Welcome Coming together in 1950 to envision a new city planning graduate program at Georgia Tech, Harold Bush-Brown of Tech’s School of Architecture, Howard Menhinick of TVA, Frederick Adams of MIT, and John Gaus of Harvard had broad ambitions. Yet they could not have foretold the impact, scale and dynamism of the learning and practices that would be nurtured here. In March, 2013, an exhibit of alumni and student work was assembled to mark the 60th anniversary of city planning education at Georgia Tech. Two hundred alumni and friends attended the opening to view each other’s work and to share memories. The exhibit presented in this book is powerful and exciting validation of not only our founders’ vision in importantly, of the creativity and 1950, but more importantl labors of so many men and women in the years since. Reviewing these pages, you will glimpse how cities and planning have changed over the decades. The sectoral expansion of planning is evident: land use studies lead to sectoral plans in a wide range of transportation, water, cellular infrastructure, historic preservation, brownfield regeneration, parks and other issues. Planning also becomes more data driven over the decades while the graphics become more sophisticated and visually appealing. Eventually, the general and holistic embraces the specific and particular, leading to innovative integrative projects like Freedom Park, the Atlanta Beltline and Atlantic Station. These in turn transform our urban space and community. Also evident in these pages is the expanding footprint of Georgia Tech’s scope and impact. Tech planners have always worked in diverse settings: the first class graduated into posts that included the Tennessee State Planning Commission, the American Society of Planning Officials, and a consultancy in Cairo. Yet in those early years most graduates went to public planning agencies in towns and cities across Georgia and neighboring states. Now, new graduates are more likely to work in the private sector than public, with placements across the country and abroad. Alumni work in 49 states and U.S. territories and 30-countries today. This book is divided into four sections. The first three focus on the work of alumni who graduated in the formative (1952 – 1983), middle (1983 – 1999), and most recent (1999 – 2012) years of the program. These dates correspond to the leadership of Howard Menhinick, Malcolm Little, and Leon Eplan in the formative years, David Sawicki and Steve French in the
2 middle years, and Cheryl Contant and Bruce Stiftel in the most recent years. The final section presents the work of five studios that were conducted in the year prior to the exhibit. Each of the four sections is introduced with an essay examining planning education of the period. All material, written and graphic, has been edited to translate the project material, originally presented as 42” by 45” panels, into this book format. For his vision, we would like to thank Alan Balfour, who as Dean encouraged us to celebrate our 60th Anniversary as an opportunity to strengthen discourse and community amongst our alumni, students, and faculty. We would also like to acknowledge Dracy Blackwell, MaLinda Williams and Nicole Howe for logistics support, Ieva Micolaviciute for design and production of the exhibit, and Jessie Brandon for assisting in the production of the book, and to thank them for their hard work. Listening to alumni during our 60th Anniversary celebration was eye opening for faculty and inspirational for current students. When Robert Doyle (MCP ’59) said, “I don’t believe I could have gotten more out of my education than I got here,” faces throughout the room confirmed that this was a very widespread view. When John Matthews and Myles Smith contrasted their classmate Arthur Campbell’s (MCP ’70) struggles to meet Tech’s writing standards with his later successes as Southeast Area Director of the Farmers Home Administration and then Assistant Secretary for Economic Development in the Clinton administration’s Commerce Department, so many who sweated to meet expectations here shared in the satisfaction. Today’s Tech planning students are more diverse than their earlier colleagues in many ways as a result of the successive barriers that came down and as interest in planning has expanded. Our multi-generational gathering was evidence that wherever we come from and whatever demographic categories we represent, city and regional planning as taught at Georgia Tech and as practiced by its 1400 alumni is a shared quest aimed at improved communities, better lives and a sustainable future. Enjoy the evidence in these pages! Bruce Stiftel, FAICP Professor and Founding Chair, School of City and Regional Planning Michael Elliott Associate Professor and Exhibit Curator, School of City and Regional Planning
Howard Menhinick becomes 1st Program Director
City Planning Program welcomes 1st class
Student Planning Society is founded
Thera Richter, 1st female graduate of CP Program, is also 1st woman to earn a Georgia Tech graduate degree
Joint Degree established in Transportation Planning (with Civil Engineering)
Malcolm Little becomes 2nd Program Director
Joint degree established in Program Urban Design recognized by National Education Committee
The post-World War II housing boom, African-American rural to urban migration, the advent of air conditioning, and New Deal experiments with city planning led to both rapid growth in the Southeastern U.S. and growing confidence in the ability of city planning to contribute to the design and construction of better urban places. In 1950, Georgia Tech brought Howard Menhinick to Atlanta to create a Graduate City Planning Program. Menhinick had been editor of Planners Journal, Director of the United Nations Headquarters planning staff, and Director of Regional Studies for TVA. He welcomed the charter class of ten students in 1952 with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. Menhinick and his early colleagues, including Malcolm Little who replaced him as director in 1965, pioneered an integrative planning curriculum drawing on the design professions, social sciences and law
Arthur Campbell becomes 1st African-American MCP graduate
Leon Eplan becomes 3rd Catherine Ross Program Director becomes Programâ€™s 1st African-American faculty member Frederick K. Bell Scholarship instituted
5 aimed at educating generalist planners to work in land use and regional resource development. The early years of planning instruction at Tech were characterized by frequent practitioner and policy-maker lectures, a Program advisory committee that included noted developers and civic leaders, and regular studio projects in which students engaged the issues of the region. Early graduates often became planning directors of small- and medium-sized cities, consultants, or staff at state planning boards across the South or with national planning organizations such as the American Society of Planning Officials. Thera Richter (MCP ’59) was the first woman to earn any graduate degree at Georgia Tech. In the 1960s the generalist planner model gave way to the introduction of specializations and dual degree studies. A joint degree in the field of
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transportation planning was developed in 1962 with the School of Civil Engineering and another in urban design in 1968 with the Architecture Program. Improving analytical capabilities were also a focus. Research clients in the heady planning days of the 1970s included Atlanta’s new MARTA rapid transit system, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, General Dynamics Corp., Georgia Power, and a long list of Georgia state agencies and local governments. Arthur Campbell (MCP ’70) was the first AfricanAmerican graduate. In the 1960s and 1970s, Tech city planning graduates were widely sought after in municipal and regional planning agencies across the South. Leon Eplan (Atlanta Planning and Budgeting Commissioner, and former President of the American Institute of Planners) became the third Program Director in 1981.
