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College of Architecture faculty, students respond to hurricanes

College community responds to Harvey

posted September 20, 2017
As tens of thousands of Texans undergo a long, difficult recovery from Hurricane Harvey, numerous faculty and students initiatives at Texas A&M University are helping individuals and communities learn how to emerge from the damage and mitigate the effects of future disasters.
Public helps create topographic maps of emotions on GIS Day

Public helps create topographic maps of emotions

posted November 12, 2015
As part of GIS Day at Texas A&M, the public helped artists, geographers and urban planners map some of the less tangible features of the Bryan/College Station landscape as they work to create a geospatial record of the region’s emotional topography.
Former prof, faculty, students  honored at planning confab

Former prof, faculty, students honored at planning confab

posted November 6, 2015
For extraordinary contributions to urban planning practice and education spanning decades, David Pugh, associate professor emeritus, received a Legends Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Student’s tool measures urban bike transportation equity

Bike transportation equity measured by new planning tool

posted September 22, 2015
Municipal planners can use a tool developed by a Texas A&M urban planning student to determine if the location of current or planned bicycle lanes in their community enhance the mobility of residents who may not have ready access to automobiles.
Students create boarding school designs, construction schedules

Students design building plans for Fort Worth school

posted May 28, 2015
To assist fundraising for a faith-based Ft. Worth boarding school proposed to serve economically disadvantaged youth0, Texas A&M students developed design concepts, construction schedules and operating cost estimates.
Texas Target Communities helping two Texas towns

Two Texas towns helped by Texas Target Communities

posted March 30, 2015
Two small Texas communities are shaping their futures with help from Texas A&M’s Texas Target Communities program, which aids municipalities that lack urban planning resources available to larger cities.
HRRC identifying best practices in long-term disaster recoveries

HRRC identifying best practices in disaster recoveries

posted March 10, 2015
A research team from Texas A&M’s Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center is working to identify best practices in pre- and post-disaster planning in communities recovering from a variety of natural and man-made disasters.
Hazard researchers to participate in vulnerability, resilience center

A&M researchers collaborate in U.S. resilience center

posted March 3, 2015
An elite group of urban planning researchers from Texas A&M University have been selected to play an integral role with scientists from 11 universities in a nationwide initiative aimed at helping communities prepare for and recover from natural disasters.
Student-built tiny homes destined to house Austin area homeless

Student-built tiny homes destined to house homeless

posted January 29, 2015
Texas A&M students are building build two “tiny houses” — a broad term generally referring to residences 300 square feet or less — that will be donated to a group providing affordable, sustainable housing for disabled, chronically homeless people in Central Texas.
Texas Target Cities helping communities plan for future

TTC helping small towns make plans

posted July 29, 2013
In partnership with Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service, the Texas A&M College of Architecture is expanding its 25-year-old Texas Target Cities program that helps communities lacking resources and expertise resolve issues critical to their future.
CHUD awards 5 Mitchell-Dockery Prizes for public interest designs

Public interest design projects recognized

posted June 6, 2013
Five projects selected as outstanding examples of public interest design, which addresses social, economic and environmental issues for a community, rather than an individual client, were named by a jury of designers and social justice advocates as winners of the Mitchell-Dockery Prize in Public Interest Design.
Studies show social vulnerability mapping reduces disaster impacts

Mapping at-risk populations aids hazard mitigation

posted April 26, 2013
Emergency management planners could reduce losses and strengthen community resilience by mapping socially vulnerable areas and focusing hazard mitigation efforts where they are most needed, said Shannon Van Zandt, a Texas A&M urban planning professor.
Tactical urbanism talk outlines urban intervention strategies

Lecture highlights tactical urbanism uses, strategies

posted February 4, 2013
Urban planner Rik Adamski discussed "tactical urbanism," the implementation of small scale, typically low-cost, community-led improvements to public space, Feb. 20.
Van Zandt, Xiao research links home, business disaster recovery

HRRC research links home, business disaster recovery

posted September 26, 2012
Relief efforts after a natural disaster should include local businesses as well as households, because “one can’t return without the other,” said researchers at the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center investigating Galveston’s recovery after 2008’s Hurricane Ike.
Van Zandt redefining Center for Housing & Urban Development

New CHUD director shares vision for center's expansion

posted September 21, 2012
Shannon Van Zandt, the new director of the Center for Housing and Urban Development, is redefining and expanding the center's mission after its separation from the Colonias Program, the center's primary focus since its inception in 1991.