30 April 2009
29 April 2009
Assessing the Implications of Sea Level Rise to the Built and Natural Environment of Cape May, New Jersey
Advanced Environmental Geomatics Class
"Assessing the Implications of Sea Level Rise to the Built and Natural Environment of Cape May, New Jersey"
11 AM - 12PM
Friday, May 1, 2009
Room 123 ENRS
28 April 2009
Graff said both projects encourage students to think outside the box and use the skills they are learning in class.The article has a photo too.
“It is experimental learning, taking everything we normally study in textbooks and actually doing it,” Graff said.
27 April 2009
26 April 2009
2003. Niall Kirkwood
2004. Jim Sipes
2005. Linda Jewell
2006. John Stilgoe
2007. Michael van Valkenburgh
2008. Andrea Cochran
2009. Steve Martino
24 April 2009
The tables are out and the posters are up for Ag Field Day 2009.
Landscape Architecture Open House
Blake Hall 9:30 - 3
CRSSA Open House
Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences Building
10 - Noon
23 April 2009
Aside from Landscape Architecture Month, Earth Day and Ag Field Day, this is week is also National Trail Volunteer Week. Even though it will be over soon, it doesn't mean you can't get out and volunteer as soon as you finish finals.
H/t MapEcos through Lifehacker
22 April 2009
The library includes links to things like an original map of St. Augustine, Florida, the picture (above) of Lincoln at Antietam with McClelland and Pinkerton, William Blake's Book of Urizen, a German Modern Geographic Table of Geography, Aucarete du Biscay's An account of a voyage up the river de la Plata, and thence over land to Peru, a recording of Amazing Grace played by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, an 1833 Japanese painting of Peony and Canary, and a 1550 manuscript of the Persian Munajat.
There are lots of interactive online maps of poverty, unemployment and socioeconomic woes these days, and one of the better lists of sites is at MetaFilter.
Included in their list is a page that maps out income inequality and compares individual states to third world countries. The comparison between NJ and Uganda would be hard to ignore if you knew where Uganda was...
21 April 2009
The sad part is that in these already tough time for newspapers, the best that the Washington Post could come up with was, In Va., Vision of Suburbia at a Crossroads: Targeting Cul-de-Sacs, Rules Now Require Through Streets in New Subdivisions. Really? And do we wonder why print is dying?
Meanwhile, the Virginia Home Builders Association has vowed to continue to challenge the new rules. “We only have one-term governors in Virginia,” Tolson said. “We’ll push to have it revisited.”
BTW - the Random House dictionary is clear that the plural is culs-de-sac.
20 April 2009
Big fire in the Pinelands
BBC's Planet Earth for hip Earth Day preparations
Ten cool things about John Muir
Egypt has lifted its ban on GPS (h/t Ogle Earth)
UMich looks into serious Google Earth applications
Map-a-day picked up Sarah Williams' buzz maps
17 April 2009
Storm Surge Climatology and Modeling for the New York City Metropolitan Region
Brian A. Colle, Stony Brook University (Friday, 2:15 seminar)
Environmental and Resource Sciences Building, Room 223, Cook Campus (Environmental Sciences)
Shortened Description: The New Jersey Highlands Council is accepting applications to fill internship positions to assist in the development of the Council’s Geographic Information Systems. The position is a part time internship position with compensation ranging between $10 and $14 per hour depending upon qualifications/education. The position is geared towards students of GIS who are looking to advance their academic or applied knowledge of location based technology in a regional planning context. The position is best suited for someone who has a background in the natural resources and/or planning disciplines with GIS experience and/or coursework. The internship will provide excellent exposure and practical experience in applied resource management and regional planning. Work hours as well as start and end dates of employment are flexible. Summer only interns are encouraged to apply as well. The New Jersey Highlands Council office is located in Chester Township, Morris County, New Jersey.
The Project for Public Spaces has created a web page dedicated to Dr. Oldenburg including some quotes that highlight how his work fits into their work. Here is one:
Totally unlike Main Street, the shopping mall is populated by strangers. As people circulate about in the constant, monotonous flow of mall pedestrian traffic, their eyes do not cast about for familiar faces, for the chance of seeing one is small. That is not part of what one expects there. The reason is simple. The mall is centrally located to serve the multitudes from a number of outlying developments within its region. There is little acquaintance between these developments and not much more within them. Most of them lack focal points or core settings and, as a result, people are not widely known to one another, even in their own neighborhoods, and their neighborhood is only a minority portion of the mall’s clientele.
16 April 2009
In 2006 ASLA honored his Quartz Mountain Residence project with the Residential Design Award of Residential Excellence.
