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Sensing The City: Legibility In The Context Of Mediated Spatial Terrains, Sharon Wohl Dec 2018

Sensing The City: Legibility In The Context Of Mediated Spatial Terrains, Sharon Wohl

Architecture Publications

Smartphones, with their “pervasive presence” in contact with our bodies, have come to act as sensory prosthetics that mediate our experience of the city. They activate new possibilities of navigating the urban, such that we can find exactly what we want, rather than what has been placed before us. This article argues that smartphone technologies produce a more fluid engagement with urban space: where space is not so much “given” as “enacted.” In this context, notions of “legibility” take on new algorithmic and virtual forms. Thus, according to Hamilton and colleagues, where “the legible city waited to be read, the ...


City Play: Post-Affordances And The Transformative Power Of Place, Benjamin A. Shirtcliff, Mahsa Adib Mar 2018

City Play: Post-Affordances And The Transformative Power Of Place, Benjamin A. Shirtcliff, Mahsa Adib

Landscape Architecture Conference Proceedings and Papers

Landscape architecture research and practice often focus on demand or instrumental value of the land to serve some need, like a healing garden or playground, or the intrinsic value of the land due to unique characteristics, like a protected wilderness or geological phenomenon, but rarely does the discipline concentrate on the transformative power of the environment. Sarkar (2012) suggests that transformative power refers to those unanticipated experiences with the environment that change or transform our worldview.


Thriving Cities: How To Define, Apply, And Measure Well-Being At Scale, Jaclyn Gaffaney Aug 2017

Thriving Cities: How To Define, Apply, And Measure Well-Being At Scale, Jaclyn Gaffaney

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

What is a thriving city? Is it even possible to raise the well-being of an entire city, and why bother? Recent advancements in positive psychology have made it possible to define, measure, and increase well-being on a much larger scale. This provides an unprecedented opportunity for cities to explore well-being. In order to increase the well-being of the city – cities will need to think carefully about what that means, why it is important, and how they will do it. This capstone posits that cities can define what well-being means for themselves inclusive of: the target (the city, individuals, or other ...


Growing Portland: Not Whether, But How, Richard Barringer Phd, Joseph Mcdonnell Phd Jan 2017

Growing Portland: Not Whether, But How, Richard Barringer Phd, Joseph Mcdonnell Phd

Faculty Publications

In the 400 years since European settlement, Portland has survived the ravages of war, invasion, pestilence, conflagration, and economic depression and recession. Once a renowned manufacturing, trade, and shipping center, it now enjoys what might be called a post-industrial renaissance as a vibrant center for the arts, education, entertainment, and banking, legal, and medical services; and is frequently cited as one of America’s best small cities. As a result, Portland is growing today and is positioned for more growth.

The question, then, is not whether Portland will grow, but how well it will grow; or, how best to manage ...


Creating A Successful Wayfinding System: Lessons Learned From Springfield, Massachusetts, Yanhua Lu Nov 2016

Creating A Successful Wayfinding System: Lessons Learned From Springfield, Massachusetts, Yanhua Lu

Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Masters Projects

The masters project presents findings from recent work the author completed related to wayfinding, and wayfinding systems. This work began as part of a graduate urban design studio, followed by work as a research assistant at the UMass Design Center in Springfield, on a new “demonstration” wayfinding system installed in Springfield, Massachusetts. The wayfinding project was done in association with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the Springfield Office of Planning and Community Development, was implemented with the main goals of improving public health by encouraging more people to walk.

Wayfinding systems are increasingly seen as an important part of ...


Springfield, Nebraska Urban Design Master Plan, Tonya K. Carlson May 2015

Springfield, Nebraska Urban Design Master Plan, Tonya K. Carlson

Community and Regional Planning Program: Professional Projects

Sarpy County has been experiencing rapid growth over the past several decades. Seeing the effects of rapid growth in other communities in Sarpy County, Springfield, Nebraska chose to be proactive in shaping the growth and aesthetics of their community. The Urban Design Master Plan is a measure taken by the city to ensure Springfield is fully ready for further growth. The purpose of this professional project is to provide Springfield with a tool that will help guide and influence future development.

