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College researchers investigate ‘smart’ materials in NSF study

College researchers investigate ‘smart’ materials in study

posted October 23, 2015
The characteristics of new “smart” materials that, with further development, could harvest energy, water and air when embedded in a building’s exterior, are the focus of a two-year, $240,000 National Science Foundation study undertaken by TAMU faculty and students.
Effect of built environment on  health examined in $2.6M study

Built environment’s effect on health is subject of research

posted October 8, 2015
Can moving to an activity-friendly neighborhood enhance the health of previously sedentary residents? That’s one of many questions at the intersection of public health and the built environment to be considered by researchers in a $2.7 million active living study.
Landscape performance initiatives garner commendation from ASLA

LAF landscape design initiatives earn national awards

posted October 5, 2015
As a vice president at the Landscape Architecture Foundation, Forster Ndubisi, head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, guided development of two award-winning initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of designed landscapes.
Viz profs to join peers seeking solutions at art-science nexus

Viz reps to break down art, science barriers at confab

posted September 29, 2015
An upcoming event focused on the nexus of art and science is attracting influential leaders from both worlds, including Carol LaFayette, a professor of visualization at Texas A&M University, and head of the Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design.
Annual college symposium showcased faculty research

College spotlighted faculty research at annual symposium

posted September 10, 2015
The Texas A&M College of Architecture’s 17th annual faculty research symposium, “Natural, Built, Virtual,” took place Oct. 19, 2015 at the Langford Architecture Center on the Texas A&M College Station campus.
Students grow eight varieties of vegetables on Langford A roof

Students grow eight varities of vegetables on Langford A roof

posted August 24, 2015
Students successfully grew eight varieties of vegetables on the roof of Texas A&M’s Langford A building during the 2014-15 academic year, advancing findings in an ongoing green roof research project led by Bruce Dvorak, associate professor of landscape architecture.
Planning prof leads U.S., Dutch researchers in flooding study

Planning prof leads Dutch, U.S. coastal flooding study

posted August 24, 2015
Interdisciplinary groups of faculty and students in five U.S. universities will pair with counterparts in The Netherlands in a research project led by Sam Brody, professor of urban planning, to determine how to reduce the impact of coastal flooding.
Former student’s research shows path to improved patient care

Former student’s project shows path to better healthcare

posted August 21, 2015
Nurses with access to private break areas could experience significant stress reduction and raised job satisfaction, potentially leading to improved care for the patients they serve, said Adeleh Nejati '15, a former Ph.D. architecture student at Texas A&M, in her Ph.D. dissertation.
Texas A&M ranked in top 6% of world’s foremost universities for architecture, built environment

TAMU ranked 13th best architecture university in U.S.

posted June 15, 2015
Texas A&M is listed in the top six percent of the world’s top universities for architecture and the built environment in a new ranking compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds, a British company providing higher education guidance and career services.
LAND profs propose series of  enhancements for “Ike Dike”

LAND profs propose series of “Ike Dike” enhancements

posted June 15, 2015
A proposed “Ike Dike” to protect the Galveston/Houston area from hurricane storm surges should incorporate business parks, public spaces and pedestrian thoroughfares, concludes research funded by Texas A&M’s Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities.
Ph.D. student’s healing garden research earns national award

Ph.D. student earns award for healing garden research

posted March 26, 2015
Naomi Sachs, a Ph.D. architecture student at Texas A&M who is developing methods to design and assess healing gardens in healthcare settings, was honored for her work with a New Investigator Research Award from a national healthcare design group.
Toys, plants provide alternative digital interface for kids, elderly

Viz Lab developing alternative interface for digital interaction

posted March 10, 2015
Instead of using keyboards, mice and screens to interface with digital technology, young children and the elderly are delightfully using stuffed toys and plants developed at Texas A&M’s Department of Visualization.
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.
Study finds construction industry slow to adopt, utilize technology

CoSci study finds builders slow to adopt technology

posted March 5, 2015
The construction industry’s tentative embrace of technology is detailed in a survey developed in part by Texas A&M construction science faculty. The "mixed bag" of results results, researchers say, provide insights, surprises and concerns.
TAMU disaster researchers pen four scholarly articles in JAPA

JAPA features 4 papers by TAMU disaster researchers

posted March 4, 2015
Texas A&M’s national prominence in disaster planning research is evidenced in the February 2015 Journal of the American Planning Association special issue in which four of the publication’s 10 articles were penned by Texas A&M faculty and former students.