30 September 2007
LSU climbed to #1 in both the Sagarin and the AP. And Kentucky is 16th in the Sagarin which is probably more realistic but less exciting than their #8 in the AP and UPI. That is their first Top Ten ranking since 1977.
These graphs chart the change in the Sagarin ranking and ratings for each of these teams. They will continue to change.
to slow or stop development in the Pinelands. It is interesting to guess how this reached the newspapers, but it sounds like the developer probably reached out to the media while the Pinelands was given a chance to respond. But is also raises the larger concerns about the complexity of these projects that interweave multiple interests:
Local officials said they were upset that the project had died, saying the development was tied to a deal that would have preserved nearly 400 acres of farmland - also endangered in New Jersey.This all reminds me of a fun novel, called Rattled, published about a year ago by Debra Galant looking at how a fictional developer deals with snakes in NJ.
A Visual Presentation, Lecture, and Book Signing
with Witold Rybczynski
A CLEARING IN THE DISTANCE
FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED
In the Olmsted Designed
Light Refreshments Served
Witold Rybczynski, nationally renowned architect, historian, and critic has written about the world of American architecture for The New York Times, Time, The
The recipient of the Christopher Award in 2000, and the Vincent Scully Prize in 2007, Witold Rybczynski and his wife live in
Witold Rybczynski Examines Olmsted's Life and Times
Witold Rybczynski illuminates Frederick Law Olmsted's role as a major cultural figure at the epicenter of nineteenth-century American history.
Known today through the legacy of his stunning landscapes; New York's Central Park, Stanford University campus, Boston's Back Bay Fens, and Cadwalader Park, Olmsted's contemporaries knew a man of even more extraordinarily diverse talents.
Rybczynski's passion for his subject and his understanding of Olmsted's immense complexity and accomplishments make his book a triumphant work. In A Clearing in the Distance, the story of a great nineteenth-century American becomes an intellectual adventure. (Scribner)
Preserving a National Treasure in the City Of
The Cadwalader Park Alliance is a non-profit organization that works in conjunction with the City of
(Posted directly as written from press release)
26 September 2007
The selection of the ~350 trees (primarily swamp white oaks) was made with the intent of projecting an impressive sense of longevity. The trees are being treated gingerly to prevent dead trees in the memorial. There is a ramp reminiscent of the temporary construction ramp that dominated the site for the last few years. There will be two tridents on site as a metaphor the Twin Towers. Timelines and narratives emerge as a way of ordering the experience and structuring it parallel to the events of 9/11. But, without intrusive interpretive materials, these symbols and experiences are offered on a basis of "whether you get it or not, it is there."
The design was initiated by Michael Arad who was later joined by Peter Walker. Halka has been preparing the trees for their trip to the City.
PPGIS page) as much as the Sourlands project. Aside from regularly visiting the Sourlands for the Audubon winter birdcount, Marc Knowlton and I taught a design studio in 2003 that tried to develop a vision and strategy for saving open space on and around the Sourlands. It is a special place for both history and nature and worth some extra effort.
You can view past PPGIS posts at: http://epd372.blogspot.com/search/label/PPGIS
25 September 2007
With that faith he inspired millions of ordinary Americans to take responsibility for one another -- doing their part, in his words, through the National Recovery Administration, reclaiming nature through the Civilian Conservation Corps, gathering scrap, giving up nylons, and eventually storming the beaches at Normandy and Okinawa and Anzio.
24 September 2007
The use of a miniature railroad enables DeCordova Museum to effectively present twelve separate works of contemporary installation art in a limited space, and to allow these works to be considered both separately and in juxtaposition. The miniature is also the perceptual cousin to the colossal. Tiny objects and images demand close examination, so that they fill one’s optical field in much the same way as very large visual phenomena. This close looking at small things allows for deep mental immersion as well. Trainscape thus provides enveloping journeys to cities, mountains, deserts, technological landscapes, and places of pure imagination.
and after all our most pleasing responsibility.
To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope."
The concept of public welfare is broad and inclusive... The values it represents are spiritual as well as physical, aesthetic as well as monetary. It is within the power of the legislature to determine that the community should be beautiful as well as healthy, spacious as well as clean.