The project begins by researching the history of Springfield. The community has remained relatively small in population, compared to ...


No Space Left Behind - Graduate Urban Design Studio - Landarch 606, Christopher H. Counihan, Matthew R. Hisle, Yanhua Lu, Maozhu Mao, Emilie Marques Jordao, James S. Prendergast, Michalagh C. Stoddard, Ruoying Tang, Jing Wang, Nelle Katharine Ward, Yuqing Yang, Yi Yang, Yu Yu, Kellie Fenton, Yue Li, Yuquing Wu Apr 2015

No Space Left Behind - Graduate Urban Design Studio - Landarch 606, Christopher H. Counihan, Matthew R. Hisle, Yanhua Lu, Maozhu Mao, Emilie Marques Jordao, James S. Prendergast, Michalagh C. Stoddard, Ruoying Tang, Jing Wang, Nelle Katharine Ward, Yuqing Yang, Yi Yang, Yu Yu, Kellie Fenton, Yue Li, Yuquing Wu

Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Studio and Student Research and Creative Activity

The following report documents the work of the 2015 Spring Graduate Urban Design Studio course in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. This fourteen week studio focused on using tactical urbanism to engage Springfield’s Metro Center neighborhood with visions to revitalize the downtown core of this legacy city.

In addition to completing the components of a traditional urban design studio (site analyses, schematic plans, spatial designs, and programming), the student teams also developed conceptual projects to immediately engage the public. These efforts culminated in a free afternoon walking tour throughout the Metro Center that presented several tactical ...


Inter And Intra Buffer Variability: A Case Study Using Scale, Dawn Haynie Jan 2015

Inter And Intra Buffer Variability: A Case Study Using Scale, Dawn Haynie

Art and Design Faculty Publications

terms of their structural street properties, measures of scale or density, and proximity to the metropolitan center (Cervero and Gorham, 1995, Crane and Crepeau, 1998, French and Scoppa, 2007, Handy et al., 2003, Jacobs, 1993, Peponis et al., 2007, Southworth and Owens, 1993); yet beyond the established and distinctive structures of these neighborhoods, few have analyzed, in depth, the variability in their measures. This study randomly samples 4,321 localities from the 24 largest American metropolitan areas and describes a method using the measures of length and area to evaluate the variability both between and within these localities. Calculated as ...


Broadway Corridor Study Public Outreach Report, Winter 2013, Crp 410/ 411 Community Planning Lab Apr 2014

Broadway Corridor Study Public Outreach Report, Winter 2013, Crp 410/ 411 Community Planning Lab

City & Regional Planning Studios and Projects

The Broadway Corridor Study Public Outreach Report summarizes the public outreach efforts conducted as part of the process to develop alternative concepts for future development and circulation along the Broadway Corridor in Redwood City, California. These efforts were conducted as a class project by fourth year students in the City and Regional Planning Department at California Polytechnic State University from September of 2013 to March of 2014.


Connecting Cayucos: Visions And Actions For Public Space, Spring 2014, Crp 553 Project Planning Lab Apr 2014

Connecting Cayucos: Visions And Actions For Public Space, Spring 2014, Crp 553 Project Planning Lab

City & Regional Planning Studios and Projects

This document expands upon the principles set forth in the County of San Luis Obispo’s Estero Plan (2009) in the context of public space and develops site-specific recommendations to support future implementation of public space plans for Cayucos, California. This plan includes an existing conditions analysis, general goals and principles, site-specific visions and actions, as well as supporting conceptual diagrams. The main purpose of this plan is to reflect the community’s desire to preserve, protect, and enhance the public spaces of Cayucos.