The FormativeYears 1952 - 1983 (Howard Menhinick, Malcolm Little, and Leon Eplan, Directors)
ROBERT DOYLE Class of 1959
SEA-TAC COMMUNITIES PLAN
First federally-funded project to integrate airport improvements and programs for affected communities
Port of Seattle and King County, Washington
The Sea-Tac Communities Plan was completed in 1976 as the chief end product of an innovative, multi-year planning study cosponsored by the Port of Seattle and King County, Washington. Funded in part by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration, the $642,000 study focused on the development of a coordinated master plan for Sea-Tac International Airport and its environs, a 44 square mile area adjoining Puget Sound between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma. The plan was the first federally funded project in which improvements on a large hub airport were fully integrated with plans and programs for the communities directly affected by the airport. The FAA used the landmark plan as a model in its Advisory Circular, Airport Land Use
Compatibility Planning. In support of this Circular, the FAA commissioned Robert Doyle and the Peat Marwick Mitchell and Co. Airport Consulting Practice from San Mateo, California, to prepare the April, 1978 report entitled “Planning for the Airport and Its Environs: The Sea-Tac Success Story.” Over 10,000 copies of this document were distributed to cities, counties and airport authorities throughout the US. That same year, the King County and Port of Seattle Planning Departments received a “Meritorious Program Award” from the American Institute of Planners for this project. In 1986, Robert Doyle received the Jay Hollingsworth Speas Airport Award for his innovative approaches for enhancing airport and community compatibility.
DETERMINING GEORGIAâ€™S REGIONAL BOUNDARIES
First step to establishing regional planning entities across the state Georgia
This Regional Boundaries report was completed when only two Regional Planning agencies existed in Georgia. It reflects the Georgia Department of Commerce Planning Divisionâ€™s initial efforts to establish additional regional planning entities in the state. By the 1970s, all Georgia counties were included in Regional Planning Areas. The report analyzes factors that influenced the eventual regional delineation of the state, including natural and cultural environments. Cultural environments were divided up into four subcategories: transportation, communication, urban
centers, and political boundaries. Rules of thumb for establishing boundaries of regional planning organizations offered guidance on several practical concerns, including environment evaluation, utilization of county boundaries in building regional planning areas, consideration of political boundaries, and optimum size in terms of jurisdiction and physical area. The report also offers potential solutions for creating an official regional or area-wide planning commission.
THOMAS FICHT Class of 1963
DON BROUSSARD Class of 1985
Class of 1976
JOHN STEINICHEN Class of 1963
JACK GLATTING Class of 1965
GLATTING JACKSON & GEORGIA TECH Thirty-five years of alumni making a difference United States
Over a 35 year period, Jack Glatting built an intellectually vibrant and innovative community planning practice. Amongst other accomplishments, while serving as the first planning director of Brevard County, Florida, he spearheaded the establishment and protection of an oceanfront park system with public access to County beaches, a resource that will serve generations to come.
In 1974, Jack founded the community planning firm that came to be known as Glatting Jackson. Jack cultivated a close and mutually supportive relationship with Georgia Tech. This relationship fundamentally shaped the character and success of the firm and continues to live in Glatting Jackson/Georgia Tech alumni in firms and organizations throughout the US and the world.
TOM DEBO Class of 1972
GEORGIA TECH ECO-COMMONS Leveraging the Tech campus as an outdoor lab for sustainable stormwater management and hydrology practices Atlanta, Georgia
As anyone familiar with Georgia Tech in the early 1990s knows, the campus has been substantially renewed over the past 20 years. Prominent in this transformation is Georgia Tech’s commitment to a comprehensive approach to sustainability, seeking to make sustainabilit Georgia Tech a “Living Learning Laboratory.” Tom Debo, who came to Georgia Tech to study and never left, is a prime mover behind one of the campuses more ambitious efforts. The project proposes an 80-acre Eco-Commons for the Georgia
Tech campus that will help Tech reach a performance goal of 50% reduction in stormwater runoff. It will accomplish this target through an Engineered Waterway that replicates the stormwater management of a natural stream and approximates the original route of the stream. The Commons will be designed to provide new wooded and open areas for education, research, and passive and active recreation, serving as an outdoor lab for storm water management and hydrology studies.
Designing, locating and installing communication antennae Michigan and northern Ohio firstname.lastname@example.org
1980s to present
In the 1980s and 1990s, the increasing popularity of mobile car phones created a new set of challenges for community planners. The growing pervasiveness of cell phones brought along necessary companions: the antenna tower and equipment facilities. When site requests for cellular antennae were presented, many community planners voiced concerns about safety, location, height of the antenna, future antenna needs and site aesthetics.
Crane’s firm has completed over 1,500 communications antennae structures in Michigan and northern Ohio over the past four decades, working with various land use requirements involving siting, historic, and environmental criteria. Projects have ranged from conventional monopoles to stealth religious icons to a Frank Lloyd Wright antenna interpretation at the Domino’s Farms, Ann Arbor Township, Michigan.
In a report by Jonathan Crane, he writes, “Through effective site plans, cellular locations will come to be viewed as community enhancers, not detractors. The key is the planning.”
Crane’s career path has included working in Research & Development at General Motors, private consultations in traffic design, and government projects.
JONATHAN CRANE Class of 1974
BARBARA FAGA Class of 1976
ELLEN HEATH Class of 1982
Freedom Park Designing public open space to build a sense of community Atlanta, Georgia email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Located on 210 acres, Freedom Park reflects Atlanta’s rich history and its legacy of human rights. The park’s design is based on the principles of Frederick Law Olmsted, including using public open space to build a sense of community, respecting the local landscape by preserving existing topography and using indigenous plant materials, designing park space for varied uses, and sensitively integrating built elements, such as pedestrian bridges and archways, into the park’s overall plan. The park was park envisioned as a series of open spaces linked by multi-use trails. Interpretive sculptural elements, grand vistas, meadows, and vegetation, provide for special areas while unifying the park. Freedom Park is richly linked to struggles for peace and justice,
including the civil war (1864 Battle of Atlanta), civil rights (Sweet Auburn neighborhood), civil discourse (the Carter Presidential Center), and civil disobedience (CAUTION and the fight against the Stone Mountain Toll Road and the Presidential Parkway). The park is built on land condemned more than 20 years earlier for highway construction. The plan for the park was developed by EDAW (headed by Barbara Faga and Ellen Heath), approved by the City, DOT and CAUTION in Georgia DO 1994, and partially opened just before the Olympics. Faga is now pursuing her PhD at Georgia Tech. She and Heath, both formerly serving as principals and vice presidents at EDAW, now serve similar roles at AECOM Design + Planning.
