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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.
Studies to bolster rural motorist safety, cut road building costs

CoSci prof studying road safety and construction costs

posted June 29, 2018
Researchers are learning how to reduce highway repavement costs and maximize rural highway safety in two multiyear research projects that include Kunhee Choi, Texas A&M associate professor of construction science, and scientists from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
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.
Viz prof’s advocacy culminates in NASEM report supporting STEAM

National Academies champion education merging art, science

posted June 21, 2018
A recent National Academies report championing the integration of science and the arts validates a Texas A&M visualization professor's multi-year National Science Foundation-funded initiative to elevate the role of art and design in STEM fields.
CoSci prof earns grant to develop virtual reality firefighter training

CoSci prof develops firefighter training simulation software

posted June 13, 2018
Jing “Eric” Du, Texas A&M assistant professor of construction science, is creating a virtual reality emergency simulation system to train firefighters for dangerous missions with a $465,000 National Institute of Standards and Technology grant.
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.
Student project featured on World Landscape Architecture website

Student's project showcased on international blog

posted June 5, 2018
A Texas A&M student's design proposal for a coastal Texas city’s commercial and residential development, including natural and engineered solutions to prevent flooding, was featured on WLA, an international website showcasing student and professional work.
Former First Lady touts LAND student’s rooftop garden design

Laura Bush touts student’s rooftop garden design

posted May 31, 2018
Former First Lady Laura Bush recently announced a health research initiative that will feature a Houston healing garden designed by Phillip Hammond, a Texas A&M landscape architecture student.
CoSci prof earns grant to aid firefighters through wayfinding

CoSci prof to make firefighting safer with VR wayfinding

posted May 30, 2018
First responders’ lives depend on their ability to navigate structures during a emergency — a task Jing “Eric” Du, assistant professor of construction science, aims to make easier and safer with wayfinding research funded by a $220,000 NSF grant.
Students design architecturally artistic transformable pavilions

Design students create transforming artistic pavilions

posted May 5, 2018
Senior environmental design students recently designed and built small-scale prototypes for lightweight collapsible pavilions that could be deployed at full scale up to 400 square feet. The portable, transformable structures expand to form artistic, architecturally intriguing canopies.
Landscape architecture students’  plans earn Texas ASLA Awards

Students' master plans earn Texas ASLA recognition

posted April 27, 2018
Texas A&M students' master plans addressing urban flooding and crime, unintended effects of gentrification, and other environmental and societal issues earned top honors from the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
LAUP student wins Weirus Spirit Award for campus diversity work

Diversity work earns planning student a Weirus Spirit Award

posted April 13, 2018
For making Texas A&M a more inviting place for minorities, third-year urban planning student Carlo Chunga Pizarro received the 2018 Buck Weirus Spirit Award in a ceremony 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Association of Former Students Alumni Center.