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Innovative ‘green’ wall features sheet metal, native Texas plants

Innovative ‘green’ wall features sheet metal, native plants

posted November 27, 2018
Merging waste metal from the automotive industry, native plants and the ingenuity of design students and professors, a new “Living Wall” adorns the side of Langford B, adding beautification and reducing heat gain effects on the wall and surrounding area.
Hurricane-battered towns get planning help from grad students

Hurricane-battered towns get planning help from grad students

posted November 20, 2018
Two small Texas towns recovering from Hurricane Harvey are getting help from Texas A&M urban planning graduate students.
Designers, students to explore role of materials in landscape design at 2019 Workshop

Workshop to explore role of materials in landscape design

posted November 20, 2018
Students will team with leading design professionals Feb. 15, 2019, at Aggie Workshop, a series of lectures and an afternoon design charrette hosted by the Texas A&M student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Tech startup launch features Texas A&M architecture prof

Tech startup launch features Texas A&M architecture prof

posted November 8, 2018
The launch in Austin of a new incubator for business ventures that feature sustainable practices was headlined by Ahmed Ali, Texas A&M assistant professor of architecture.
Planning profs studying links among emergency agencies, plans, and infrastructure systems

Planning profs studying systems, hazard plan links

posted November 8, 2018
Two urban planning professors are looking to improve communities’ resilience to flooding by investigating the relationships between flood infrastructure systems, the communication networks between planning agencies and the natural hazard plans they create.
Planning prof notes cities’ post-Harvey planning changes

Planning prof notes post-Harvey city planning changes

posted November 8, 2018
Hurricane Harvey’s widespread damage forced cities throughout the U.S. to take a more critical look at their infrastructure and hazard mitigation plans, said Galen Newman, Texas A&M associate professor of urban planning.
Planning prof, fellow researchers learn how ‘green’ roofs can best reduce heat wave effects

Prof finds how ‘green’ roofs can best mitigate heat waves

posted November 8, 2018
As memories linger of a fatal 1995 Chicago heat wave, urban planners have new knowledge from researchers that included Sierra Woodruff, assistant professor of urban planning, to help them use “green” roofs to counteract the effects of future heat waves
20th annual college research symposium set for Oct. 29

Oct. 29 symposium spotlights college, faculty research

posted September 5, 2018
The wide variety of research and creative work by faculty and doctoral students will be showcased at “Natural, Built, Virtual,” the college’s 20th annual research symposium, October 29, 2018, at Preston Geren Auditorium.
Prof eyes impact of community flood resilience planning

Professor studying effectiveness of flood resilience planning

posted August 30, 2018
As flooding costs worldwide threaten to top $60 billion annually, Sierra Woodruff, Texas A&M assistant professor of urban planning, is studying whether natural hazard plans created by municipalities actually improve flood resilience.
Efforts to preserve Harris county natural habitats boosted by LAND grad students’ proposals

LAND students help boost efforts to preserve habitats

posted August 14, 2018
Future initiatives to ensure the preservation of plant and animal habitats in a suburban Houston public recreation area will be aided by land use maps and master plans created last spring by Texas A&M graduate landscape architecture students.
Faculty envision 3-D printing’s future, earn ‘Vision Award’

Faculty envision 3-D printing’s future, earn ‘Vision Award’

posted August 14, 2018
In the future, structures will be created onsite by 3-D printers, and the construction and manufacturing industries will have much more in common, according to a multidisciplinary Texas A&M faculty team envisioning how technology will change building.
Faculty to develop sustainable material for 3-D printed buildings

Faculty to develop 'green' 3-D printing building material

posted July 30, 2018
To prepare for a future in which structures are built with material from large-scale, 3-D printers, College of Architecture faculty are developing and testing environmentally responsible printing methods in a two-year study funded by a $500,000 X-Grant.
Planner's TEDx Talk shows how solutions can worsen the problem

LAUP prof delivers TEDx Talk defining 'uncanny wisdom'

posted June 29, 2018
Seemingly rational choices, made in the wake of natural disasters, can produce unsound results due to “uncanny wisdom,” a term, coined by a Texas A&M urban planning professor, describing actions that eventually exacerbate problems they were meant to solve.
Planning, LAND students unveil La Grange post-Harvey proposals

Students craft plans to relieve La Grange flooding problems

posted June 22, 2018
As La Grange, Texas recovers from post Hurricane Harvey flooding, residents and elected officials are considering Texas A&M student proposals that address the town’s infrastructure, housing and transportation needs.
Arch profs' Stark Gallery exhibit features transformable design

Arch profs showcase transformable design in iMOTION exhibit

posted June 7, 2018
The future of architecture lies in design that converts, flexes and adapts to changing needs, according to Texas A&M College of Architecture faculty Negar Kalantar and Alireza Borhani, who explore transformability as a design tool in iMOTION, open through July 29, 2018.