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Profs studying new transit mode’s effects on locals’ walking habits

Profs studying new transit mode’s effect on walking habits

posted April 17, 2018
Texas A&M urban planning and public health researchers are studying whether a new El Paso bus rapid transit (BRT) line — a system with dedicated lanes that mimic the efficiency of rail transit — changes walking habits of residents who live close to the line’s stations.
Van Zandt takes LAUP dept. helm

Van Zandt takes helm of LAUP department

posted April 11, 2018
Shannon Van Zandt, a distinguished educator, researcher, author and administrator who joined the Texas A&M College of Architecture faculty in 2005, is the new head of the university’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.
Students design, fabricate modern urbanscape atop old Italian town

Students fabricate modern urbanscape atop old Italian town

posted March 19, 2018
First-year environmental design students drew inspiration from “The Jetsons,” Batman, and other sources to create an ultramodern, elevated urban environment atop historic Siena, Italy, showing how the centuries-old city could be rejuvenated for future needs.
TTC, Texas Sea Grant team up to build storm resilient communities

TAMU agencies unite to help build resilient coastal communities

posted March 19, 2018
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, two Texas A&M groups have teamed up to launch the Community Resilience Collaborative, a program aimed at bolstering the resilience of the state’s coastal communities to natural hazards and at restoring their habitats and ecosystems.
Study eyes benefits of ‘green’ stormwater management

‘Green’ stormwater management eyed in Sea Grant study

posted March 19, 2018
A Texas A&M research team is investigating how coastal municipal planners can respond to increasing flood threats in rapidly growing coastal communities and build sustainable and healthy ecosystems using “green” stormwater management methods.
Former planning students elevated to AICP fellows

Former urban planning students elevated to AICP fellows

posted March 19, 2018
The myriad achievements of two former Texas A&M urban planning students have elevated them to the American Institute of Certified Planners’ College of Fellows, one of the profession’s highest honors.
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 focused on  African-American heritage

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, was the focus of the 2018 Texas A&M Center for Heritage Conservation’s Historic Preservation Symposium.
Renowned designers, educators, AIA gold medalist to share work

AIA gold medalist among spring lecture series speakers

posted January 30, 2018
One of the world’s premier architects, Antoine Predock, whose buildings have earned universal acclaim, is one of seven renowned designers and educators scheduled to speak as part of the Texas A&M Department of Architecture's 2018 Spring Lecture Series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students’ Liberty County plan earns top Texas APA honors

Students’ projects garner top honors from Texas APA

posted October 31, 2017
A comprehensive planning document already shaping growth in Liberty County, Texas earned its graduate urban planning student authors top honors from the American Planning Association Texas Chapter in a category ordinarily reserved for professionals.
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.