David Prytherch and Scott Johnston co-teach IES 474 “Sustainability in Practice” and involved students in preparing plans for pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic in Richmond’s Depot District. Read more about it http://www.pal-item.com/article/20130430/NEWS01/304300023/City-officials-pleased-students-ideas?nclick_check=1
Geography Majors presented their research at the Undergraduate Research Forum, April 10. URF2013Poster
Matthew Zabik (GEO MA graduate) and David Prytherch have a new publication “Challenges to planning for rural character: A case study from exurban southern New England” in Cities 31 (2013) 186-196.
Check out who will be giving talks this semester.2012-13 SeminarSchedule
The Routledge Atlas of Central Eurasian Affairs by Stanley Brunn, Stanley Toops, Richard Gilbreath. London: Routledge, 2012.
“China: A Geographic Preface” in Understanding Contemporary China by Stanley Toops. Richard E. Gamer, ed. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012, 4th edition.
International Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Issues by Sheldon Anderson, Jeanne A.K. Hey, Mark Peterson, and Stanley Toops. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2012, 2nd edition.
This past spring twenty-five undergraduates and graduate students in the Advanced Urban and Regional Planning course (GEO 459/559) worked in teams aimed at reimagining Dayton’s vacant lots and presented their work to the larger community on May 11 during Dayton’s annual Urban Nights.
Dayton, with its diverse, engaged community, provided an ideal setting to consider planning issues from the point of view of planners faced with a shrinking city. ‘Greening’ vacant lots became a project theme as students detailed possible alternatives, including community gardens and parks, boardwalks in a proposed wetland, neighborhood basketball court, mobile outdoor movies, and solar panels in a brownfield. Through these projects, they tangled with the challenges faced by urban planners and the residents of these neighborhoods.
Examples of proposed solutions included: wetlands restoration on a EPA Superfund Site, development of a community basketball court with tree buffer between properties, and lot revitalization with green uses in mind. Below are links to a few examples of posters:
Who takes this class? While many students enrolled in this class are Urban & Regional Planning majors, this spring we also had students majoring in American Studies, Finance, Political Science, English, Economics, Spanish and two graduate students in Environmental Science. It is a terrific opportunity to work on the ground and learn from practitioners in the field.
Many thanks to practitioners who helped guide us. Tony Kroeger, Planner in the Department of Planning and Community Development for the City of Dayton and Miami alumnae, was our planning mentor who met with our students in Oxford and answered questions by email. We were also fortunate to have Professor Mary Rogero (Department of Architecture), Liz Nahrup, and Ashley Shavers help the teams evaluate possible reuses of the vacant lots. Additionally, we are grateful to Randy Harmon, owner of a local demolition business; Luci Beachdell, Five River Metro Parks; Suzanne Mills-Wazniak, OSU Extension; and the residents of Dayton’s neighborhoods who patiently answered questions and offered advice. Also, thanks to Mary Rogero for providing space for our exhibit during Urban Nights. Thanks!
Questions? Please contact the instructor – Jacqueline Housel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Krista Warren received a Gilman scholarship to study abroad in Senegal with the CIEE Language Program in Dakkar during the fall 2012 semester.
Former MA student Sarah (Lawlor) Johnston, Mary Henry and David Gorchov have a new published article “Using Advance dLand Imager (ALI) and Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) for the Detection of the Invasive Shrub Lonicera maackii in Southwestern Ohio Forests” in GIScience & Remote Sensing, 2012, 49, No. 3, p. 450-462. http://dx.doi.org/10.2747/1548-1603.49.3.450