23 September 2007
Rankings aside, the changes in the computer ratings will become much more interesting as these teams begin to lose a game here and there. For now, the bottom 3 are tightly clustered together, which seems fair.
22 September 2007
Back in August USA Today wrote about how perception has changed about their ideas. National Geographic's Intelligent Travel just wrote about the Commons as growing idea.
Most interesting is the coverage from the local media like the Bismarck Tribune which is not nearly as icy in their coverage as it was when first reporting it two decades back.
For Rutgers students, Frank teaches several classes but they teach one class together at Princeton that is open to RU students.
21 September 2007
University has recently posted a position on its Jobs website:
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The Natural Resources Extension Associate will work collaboratively with the entire Extension Forestry team in areas as varied as urban forestry, forest management, wildlife management, water resources and environmental education.
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·Develop and deliver educational programs in cooperation with the Extension Specialists.
·Provide spatial information (GIS, GPS, etc.), leadership and team support.
·Participate in applied research activities related to natural resource conservation / management, and other program support duties as assigned.
Frequent travel throughout the state will be required. The position will
report to the Department Extension Leader.
Complete qualifications and requirements are listed in the job
20 September 2007
It highlights some interesting landscape architectural sites than we may visit along the way.
19 September 2007
She started by pointing out that she would use terms like Madness and Asylum, because they were the terms of choice during that period. This was a time of unusual treatments. One of the earliest examples was the Friends Asylum outside of Philly, where diversions (like an amusement park ride) were used to treat the patients.
The intense design work required and the significant scale of these projects led to involvement by early LA notable like Andrew Jackson Downing. FL Olmsted overhauled the Hartford Retreat adding a pleasure drive for the public.
But an important trend was the linear plan. Designed within the traditions of the Kirkbride Plan, these emphasized views of the landscape, kept the wards short for ventilation, and used the center building for separating male and female patients. One of the earliest examples of the Kirkbride Plan was Trenton's New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum (pictured above).
You could contrast this with the traditional notion of the Panopticon, which was circular, or the radial plan which was used at the famous Eastern State Penitentiary in Philly.
One of the grandest, and most memorable examples, was Frederick Clarke Withers' Hudson River State Hospital in Poughkeepsie. After which we began to downsize with the Cottage Plan which emphasized more intimate treatment settings.
An interesting insight came in recognizing how asylums clearly learned from both prisons and universities.
For New Jerseyans, the classic image of the Insane Asylum might be Morris Plains' Greystone which is now being replaced. But many have just been abandoned or destroyed.
And, on the lighter side, I've added a link to a Madness video.
18 September 2007
17 September 2007
16 September 2007
While all 4 of my teams are 3-0, the Sagarin rankings see LSU as a class apart while it currently projects that UK, RU and UW would all win IF they hosted one of the other 2 at home. Still, the Louisville win has propelled UK from underrated to potentially overrated in a heartbeat. Rutgers has learned what happens to your computer rankings when you beat up on a team that is ranked 214th. Some Big East opponents will help fix that real quick.
L E C T U R E . .S E R I E S -- F A L L 2 0 0 7
"The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States"
Carla Yanni, Associate Professor
Rutgers Department of Art History
Wednesday, September 19
Cook-Douglass Lecture Halls Room 110
4:00 - 5:15
Across the disciplines of environmental design, the issue of how the characteristics of a place can
influence physical and emotional well being is becoming increasingly important. Within the field
of landscape architecture, therapeutic gardens have become both a significant area of professional practice and locus for collaborative scholarly research. As the Department looks to help advance the discussion of this topic at Rutgers, we would be well served to also look back at moments of the past when design theory and medical practice came together. This week's talk will do just that as Rutgers Associate Professor of Art History Carla Yanni shares some of her ideas from her book, The Architecture of Madness: Insane Asylums in the United States. It examines the efforts of doctors and social reformers of the nineteenth century who believed that insanity was curable and, further, that the environment was an effective--and in some cases the most effective--form of treatment.