WILD AND SCENIC RIVER STUDY Protecting the Loxahatchee River Loxahatchee River Florida 1979
Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1979, the Loxahatchee River study found 7.5 miles of the river to be eligible for designation. This 260 square mile ecosystem included the communities of Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach,
Jupiter Island, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Jupiter Farms, Hobe Sound and Palm Beach Gardens. The ecosystem was designated as wild and scenic in 1985 and is now protected by the State of Florida.
FRED VAN VONNO Class of 1980
Class of 1980
Class of 1985
TIM JOHNSON Class of 1980
MASTER PLANNING GREENVILLE Incorporating mixed use into Greenvilleâ€™s future Greenville, MI
The Master Plan was developed based upon 1. existing natural and cultural resources; 2. current land use trends; 3. the need for different types of land use; and 4. the desired community character as expressed through work sessions, numerous community values discovery workshops, and a communitywide survey.
The plan included recommendations to create a mixed use district which would allow for attached housing, live-work units and retail uses surrounding the central business district and a new hospital zoning district. Concept drawings were also prepared to illustrate possible re-development of an area along the Flat River adjacent to the central business district.
ELLEN HEATH Class of 1982
LIZ DRAKE Class of 1998
ADDIE WEBER Class of 2004
JENNA LEE Class of 2011
LIVABLE MILITARY COMMUNITIES Comprehensive planning to reconcile sustainable economic development and military operations North Central Texas Ellen.Heath @aecom.com
AECOM is assisting the North Central Texas Council of Governments to prepare a plan for several communities surrounding Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. The plannersâ€™ responsibilities include public engagement, two corridor plans, economic analysis, and comprehensive plan updates for the cities of Lake Worth, Sansom Park, River Oaks, White Settlement, Westworth Village, and Benbrook.
The plans focus on sustainable economic development that is compatible with military operations. Preliminary recommendations include re-imagined major corridors with recommendations for encouraging residential and mixed-use re-development. The plan is funded through the US Department of Housing and Urban Developmentâ€™s Regional Sustainability Planning grants program.
Historic Viewshed Preservation Plan
Protecting the US-80 Selma to Montgomery viewshed
Selma to Montgomery
In 2008, the Alabama Historical Commission and the National Parks Service (NPS) jointly commissioned AECOM to develop a land conservation strategy to preserve historic rural viewsheds along the US80 corridor from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, the site of Montgomer the 1965 Voting Rights March. The AECOM team consisted of Ellen Heath, AICP (MCRP â€™82); Liz Drake, AICP; Holden Spaht, AICP (MCRP â€™08); and Patrick Peters, AICP. Building on the NPS standard visual resource management methodology, the team developed a sophisticated GIS model to rank the historic, cultural, and environmental integrity of all parcels falling within the viewsheds along the corridor. Based upon the model, the team
designed an interactive excel-based database tool specifically for non-GIS staff to use in prioritizing parcels for the purchase of development rights and other voluntary land conservation measures applicable to the largely unincorporated areas in which zoning is not available. The GIS model and database tool allow public agencies to consider a range of criteria in addition to historic value, including the presence of environmental resources, which provide the ability to prioritize limited funds as they may be available and to identify potential partner organizations with aligning interests in conservation.
ELLEN HEATH Class of 1982
LIZ DRAKE Class of 1998
HOLDEN SPAHT Class of 2008
Building on Scholarship and a National Presence 1983 - 1999 (David Sawicki and Steve French, Directors)
School hosts 27th ACSP conference
David Sawicki becomes 4th Program Director In 2000, it also hosts the 42nd ACSP conference
29 By the early 1980s, Reagan era government retrenchment combined with spiraling interest rates to challenge both planning practice and education. David Sawicki arrived as Director with a mandate to expand scholarship and extramural funding. Sawicki introduced microcomputers into the Program at a time when the technology was young. The core was reorganized emphasizing regional theory and methods and the specialization list expanded to include transportation, urban development and redevelopment, land use and environment, economic development, and urban design. Doctoral education in city planning was started as part of the new College of Architecture PhD program. Many faculty departures and arrivals occurred in these transitional years with the result that by 1988 all ten full-time faculty held doctoral degrees.
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After Steven French arrived as director, new dual degree programs were begun with environmental management, law, public policy, and water resources. Tech faculty became leaders in developing applications of the new geographic information systems technology in the planning profession, leading to creation of a Center for GIS with a dual mission of state service and technology innovation. Tech formalized a Co-op Work-Study Program through which many planning students gained real-world experience as well as financial aid. By the end of the decade, the Program was widely recognized as a significant national generator of new ideas for planning practice and scholarship while continuing its prominence as a regional catalyst for advancement of the planning profession.
2010 Stan Fitterman wins Edward McClure Award Shi Hak Noh becomes 1st PhD graduate
Steve French becomes 5th Program Director
Program moves to new office suite in ArchitectureEast Buidling
Center for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) founded and Steve French Hahira Studio becomes 1st wins APA Center National Director Student Project Award
LANEY WALKER/ BETHLEHEM
Transforming Augusta’s urban core into a model 21st century city
Laney Walker/Bethlehem received a 2013 National Planning Excellence Award (the HUD Secretary’s Opportunity and Empowerment Award). The project, which focused on two historic African-American neighborhoods, effort to reverse is a pioneering e decades of blight and disinvestment and regenerate nearly 1,100 acres of Augusta’s urban center. The project draws upon local bond financing and HUD NSP, HOME, and CDBG funds as seed capital to catalyze mixed-income/mixedtenure housing and mixed-use, sustainable development. Dedicated local funding supports local acquisition, infrastructure, and financial incentives for developers, homebuyers, and existing businesses and homeowners.
