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Landscape urbanism bullshit generator [27 Jul 2008|11:41pm]

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Accreditation [23 Jul 2007|04:07pm]

Any thoughts as to the importance of accreditation for an urban planning degree? E.g., will it make a difference if a master's in some sort of urban planning is accredited or not? Thanks for any advice. :)
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Landscape architecture artsy exhibit [10 Jun 2007|10:27pm]

Our fellow friends of landscape architecture did this week such a nice artsy thing: they had an exhibition with their projects and many conceptual stuff concerning what they're learning. The whole exhibit actually changed the spatiality of our uni's big lobby projecting it in a whole new space.

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Urban plan for a residential area - fourth year Architecture Uni project [04 Jan 2007|05:19pm]

So this is what it turned out. Thanks edgecondition for the hints in your reply ;).

LOCATION: south-west of Bucharest (Romania --> Europe)
THEME: urban plan for a residential area

This is the final product, as I'm not gonna start explaining the city's context and urbanism and the way it's expanding and stuff :):

Whole area plan 1:5000 [including the urbanistic solution proposed]
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Detailed plan 1:2000
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Model with urban textures (420 x 594mm)
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Urban plan at 1:5000 [19 Dec 2006|01:22am]

We have this urbanism project at the uni and I'm really desperate, so basically I'm asking for those of you who knows/got links with examples with how this urban plan suppose to look like (I'm at the architecture section; fourth year). Like, I want to know how detailed or not this suppose to look like at 1:5000, considering that our site has 420ha.

+ (we also have this thing to do) if you know examples of models with urban textures or ideas about how to make an urban textures model (most of the students want to make it with seed or spaghetti or stuff like that).

Please, help! I have the deadline Friday, but tomorow I'm making the 1:5000 plan (because after that I'm gonna colour it in Photoshop and it will take some time) and I'm starting to make the urban textures model.

Thank you.
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Another new urbanist website [18 Jul 2006|10:57pm]

One of the more interesting recent trends in urbanism has been the revival of midwestern rustbelt cities such as Milwaukee and especially Chicago. In 1912, Winnipeg was known as "The Chicago of the North," but today has more of a reputation as the Detroit of the north: a ghetto inner city with the prosperous sprawling out into new suburbs and exurbs. TRU Winnipeg.org is a website offering new urbanist solutions to reinvigorating a once-bustling urban environment.

Winnipeg makes a fascinating case study because it—along with Detroit, Kansas City, and Butte, MT—is a textbook example of a well-functioning, pre-WWII urban environment brought to ruin by car culture, sprawl, single-use zoning, "urban renewal" and mass demolitions, modernist architecture, and the GM Streetcar Conspiracy.
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[04 Mar 2006|07:10pm]

I'm searching for discourse that has taken place between scholars about the works of Jane Jacobs, particularly that great classic "The Life and Death of Great American Cities." Are there any particular people who have criticized and/or defended her, and have responded to articles by one another? I'm at a loss in my research and I really hope there's something like this out there.

Please email me or leave a comment if you can give me any pointers. I would appreciate it soooo much. Thank you!!!
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Habitat JAM [30 Nov 2005|11:50am]
Hey folks, This might be of an interest to you, if you don't know about it already: http://www.habitatjam.com/index.php
"As part of the preparations for the third session of the World Urban Forum, the Government of Canada in partnership with UN-HABITAT is sponsoring this 72-hour internet event. From December 1-3, 2005, the Habitat JAM will gather your input and add it to thousands of others to turn ideas into actions for the Vancouver World Urban Forum agenda and influence the Forum's content."
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[16 Jun 2005|05:07am]

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[13 May 2005|11:13am]


Since 1940, the practice of rigorously separating residential, commercial, and retail spaces has helped to create suburban sprawl. Characterized by homogenous subdivisions, monotonous strip malls, and big-box stores accessible only by traffic-choked highways, sprawl also brings a host of social, economic, environmental, and health-related problems.

Twenty years ago, critics of sprawling development and the attendant car-centric culture coalesced in the New Urbanism movement. Relying on the compact, walkable, and mixed-use character of prewar neighborhoods as a model for reforming development, they advocate planned communities with small retail stores, town squares, sidewalks, green spaces, and a mix of housing types.

The goal is not only to restore the aesthetics of traditional neighborhoods but also to allow greater economic diversity by creating developments with a range of housing types and sizes. New Urbanism decreases residents’ dependance on cars by including stores that provide daily services within walking distance. Aside from the healthful and environmental benefits, these developments create options for those unable to drive because of age or income. The Geography of Nowhere by James Kunstler and Suburban Nation by Andres Duany, et. al., critique urban sprawl and New Urbanism solutions.

- taken from Fine Homebuilding magazine's annual Homes issue, written by Donald Powers. (http://www.taunton.com/store/pages/020171.asp)
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[05 Apr 2005|03:49pm]
The Long Emergency

What's going to happen as we start running out of cheap gas to guzzle?

