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Jan. 16, 2009
Greetings in the New Year, a new year that began
with us finishing up business in the BCS in Miami.
Here at DCP, the new year has started with its own
brand of excitement.
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participate in the Solar Decathlon Europe, and our faculty team,
headed by Robert Ries, has already recruited students from all of
our programs to carry out this mammoth project over the next two
Also, please join me in welcoming Andres Blanco and his family
to DCP and Gainesville. They escaped the snow and cold of Ithaca,
NY (Cornell University) so Andres can join the Department of
Urban and Regional Planning to teach economics and land
development, and to contribute to our collective strength in
On Jan. 28-30, under the leadership of Martha Kohen (ARC) and
Joseli Macedo (URP), DCP is co-hosting the conference, "The
Urban Divide in Latin America: Challenges and Strategies for Social
Inclusion." The conference features keynote presentations by
Jaime Lerner, former mayor of Curitiba, the internationally
renowned scholar of globalization Saskia Sassen and Alan
Gilbert, one of the foremost authorities on issues of urbanization,
poverty and development in Latin America.
The full schedule of sessions is contained in the conference
program available on the web. You can register for the
conference at the Web site, and for the grand sum of $15, you can
attend it all (there is a modest additional charge for lunches on
Thursday and Friday). Please attend and encourage your students
and colleagues to join in.
A slightly more limited access event is coming up in February when
DCP will sponsor the National Academy of Environmental Design
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Symposium Water and Sustainability. A group of experts will
convene at UF Feb. 16-17 to discuss the issues of water quantity
and quality through environmental design processes, to develop a
working group on the topic and to develop a position paper that
can be used to guide policy and practice.
Kim Tanzer (ARC) has been one of the key leaders of a national
effort to establish the National Academy of Environmental Design
which includes UF, the University of California, Berkeley, the
University of Minnesota, the University of Texas, Austin and the
University of Pennsylvania, along with other partners. When the
schedule of the symposium is finalized, we'll distribute it. There
should be an opportunity for interested faculty and students to sit
in on this high powered event.
Space limits me to touch on all that is forthcoming this Spring, but
I will touch on other activities in forthcoming messages. Suffice it
to say, we will be busy, but busy in a very positive way. With
various guest lecturers, career fairs, hosting several national
conferences, pushing forward on the development of a new school
for planning and landscape architecture, handling what looks like a
growing applicant pool in our graduate programs, continuing to
develop pieces of our bachelor's program in sustainability, more
faculty recruitments in architecture and in support of sustainability,
and, of course, doing the more routine work of preparing the next
generation of design, construction and planning professionals.
DCP Web site launched today
Since December, most DCP faculty and staff have seen the
Beta version of the new site when logged on here at campus. But
today, we launched the new site to the rest of the world.
If you find any missing links or edits for the new Web site, please
e-mail Julie Frey or DCP's new webmaster Melissa Glasqow.
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Check out the latest gallery
exhibits on the
Architecture Building charrette
DCP will hold a charrette Jan. 21 calling on upper division
undergraduate and graduate students in ARC, IND, LAE and URP to
design immediate improvements to the Architecture Building. The
first and second place designs will be awarded $750 and $250,
respectively, with the winning design to be implemented in the fall.
Students will work together in groups of three to address one of
three design problems:
1. seating for a common space in the atrium, fourth floor or
first/second level transition;
2. individual work stations for the building's studios;
3. a system of banners to improve the building's visual quality.
The charrette will begin with group registration at noon in the
atrium, followed by a 15-minute Q &A at 1 p.m. Groups must
submit their designs by 10 p.m. The designs will be judged by a
panel of college faculty and students, and the winner will be
announced Jan. 30.
Published & Presented
Charlie Hailey, ARC assistant professor, presented his paper,
"From Sleeping Porch to Sleeping Machine: Inverting Traditions of
Fresh Air in North America," in December at the International
Association for the Study of Traditional Environments 2008
Conference in Oxford, England. His paper also will be published in
IASTE's Working Paper Series.
Gary W. Siebein, ARC professor, completed revisions on his
chapter "Recent Innovations in Acoustical Design and Research"
along with co-author Professor Emeritus Bertram Y. Kinzey, Jr., in
William Cavanaugh's Architectural Acoustics, due for a second
edition printing in 2009.
Mary Padua, LAE associate professor, presented her paper,
"Contested Chinese identity: modernism and fundamentalism in
contemporary landscape design," in December at the 20th
Anniversary Conference of the International Association for the
Study of Traditional Environments 2008 Conference in Oxford,
England. Her paper also will be published in IASTE's Working Paper
Series. Padua also gave a seminar on "Hybrid Modernity: post-Mao
contemporary urban open space" in December at the Bartlett
School, University College London.
DCP Research Show\case
Nlayl 1 at 4 p.m.1
Read the report
"Toward a New School of
Landscape Architecture +
Urban and Regional
from the DCP task force
established last fall to
consider the implications of
merging the Department of
Landscape Architecture and
the Department of Urban
and Regional Planning into
a new school.
Have you recently presented at a conference or had your
work published? Let us know. Contact Julie Frey or Kaitlin
Paris Fall (I8
Landscape Architecture Studio Exhibit
LAE undergraduate and graduate students will present their studio
projects from the LAE Paris Program Fall Semester 2008 in the
Architecture Gallery from Jan 20-28, with an opening reception at
5:30 p.m. on Jan. 20.
Projects include: Re-imagining the Jardin Tuileres for the 21st
century and a revitalized campus plan for Cite Internationale
Now in its fifth year, the studio was directed by LAE Professors
Terry Schnadelbach and Mary G. Padua, with Meredith Leigh,
graduate teaching assistant.
Padua photography exhibit
Mary Padua, LAE associate professor, will have her installation
"Sacred Places and Skies Redux: Petit Collection" on display at the
Grinter Gallery Jan. 23 through March 27. The photographs
represent her personal interpretation of sacred places in Asia
juxtaposed with images of skies. The installation is an excerpt from
her original exhibit displayed at the University of Hong Kong in the
spring of 2007. An opening reception will be held Jan. 23 from 7
to 9 p.m. at the University Gallery. All are invited.
Final Week of "Promises" at Harn Museum
Hurry! Jan. 25 is the last day to see "Promises: Staging Mid-
Century Miami," a groundbreaking exhibition devoted to the
architects, designers and urban planners of mid-20th century
Miami and their contributions to American Modernism.
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