The project, shaped by a disciplined planning and community involvement process, resulted in market studies of residential and commercial users; a pattern book linking smart growth principles with historic architectural patterns; a green guide for sustainable development practices; and a selection of 24 development partners to assist with implementation. Patty McIntosh’s firm, Melaver McIntosh, was part of the core team, along with the Augusta Housing and Community Development Department as master developer and APD Urban Planning & Management manager. as overall project manage
PATTI MCINTOSH Class of 1985
GT Center for GIS maps Georgia Tech’s resource usage
Atlanta, Georgia Ramachandra. Sivakumar @coa.gatech.edu
Addressing issues of campus sustainability is among Georgia Tech’s top priorities, and CGIS is helping. With approximately 9,000 trees blanketing the campus, CGIS developed a GIS-based tree inventory plan to include a wide range of data, ranging from tree values, to gray-green interaction issues, to carbon sequestration, to storm water problems. The project was made possible with assistance from the US Forestry Service and was completed in 2012. While several of our campus buildings are already LEED-certified, measures are being taken to ensure that all future construction meets LEED Platinum or Gold specifications in conformance with the nationally-accepted benchmarks for the design, construction, and operation of
high-performance green buildings. Each project must document LEED characteristics for certification. CGIS has helped Facilities Management analyze current and future open space scenarios to help Georgia Tech secure a campuswide credit for “Open Space Preservation.” Obtaining this campuswide credit will eliminate the need for documenting the credit for each project. Georgia Tech is currently working on developing a stormwater master plan for the campus. CGIS is helping Capital Planning and Space Management estimate current water usage and future demand by compiling data from across campus and working to build a database of multi-year water usage on campus.
RAMACHANDRA SIVAKUMAR Class of 1985
EXTENDING THE LEGACY
Planning America’s capital for the 21st century
Washington, D.C. email@example.com
In 1991, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), a federal planning agency in Washington, DC, was staffing a major long-range planning project. NCPC hired four entry-level planners, one from MIT, one from Harvard, and two from Georgia Tech. Barney Krucoff and Bill Holt were assigned to a planning process that continued the city’s tradition of visionary planning for monumental Washington. Practical considerations were set aside. The plan included removing major interstate highways and tearing down the historic headquarters of the United States Treasury because it blocked the view of the White House along Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol.
The highlight for Krucoff was arguing before the NCPC the staff’s position that the US Supreme Court should move. The Supreme Court, which sits in the shadow of the Capitol, the home of the legislative branch, should be positioned as one of three co-equal branches of government. If moved to South Capitol Street as staff suggested, the Court could anchor a new branch of The Mall, connect Washington to a neglected waterfront, and revitalize a significant section of the city. The commission approved the concept, and the recommendation was included in the report. Today, the Washington Nationals stadium sits at the approximate site proposed for the new Supreme Court.
BARNEY KRUCOFF Class of 1991
WILLIAM HOLT Class of 1991
TIM CHAPIN Class of 1994
TAKING THE HIGH ROAD
Integrating hazard mitigation into long-range transportation planning
Tallahassee, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2004, Hurricane Charley, a category 4 hurricane, made landfall in Charlotte County, Florida. The resultant destruction of public infrastructure, including the Charlotte County-Punmta Gorda Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCPG-MPO) offices, motivated the MPO to seek ways to better address hazards in all aspects of its community planning functions, especially in the development of its Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The CCPG-MPO recognized that mitigating vulnerability of transportation infrastructure to natural and man-made hazard is critical to its mission to provide a safe and efficient transportation system, but also that reduced vulnerability of the transportation
system is critical to disaster response and recovery. In January 2008, the CCPG-MPO formed a partnership with faculty and staff at the Florida Planning and Development Laboratory at Florida State University to undertake a multi-year study to model the impacts of hurricanes on countyâ€™s transportation system the county and use this new information in updates to the MPOâ€™s LRTP. Funded by the Florida Department of Community Affairs, Division of Emergency Management, this project is designed to help County, as well as other Charlotte Count MPOs, to more effectively account for the impacts of hazards during the transportation planning process.
PEACHTREE CORRIDOR PLAN
Transforming 14.5 miles of Peachtree into one of the world’s “premier boulevards” Atlanta, GA
As one of Mayor Shirley Franklin’s key economic initiatives, the Peachtree Corridor Vision Plan tapped the diverse talents of over 50 Atlanta business, institutional, and cultural leaders to create a design concept and financial strategy that would transform the 14.5-mile corridor into one of the world’s “premier boulevards.” Released in March 2007, the final report recommends $1.1 billion in public and private investment-including a streetcar system--to secure an estimated $33 billion in potential investment value. Urban Collage principal Stan Harvey co-chaired the Task Force’s Planning and Design Technical Subcommittee, charged with creating an overall set of architectural and aesthetic standards, supporting public offering design expertise, outreach, o and producing extensive maps and narratives for the final report.
John Skach, a senior associate at Urban Collage, and Robert Begle, a principal at the firm, were also on the team. All are Georgia Tech alumni, Harvey and Skach from City and Regional Planning, and Begle from Architecture. Harvey, AICP, is a founding principal of Urban Collage, a multi-disciplinary firm specializing in physical planning. He possesses 19 years of experience in redevelopment and planning, including work for the City of Atlanta in the years preceding the 1996 Olympics. Skach, AIA, AICP, is a senior associate of Urban Collage. He previously worked as an associate in the successor firm to the Office of Mies van der Rohe in Chicago, and as a project manager in the Atlanta office of Carry. Cooper Carr
STANFORD HARVEY Class of 1994
JOHN SKACH Class of 2001
DHARM GURUSWAMY Class of 1997
Amtrak completed long-needed improvements while putting thousands back to work during the recession
United States dharm.guruswamy @tylin.com
Dharm Guruswamy is an experienced transportation professional whose work spans the private, public, and multilateral sectors. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in the transportation industry, where he specializes in urban and intercity collective transportation with an emphasis on sustainability. Guruswamy has worked on several groundbreaking projects, including the first air-rail codeshare in North America, the first Strategic Plan for Amtrak, and a first-of-its-kind study on improving public transport in Cuenca, Ecuador. He managed on a day-to-day basis the $1.3 billion Recovery Act grant awarded by the United States Department of Transportation to
Amtrak. In a little over two years, Amtrak was able to complete an array of long-needed improvements, enhancements, and repairs, while putting thousands of people back to work during the recession. Two particularly significant projects included modernizing the 1907 Wilmington, Delaware train station while retaining its historic Victorian-style architecture (awarded a prestigious Brunel Award from the Association of American Railroads and the International Union of Railways) and replacing the Niantic River Bridge, one of the oldest moveable bridges in the country, a key link for passenger and freight rail traffic between New York and Boston.
BRIAN LEARY Class of 1999
A Georgia Tech master’s thesis that changed Atlanta’s skyline Atlanta, Georgia
Atlantic Station is a mixed-use neighborhood in Midtown, Atlanta. Called a national model for smart growth and sustainability, the development is built on the 138-acre brownfield site of the former Atlantic Steel Mill. Originally planned as a big-box, limited connectivity development, the concept for Atlantic Station was altered dramatically by Brian Leary’s 1999 master’s thesis, Atlantic Station: A Place to Live, Work and Play. Hired by Jacoby Development Inc., Brian eventually rose to Vice President of Design and Development of Atlantic Station, LLC. Brian helped guide the development, partnering extensively with local residents; city, state and federal officials; and a wide range of other stakeholders. Phase One of Atlantic Station opened in 2005.