In addition to her appointment in the Art History Department, Carla Yanni is Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Her area of scholarly expertise is nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture; for her, architectural history is not the study of great monuments and architects, but rather the intellectual, social, and cultural meanings of buildings. She promotes the study of architectural history as a way of understanding a society’s values. In particular, her scholarship focuses on the relationship between architecture and the fields of science and medicine, in order to investigate the way that architecture participates in the social construction of knowledge.
During the academic year 2002-2003, Professor Yanni was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and from 2003 to 2007 she served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians. Her article "Divine Display or Secular Science: Defining Nature at the Natural History Museum in London," won the Founders’ Award from the Society of Architectural Historians in 1996. Her other scholarly interests include the historiography of American architecture and the architecture of universities. Carla Yanni received her doctorate in art history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. She is also the author of Nature's Museums: Victorian Science and the Architecture of Display.
For a complete list of departmental lectures, see
(The photo shows an institution from Binghamton, NY from the Library of Congress' American Memory collection.)
15 September 2007
Peterson, a Northern Virginia developer who made his name creating suburban town-center communities such as Fair Lakes, calls the site of his National Harbor project "like Marilyn Monroe on the water . . . it's beautiful and it's got great sex appeal." He's banking on that, and on the site's accessibility via a new Beltway interchange and water taxis that will begin operating when the community opens next April.
14 September 2007
The Philadelphia Inquirer just published a map of the Philly area (including South Jersey) showing which neighborhoods most effected by the subprime collapse. No one will be surprised to learn that it directly correlates with lower income areas.
Newsweek has published a significant piece looking at some initial impacts of the subprime mortgage collapse and some contributing factors. They talk about how fast properties were selling and how everyone seemed to be jumping into the game:
The demand for mortgage brokers in Las Vegas was so strong that "every stripper, waiter and bartender on the Strip had a broker's license," says Boyd Nyborg, a former mortgage broker who now tends bar at the Tao Las Vegas.The latest Census report found that more than 1/6 of all NJ homeowners were spending more 50% of their income on housing. Clearly, housing costs are causing people to be overextended in ways that leave them exposed to countless other problems.
The LA LAnd blog from the LA Times seems to only be talking about the bubble burst and the implications for LA area real estate. (as opposed to talking about celebrity homes and how environmental regulations are impacting new development)
And The Ground Floor, a blog from the Urban Land Institute, is doing a great job of tracking the details and looking for the implications.
It all leaves me wondering what the new post-subprime landscapes will look like?
This year's Cal Ripken Hall of Fame maze in Clements, MD is a clear stand out.
13 September 2007
12 September 2007
- McMillan Commission Plan for Washington
- The 1909 Burnham Plan for Chicago (see above)
- Chicago's South Central Plan which included Mies' and Hilbsy's IIT (but now has been touched by Koolhaas)
11 September 2007
My official stance on this is: The full and proper way to attend any baseball game is by train; anything else is a compromise.
10 September 2007
09 September 2007
But when we look at the Sagarin ratings (which sort more intuitively) we see a different story. We see LSU getting isolated while the other three cluster.
So far, none of the lines cross on either graph. It is conceivable to me that we could see that trend continue for the entire season. But strength of schedule may end up hurting Rutgers too much in the Sagarin system.
A final note: The not-yet-connected Sagarin puts Kentucky as a 9.5 point favorite in this weekend's UK-UofL game. I would expect the early Vegas line to favor Louisville and Brohm, but in a game of hype and emotion anything can happen.
07 September 2007
06 September 2007
05 September 2007
Natural Heritage Trust
TITLE: Park Planner
WORK LOCATION: Planning Bureau, New York State Parks
Agency Bldg One, Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12238
DATE: September 4, 2007
SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Natural Heritage Trust on behalf of and through an agreement with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NY State Parks) is seeking applicants for three (3) Park Planner positions. NY State Parks has set goals for the acceleration of the preparation of master plans and other planning documents. Individuals selected for these positions will be responsible for the preparation of those planning documents and meeting those agency goals. Successful candidates will be expected to foster communication among
staff throughout State Parks as well as staff of other agencies, interest groups and the public. Considerable travel and periods of additional work hours beyond normal times will be required of the individuals filling these positions. Candidates must have excellent writing skills and a background, interest and working knowledge of planning and environmental review processes. They must be able to develop reasonable schedules and milestones and keep to those schedules
as well as develop and promulgate, in an efficient and effective manner, planning documents of all types throughout the NY State Park system.
