UF UNIVERSITY of
COLLEGE OF DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, & PLANNING
We are coming very close to the end of a busy and
productive Fall semester. Students have been presenting
final projects, making all those last minute efforts
to absorb enough of the course materials to handle
final exams or putting the final touches on theses and
dissertations. The cooler days are helping make the
frantic pace of these last minute details a little bit easier
to handle. And the upcoming holiday break will give
everyone a chance to have a little breather before jumping
into the second half of the academic year. Please take
advantage of it and, for a least a little while, just kick back,
or do something out of the ordinary.
At this time of the year when giving thanks for so
many things is part of the ritual, I do want to extend
my sincere thanks to all in DCP for your important
individual contributions to making us such an impressive
educational enterprise. I am continuously impressed
by your talents and by the level of enthusiasm from all
quarters of our college for the work that we do. And DCP's
enthusiasm may just infect those around us. Before long,
even more folks on campus and beyond will be conversant
in sustainability, preservation, internationalization,
affordable housing, creating better environments, good
design and all the other initiatives we value and we
Once my own batteries get recharged over the break,
I look forward to helping to cultivate and channel that
enthusiasm and your talents to realize our shared goals.
But in the mean time, happy holidays, and a joyous and
more peaceful New Year.
Christopher Silver, Ph.D., AICP
Dean and Professor
a DCP Students Attend Greenbuild 2oo006
The UF Student Chapter of the U.S. Green Building
Council (USGBC) sent five students to USGBC's annual
national conference, Greenbuild 2006, in Denver, Colo.
from Nov. 13 17. DCP partially sponsored the trip to
help the students cover travel expenses and conference
fees. Conference guest speakers included internationally
recognized green building innovators such as Jeffrey
Sachs, David Suzuki and William McDonough.
The conference was a unique educational opportunity
for the students to become familiar with cutting-edge
ideas and practices, and learn how to apply them to their
research and experience at UF.
"The Greenbuild conference offered us the experience
to really get involved with the green movement, and
familiarize ourselves with people and products that will
benefit us when we get into the professional world," IND
student Sharon Neff said.
SShimberg Center to Start New Research on
Subsidized Rental Housing
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
is funding a research project by the Shimberg Center
for Affordable Housing and Florida Housing Finance
Corporation to improve national data collection and
analysis related to the preservation of subsidized rental
The MacArthur-funded research project was proposed
in response to a lack of data about subsidized rental
housing for affordable living. This portion of the housing
stock is at risk of losing its affordability due to expiration
of government funding and property owners' decisions to
convert to market rate housing.
School of Architecture Pursues a "Global Campus"
In an effort to continue the expansion of the Gator
Nation across the globe, DCP director Martha Kohen
has signed agreements for continued education and study
in China and India.
Kohen recently traveled to China where she attended
the 12th Congress of the Architecture Society of China
and Asian Congress of Architects. While there, Kohen
signed an agreement with the society which will allow
architecture students to participate in an annual
charrette which will focus on a different Chinese city each
year. The first charrette will take place in the ancient city
of Xian in May 2007. Twenty-five students and up to four
professors will travel to this historic city, most famous for
its Terracota Warriors, to participate in research studies
with the planning authorities of Xi'an and the Xi'an
University of Architecture. The 2008 charrette will take
place in Shanghai.
"This agreement will strengthen DCP as an important
player in the international arena and is very important in
helping UF build up the Gator Nation," Kohen said.
Kohen also visited and lectured at Tsinghua University
and at Zhengzhou University (ZZU) where she was
nominated as a visiting professor. "I was honored to be
nominated visiting professor at ZZU and will do some
teaching there in the future," Kohen said. ZZU is located
in the center crossroads between Xian and Shanghai and
between Beijing and the River of Pearls.
Lastly, Kohen visited Mumbai, India, where ARC
assistant professor Shivjit Sidhu and eight ARC students
are participating in the first 16 week-long UF study abroad
program in India. Kohen signed an agreement of collaboration
with the Federation of Jain Educational Institutes (FJEI).
FJEI controls lo,ooo schools in India, of which 200 are
colleges and universities. The agreement will give DCP a base
in India for research and education action.
"India has a very important and expanding potential for
education on varying subjects," Kohen said. "It is a great
opportunity to bring students to UF and send our students to
Kohen and Sidhu, with the support of UF's Department
of Continuing Education, currently are exploring the option
to establish educational initiatives in India, much like UF's
current developments in China.
Kohen's efforts are helping to create what she calls a
"I think we cannot say our campus is only here in
Gainesville," Kohen said. "We do research across the globe, we
have students that come from across the globe and we teach
across the globe. I think we have a global campus, with the
base here in Gainesville."
d Graham Speaks at National Preservation
DCP professor Roy Eugene Graham, FAIA, spoke at the
annual October National Preservation Conference of the
National Trust for Historic Preservation in Pittsburgh.
The session, "A Place for the Trades: The Role of the
Traditional Trades in Preservation," was organized
by the World Monuments Fund and the Preservation
Trades Network. Graham's presentation discussed
the academic coupling of graduate students from UF
with the American College of Building Arts and Les
Compagnons du Devoir at last summer's Preservation
Institute: New York at the New Lebanon Shaker Museum
in Old Chatham, NY. The French students were enrolled
through the UF program.
d Hayes Serves as Guest Editor to Security
IND courtesy faculty and criminologist Read Hayes
recently guest edited and authored an issue of the
Security Journal. Hayes authored the introduction
"Effective Loss Prevention Means Protecting Lives,
Selling More and Losing Less" and co-authored
"Evaluating the Effects of EAS on Product Sales and
Loss: Results of a Large-Scale Field Experiment." Hayes
and the DCP Loss Prevention Research Team also
authored two papers in the new Handbook of Security for
criminologists titled "Shoptheft" and "Store Detectives &
dARC Graduate Student Presents Paper at
ARC graduate student Michael Honig presented his paper
"The Architectural Response to Homelessness: A Viable
Service and not a Privilege" at the ART&DESIGN for Social
Justice Symposium at Florida State University. The paper
was based on his master's research project, "Technical and
Contextual Tension: Njia as a Housing Generator in Kenya"
which was chaired by ARC professor Donna Cohen and BCN
professor Esther Obonyo.
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