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Annual college symposium showcases faculty research

College spotlights faculty research at annual symposium

posted October 14, 2014
The Texas A&M College of Architecture’s 16th annual faculty research symposium, “Natural, Built, Virtual,” took place Oct. 27, 2014 at the Langford Architecture Center on the Texas A&M College Station campus.
Weekday shuttle ferrying riders between Langford and Riverside

New shuttle route established between Langford, Riverside

posted September 20, 2014
A weekday shuttle now carries students to and from the Langford Architecture Center and the College of Architecture’s Automated Fabrication and Design Laboratory at Texas A&M's Riverside Campus.
Former LAUP prof, preservation advocate Echols dies in Virginia

LAUP prof emeritus Echols dies at 84

posted August 5, 2014
Ralph Gordon Echols, Texas A&M professor emeritus of landscape architecture and urban planning and a former College of Architecture associate dean, died Friday, July 18, 2014 at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital in Virginia.
Planning prof helps write report urging change in coastal policy

Planning prof helps write paper urging coastal policy change

posted August 4, 2014
To contend with the rapidly escalating threat of coastal flooding, government agencies need to adopt a new, fundamentally different strategy focused on flood prevention rather than recovery, according to a recent National Research Council report.
Researchers find natural disasters affect coastal residents unevenly

HRRC researchers find uneven effects of natural disasters

posted August 4, 2014
Age, income and race are primary factors effecting the vulnerability of populations in coastal regions to climate-related natural disasters, according to a recent study by researchers at Texas A&M’s Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center.
Undergraduate planning student excels at Mexican at swim meet

Undergrad planning student excels at Mexican swim meet

posted July 29, 2014
Stellar performances at the recent Mexican national swimming championships by Liliana Ibañez, a Bachelor of Science in Urban & Regional Planning student at Texas A&M, led to a haul of four gold medals and a new national record in the 50-meter butterfly event.
Planning prof calls Harris County toxic waste pits a ‘loaded gun’

Planning prof calls Harris County waste pits a ‘loaded gun’

posted July 25, 2014
Toxic waste pits along the San Jacinto River in far east Harris County containing dioxin and other hazardous substances are a “loaded gun” threatening human health and the environment, said Sam Brody, professor of urban planning at Texas A&M University.
Planning prof begins two-year term on national design academy

Planning prof begins two-year term on design academy

posted July 10, 2014
The National Academy of Environmental Design is getting a boost in its efforts to advocate sustainable design and environmental stewardship from Phil Berke, one of the nation’s foremost land use planning experts and professor of urban planning.
Design Process students nab top spots in annual idea competition

Design Process students excel in Ideas Challenge

posted June 6, 2014
An idea incentivizing physical fitness, recycling and public transit use and another enhancing fireplace heat distribution, both hatched in a class taught at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, were among the winning entries in a campus idea competition.
New plants tested in green roof study atop Langford A building

New plants installed in green roof study atop Langford A

posted June 6, 2014
Cooler weather will soon greet the assortment of greenery atop building A of Texas A&M’s Langford Architecture Center as a research project begun in 2012 to learn what plants will thrive on green roofs and green walls in Texas’ often hostile climate continues.
College to honor six outstanding alumni in October 17 ceremony

College to honor six outstanding alumni in October ceremony

posted June 6, 2014
Six former Texas A&M’s College of Architecture students who have risen to the top of their respective fields while making significant public service contributions will be honored this fall as outstanding alumni.
Students seek votes for Big Idea, outreach project in Texas colonia

Votes sought for student project in Texas colonias

posted April 30, 2014
A group of students is seeking votes for a video detailing their proposal to partner with a nonprofit organization in the Rio Grande Valley with the aim of improving the fortunes of colonias residents — the group’s entry in the Big Ideas at Berkeley contest.
HRRC comparing man-made, natural disasters in Texas towns

HRRC comparing man-made, natural disasters in Texas

posted April 30, 2014
A Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center team is investigating how recovery from a man-made disaster differs from a natural disaster as part of a National Science Foundation study focusing on the Texas towns of West and Granbury, which were hit, respectively, by a chemical plant explosion and a tornado.
LAND students create designs for park to serve special needs kids

Students design park for special needs kids

posted April 29, 2014
Design concepts for a special needs childrens’ park, developed by undergraduate landscape architecture students at Texas A&M, are part of a park proposal unanimously approved April 24 by the College Station City Council.
Brody featured in FEMA video touting flood prevention tips

Brody featured in FEMA video touting flood prevention tips

posted April 29, 2014
A video touting how communities can avoid flood losses, available on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website, features Sam Brody, professor of urban planning at Texas A&M.