Atlantic Station touts its high architectural quality, attractive mix of affordable, middle-income, and up-scale housing, and world-class restaurants, theaters, and retailers. It provides homes for 10,000
people, employment opportunities for 30,000, and shopping and entertainment for many more. It is pedestrian-oriented, with wide boulevards, sidewalk cafes, expansive parks, transit accessibility, and the siting of parking underground. Atlantic Station includes denser developments that have changed Atlanta’s skyline. The 22-story Wells Fargo Building was the first U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver-Core and Shell certified high-rise office building and the first office building in Georiga to high-rise o receive LEED certification at any level. The 25-story BB&T Tower and a 26-story hotel are also Atlantic Station high rises. The neighborhood features two central landmarks along 17th Street: a large retention pond and Millennium Gate, a memorial arch honoring Georgia’s history and people. As Atlantic Station expands, it continues to live up to its motto, “Live, Work, Play.”
RYAN GRAVEL Class of 1999
THE ATLANTA BELTLINE The most comprehensive revitalization efforts ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia Ryan.Gravel @perkinswill.com
First conceived as a 1999 masterâ€™s thesis by Georgia Tech student Ryan Gravel, the Atlanta BeltLine evolved from an idea, to a grassroots campaign of local citizens and civic leaders, into a robust vision of an Atlanta dedicated to an integrated approach to transportation, land use, greenspace, and sustainable growth. The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive revitalization effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently underway in the United States.
This sustainable project is providing a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit by re-using 22-miles of historic railroad corridors circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods directly to each other. The beauty of the Atlanta BeltLine is that it offers not only modern conveyances and exciting new development, but it is a living, breathing part of the community; not simply a means of getting somewhere, but a destination unto offers a chance for Atlanta to itself. It o redefine what it is to be a neighbor, to be a community, to be a region, and to share all that the city has to offer.
Developing Global Leaders in Sustainable, Resilient and Just Places 1999 - 2013 (Cheryl Contant and Bruce Stiftel, Program Director and School Chair)
47 In the 2000s, under leadership of Cheryl Contant, the Program re-conceptualized its work as promoting sustainable cities and regional planning and development. The Program and masterâ€™s degree names were changed to City and Regional Planning. With endowment funds created to honor retiring Atlanta Regional Commission chief planner Harry West, a Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development and a named professorship were created, with Catherine Ross named as Director. In 2005, David Sawicki was named editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association. In 2007, Planetizen, a commercial website/publisher focused on urban planning, released its first reputational survey of planning programs, naming Georgia Tech 12th nationally.
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Cheryl Contant becomes 6th Program Director Carol Barrett and Lester Solin inducted into inaugural class of AICP Fellows
The 2009 strategic plan highlighted sustainability, broader internationalization of curriculum, urban design, masterâ€™s core instruction, PhD program growth, and facilities as areas of focus in upcoming years. In 2010, Georgia Tech established the School of City and Regional Planning, combining the City and Regional Planning Program together with a City and Regional Planning PhD Program approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. 2011, Planetizen ranked Georgia Tech 8th in In 20 the nation among U.S. planning schools. The next year, Subhrajit Guhathakurta and Nancey Green Leigh became editors of the Journal of Planning Education and Research.
Bruce Stiftel becomes 7th Program Director
Troels Adrian wins Edward McClure Award
The City Planning Program becomes The City and Regional Planning Program
CRP Program becomes the School of City & Regional Planning with Bruce Stiftel as founding School Chair PhD degree program approved
50th Anniversary Celebration Catherine Ross becomes Director of the newly founded Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (2003)
Subhro Guhathakurta becomes 2nd Director of the Center for GIS MCRP program ranked 8th in the nation by Planetizen
Fort MacPherson Studio wins National APA Student Project Award
MS-GIST degree program approved
HEATHER ALHADEFF Class of 2000
CONNECT ATLANTA Atlanta’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan
Atlanta, Georgia email@example.com
In December 2008, the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a citywide comprehensive transportation plan. Dubbed Connect Atlanta, the plan was a first. Atlanta had previously done corridor and neighborhood scale transportation planning, but had never taken a comprehensive look at the city’s entire transportation system. The Connect Atlanta Plan gives the city a strong foundation for creating more vibrant, walkable communities, and will help guide city’s transportation choices for the city years to come. A key consideration drives the recommendations of the Connect Atlanta Plan: Atlanta’s highwaydominated road system was designed primarily to facilitate flow between the city and its suburbs. It must continue to do so; however, the nature of the existing road network does not support the
mobility and economic vitality of Atlanta’s urban communities. Connect Atlanta makes many recommendations about the road network--proposing the construction of 73 new streets to increase connectivity and economic activity, and the widening of 22 existing streets to capacity. But enhance capacit recommendations also include downsizing streets that currently are too wide and too fast to support neighborhood life, or turning one-way streets to two-way. Other recommendations include: guidelines on construction of sidewalks and other pedestrian amenities in new developments; proposals for 200 miles of bike lanes to connect activity centers and neighborhoods; and 95 miles of rail transit and high-frequency bus transit. (Source: Institute for Sustainable Communities)
TONY GIARRUSSO Class of 2000
MAPPING MOUNTAIN GORILLA RANGE
Increasing local GIS capabilities for mountain gorilla and park conservation in East Africa. Atlanta, GA and Rwanda firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the past decade, the Georgia Tech Center for GIS (CGIS) and Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI), a group dedicated to protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa, have collaborated on many fronts. Starting in 2002, DFGFI and CGIS helped establish a Center for GIS at the National University of Rwanda (CGIS NUR) and the Karisoke Research Center with the intent of increasing local GIS capabilities, especially in relation to mountain gorilla and park conservation in the Volcanoes National Park. Field data was collected from the park to aid researchers in mapping the mountain gorilla habitat.
Over the years, CGISâ€™s role has expanded to include mapping,
analysis, and visualization of mountain gorilla range, while simultaneously providing general technical GIS support to DFGFI. CGIS has converted 12 years of daily GPS readings from DFGFI's mountain gorilla research groups into one consolidated spatial database with over 50,000 unique mountain gorilla observations. Additionally, in 2012 CGIS participated in the Gorilla Database Project at the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda, where CGIS faculty led managers, staff, and researchers from DFGFI, the Rwanda Development Board, and CGIS NUR to identify and prioritize mountain gorilla conservation data gaps and needs, and standardize future data collection methods and procedures.
