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Climate Change Adaptation Chapter: Marshfield, Massachusetts, Joshua H. Chase, Jonathan G. Cooper, Rory Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Filipe Antunes Lima, Sally R. Miller, Toni Marie Pignatelli Dec 2012

Climate Change Adaptation Chapter: Marshfield, Massachusetts, Joshua H. Chase, Jonathan G. Cooper, Rory Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Filipe Antunes Lima, Sally R. Miller, Toni Marie Pignatelli

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

Climate change, understood as a statistically significant variation in the mean state of the climate or its variability, is the greatest environmental challenge of this generation (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2001). Marshfield is already being affected by changes in the climate that will have a profound effect on the town’s economy, public health, coastal resources, natural features, water systems, and public and private infrastructure. Adaptation strategies have been widely recognized as playing an important role in improving a community’s ability to respond to climate stressors by resisting damage and recovering quickly.

Based on review of climate projections ...


Prelude To A Master Plan: Ware, Massachusetts, Belen Alfaro, Bruno Carneiro, Margaret Engesser, Kathryn E. Fox, Evadne R. Friedman, Timothy Inacio, Anita Lockesmith, Christina Mills, Stephanie Molden, Meagen Mulherin, Russell Pandres, Vinicius Pereira, Brian Reid, Pedro Soto, Jennifer Stromsten Oct 2012

Prelude To A Master Plan: Ware, Massachusetts, Belen Alfaro, Bruno Carneiro, Margaret Engesser, Kathryn E. Fox, Evadne R. Friedman, Timothy Inacio, Anita Lockesmith, Christina Mills, Stephanie Molden, Meagen Mulherin, Russell Pandres, Vinicius Pereira, Brian Reid, Pedro Soto, Jennifer Stromsten

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

Prelude to a Master Plan offers ideas, recommendations, and a toolkit to help the town chart its own path towards that future. While the teams and individual students worked to ‘drill down’ into specific topic areas, the Studio defined three basic areas in order to think about how the various assets, challenges and ideas undermine or reinforce one another. The report is loosely organized in those terms: addressing the outlying rural areas and issues specific to these places, considering one of the key growth areas that has extended from town and the conflicts that arise from the many uses occurring ...


The Use Of Spatial And Mixed Methods In Analyzing Cultural Landscapes, Elizabeth Brabec, Chingwen Cheng, Kristina Molnarova Mar 2012

The Use Of Spatial And Mixed Methods In Analyzing Cultural Landscapes, Elizabeth Brabec, Chingwen Cheng, Kristina Molnarova

Elizabeth Brabec

The cultural landscape is a complex phenomenon resulting from both natural-geographical and social-cultural processes. Defining the normative patterns produced by each culture and/or historical period is essential to understanding the patterns and features of the anthropogenic landscape and the inherent meaning. Currently, an understanding of both historical and contemporary patterns is developed from the qualitative analysis of a single or small number of cases. Results obtained from a single or small number of cases are inherently limited in their ability to clearly identify the pattern in a complex system, particularly when a chosen case may present an anomaly rather ...


Visual Preferences For Wind Turbines: Location, Numbers And Respondent Characteristics, Kristina Molnarova, Petr Sklenicka, Jiri Stiborek, Kamila Svobodova, Miroslav Salek, Elizabeth Brabec Jan 2012

Visual Preferences For Wind Turbines: Location, Numbers And Respondent Characteristics, Kristina Molnarova, Petr Sklenicka, Jiri Stiborek, Kamila Svobodova, Miroslav Salek, Elizabeth Brabec

Elizabeth Brabec

There is a dichotomy in the view of wind farms among members of the public: on one hand, there is a desire for renewable energy sources, and on the other hand, there is a major concern about the visual impact of wind turbines used for power production. This concern for visual impact is a major factor in the reaction of the public to the development of new wind farms. Our study aims to objectify this influence and to establish the factors that determine how people evaluate these structures. We tested the visual quality of landscapes in which these structures are ...


Land Planning And Development Mitigation For Protecting Water Quality In The Great Lakes System: An Evaluation Of U.S. Approaches, Elizabeth Brabec, Peter Kumble Mar 2005

Land Planning And Development Mitigation For Protecting Water Quality In The Great Lakes System: An Evaluation Of U.S. Approaches, Elizabeth Brabec, Peter Kumble

Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Faculty Publication Series

A review of the land use/water quality interface of the Great Lakes system, and the monitoring programs in place. The paper reviews the weakness in the system and suggests opportunities for improvement.