Urban Design Visions For Milpitas, Fall 2013, Crp 341 Urban Design Studio Apr 2014

Urban Design Visions For Milpitas, Fall 2013, Crp 341 Urban Design Studio

City & Regional Planning Studios and Projects

An undergraduate class from the City and Regional Planning Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was charged by the City of Milpitas Planning and Neighborhood Services Department to develop pre-planning insights, vision and urban design concepts for two strategically ocated sites in Milpitas, California Circle, and, the area around Main Street at the Serra Way intersection. This report represents a compilation of the work completed by the students in CRP 341 Urban Design Studio III during the 10-week period of Fall Quarter September-December, 2013. Instructors Vicente del Rio and Hemalata Dandekar, supported by Teaching Assistant Evan Evangelopoulos, guided the ...


Westport Affordable Housing Design, Kyle Baron, Joe Cardella, Eric Figueredo, April Gaddis, Heather Gillock, Jack Hamm, Ben Horst, Colby Karambelas, Jacob Levine, Evan Mozzer, Tim Pranaitis, Chris Rossi, Jacob Wheeler, Ulker Copur, Arnold Robinson Jan 2014

Westport Affordable Housing Design, Kyle Baron, Joe Cardella, Eric Figueredo, April Gaddis, Heather Gillock, Jack Hamm, Ben Horst, Colby Karambelas, Jacob Levine, Evan Mozzer, Tim Pranaitis, Chris Rossi, Jacob Wheeler, Ulker Copur, Arnold Robinson

Architecture and Urban Design

Currently, there are not any fire stations within an appropriate range for development on the Drift Road site. This will make it essential for a proposed development to contain a pond and pump onsite for immediate fire control until further assistance arrives. Should municipal water not be available for residents on this site, private well systems will need to be built on each property, a minimum of 100 feet away from any septic system.


Downtown Providence Farmers Market Design, Lindsay Dansereau, Matthew Eckel, Kate Ford, Joanna Grocott, Tyler Harriott, Zachary Nelson, Amanda O'Malley, Jessica Palmer, David Sanchez, Eric Schall, Sarah Thompson, Anthony Piermarini, Lindsay Guastafeste, Arnold Robinson Jan 2014

Downtown Providence Farmers Market Design, Lindsay Dansereau, Matthew Eckel, Kate Ford, Joanna Grocott, Tyler Harriott, Zachary Nelson, Amanda O'Malley, Jessica Palmer, David Sanchez, Eric Schall, Sarah Thompson, Anthony Piermarini, Lindsay Guastafeste, Arnold Robinson

Architecture and Urban Design

This market essentially combines a marketplace with an existing or new industrial building. The hybrid created results in space that has daily retail sales and hours, as well as other goods available at other times. The industrial aspect typically acts as the anchor, as the market’s activities help attract a different group of consumers at other business times. An example of this would be a seafood supply warehouse that also provides dining and entertainment as a nightlife destination.


Reclaimed Identity/Innov - Roc: The Innovation Hub + Revitalization Of High Falls, Rochester, Ny, Justin M. Dufresne Jan 2014

Reclaimed Identity/Innov - Roc: The Innovation Hub + Revitalization Of High Falls, Rochester, Ny, Justin M. Dufresne

Architecture Theses

This project is not about creating a piece of architecture that will serve as an icon to an idea or movement. Rather, this project is about how a series of smaller architectural interventions can reinforce a context that is already established and has roots that can be traced back to the city’s founding. A series of smaller programs linked together, and to the larger urban context will serve as a means of re-energizing this forgotten district, and re-energizing a city that has been in steady decline for the last several decades. The project must draw on several community partners ...