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Please describe your job to help others choose one. [16 Dec 2003|04:30pm]


I just started a new community, aboutmyjob, where I invite all of you to post your thoughts about your current or past jobs. I'm hoping my community will help young people to answer that very difficult question "What do I want to be?".

Please check out the description via the link above. If you want to post, there's no need to join the community, you can do so right away.

Thanks in advance for sharing, and helping.
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BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN AMERICA [29 Nov 2003|02:13am]

Regarding Money Magazine's Best Places To Live In America, I recently sent the following letter to the editors. Thought I'd share it with you.
Rather than a popularity contest, how about adding value to the equation by also looking at "smart growth?" For example, how do these 'burbs handle or plan to handle sprawl, transportation, sustainability, economic development, etc.?

It's been said that a home is one of the biggest if not the biggest investment people make but BEST PLACES to LIVE is more like stock tip spam to me - cost of residential real estate relative to local incomes? It's high and it's hot! As community stakeholders, shouldn't the real winners be those with the best rating and buy and hold potential?

To learn more about smart growth and the principles of New Urbanism, visit:

Environmental Protection Agency: Smart Growth
Congress for the New Urbanism
National Geographic Earthpulse: The New Suburb
Smart Growth America
Smart Growth Online
National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
The hyperlinks were included in the email. Let me know if you want them posted.
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[01 May 2003|08:31am]

I have to write two things: (1) recommendation for this project's use of TIF, and (2) as a citizen, why I am against the project's use of TIF.

I need of some second round effects of TIF use. Like over supplying the housing market, thus dropping the values of the neighboring land, thus lowering property tax intake by the city.... stuff like that. Any more ideas?
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ramblings and whatnot. [30 Apr 2003|10:42pm]

Hi. No one has posted in here since I have joined, so I will just jump in.
My name is Heather and I am fairly new to urban planning and community revitalization and all that fun stuff, but I am quickly becoming obessessed with all of it.
I don't really have much to say. Just wanted to introduce all who may not know to an organization called the Rocky Mountain Institute. I'm not affliated with it, but I think it is pretty awesome. Recently I found a book they have published at the library about how to organize groups to revitalize local economies and do so in a sustainable manner. Anyway. This post is pretty pointless except to provide a link to their website for more information if anyone is interested.

"RMI is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of natural, human and other capital to make the world more secure, just, prosperous, and life sustaining. We do this by inspiring business, civil society, and government to design integrative solutions that create true wealth."
Good day!
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[28 May 2002|05:50pm]

I've have been told time and again that I should obtain a copy of some sort of CAD program; the two that have been recommended to me most are ArchiCAD and ArcView. I do not want to be an architect, though, but rather a land-use planner. Which of these programs functions better, or is there another that is more aptly suited to my purpose?
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Reno-Sparks rated as hot spot for business [15 May 2002|07:02am]

Bill O'Driscoll

The Reno-Sparks area keeps moving up in the rankings as a great place for business.

The annual Forbes magazine/Milken Institute study of the nations 200 best places to do business and advance a career puts the region at 22nd place, up from 45th last year.

Business newcomers and promotional leaders point to northern Nevadas quality of life and diversification from a gaming-dependent economy.

"Renos not just this little podunk gambling city anymore," said president Barbara Wallace of Delphi Asset Management, a small, Reno-based financial subsidiary of software giant Oracle Corp.

"It helps validate our pattern of diversification," said Chuck Alvey, chief executive of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada.

Reno-Sparks emergence as a place to do business has been swift. The metro area, excluding Carson City and Douglas County, ranked 134th in the 1999 Forbes/Milken study, soared to 70th in 2000 and jumped to 45th a year ago.

That makes the area the third-fastest-rising region over the period, behind McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, and Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark. , and just ahead of fourth-place Las Vegas.

"Its very significant. No longer can people look at us and say, Whats going on?" said Michael Thomas, executive director of the Reno-based TechAlliance.

Eight California cities ranked ahead of Reno, and Las Vegas, the nations fastest-growing region, was No. 3 in the study to be published May 27 in Forbes magazine.

But Thomas and others also point to a new category this year, measuring job growth after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. On that, Reno-Sparks placed 21st.

"Renos a good success story," said Skip Rimer of the not-for-profit Milken Institute of Santa Monica, Calif.

"The economy recently has done well, almost 5 percent job growth," he said. "Only one category was slightly below the national average, for salary and wage growth."

When Delphi Asset Management came to Reno in January 2000, Wallace had to find staff to get started.

"I interviewed five people and hired all five," she said. "And I havent regretted it since."

Bill Andrews considered San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle, among other cities, before choosing Reno 2 1/2 years ago to launch Sierra Sciences Inc., a biotech firm focused on aging research.

"I was looking for a place away from the hustle and bustle, with an environment employees would like," he said.

He said hes not surprised by Renos lofty status in the Forbes/Milken study.