Meridian Hill Park: The Making Of An American Neoclassical Landscape, Elizabeth Brabec Oct 2002

Meridian Hill Park: The Making Of An American Neoclassical Landscape, Elizabeth Brabec

Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Faculty Publication Series

The neoclassical design was the dominant design movement in landscape architecture at the turn of the last century, dictating the form and design of public parks for most of the first half of the twentieth century. Meridian Hill Park, located just north of the White ouse in Washington, DC, is considered the most ambitious neoclassical park ever conceived in the United States. The paper provides an overview of the design development of the park, illustrating how classical design precedents were used to create a contemporary neo-classical park.


Defining The Pattern Of The Sustainable Urban Region - Development Of Regional Measurement Methods, Elizabeth Brabec, Geoffrey Mcd. Lewis Jun 2002

Defining The Pattern Of The Sustainable Urban Region - Development Of Regional Measurement Methods, Elizabeth Brabec, Geoffrey Mcd. Lewis

Elizabeth Brabec

To date, the debate on the sustainability of human settlements has focused on the urban portion of the land use pattern. Since urban areas rely on suburban, rural, and other less densely settled areas for their existence, these areas must be included in any sustainability assessment. This need for a regional view has resulted in a typology of regional form, which allows comparisons of relative sustainability between various regional land use patterns. Based on resource efficiency, this regional analysis includes measurements related to water, agricultural land, habitat, energy use, and transportation and identifies primary indicators for each category. Existing methods ...


Defining The Pattern Of The Sustainable Urban Region, Elizabeth Brabec, Geoffrey Mcd. Lewis Jan 2002

Defining The Pattern Of The Sustainable Urban Region, Elizabeth Brabec, Geoffrey Mcd. Lewis

Elizabeth Brabec

No abstract provided.


Meridian Hill Park: The Making Of An American Neoclassical Landscape, Elizabeth Brabec Jan 2002

Meridian Hill Park: The Making Of An American Neoclassical Landscape, Elizabeth Brabec

Elizabeth Brabec

The neoclassical design was the dominant design movement in landscape architecture at the turn of the last century, dictating the form and design of public parks for most of the first half of the twentieth century. Meridian Hill Park, located just north of the White ouse in Washington, DC, is considered the most ambitious neoclassical park ever conceived in the United States. The paper provides an overview of the design development of the park, illustrating how classical design precedents were used to create a contemporary neo-classical park.


Defining The Pattern Of The Sustainable Urban Region, Elizabeth Brabec, Geoffrey Mcd. Lewis Jan 2002

Defining The Pattern Of The Sustainable Urban Region, Elizabeth Brabec, Geoffrey Mcd. Lewis

Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Faculty Publication Series

No abstract provided.


Housing Equity Analysis Final Report, Center For Economic Development Jan 1998

Housing Equity Analysis Final Report, Center For Economic Development

Center for Economic Development Technical Reports

the Purpose of this study is to assess the impact of discrimination on rental housing opportunities in Massachusetts. We obtained information on the numbers and types of housing discrimination cases filed in Massachusetts with federal, state, and private non-profit fair housing organizations. A total of 3,431 complaints were reported in Massachusetts from the period of 1990 to April 1998. Our findings indicate clearly, that rental housing discrimination exist in the state of Massachusetts. One of the major problems that we found is the fact that most instances of housing discrimination do not get reported. Based on our work, we ...


Brief On The Bicycle-Pedestrian Pathway Dedication By The Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, The League Of American Bicyclists, The Bicycle Federation Of Oregon, National Wildlife Federation, And The American Society Of Landscape Architects As Amici Curiae In Support Of Respondent. Florence Dolan V. City Of Tigard, In The Supreme Court Of The United States, Andrea Ferster, Elizabeth A. Brabec, Glenn P. Sugamelli, Daniel L. Rabinowitz Oct 1993

Brief On The Bicycle-Pedestrian Pathway Dedication By The Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, The League Of American Bicyclists, The Bicycle Federation Of Oregon, National Wildlife Federation, And The American Society Of Landscape Architects As Amici Curiae In Support Of Respondent. Florence Dolan V. City Of Tigard, In The Supreme Court Of The United States, Andrea Ferster, Elizabeth A. Brabec, Glenn P. Sugamelli, Daniel L. Rabinowitz

Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Faculty Publication Series

No abstract provided.