An important part of the mission of NY State Parks is the provision of quality recreation and the protection and interpretation of its natural and cultural resources. Individuals filling these positions must have a working knowledge and understanding of recreation and environmental resources within park systems as well as the appropriate use and protection of those same resources.
Specific Job Duties:
· Oversee and coordinate planning teams for preparation of specific master plans as well as other planning documents and reports
· Prepare state park master plans and other state park planning documents
· Coordinate review of state park master plans and other state park planning documents
· Conduct inventories and research related to planning for state parks and sites
· Set up and Coordinate public participation such as information meeting and hearings
· Develop scope of services for special studies related to master plans and other planning documents
· Provide presentations to agency decision- makers on the status of planning efforts in the state park system
· Organize and coordinate intra-agency working groups
· Organize and coordinate master plan study groups consisting of representatives of interest groups, local officials and interested citizens
· Work effectively with GIS specialists, environmental analysts, biologists and recreation planners in the development of master plans and other planning reports and documents
· Assess the implementation of adopted plans and make recommendations regarding improvements
1. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in planning or regional planning, forestry, outdoor recreation, wildlife, fisheries, biology, environmental science, GIS or an equivalent discipline is required along with 2 years experience in natural resource planning. Thirty graduate credit hours in these disciplines or an equivalent may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
2. Proficiency with computer applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
3. Familiarity with parks and historic sites – their resources, management and operation
4. Proven capability to prepare plans and outline and oversee planning processes
5. Excellent communication skills both written and oral. Proven ability to work with people.
6. Working knowledge of GIS applications preferred but not required.
STARTING SALARY RANGE: $42,000 to $48,000 plus benefits.
TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should send a resume, a writing
sample, a list of three references and contact information and a
letter of interest to the contact person listed below. This
information must be received within 45 days of the date of this
Ms. Elaine Bartley
Acting Executive Director
Natural Heritage Trust
PO Box 2093
Albany, NY 12220-0093
The Natural Heritage Trust is an equal opportunity employer.
When: October 17, 2007, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: 2 location options: Rutgers University,
New Brunswick, NJ or the JCNERR Coastal Education Center, Tuckerton, NJ
Seating is limited. Advance registration is required.
Registration deadline: October 1, 2007 *
What is the purpose of this workshop?
technology and its practical applications for coastal, floodplain, and urban land use mapping. The morning session will provide background on LiDar technology and applications; the afternoon session will be hands-on demo and instruction of various LiDAR software processing and analysis software (afternoon has limited seating).
Who should attend?
*How do I REGISTER?
For more information and FREE registration, please go online to: http://www.crssa.rutgers.edu/rs07
Hosted by the Rutgers University Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis and the New Jersey Office of Information Technology
Google Earth, Outreach KML Evangelist - Mountain View
This position is based in Mountain View, CA.
The area: Engineering
Simply put, Google engineers make computers do amazing things. Populated by extraordinarily creative, motivated and talented people, our Engineering team gets excited by developing new applications that really make a difference and are used by millions of people. We're driven by Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. If you seek to tackle such challenges as building a highly scalable computing infrastructure, novel storage systems, innovative user experiences or the next big application that will change the world, then this might be a perfect fit for you.
The role: Google Earth, Outreach KML Evangelist - Mountain View
Are you a KML guru and GIS specialist? Do you create amazing ways to experience content in Google Earth and to share it with others? Do you want to change the world by helping public benefit groups tell their story in Google Earth and Maps? As a Google Earth Outreach Evangelist, you will help non-profit and educational organizations by providing technical advice and project guidance.
- Degree in Geo Science, Computer Science or Environmental field required, MS or PhD preferred
- Demonstrated experience developing complex, dynamically-generated KML required. Experience with Google Maps mashups/API desired.
