Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of the College of Design, Construction & Planning
Message from the Dean
Sr This month I would like
to share with you two new
exciting DCP initiatives that
relate to our state's urban
In his classic, "The City
in History: Its Origin, Its
Transformation and Its
Prospects," Lewis Mumford begins the book,
"with a city that was, symbolically, a world; it
closes with a world that has become, in many
practical aspects, a city (p. xi)." Indeed, Florida
has evolved from its agrarian roots to being
primarily an urban state with about ninety
percent of its total population (14 plus out of 17
million) living in urban areas.
The urbanization of Florida offers
challenging opportunities and fertile ground for
all the academic units in our college. Our
location is also a strategic opportunity in that
three major urban centers Jacksonville,
Orlando and Tampa are within reasonable
driving distance for day trips.
Thus, I am pleased that several units in the
college are exploring the creation of various
outreach centers and activities to serve these
The School of Architecture is in preliminary
discussion about forming a design center in
Orlando, and the Rinker School of Building
Construction's Shimberg Center for Affordable
Housing is in the process of opening a Tampa Community
Outreach Center. It will be located in a facility owned by the
Tampa Housing Authority and represents a joint effort with
the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida
and the Institute of Urban Policy and Commerce at Florida
A&M University. The goal of the Office is to house commu-
nity development efforts of the three universities in a single
location to provide a coordinated outreach function.
Anticipated functions include technical assistance, applied
research, workshops and symposia and student internships.
In the urban area, we also have an important new
initiative by the Department of Urban and Regional Plan-
ning to offer an undergraduate major in Urban Studies.
Several major universities have such programs including
Stanford, MIT, University of Illinois-Urbana, University of
Texas-Austin, and the University of Utah.
The proposed program would structure existing under-
graduate courses at the University of Florida into three
tracks and would include a 4 plus 1 option.
The purpose of the program would be to educate more
of the future citizens of Florida about urbanization issues
and challenges, and also to create a pre-professional option
for students considering graduate work in planning as well
as in other related disciplines. Preliminary indications show
a strong demand for the program. It's a positive initiative
that mostly uses existing resources.
I hope you all enjoy the forthcoming Spring Break.
Dean and Professor
* Historic Preservation Award Bonnie
Burnham was selected as the first recipient of
the Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished
Achievement Award in Historic Preservation.
The award is given to the person who most
embodies the "Spirit of Historic Preservation"
in Florida. Burnham received the award in
recognition of her work as president of the
World Monuments Fund, which is devoted to
conservation of significant architecture, sites
and works of art in an architectural setting.
* AICP College of Fellows Dean Jay M.
Stein has been selected as a Fellow of the
American Institute of Certified Planners in
recognition of his accomplishments and contributions
to the planning profession. Fellowship is granted to
planners who have been members of AICP and have
achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching
and mentoring, research, public and community
service and leadership.
* BCN Career Fair BCN held its career fair on
Feb. to with a record number 431 students. More than
80 companies were in attendance.
* Kahn Symposium ARC professor Robert McCarter
presented "Louis I. Kahn and Aldo van Eyck: Parallels
in the Other Tradition of Modern Architecture" at the
symposium "Engaging Louis I. Kahn: A Legacy for the
Future" at the Yale Center for British Art in January.
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* Community Indicators URP professor Rhonda
Phillips' Planning Advisory Service Report
"Community Indicators" was released by the American
Planning Association in January. The report highlights
how community indicators can be used as a balance
sheet for the community and how community
stakeholders can use indicators as a way to connect
growth and development with the quality of life.
* DCP Awards Ceremony The DCP Annual Awards
Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on April 15 in the
atrium of the Architecture Building. Please join us for
this special event. It is an excellent opportunity to visit
with our donors and other special guests and to extend
well-deserved congratulations to those who have
achieved distinction through scholastic achievement,
service or leadership.
* Murdock Village Charrette LAE professor Glenn
Acomb was part of a team of UF faculty invited to
attend the Murdock Village Charrette on January 28
and 29. The purpose of the charrette was to assist in
determining sustainable design criteria and
development guidelines for this 1,100 acre
redevelopment in-fill opportunity of a platted (but
largely undeveloped) community near the center of the
county. The faculty members are part of the Florida
Program for Resource Efficient Communities, a multi-
disciplinary group of UF faculty that includes Glenn
Acomb, Pierce Jones, director and professor of the
Energy Extension Service and Mark Hostetler,
assistant professor of Wildlife Ecology and
* Golden Gator Awards ARC students Eric
Kleinsteuber and Aaron Plewke received top student
honors in the magazine category at the UF Golden
Gator Awards for their submissions of the Fall 2002
and Spring 2003 "Architrave." The Golden Gator
Award recognizes outstanding examples of public
relations tactics, techniques, products or other
elements of programs or campaigns executed by UF
Communication Network members. The competition is
coordinated by the UF Office of Public Relations.
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Calendar of Events
Historic Preservation Lecture Series
Carol Shull, Keeper of National Register of Historic Places
"The New National Register"
6 p.m., Harn Museum of Art
Conversations for a Sustainable Future
Wendell Chastain, "Green Fleets Save Greenbacks"
Noon, Rinker Hall, Room 238
Historic Preservation Lecture Series
Consortium for Urban Conservation in North America
Mini-Forum at the Ham Museum of Art
"Housing Design and Neighborhood Conservation in Historic
Beijing," David Covo, FRAIC, Director, McGill University,
School of Architecture, Montreal, Quebec
"Restoration of Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City"
Dr. Gabriel Merigo Basurto, Universidad Nacional Autonoma
de Mexico, Facultad de Arquitectura
"Sustainability is Historic Preservation"
Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Associate Professor of
Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
Conversations for a Sustainable Future
Marc Van Soestbergen and Jeff Johnson, "Energy, Carbon
and Clean UF," Noon, Rinker Hall, Room 238
FLabash.04 National Conference
Landscape architecture students will host the 34th annual
LABASH conference, the national landscape architecture
conference hosted each year by students for students. For
more information, please visit the FLabash.04 Web site at
DCP Annual Awards Ceremony, 3 p.m.
DCP Spring Commencement, 9 a.m.
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