The site was limited in size:
A narrow 40-year house needed to be updated and enlarged for a growing family. Automobiles and asphalt dominated the arrival and outdoor experience. A drive-thru carport and a cul-de-sac sized asphalt parking area (4,300 square foot) were located at the ‘front’ door. The house was one lot away from the constant noise of a major roadway and lacked any outdoor shaded areas.The solution is described in detail on the ASLA awards site. The description makes clear how much change was achieved on the site:
This project illustrates how new design work can be artful and at the same time responsible to the natural environment. The house celebrates where we live rather make apologies for it. The house strives to be in harmony with the site. A 6,600 square foot asphalt driveway and parking area has been replaced with porous decomposed granite paving. The entry courtyard with Palo Verde trees replaces the guest parking area outside the front door.The jury was pretty impressed saying:
"Transforming. The landscape architect's ability to combine architectural elements with dramatic plant materials make this such a welcoming space. Great lesson value on sustainability in residential design, this garden emphasizes innovations in the use of native plants and shade trees."And, since he has won several other ASLA design awards, our students and alums are welcome to stop by the Blake Hall reading room to read about them in our colection of Landscape Architecture Magazines.
15 April 2009
This class is being taught by Dr. Frank Gallagher, who was recently described by the Star-Ledger as an administrator for the state Division of Parks and Forestry, who is managing the future development of Liberty State Park.
Greetings from Dubai: Design, Environment and Impressions of a New Middle East
Rather than talk about his own work, Mr. Appel talked about the larger context of this important place.
We are all temporary stewards and we try to learn lessons from the past. But here is a place with no lessons from the past, no history, no grounding to identify what is important. The Bedouin history is limited, there was a little pearl industry and a small port city.
3:1 Male:Female ratio
83% of the city residents are expatriates – they can’t own property
Home to the iconic Burj Al-Arab hotel and the tallest building ever, the Burj Dubai
In 2006 the population had grown to about 1.4 million (over 1 million men)
The Palm Islands will have 4000 villas, 1000 water homes, 5000 apartments
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Other notable features of the city included the Mall of the Emirates, with its indoor ski slope, and the district of Dubailand. Stu described Dubailand as Orlando times 2.5.
The world financial crisis has impacted the place as well, with hundreds of billions in construction that has halted.
45 minutes by plane from Dubai, but a very different approach
Doha is taking down its embassies to create green space along the water
Less than half a million residents, more expats than not
Has protected older places and created other quality spaces - Souk marketplace
It is a place of contrasts - Fishing ships cross in front of modern structures
The heat still requires better indoor spaces like at the Sidra Medical and Reserach Centre
They are not immune to the dramatic - check out this video of their island complex called The Pearl...
The environmental impact may not get discussed as much, but the opportunity to participate in some of these unparalleled experiences is a trade off that some designers won't make. And the cultural conflicts are tough, so guides have emerged. But this is an important place and different people and groups are dealing with it in different ways - ULI has a new magazine called Urban Land Middle East.
Summary: Not a travelogue, not a design presentation, but a serious and thoughtful discussion about this emerging world center.
14 April 2009
13 April 2009
Stuart D. Appel, ASLA, RLA, , wellsappel. Planning, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design
Greetings from Dubai: Design, Environment, and Impressions of a New Middle East
Dubai and Doha are major cities in the Persian Gulf whose historic importance as port towns has been modest for centuries. Traditionally nomadic tribes, the people of this sparsely populated desert region have oral traditions, which leave little history to print, and few building traditions which express their culture or environment.
The relatively recent discovery of oil and natural gas has however, changed all of this. With the creation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971 and the Gulf Cooperation Council soon thereafter, the modest cities of Dubai and Doha have grown in profoundly different ways. They share however a regional and international influence, which in less then twenty years has been remarkable.
The pace and scale of development in both cities has occurred at a rate unprecedented in world history. Some of it is thoughtful and embracing the best lessons of design and sustainability that the international design community has to offer. Much of it unfortunately is not. The absence of
historical context, building traditions, urban experience, and ecological priority has resulted (in my humble opinion) in a search for design identity. While this exploration is healthy and necessary, the rush to build has not afforded the time required to find the "self".
"Greetings from Dubai" will present an overview of what has occurred, what is planned and some of the challenges and opportunities facing the local population, the international community and the environment.
As the senior principal of Wells Appel, Stuart Appel's unique approach to his work seeks to merge the logic of planning, the art of design and the science of ecology. His practice requires a regional understanding of context, culture, and natural systems in the creation of landscapes, which are sustainable and compelling. His three decades of work suggest that great places, which are noteworthy and memorable, are designed and sustained, through a genuine understanding of and respect for the community's values, history and context. http://www.wellsappel.com/
Time: 4:00-5:15 PM
Location: Cook Douglass Lecture Hall 110.
Sense of Place and New Urbanism: Towards a Holistic Understanding of Place & Form
Kyle Beidler, Ph.D.
Room 131 Blake Hall
Co-Hosted By: Department of Human Ecology and Department of Landscape Architecture
Abstract: New Urbanism is an all-encompassing term that refers to an increasingly popular set of design tenets that draw upon traditional urban forms in the creation or redevelopment of residential communities. Although design professionals are increasingly adopting these design tenets in the creation of new communities, there is no research that either supports or rejects New Urbanism's underlying assumption that neotraditional design tenets are capable of fostering a "sense of place." This assumption is essentially a normative claim that presumes the principles of the New Urbanism can have a measurably positive effect on sense of place (Kelbaugh 2002; Congress for the New Urbanism 2000).