DANA JOHNSON Class of 2000
SHARON QIN Class of 2007
SOUTH COBB STRATEGY
Improving lives, spirits, and living conditions in South Cobb County Cobb County, Georgia
The South Cobb Strategy keys in on three main initiatives that individually can impact their local surroundings, but when combined together, have a transformative effect of improving lives and community economic conditions. These initiatives focus on Mableton, the River Line, and Six Flags Drive. Each of these initiatives are in various stages of implementation, and there are opportunities through county government, CDBG funding allocations, and the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority that can be leveraged to assist these areas in maximizing their potential.
The three South Cobb Development Nodes are like a three-legged stool. If these three areas are balanced, then the goals set for each unique character area will be supportive of the others. These images are from a report that describes the methodology for improvements in each of the South Cobb Development nodes and identifies the efforts currently underway that will take these from vision to reality. Cobb County is trying to build new market share and improve the lives, spirits, and living conditions of those that reside in its neighborhoods.
ATLANTA PARKS & GREENSPACE PLANNING
A new era for greenspace in Atlanta Atlanta,GA
In 1999-2000, $78M became available for greenspace acquisition from the statewide Georgia Greenspace Program, the Atlanta Quality of Life Bond referendum, and the 1998 Combined Sewer Overflow consent decree. At the same time, PARC 911 highlighted the need for parks in the 2000 mayoral race and the Trust for Public Land ranked Atlanta last amongst similar American cities in greenspace per 1,000 residents in its Inside City Parks report. Several alumni made significant contributions during this time. Under the direction of then-Commissioner Michael Dobbins, Angela Milton, Janeane Giarrusso, and Susan Rutherford worked to ensure that the City had the capacity to accept these resources; to ensure the funds were used to address greenspace
deficits; to develop the Greenway Acquisition Plan; and to implement existing plans. To inform these efforts, Tony Giarrusso provided GIS resources to map vacant, developable land and document detailed land composition City. throughout the Cit In 2005, Dee Merriam led the development of Atlantaâ€™s green infrastructure plan, Project Greenspace. This project looked broadly at the need for greenspace as an integral part of the city fabric. Moreover, discussions between the departments of Parks, Planning, and Watershed Management that occurred during this planning process planted seeds for future collaboration when in 2012 Susan Rutherford convened a Green Stormwater Infrastructure Task Force that is working to incorporate green infrastructure into all City infrastructure projects.
SUSAN RUTHERFORD Class of 2000
JANEANE GIARRUSSO Class of 2000
URBAN CLIMATE LAB Exploring the connections between climate change and the built environment
Atlanta, Georgia email@example.com
Brian Stone is the director of the Urban Climate Lab (UCL), where researchers in Georgia Techâ€™s School of City and Regional Planning explore connections between climate change and the built environment. While urbanized areas account for the majority of human population, they have received relatively little attention in climate change research. The UCL integrates expertise in environmental science, urban design, and public health to develop strategies to manage and counteract climate change at the urban scale. Of particular interest to UCL researchers is the influence of land use on warming trends in cities. Land use contributes to climate change through two distinct mechanisms. First, land use change in the form of urbanization leads to increased energy consumption and the emission of greenhouse gases, serving to enhance the global greenhouse effect. Second, urbanization displaces natural land covers, such as tree canopy, with materials that have a greater capacity to absorb,
store, and reemit heat energy. In response to the resulting â€œurban heat island effect,â€? large cities in the US are warming at more than twice the rate of the planet as a whole. UCL maintains the only long-term database of warming trends in large US cities and uses these trends to identify the most rapidly warming metropolitan areas in the country. Through several ongoing research efforts, UCL is measuring the success of alternative land development and urban design strategies in abating the pace of climate change in cities. All measurable characteristics of heat waves have increased in large US cities since the 1960s. In response, metropolitan regions increasingly need to develop regional heat management strategies. UCL is exploring the potential effects of urban greening techniques (tree planning, green roofs, and other building-integrated vegetation), the use of cool roofing and paving materials, and the preservation and expansion of forested areas within metropolitan regions.
Effects of suburban land cover change on urban climate
Urban and rural temperature trends in the United States, 1961 - 2010
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DORAVILLE LIVABLE CITIES INITIATIVE
Developing a comprehensive plan for downtown Doravilleâ€™s future Doraville, Georgia
Caleb Racicot is a Senior Principal at Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates, an Atlanta-based planning, architecture, and landscape architecture firm. Before joining TSW, he worked at the City of Atlanta in the Bureau of Planning. Racicot worked with the City of Doraville and its stakeholders to develop a plan for downtown Doraville, including the existing civic center, the former GM assembly plant, and a portion of Buford Highway. Central to the effort was establishing a plan that would improve connectivity, encourage market-viable and pedestrianfriendly mixed-use development, promote increased density to support transit and a vibrant community center, maintain diversity, ensure multiple transportadiversit tion options and support economic growth and a high quality of life.
Using these goals as a base, TSW facilitated an inclusive planning effort that brought together local stakeholders and regional economic development officials to create a market-based vision for providing jobs and transforming the GM site into a model for transit-oriented development. This included establishing a framework for guiding redevelopment on the GM site based on a fixed network of blocks and public spaces, but a flexible program of uses and densities within this framework. It then defined policies and projects aimed at growing businesses, celebrating diversity, instituting "green" development, and creating a community where residents could age in place. These policies provided further guidance to private developers without limiting their ability to program the site to meet their needs.
CALEB RACICOT Class of 2001
BELMAR SEAPORT VILLAGE DESIGN GUIDE
Building on Belmar's assets through design guidelines Belmar, NJ
The Belmar Support Village Design Guide is a component of the Belmar Seaport Village Redevelopment Plan, which provides the town of Belmar with standards that reflect its downtown redevelopment goals. Under the guidance of the firm's principals, Michael Saltzman and Christopher Kirwan, Travis Campbell coordinated the design guidelines. Belmar seeks to create an enhanced town-center environment, where new housing, retail stores, restaurants, and structured parking in mixed-use configurations will enliven the downtown area and enhance the quality of life. The Design Guide addresses the standards for design image, identity, and quality. Developed over the course of a year of research, intensive analysis of the town and region, and a series of design charrettes and community meetings, the Design
Guide reflects the history of Belmar, the interests of its current residents and the attributes of similar "precedent" towns from up and down the eastern seaboard and other coastal regions. The Design Guide is organized to emphasize designs benefiting a "Seaport Village" and "Beach Community" way of life, to establish a "sense of place" throughout the development area with high standards of design. The design goals will be achieved through identification and reinforcement of particular styles, themes, and atmosphere, and through the overall articulation of buildings and attention to the buildings' uses. Additionally, the Belmar Seaport Village redevelopment was LEED certified as a Neighborhood Development Pilot Project.
