its future.
- Paul Mulshine describes Elizabeth, NJ as having 4 du/ac density. I think he needs to buy a copy of Visualizing Density.
- A Star-Ledger feature helps folks connect with spring hikes while the NYTimes follows the Alabama Scenic River Trail.
- In the Piscataway Eminent Domain decision, the court showed how a property owner can use the appeals system to increase their compensation by delaying the process during a period of real estate inflation.
15 May 2008
A local planner has written a novel, set on the West Coast but based on the Edison gas main explosion of 1994. Scarlett Doyle told the Home News and Tribune that writing her first novel, There's No Such Thing as Closure, required a real change in her writing style:
The tougher part came in the five-year ""polishing'' process, when Doyle ""embellished'' the story by developing the characters and becoming more realistic. No longer was she writing the stilted legalese of municipal master plans, zoning reports or resolutions for planning boards.
"I had to write how people talk,'' she said. ""No more, "be it resolved.'‚''
14 May 2008
a) it was a visible and early effort to condemn a farm as a means for preserving the farmland as open space,I'll be interested to see a little about how this decision was made.
b) the owners really, really didn't want to sell to the government which made for good news coverage,
c) Jim McGreevey said "Machiavelli", and
d) (maybe) because it was a very visible property on a busy highway.
David Byrne is turning the Battery Maritime Building in lower Manhattan into a giant musical instrument as an interactive exhibit he calls Playing the Building. He already did this to the Färgfabriken in Stockholm, Sweden in 2005.
Wired provides some interesting coverage of the exhibit, due to open at the end of May:
"I'm not suggesting people abandon musical instruments and start playing their cars and apartments," he adds, "but I do think the reign of music as a commodity made only by professionals might be winding down. The imminent demise of the large record companies as gatekeepers of the world's popular music is a good thing, for the most part."While you are there you could just cross the street and see Ken Smith's work at 55 Water.
Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance
If you lack some time and just want to think about cities you could jump to about the 45 minute mark. If you just want to relax, don't jump to the 55 minute mark.
13 May 2008
Q. I am unhappy with my FINAL grade and would like to see it changed. What can I do?
And also a link to some summer reading lists that Allan Shearer and I have each proposed.
11 May 2008
10 May 2008
09 May 2008
08 May 2008
Mapping SPRAWL: A Convergence of Art and Science
Thursday, May 15, 2008, 6pm-8pm. Free Event
What do a New Media artist, two acclaimed experts on sprawl and a policy maker have in common?
Join Jersey City Museum on Thursday, May 15th at 6pm to explore how the work of an artist interfaces with science and serves to interpret important issues affecting New Jersey communities. The evening will feature a discussion with a panel comprising of an artist from the museum's SPRAWL exhibition and three experts who deal with the issue of sprawl in various
ways through their work.
Inspired by New Jersey's first geological maps created by George Cook in the late 19th Century, and based on studies of land use and land cover of the past three decades, artist Hector Canonge spent several months traveling the state of New Jersey, visiting various counties, and sampling the landscape with a video camera for signs of urban sprawl, smart growth, and new urbanism for his new work "parallel grounds," on view in SPRAWL thru August 2008. More information about his work can be found at www.hectorcanonge.net.
Canonge will be joined by Dr. Richard G. Lathrop, Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, CRSSA, at Rutgers University, and Dr. John E. Hasse, sprawl expert and professor of geography at Rowan University.
Lathrop and Hasse are both well-known scientists involved in the national debate about land use. Rounding out the discussion will be Tim Evans, the director of research at New Jersey Future, a statewide research and policy group advocating smarter ways to grow protecting open lands and natural resources.
Jersey City Museum's gallery hours are Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 5pm, Thursday from 11am to 8pm and weekends from 12pm to 5pm. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for seniors and students, and free for children under 12 and museum members. Admission is free for all on Thursday evenings from 5 to 8pm. Jersey City Museum is located at 350 Montgomery Street at Monmouth in the Historic Downtown District of Jersey City, within walking distance of the Grove Street PATH and Jersey Avenue Light Rail stations. For more information, visit www.jerseycitymuseum.org or call 201-413-0303.
SPRAWL is made possible by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and through the lead sponsorship of JP Morgan Chase.
Founded in 1901, the Jersey City Museum is the major presenter of contemporary art serving the people of Jersey City, Hudson County and the region. The museum organizes many group and solo exhibitions every year, featuring works by culturally diverse, contemporary artists and from its 10,000-piece collection of regional significant art and historical objects.
Through exhibitions, educational initiatives and programs, the museum welcomes over 25,000 visitors each year, including 11,000 school-aged children and youth.
Contact: Rita Salpietro
Euclid v Ambler
Penn Central v NYC
Lucas v SC Coastal
Dolan v Tigard
And remember that any of these could get vandalized (briefly) in the next day or two.
07 May 2008
- the Celebration you see in magazines (although my version is grayer), and
- the Celebration you don't.
06 May 2008
These listings aren''t just shouting into the wind. Last year they listed the old Bell Labs which is now being studied for appropriate future uses. But some properties don't make it.