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Planning prof’s research reveals flaws in municipal hazard plans

Five-year study finds coastal communities' hazard plans lacking

posted February 16, 2018
The field of urban planning is gaining interest as cities around the world, including nearby Houston, are facing increased exposure to weather-related risks and hazards ranging from sea level rise and flooding to temperature build-up and urban heat island effect.
CHC symposium focuses on  African-American heritage and communities Feb. 16-17, 2018

CHC symposium to feature heritage of African-Americans

posted February 2, 2018
The preservation of Texas’ historic African-American communities, imperiled repositories of black heritage and culture, is the focus of the Feb. 16-17 Texas A&M Center for Heritage Conservation’s Historic Preservation Symposium.
Feb. 9 LAUP event spotlighted outstanding alum's 'green' South African community developments

Feb. 9 conference showcased sustainable African land projects

posted January 22, 2018
Visionary, award-winning, sustainable land development projects created by Chris Mulder and colleagues at his South Africa-based firm, CMAI Architects, were featured Feb. 9, 2018 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.
Designers, students to explore Southwest landscape design at 2018 Aggie Workshop

Aggie Workshop to feature Southwest landscape design

posted January 22, 2018
Texas A&M students will team with leading design professionals including Greg Miller, president of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Feb. 16, 2018 at Aggie Workshop, a series of lectures and a design charrette hosted by the Texas A&M student chapter of the ASLA.
Forty-year career made Pugh a legendary urban planning leader

Pugh remembered for contributions to Texas planning

posted January 4, 2018
David L. Pugh, who headed of the former Department of Urban and Regional Planning and helped shape dozens of Texas cities and thousands of minds throughout his four-decade teaching career, passed away Dec. 26, 2017 at 75.
CHC director emeritus remembers his late colleague, David L. Pugh

Peer remembers David Pugh as mentor, friend

posted January 4, 2018
My perspective on David Pugh begins with his appointment to the tenure-track faculty in 1976. He was the ideal academic for the times, bringing broad academic preparation, real-world experience, intellectual curiosity, and a genuine passion for teaching combined with a dedication to outreach.
Nominations for outstanding college alumni due March 1

Nominations for outstanding college alumni due March 1

posted December 11, 2017
Nominations for the 2018 College of Architecture Outstanding Alumni Awards, which honor exemplary leadership, relentless pursuit of excellence, exceptional talents and numerous accopmlishments, are due by March 1, 2018.
Planning prof presents hazard mitigation strategies in D.C.

Planning prof presents hazard mitigation ideas

posted December 11, 2017
In the nation’s capital, congressional staff and professional meterologists heard Phil Berke, professor of urban planning, present research-based strategies aimed at heightening communities’ ability to withstand and recover from natural disasters.
Landscape architecture student leads outdoor classroom project

Creation of primary school facility led by LAND student

posted December 7, 2017
South Knoll Elementary School students in College Station can enjoy learning in Jeremiah Forest, an outdoor classroom, as a result of a two-year Texas A&M student outreach project led by Alex Santos, an undergraduate landscape architecture major.
Senators hear of  post-Harvey housing problems from prof

Senators hear of post-Harvey housing problems from prof

posted December 7, 2017
Editor’s note: Texas lawmakers heard Shannon Van Zandt, professor of urban planning, describe the significant housing difficulties low-and moderate-income people face as they recover from devastation caused by August 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.
Year-end giving could fully fund several college endowments

College suggests year-end giving opportunities

posted December 7, 2017
As many plan their year-end charitable giving, the College of Architecture is focused on completing projects launched by former students in honor of faculty members who played a very special role in their education and in their personal and professional lives.
24-hour problem-solving contest targeted place, space, diversity

Hack-a-thon ’18 targeted diversity space and place

posted December 5, 2017
At Hack-a-thon ’18, a 24-hour anything goes creative problem-solving marathon Langford Architecture Center, registered teams vied for $5,000 in prize money while tackling issues of place, space and diversity.
LAND prof’s call for green roof research standards commended

LAND prof’s call for green roof research standards lauded

posted December 5, 2017
To facilitate the proliferation of green roofs and walls throughout North America, Texas A&M researchers have called for the development of standards and guidelines to improve research, policy development and management within the industry.
Study: Focused disaster plans help cities better prepare for impact of human-caused climate change

Study: Focused plans help cities prepare for climate change

posted December 5, 2017
Municipalities are more responsive to natural disaster plans that focus on a single threat, such as flooding, than they are to comprehensive resiliency strategies, according to a study evaluating how U.S. cities are adapting to the impacts of climate change.
Viz grad tells how Disney created 'Zootopia' city with GIS software

Viz grad tells how Disney team used GIS to create 'Zootopia'

posted November 20, 2017
In “Zootopia,” the Oscar-winning animated film where thousands of anthropomorphic animals coexist, Disney artist Brandon Jarratt, a former Texas A&M visualization student, used geographic information system software to craft the movie paradise.