Sk8ting The Sinking City, Benjamin A. Shirtcliff Jan 2014

Sk8ting The Sinking City, Benjamin A. Shirtcliff

Landscape Architecture Publications

Hot, humid, cracking, and sinking, the Crescent City seems unlikely for skateboarding. Frequently referenced for being 'up to no good,' unsupervised adolescents seem an unusual candidate to create opportunities for environmental justice. The paper examines how settings afford prosocial behaviours amongst skateboarding adolescents. Young people have a unique capacity to improve settings for play. Using evidence collected from site observation and YouTube videos, sk8ters reveal that supportive places can arise from blight and vacancy. The research has broader implications for sustainability and environmental justice professionals working with vulnerable populations to transform degraded spaces into beneficial places.


Visions For Old Town Goleta, Spring 2013, Crp 553 Project Planning Lab Apr 2013

Visions For Old Town Goleta, Spring 2013, Crp 553 Project Planning Lab

City & Regional Planning Studios and Projects

In the 2013 spring quarter, the City and Regional Planning Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo partnered with the City of Goleta to develop a vision plan for the Old Town area. The collaboration between the University and the City included two (2) community meetings and four (4) weekend engagement activities. This vision plan was created and written specifically for the residents of Old Town Goleta. The primary reason for its existence is to produce development and planning ideas for the City of Goleta.


Sioux Falls Downtown Design Guidelines: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Colin Punt Dec 2011

Sioux Falls Downtown Design Guidelines: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Colin Punt

Community and Regional Planning Program: Professional Projects

In the late 1980s, Sioux Falls, South Dakota recommitted to its downtown, removed a dead pedestrian mall, and joined the National Main Street program. The city‘s downtown revival efforts have been largely successful in the past twenty-some years, but this success has rendered the current downtown design guidelines from the early 1990s both function-ally and aesthetically outdated. The original city ordinance written in conjunction with the design guidelines has given both the City Planning Department and the Downtown Design Review Committee, which is appointed by the Director of Planning and administered by Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc., very little power ...


Social Infusion: The Theatre Of Spatial Diplomacy, Daley Wilson May 2011

Social Infusion: The Theatre Of Spatial Diplomacy, Daley Wilson

Architecture Senior Theses

Due to the present global condition, urban environments that do not conform to

late-capitalistic desires, have faced the threat of gentrification. Through methods of

spatial diplomacy such as Brechtian programmatic pairings, this thesis will allow the

existing Kunsthaus Tacheles, which faces a crisis of squatter/artist culture versus

private commercial, to coexist in tension with new capital-producing programs

forming a social and spatial dialectic.


Festival Urbanism, Gabriella Morrone Apr 2011

Festival Urbanism, Gabriella Morrone

Architecture Senior Theses

"Festivals, as modes of architectural production, can exist as provocations for change in our urban environments. The festival exists as a moment in time and as a distributed system which allows for the transformative capacity of space and the reconsidering of present conditions. Negotiating its temporality, the festival provides a critique on our current and primarily static architectural manifestations and their relationships to our rapidly changing social environments. Festival Urbanism is an experimental design which models a mode of architectural practice rooted in participatory design. Simultaneously as the architect, the planner, and the curator, I propose the construction a virtual ...


From Fail-Safe To Safe-To-Fail: Sustainability And Resilience In The New Urban World, Jack F. Ahern Apr 2011

From Fail-Safe To Safe-To-Fail: Sustainability And Resilience In The New Urban World, Jack F. Ahern

Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Studio and Student Research and Creative Activity

Abstract: The extent to which the 21st Century world will be "sustainable" depends in large part on the sustainability of cities. Early ideas on implementing sustainability focused on concepts of achieving stability, practicing effective management and the control of change and growth-- a "fail-safe" mentality. More recent thinking about change, disturbance, uncertainty, and adaptability is fundamental to the emerging science of resilience, the capacity of systems to reorganize and recover from change and disturbance without changing to other states-- in other words, systems that are "safe to fail." While the concept of resilience is intellectually intriguing, it remains largely unpracticed ...