- Strong knowledge of geo/GIS standards, file formats, tools (e.g., OGC, ESRI, ERDAS Imagine). Strong working knowledge and fluency with vector, image and/or terrain data.
- Experience working with large spatial datasets and developing innovative methods for visualizing complex geospatial data.
- Experience with Web-based GIS mapping a plus, web design experience and/or SketchUp model creation a plus.
- Strong project management skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
04 September 2007
L E C T U R E . S E R I E S -- F A L L 2 0 0 7
" What Ever Happened to the Big City Plan? "
Sarah Whiting, M.Arch., Ph.D.
Princeton University School of Architecture
Wednesday, September 12
Cook-Douglass Lecture Halls Room 110
4:00 - 5:15
Three simultaneous exhibitions on Robert Moses last spring,
combined with proposals for big schemes, such as the
Brooklyn Atlantic Yards project, suggest that the big urban
vision may not have been killed off by Jane Jacobs and
others after all. This talk examines why it is that the
American city is so polarizing, why it has such a difficult
relationship to democracy, and yet how it is that we can
still do what Daniel Burnham exhorted almost a century ago:
"make no little plans."
As a teacher, a writer, and a designer, Sarah Whiting's
work focuses on the questions and consequences of modernism.
As an Assistant Professor at the Princeton University School
of Architecture, she teaches undergraduate lecture courses
on modern urbanism, graduate seminars in contemporary theory,
and coordinates the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) thesis
program. Previously she taught at the Harvard Graduate
School of Design, the Illinois Institute of Technology,
the University of Kentucky, and the University of Florida.
As an author, she has been widely published in many journals
and anthologies, including Eleven Authors in Search of a
Building: The Aronoff Center for Design and Art; An
Architecture for All Senses: The Work of Eileen Gray;
Between War and Peace: Society, Culture and Architecture
after World War II; and Mies in America. She is currently
completing a manuscript on the superblock. And as a
practicing architect, Ms. Whiting is a design principal
in the firm WW in Princeton. Its current projects the
San Jose State University Museum in California and a
sports/arts complex for a small private high school
in Louisville, Kentucky.
Frank Gehry Weisman Art
Ode to a Grecian Urn
Sandy Hook - Vegetation, Biology, Culture
Sense of Place
Early city forms - Chaco Canyon
Cincinnati's Sawyer Point Park
NOLA's Piazza d'Italia
MVV's Teardrop Park
Maya Lin's Confluence Project
UPDATED: San Antonio Riverwalk
Junior Studio Web Page
Fall Field Trips Past
About the stewardship of the land:
The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.- Wendell Berry
About learning from nature:
I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorally.
- E. B. White
And, as we struggle with absorbing information about places, Marc suggested this one:
Memory cannot retain everything; if it could, we would be overwhelmed with data. Memory is the result of a process of selection and of organizing what is selected so that it is within reach in expectable situations. There must also be some random accumulations to enable us to discover unexpected relationships. But serendipity is possible only when recollection is essentially a holding fast to what is meaningful and a release of what is not.
What Time Is This Place?
MIT Press, 1972
Some good thoughts to start a new school year.
But the AP has picked up a story from the Herald-Leader that reports on a conflict over noise on a farm in Nicholasville. Saying that they were just saving their livelihood, a farm there has installed a propane cannon to scare off birds. Neighbors 500 yards away say that it is still very loud:
"It's been so bad all summer we've never even had a cookout on our deck because it was going to go off every couple of minutes," said Palmgreen, a University of Kentucky communications professor. Even with the windows closed and the TV and air-conditioning on, Palmgreen said, "you could hear the noise."It has gotten to a point that there is a lawsuit by the neighbors trying to stop this practice. In some places the local governments protect the farmers with right-to-farm ordinances, but it isn't clear to me whether Jessamine County, which is fairly suburban for Kentucky, has
such protections in place.
In farmland protection, it shows very clearly why clustering of contiguous farms helps with preservation. This story illustrates how these conflicts can undermine long-term efforts to create these attractive working rural landscapes.