This research project employs an existential-phenomenological approach to understand two specific people-place relationships. The project first explores how a "sense of place" arises for residents of a neotraditional neighborhood located in Blacksburg, Virginia. The methodology then investigates the influence of physical form in the development of a sense of place.
Analysis indicates that social interaction in the form of un-structured chance encounters with neighbors heavily influences the transformation of mere space into place. Further analysis indicates that such encounters are not directly related to density. Rather, the spatial quality, the
relationship between the built and un-built environment and the design of the public/private realm emerge as key factors in encouraging such residential experiences. The results are discussed in the context of the New Urbanism design tenets.
"A slow-moving Category 3 hurricane or larger will flood the city. There will be between 17 and 20 feet of standing water, and New Orleans as we now know it will no longer exist."The Times-Picayune reports that he has been fired and the resulting letters are interesting.
—Ivor van Heerden, October 29, 2004
12 April 2009
Plant Biology Graduate program announces a non-thesis MS defense seminar.
"Best Management of irrigation Practices and the Physiological Effects Associated with the Use of Reclaimed Water in Golf Turf Management"
Tim Sibicky, MS candidate
2:30 - 3:30 PM, Monday (April 13)
Room 138A Foran Hall
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Keep an eye out for another poll before the semester is over.
11 April 2009
Elsewhere online, I have some additional photos of the same park from a previous trip, with children added for scale.
10 April 2009
We also like seeing some of our students quoted - Jenna Gatto and Sarah Nitchman got a little more famous today. Hopefully, it won't be their last chance to be in the Targum (I am thinking..."Major alumni donors propel LA Department").
It isn't too late to sign up! Just write Ari at firstname.lastname@example.org.
09 April 2009
MONDAY 13 APRIL
LECTURE, 6 pm, Betts Auditorium
no frills, no brand: building the global bare life
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Principal, Foreign Office Architects, London
When I taught in Barcelona, one of the absolute highlights was visiting their recent design for South East Coastal Park, which was also part of the Groundswell exhibition at MoMA. But you may know some of FOA's work dating back as early as the Yokohama Port Terminal (map).
But wait, there's more!
On April 18th they are holding a conference called 'Landform Building: Architecture's New Terrain.' The speaker list is pretty hot and includes Barcelona's Vicente Guallart who designed the Master Plan for Valencia's Sociopolis.
For Ms. Williams the geo-tagging represents a new wave of information that can be culled from sites like Flickr and Twitter. “We’re going to see more research that’s using these types of finer-grained data sets, what I call data shadows, the traces that we leave behind as we go through the city,” she said. “They’re going to be important in uncovering what makes cities so dynamic.”You should read the whole article, because this isn't going away.
Dr. Leah Horowitz
DEENR, Rutgers University
How can ecology be political? Definitions, critiques, and some examples of "political ecology".
4:00 p.m., Alampi Room, Marine and Coastal Sciences
Thursday April 9, 2009
08 April 2009
07 April 2009
On Wednesday, April 8 in the SAC from 7pm to 9pm NJPIRG will be hosting a Global Warming Solution Panel. Panelists include Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., Professor Anthony Broccoli, Professor Jennifer Francis, Professor Mike Kennish, Professor Oscar Schofield, and Environment NJ Representative Doug O'Mally. We will be discussing the issue of Global Warming, it's impact on the world and environment, legislation that could help address the problem (such as the American Clean Energy and Security Act that Congressmans Waxman and Markey have recently proposed) along with other solutions to the most challenging and important problem that our generation faces. Each panelist will give a short presentation on their field of expertise and then we will open the panel up for discussion and to questions from the audience. All are welcome to attend!
06 April 2009
But when you can't quite figure out that tough formula for analysis, you could stare at the pencil and wonder how they get the lead in there. Or you could just watch this video and see for yourself:
But I don't want to see even one misuse of Roll Call. Do not spell it Role Call! (Better still, don't write about it or the Pledge of Allegiance, since neither are an important element in analyzing the outcomes of the meeting)
04 April 2009
"The entire creative process requires you to be unsuccessful: failed concepts, long hours, repeated attempts, constant revisions, massaging the details, and patience carving your career."But for students, the software makes this even more difficult. This story from the essay soounds pretty familiar:
The student exclaims, I just cannot make Photoshop do what I want to!
The instructor replies, This is only the fifth week of class,
to which the student retorts, I know, I should’ve mastered it by now!
02 April 2009
Returning from my latest trip, I found my advising sheet (ENR 133) all filled up, so I have squeezed in a few more spots. Most questions shouldn't be too urgent since you can't add classes until the 12th. Still, if you procastinate signing up, the later slots will be filled as well.
I have also added a little suitability analysis piece to the EnvPlan class materials.
01 April 2009
In the photo above you can see that the white light directed in one direction, for pedestrian safety, while the LED colors were most visible in the other direction. This side view illustrates the footprint of the light.
The light towers kept changing colors, but it was primarily visible from the ocean side.