Highest And Best Use Analysis Athol Industrial Mall, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development Jan 1992

Highest And Best Use Analysis Athol Industrial Mall, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development

Center for Economic Development Technical Reports

This report was made to explore the possible uses of the Athol Mall located in Athol, Massachusetts. The report explores the possible advantages and disadvantages of the location and accessibility of the mall, and the floor lay out of the building.


Manual Of Build-Out Analysis, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development Jan 1992

Manual Of Build-Out Analysis, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development

Center for Economic Development Technical Reports

The purpose of this report is to be an introduction to Building-Out Analysis. Build-Out Analysis is a planning tool that results in mapped and tabular information that shows, visually, what a landscape could look like, and numerically what the resulting population could be with respect to zoning ordinances and subdivision control regulations in place at the time of the analysis


Springfield Business Retention And Visitation Program, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development Jan 1992

Springfield Business Retention And Visitation Program, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development

Center for Economic Development Technical Reports

The purpose of this report was to create a data-base through which Springfield could identify the needs and concerns of local businesses in an effort to enhance the business climate. This system would be used by the greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce to assemble and analyze specific types of business-related information, develop company profiles, develop an early warning program, and in general generate a greater understanding of how the Springfield, Massachusetts, area is perceived as a place to do business.


Range And River An Open Space And Recreation Plan, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development Jan 1992

Range And River An Open Space And Recreation Plan, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development

Center for Economic Development Technical Reports

This report purpose was to build a plan for the town of South Hadley, Massachusetts. The five year plan will serve to improve the existing efforts and establish a long and short term goal for the Holyoke Range and the Connecticut River with the idea of making it more accessible to the public.


Indsutrial Revitalization Plan Liberty Taylor Corridor, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development Jan 1992

Indsutrial Revitalization Plan Liberty Taylor Corridor, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development

Center for Economic Development Technical Reports

This report was designed to begin the community renewal program for Liberty-Taylor Industrial Corridor located in Springfield, Massachusetts. The objectives of the report was to describe current conditions the Liberty-Taylor Corridor; to analyze and update previous planning studies of the Corridor; to identify key roadblocks to investment in the Corridor, and to present possible solutions in order to stimulate reinvestment.


Economic Development Policies Enterprise Zone Legislation, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development Jan 1991

Economic Development Policies Enterprise Zone Legislation, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development

Center for Economic Development Technical Reports

This report was made to review the history and efficacy of enterprise zones in the United States, and provides a summary of the House Bill number 5868, an economic incentive bill sponsored by representative Daniel Bosley.


Site Feasibility Study Cottage Street Industrial Site, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development Jan 1991

Site Feasibility Study Cottage Street Industrial Site, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development

Center for Economic Development Technical Reports

The purpose of this report was to determine the feasibility of developing an industrial park on an 53 acre parcel located along Memorial Drive and Cottage Street in Springfield, Massachusetts.


Land Use Planning Study Impacts Of Short Line Railroads, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development Jan 1991

Land Use Planning Study Impacts Of Short Line Railroads, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development

Center for Economic Development Technical Reports

The purpose of this report was to examine local land use policies and practices in respect to short line railroads in Massachusetts to ensure that they meet federal and state goals. The railroads were located in Palmer, Westfield and Braintree, Massachusetts.


Chapter 21 E A Case For Regulatory Overhaul, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development Jan 1991

Chapter 21 E A Case For Regulatory Overhaul, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development

Center for Economic Development Technical Reports

The purpose of this report was to provide an economic development perspective on the problems introduced with the implementation of Chapter 21E in the state of Massachusetts. The report then explored the amendment that went into effect on July, 1992. The amendment privatized the response action at disposal sites and provided more flexible, case-by-case standards for the containment and control environment regulations.


Land Use Laws And Policies Route 146 Corridor Overlay Districts, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development Jan 1990

Land Use Laws And Policies Route 146 Corridor Overlay Districts, Umass Amherst Center Economic Development

Center for Economic Development Technical Reports

The reason for this report was to draft a bylaw for the town of Millbury, Massachusetts. The bylaw would address a four mile stretch of road that connects Route 146 to the Massachusetts Turnpike.