Formerly Urban: Projecting Rust Belt Futures, Mark Robbins, Stephanie Miner, Nancy Cantor, Julia Czerniak, Darren Petrucci, Jane Wolff, Mclain Clutter, Hunter Morrison, Damon Rich, Toni L. Griffin, Don Mitchell Oct 2010

Formerly Urban: Projecting Rust Belt Futures, Mark Robbins, Stephanie Miner, Nancy Cantor, Julia Czerniak, Darren Petrucci, Jane Wolff, Mclain Clutter, Hunter Morrison, Damon Rich, Toni L. Griffin, Don Mitchell

Full list of publications from School of Architecture

A two-day conference on the benefits of creating urbanity in weak-market cities gathers twenty-one international experts in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, as well as planning, policy, finance, economics, and real estate development. Participants share strategies for cities whose urban character has devolved radically due to economic, demographic, and physical change - cities that are now considered "formerly urban."


Contemporary Practices In Sustainable Design: Appraisal And Articulation Of Emerging Trend, Archana Sharma Jan 2010

Contemporary Practices In Sustainable Design: Appraisal And Articulation Of Emerging Trend, Archana Sharma

Architecture Publications and Other Works

Sustainable design is a phrase commonly used in the realms of design practice and yet the definition of the same remains quite fuzzy, thus providing the motivation for this research. The paper looks at contemporary sustainable design practices in the area of architecture design, building construction and landscape architecture. The objective is to understand what the term “sustainable design” really means as used in practice and what strategies are being employed towards the goal of sustainable development. The practices are assessed for their empathies as per the currently defined social, ecological, economical well-being goals of sustainable development. The paper concludes ...


Architecture+Design 600, Joseph Krupczynski Oct 2007

Architecture+Design 600, Joseph Krupczynski

MIRA/LOOK: New Visions for Architecture in Holyoke (2008)

This studio promotes creative research and conceptually rigorous design methodologies that aim to illuminate, situate, and contest the complex circumstances within which a truly “sustainable” architecture can emerge — an architecture capable of escaping a narrow technological focus, while addressing the broader social and theoretical implications of sustainability. The interplay between site, culture and program is a key focus of the studio. Through critical assessments of a broad range of specific site conditions students develop investigative strategies for responsive architectural interventions that bridge the gap between theory and practice. This semester we will be working on a series of projects for ...


A Living Memorial: Commemorating Yitzhak Rabin At The Tel Aviv Square, Mira Engler Jan 1999

A Living Memorial: Commemorating Yitzhak Rabin At The Tel Aviv Square, Mira Engler

Landscape Architecture Publications

The Tel Aviv City Hall square, site of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination after a rally November 4, 1995, has become a stage to an extraordinary act of spontaneous public commemoration. In a country replete with official, iconic monuments to its past, this public place has witnessed the formation of a new kind of memorial - a stage for democracy, a place for public communication and action. The geography and the civic and symbolic nature of the site have nurtured the formation of a living memorial, a vital meeting place for political exchange and commentary.


The Dynamics Of Micro-Location: The Potentials Of Airspace In Urban Design, Ira A. Chilton Jan 1977

The Dynamics Of Micro-Location: The Potentials Of Airspace In Urban Design, Ira A. Chilton

Architecture Master Theses

This thesis is an investigation into the analeptic potentials of airspace utilization in urban areas. The study emphasizes airspace utilization as a dynamic locational catalyst for urban revitalization, and has two fundamental purposes. The first is to attempt to clarify the relevance of using airspace as a tool for pursuing efficient and effective use of the limited and valuable supply of central city land. And the second is to pursue a catalytic process for obtaining socioeconomic goals through the multiple use of transportation rights-of-way. In the final phase, these concepts will be briefly elaborated in a case study applied to ...


Aspects Of Order And Chaos For The Cityscape, Nickolaos A. Rombos Jun 1971

Aspects Of Order And Chaos For The Cityscape, Nickolaos A. Rombos

Full list of publications from School of Architecture

Rombos explores the qualities of experience, specifically within urban contexts, aiming to define those factors which affect through visual perception and human behavior. within his inquiry of the type of experience.