"Reno has everything. Theres no traffic, compared to California," he said. "You can walk to work if you want."
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Reno makes headway on new downtown events center project [07 May 2002|02:44pm]

Architect, project manager chosen for downtown Reno events center

John Stearns
5/6/2002 10:12 pm

The Reno Redevelopment Agency on Monday night approved a nationally recognized architectural firm to design the downtown events/convention center and a city company to oversee its construction.

In a 4-0 vote with three members absent, the agency hired Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates of Atlanta to design the project and SMC Construction of Reno to manage construction.

TVS fees for the project will not exceed $5.793,000; SMCs will not exceed $2,888,249.

The total project; which includes retrofitting the National Bowling Stadium into a multiuse facility and attaching it to a new building to the north; will cost an estimated $65 million, of which construction will cost an estimated $45 million.

The rest covers TVS and SMC fees, land acquisition and other costs for the project that proponents say is critical to attracting midweek conventions and special weekends events to revitalize the core of the regions visitor-based economy.

"Im thrilled about the firm youre selecting," said Artown Executive Director Karen Craig, who sat on a review committee that recommended TVS from a field of seven candidates.

TVS officials said they want to create a building in front of which people will want to be photographed, Craig said.

The company received the 2002 American Institute of Architects "Architecture Firm Award" and has designed the McCormick Place Convention Center expansion in Chicago, Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City and Omni CNN Center in Atlanta.

"We have designed approximately 40 convention-type facilities (across the country)," H. Preston "Bo" Crum, senior principal in TVS, told the agency.

Agency Chairman and Reno Mayor Jeff Griffin said such a firms interest in Reno makes a statement about "the value that were trying to put together here."

SMC, selected from among five candidates, won points for its successful management of the renovation and expansion of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The tab for that is $105 million, with about $65 million for construction.

"We are under budget substantially (on that project)," SMC partner Tom Carroll told the agency, adding the project also is about four months ahead of schedule.

Agency member and Reno City Councilwoman Jessica Sferrazza-Hogan questioned Carroll about his safeguards for controlling construction costs.

"I dont want to see another Bowling Stadium disaster," Sferrazza-Hogan said.

The stadium opened in 1995 at roughly double original cost estimates. SMC was not involved in that project.

"Were in good hands here," Sferrazza-Hogan said of SMC before voting to hire the company.

The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority built the stadium to attract tens of thousands of bowlers to the tourism-dependent city two out of every three years during the slower winter-spring periods.

While it was successful in that regard, the stadium proved a financial drain on RSCVA, which had to tap its already meager marketing budget to help subsidize stadium operations and debt.

It conceived of the latest project to better utilize the stadium, help downtown and take the facilitys debt off RSCVAs books by transferring it to the city.

The city got the facility last week after it issued $108.6 million in bonds to refinance stadium debt and build the downtown project.

RSCVA will operate the new facility and pay for its operations, with some subsidies from the city for the first nine years.
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City resident satisfaction survey [03 Mar 2002|10:12am]

Residents Rank Quality of Life in Reno

[February 26, 2002]

In a second annual Reno Citizen Satisfaction Survey conducted for the City of Reno, 87 percent of respondents say they enjoy the quality of life in the Truckee Meadows, 68 percent are satisfied with the quality of services their city government provides, and 91 percent feel safe in their neighborhoods.

Magellan Research of Las Vegas conducted the survey in early February, speaking to 703 Reno residents. Of these, 279 have lived in Reno more than 20 years. The group was split almost perfectly along gender lines, and 72 percent said they owned their own home. The survey's margin of error is + or - 4 percent.

Over 65 percent of respondents believe City of Reno employees are knowledgeable about their jobs, courteous, responsive and accessible to citizens. Of the 400 respondents who said they or a member of their family had used City of Reno services, facilities or programs, 354 were satisfied or very satisfied with the value of services they received. More than 59 percent of respondents say they have participated in arts and cultural events in downtown Reno such as the Pioneer Theater, Artown and the Riverside 12 theater.

More respondents get their news about city government through newspapers than through any other single source. Newspapers and television news is where 74 percent of respondents get their information, with 0.5 percent relying on weekly magazines or newspapers.

Respondents said they would like to see more of their tax dollars spent on roads and road maintenance, with police expenditures as the next priority.
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Reno gets a hearty plug from the WSJ [05 Feb 2002|09:00pm]

Reno�s validation: Officials to exploit national exposure

Bill O�Driscoll
1/6/2002 01:31 pm

Northern Nevada�s success in diversifying its economy won headlines in the nation�s second-largest newspaper last week � and area officials are pouncing
on all the attention. "This is an independent validation; You can�t get better coverage than that," Chuck Alvey, president of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, said of the story (at right) in Wednesday�s edition of The Wall Street Journal. Alvey and others are working to get the word out that a newspaper with a weekday circulation of more than 1.8 million put northern Nevada�s economic success story on the front page of its Marketplace section. But in so doing, the Journal compared northern Nevada with Las Vegas, the nation�s fastest-growing area in the 1990s thanks largely to casino growth.

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