TRAVIS CAMPBELL Class of 2003
DAVID EMORY Class of 2004
COLLEEN KIERNAN Class of 2008
Georgia Tech alumni lead effort to “Say ‘NO’ to the T-SPLOST and ‘YES’ to Plan-B”
The Sierra Club's Georgia Chapter has a long history of involvement with transportation issues. The Chapter was an early and active participant in the multi-year planning process that preceded the referendum vote, and was hopeful that the investment package would provide net environmental benefits and that longstanding issues of regional transit governance and accountability would be addressed. By spring 2012, with the project list finalized and the legislature declining to address the governance question, the executive committee voted to oppose the referendum. A detailed position paper was released in April.
While Emory and Kiernan knew that the Chapter's position would be controversial, they felt that their contribution had a positive impact
on the debate, and helped to shape the post-election narrative in a favorable way. The referendum's defeat also raised important issues regarding public trust in government decision making, and subsequently, transparency of transit governance has improved (e.g., MARTA's decision to open its data after years of resistance). David Emory works as a software consultant focused on multimodal planning applications. He serves as chair of the Georgia Sierra Club's transportation committee and as vice president of Citizens for Progressive Transit. Colleen Kiernan previously worked for the Sierra Cub as a field organizer on air pollution and energy issues (2001 to 2006) and now works as the Georgia Chapter director (since 2010).
SARAH SMITH Class of 2009
EASTSIDE TRAIL HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT
Center for Quality Growth & Regional Development analyzes public health benefits of the Atlanta Beltline Atlanta, Georgia
With support from the Atlanta Beltline Partnership and Kaiser Permanente, Georgia Techâ€™s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD) conducted a study of the health effects of the newly constructed Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. Many chronic diseases can be prevented by increasing physical activity. Since the Eastside Trail connects neighborhoods, commercial establishments, parks, and schools, it provides new opportunities for walking and cycling which could have far reaching impacts on public health. In addition, the trail encourages a wide range of people to interact, thereby enhancing mental health built upon community connections.
The research conducted by the Center is evaluating whether the Eastside Trail and similar projects can encourage healthy behaviors by providing the infrastructure and access to destinations through effective land use designations and targeted urban design elements close to where people live. In Phase 1, a baseline inventory of physical and socio-economic conditions was established, and residents were surveyed. Following construction of the trail, CQGRD conducted a preliminary assessment of changes amongst the same residents who had been surveyed beforehand. The work will also serve as a basis for future study of longer-term behavior changes as the trail matures.
JEFF SAUSER Class of 2010
PHIL SCHAEFFING Class of 2012
SANDY SPRINGS LCI AND CITY CENTER MASTER PLAN
Reimagining a walkable, mixed-use master plan for a car-oriented downtown Sandy Springs, Georgia philschaeffing@ gmail.com
The Sandy Springs Livable Cities Initiative (LCI) Update and City Center Master Plan was a 10-month process started in Feb. 2012. The project focused on the city's required 10-year update of their LCI plan and on a plan to reconfigure the car-oriented downtown core into a walkable and mixed-use community. The consultant firm of Goody Clancy conducted extensive public engagement to identify the goals of the community which were classified as the firm presented design alternatives for feedback. Additional consultants helped ensure the plan responded to the
projected housing and retail market demand for the area and better accommodated traffic through a more connected road network. The design that emerged focused on connected green spaces, a walkable block structure, and a new civic identity to attract investment and residents. Implementation strategies and a cost comparison between public investments and new private development was estimated to guide the city's decision-making. The master plan was unanimously adopted by City Council in December 2012.
EAST RIVER SLIPS Reimagining the waterfront of New York City’s East River Esplanade New York City, NY firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Deanna Murphy is a planner and architectural designer with an interest in community-oriented place-making and sustainable design. She is a project planner and intern architect with the Sizemore Group and formerly worked with the Georgia Conservancy and the City of Atlanta. Aria Finkelstein is a planner and designer interested in how frameworks can support various changes over time. She works as an urban designer for Pond & Company and formerly with the Georgia Conservancy and Sustainable Atlanta.
In December of 2012, Reimagining the Waterfront, a design competition sponsored by Manhattan’s Civitas and local officials, called for designers from around the world to propose a new vision for New York City’s East River Esplanade.
Their proposal, the East River Slips, re-activates the waterfront by creating a block structure, similar to the Commissioner’s Plan of 1811, to provide a framework by which the changing city can occupy and activate the waterfront. The East River Slips vision responds to two main challenges: a lack of connection to waterfront and of available land to activate it. Historic maps revealed a waterfront once vital to the city’s economy and livelihood, full of activity and lined with piers. East Harlem, Carnegie Hill, Yorkville, Lenox Hill, and Upper East Side are hosts, historically and presently, to musicians, actors, and presentl artists of varied backgrounds. La Marqueta, an East Harlem marketplace located under an elevated railway, shows how culture and activity can truly be injected into underutilized spaces.
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Planning for Tomorrow: Studio Work of Current Students
1989 1992 1995 1996 Students come to the School of City and Regional Planning from across the United States and around the world. A typical entering class includes students from fifteen states and a half dozen countries, while also fully representing the diversity in Georgia’s home region. These Georgia students arrive with ambitions to solve the world’s most vexing problems resulting from population growth, economic disparities, resource shortages, and climate change, and after graduation become leaders in the city planning profession, the development industry, the non-profit sector, and academia.
Our 1,400 graduates, including many of Atlanta’s and Georgia’s top planners and policy makers, work in 49 U.S. states and territories and 29 countries. The applied studio course allows students to synthesize their planning knowledge and skills in a real world situation ranging from large city neighborhoods to moderately sized cities and towns. Our studios are conducted locally throughout Atlanta, which provides an excellent laboratory, as well as nationally and internationally.
