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Public helps create topographic maps of emotions on GIS Day

Public helps create topographic maps of emotions

posted November 12, 2015
As part of GIS Day at Texas A&M, the public helped artists, geographers and urban planners map some of the less tangible features of the Bryan/College Station landscape as they work to create a geospatial record of the region’s emotional topography.
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.
Student’s tool measures urban bike transportation equity

Bike transportation equity measured by new planning tool

posted September 22, 2015
Municipal planners can use a tool developed by a Texas A&M urban planning student to determine if the location of current or planned bicycle lanes in their community enhance the mobility of residents who may not have ready access to automobiles.
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.
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.
Outstanding alum to lecture on de-urbanization in South Africa

Noted South African developer to lecture on de-urbanization

posted April 20, 2015
Chris Mulder, one of South Africa’s top environmental designers and an outstanding alumnus of Texas A&M’s College of Architecture, will present “De-Urbanization: Creating Sustainable Rural New Towns” at 5:45 p.m. April 29 in Scoates Hall Room 208.
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.
Hazard researchers to participate in vulnerability, resilience center

A&M researchers collaborate in U.S. resilience center

posted March 3, 2015
An elite group of urban planning researchers from Texas A&M University have been selected to play an integral role with scientists from 11 universities in a nationwide initiative aimed at helping communities prepare for and recover from natural disasters.
LAND students design hike, bike trail for North Houston suburbs

LAND students design trail for Houston suburb

posted January 29, 2015
A 6.5-mile hike-and-bike trail designed last fall by Texas A&M graduate landscape architecture students is poised to be the latest addition to a series of award-winning, Texas A&M student-designed parks and recreation spaces serving the suburban north Houston area.
Study finds Mueller development raises residents’ physical activity

Study shows more physical activity in Austin development

posted December 17, 2014
A CHSD study showed that residents of Austin's pedestrian-oriented Mueller development walked more and had improved social interactions with their neighbors compared to their previous neighborhood.
GIS software developer to keynote Texas A&M’s GIS Day celebration

GIS software head to keynote Texas A&M GIS Day celebration

posted November 14, 2014
Clint Brown ’78, director of software products at Esri, the world’s leading developer of geographic information system applications, will keynote Texas A&M’s GIS Day festivities 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Memorial Student Center Room 2300E.
Houston's 610 Loop tops TTI list of state’s congested roadways

Houston's 610 Loop tops TTI list of state’s congested roadways

posted November 4, 2014
The Interstate 610 west loop in Houston has secured the dubious honor of the most congested roadway in Texas in an annual Texas A&M Transportation Institute study of congestion in almost 1800 roadways throughout the state.
GIS Day 2014 to  celebrate utility of ubiquitous geospatial tool

GIS Day celebrates utility of ubiquitous geospatial tool

posted October 28, 2014
GIS Day, the worldwide salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and enhance lives, is going to be extra “spatial” this year in Aggieland, where the Texas A&M celebration is expanding to encompass three event-packed days, Nov. 17–19.
Profs publish book of steps to increase community resilience

Profs publish book with steps to raise community resilience

posted October 21, 2014
Procedures to create resilient communities — places that avoid, absorb and recover quickly from natural disasters — are detailed in a new book co-authored by four urban planning educators at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture.
Ndubisi book compiles classic, contemporary planning essays

Ndubisi’s new book compiles 150 years of planning essays

posted October 21, 2014
A new book of classic and contemporary writings illustrating key themes shaping the theory and practice of ecological design and planning, compiled by Texas A&M urban planning professor Forster Ndubisi, will be available this December.