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STORMWATER & URBAN DESIGN [FOUR PROJECTS ALONG THE BELTLINE] This studio project explored urban design strategies that address stormwater management in a central role, whether as part of the organization of urban territory, the infrastructure of the public domain or the architecture/landscape design of parcels in the private domain. Four teams focused on sites along the Atlanta Beltline: (1) Ansley Mall and adjacent area involving the Clear Creek Watershed (2) University Avenue in the Pittsburg neighborhood involving the McDaniel Creek Watershed (3) Colonial Homes and the confluence of Peachtree Creek and Clear Creek and (4) Boone Road and Maddox Park area involving the Proctor Creek Watershed. Each team explored stormwater management alternatives within their urban design strategies, establishing before/after development stormwater measures for evaluations. One alternative was developed into a comprehensive urban design proposal. The research questions for the studio were: How can urban design contribute to more effective and sustainable stormwater management strategies and how can stormwater management strategies contribute to more effective and sustainable urban design?
INSTRUCTORS Richard Dagenhart Tom Debo PROCTOR CREEK STUDENTS Justin Wallace Travis Hampton Yu Wang UNIVERSITY AVENUE STUDENTS Daniel Braswell Roberta Baron Kai Liao
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NORTHSIDE DRIVE [THE GRAND TRANSIT BOULEVARD] This comprehensive studio focused on transforming a five mile stretch of Northside Drive from a dismal, disorganized, and underperforming corridor into a grand transit boulevard. By upgrading Northside Drive into a fully functional multi modal corridor for cars, transit, bikes, and pedestrians and incorporating funding for community benefits and watershed improvement strategies, students explored the corridors potential for dissolving the east-west divide that for decades has walled off the low and mid-wealth neighborhoods to the west from the robust Downtown and Midtown centers to the east. The project proposes a consistent baseline cross-section for the corridor, including four travel lanes, two variable use lanes, bike lanes, lighted and landscaped sidewalks, and planted medians where right-of-way and adjacent use conditions permit. The primary goals of these additions to Northside Drive are reducing design speeds, eliminating slip ramps, tightening turn radii, and better accommodating bikes and pedestrians while at the same time considering the cultural character of the area.
INSTRUCTORS Michael Dobbins RESEARCH ASSISTANT Guanying Li
Amy Ingles Lydia Kalinke Josh Levin Sarah McColley Eric Phillips Landon Reed James Wong Wunwun Zhang
STUDENTS Joel Anders Tanya Bedward Stefanie Brodie Lauren Cardoni Margaret Carragher Rachel Cox Aaron Gooze Garrett Hyer
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ATLANTA BROWNFIELDS [AREA-WIDE PLANNING PROGRAM] Studio students contributed to a new national initiative for area-wide approaches to brownfield redevelopment by assisting the City of Atlanta in a two-year planning process prioritizing brownfield sites, establishing revitalization strategies, and identifying partners and resources to immediately carry-out assessment and cleanup of multiple brownfields in Atlantaâ€™s southwest neighborhoods. Students analyzed the potential and the challenges of targeted brownfields for achieving economic development, public infrastructure, community health, affordable housing, and greenspace goals. The Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program is designed to help communities confront local environmental and public health challenges related to brownfields, and benefit underserved or economically disadvantaged communities. The area-wide planning approach recognizes that revitalization of the area surrounding the brownfield site(s) is just as critical to the successful reuse and cleanup of an individual brownfield site. As the brownfields area-wide plan is implemented by the City of Atlanta, it is anticipated that there will be positive environmental outcomes related to air and water quality, and it is also expected that these types of environmental outcomes at brownfields would accommodate the growth and development that would otherwise have occurred on undeveloped, greenfield properties.
INSTRUCTORS Nancey Green Leigh Nathanael Hoelzel GEORGIA TECH STUDENTS Seanna Berry Dan Cotter Alexandra Frackelton Susannah Lee Mackenzie Madden Stephen McRae Ted Ranney Patrick Terranova Travis Voyles KAISERSLAUTERN STUDENTS Peter Buchmann Theresa Richter Carsten Schittko
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EFFECTS OF SEA LEVEL RISE [ON GEORGIAâ€™S COASTAL COMMUNITIES] Sea level rise driven by climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing coastal communities. There are many negative social and economic effects that may result from sea level rise such as the loss of communities and historic structures, devastation of infrastructure, contamination of ground water by saltwater intrusion, and the loss of important coastal wetlands and habitats. Though sea level rise is a slow process, communities must plan well in advance in order to develop adequate adaptation strategies to help mitigate future social, economic, and environmental losses. The studio team examined the effects of sea level rise and potential responses on three coastal counties: Chatham, Liberty, and McIntosh. A 1-meter bathtub model constructed by the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography was used to assess the impacts on the social and physical geographies of the Georgia coast. Using a higher-resolution digital elevation model and sea level projection rates, the studio team also examined sea level rise at twenty-year intervals in order to prioritize adaptation responses that include full protection, varying levels of accommodation, and full retreat. The findings and recommendations can be used to inform the development of adaptation plans as well as educate stakeholders and planners on the potential risks of sea level rise on coastal communities.
INSTRUCTORS Larry Keating, FAICP Dana Habeeb STUDENTS Gillam Campbell Marvin Clermont Kathryn Colberg Richelle Gosman Anna Rose Harkness Amy Moore Hugens Paul Lorenc Dzung Nguyen Jennifer Yun Joy Zhou
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SITE PLANNING [AND URBAN ECOSYSTEMS SIMULATION] Site planning has been seen as one of the basic professional skills for city planners, urban designers, and architects. This course offered students an introduction into site planning and the foundation of skill development through a series of workshops. It provided visual-based analytical techniques and related simulation tools based on dimensions of representation, analysis, and design. The synthesis of these three dimensions constitutes a method for engaging site and urban ecological systems across scales from building lots, neighborhoods, and cities to regional spaces. The course also aimed to extend the knowledge and skillset of site planning to new challenges in post-oil cities by integrating emerging technologies and performance-based design tools for mapping ecological flows in cities including energy, carbon, material, water, human movement, and informational flows across territories and spatial scales over time. Within the course, the representation, analysis, and design of sites and urban ecological systems were driven by questions behind the shaping of high performance, renewable and resilient urban environments, focusing on urban ecology, renewable energy, carbon offset strategies and the making of sustainable site and urban systems.
INSTRUCTORS Perry P.J. Yang TEACHING ASSISTANT Steven Jige Quan STUDENTS Canon Manley Di Sui Dzung Nguyen Hang Yu Huafei Xing Kai Liao Natalia Quintanilla Rattandeep Ahuja Susannah Lee Tina Tianyao Zhang
SAN FRANCISCO VISUAL QUALITY ASSESSMENT