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Creator: College of Design, Construction & Planning, University of Florida
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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: April 20, 2009
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College of Design,
Construction & Planning

In Te

Ruth Steiner, URP
associate professor, was
selected by a faculty
committee representing
the college's five units to
receive the 2009 DCP
Dean's Faculty Service

The award recognizes
leadership and sustained
commitment to
outstanding service
consistent with the

DCP News

April 20, 2009

Dean's message

We are closing in on the end of another
academic year, preparing to celebrate the
accomplishments of another distinguished class
of DCP graduates on May 1 and 2. At the same
time, we also are pondering (a euphemism for
sure!!) what the end of this year's Florida
legislative session will mean for UF and for our
college community for the future.

To say the least, all of us have done exactly what we were asked
to do this year: provide for our students a top flight professional
education, contribute to the research and service missions of our
respective fields, and support in little and big ways the highest
aspirations of a great public university. Each of us can reflect on
our own and our collective accomplishments over this past year,
and consider with pride how much has been done to improve our
units and our college.
Through our newsletters and various institutional publications, our
presentations to professional and academic organizations, our
publications and our exhibitions, and our professional service, we
have demonstrated convincingly (in my opinion) our leadership on
various fronts, especially in the areas of sustainability,
international engagement and support to development processes
throughout Florida and beyond.

At the same time, we have set forth for ourselves an ambitious
agenda for the future, such as implementing our Citi-Lab Orlando,
strengthening our engagement with St. Augustine, bringing new
technologies into our classroom and research facilities throughout
the college, finding ways to upgrade and expand our educational
spaces (especially in the Architecture Building), expanding and
improving our self-funded offerings (to take some of the pressures
off dwindling state funds), building further on our strong graduate
programs offerings, finalizing the merger of the departments of
Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning into a

academic mission of the

May 1 at 4 p.m.

DCP Commencement

DCP marshals and faculty
will receive more
information by e-mail this
week. In the meantime,
contact Julie Frey if you
have any questions.

The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency will
host the 2009 National
Sustainable Design Expo
this past weekend on the
National Mall in
Washington, D.C. As part
of the expo, 43 student
teams representing 40
universities in 24 states
will exhibit their design
projects for the EPA's
prestigious annual P3 -

new school, putting the finishing touches on our new and improved
Web site and continuing to effectively solicit needed financial
support from our alumni and friends.

Much to do in the days ahead. But for a moment, let's stop and
consider how much we have accomplished this year, and from that
standpoint recognize what a fulfilling year it has been.

To you, the faculty, staff and students of DCP, my sincere thanks
for your commitment and for your accomplishments in making this
past year so successful. So even while we "ponder" the future, let's
celebrate here and now. I raise my glass to all of you in sincere

Perez-Mendez awarded UF Research

Foundation professorship
Architecture professor Alfonso Perez-Mendez was selected as
the 2009 UF Research Foundation Professor for the College of
Design, Construction and Planning. The three-year term research
professorship includes support for Perez-Mendez's research
program on the history of post-war modernism.

Recent publications of his research include:

Refereed paper, "Advertising Suburbanization in Mexico City:
Press Campaigns (1948-1965) and Television Programs
(1953-1954)," published in the 2009 issue of the Journal of
Planning Perspectives
Paper, "Survival through Design, the Changing Lives of
Richard Neutra's Kauffman House," published in the March
issue of the Journal Hise
Introductory essay, "Without Signature," in Traverso-Vighy,
a book to be published in May on the work of this emerging
team of Italian architects based in Vicenza that have recently
completed a construction project for the Palermo
International Airport.

Perez-Mendez's most recent book, The
Houses of El Pedregal, published in October
2007, has received numerous favorable
reviews, the most recent of which was
published in December 2008 by Crist6bal
Andrds Jacome in the Journal of the
National Institute of Aesthetic Research in

Las Oisas
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People, Prosperity and the
Planet Award

The UF team led by Iris
Patten, DCP doctoral
student, and Joseli
Macedo, URP assistant
professor and
coordinator, will be there
to compete for the
competition's Phase II
grant of $75,000.

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URP Grants
Ilir Bejleri and Ruth Steiner, URP associate professors, and the
GeoPlan Center and Center for Health and the Built Environment
are collaborating with the Maternal Child Health Education and
Research Data Center in the UF pediatrics department on a
$150,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for
developing a comprehensive analysis and plan for a Childhood
Obesity Prevention Geographic Information System. Zhong-Ren
Peng, URP department chair, and Stanley Latimer, URP assistant
in, also will participate in the project.

In addition, Steiner and Bejieri are collaborating with Noreen
McDonald of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on a
study, also funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, on the
equity of expenditures under the federal Safe Routes to School
proqra m.

Steiner and Siva Srinivasan, UF civil and coastal engineering
assistant professor, received a research grant from the Center for
Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation at UF to study
vehicle-miles-of-travel-based methodologies of traffic impact.

Obonyo receives NSF grant for U.S.-Africa

Esther Obonyo, BCN assistant professor, recently has been
awarded a $49,290 grant from the National Science Foundation to
hold a two-day U.S.-Tanzania workshop of professors and
professionals in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, July 21-22 to discuss
experiences in and potential strategies for advancing the structural
use of earth-based bricks.

Other U.S. collaborators for the grant include Derreck Tate,
assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Texas Tech
University, and Lakshmi Reddi, chair of civil, environmental and
construction engineering at the University of Central Florida.
Tanzanian collaborators include Alex Ndama of the National
Housing Building Research Association, Amon Makenya from Ardhi
University, and Saidi Msangi of AQE Associates.

In addition to the collaborators, workshop participants also will

Seven other U.S. professors
Larry Banks, NSF program manager
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Gustavo F. Araoz, the first
American president of the
International Council on
Monuments and Sites, or
ICOMOS, was awarded the
2009 Beinecke-Reeves
Achievement Award.

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Directors from building research units in selected African
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Published & Presented

Edward Minchin, BCN associate professor, presented "Use of
Innovative Contracting Methods by DOTs Project Managers
Speak" and served on the organizing committee at the First
International Conference on Transportation Construction
Management in February in Orlando. Minchin also had his paper,
"The Fall and Rise of the Largest CM-at-Risk Transportation
Construction Project Ever," accepted for publication in the
American Society of Civil Engineers' February issue of the Journal
of Construction Engineering and Management.

Richard Schneider, URP professor, will deliver the
keynote address at a UNESCO's Asian-Pacific
Conference symposium on Child-Friendly Cities,
"Growing Up in Cities," on April 24 in Tokyo. His
presentation will focus on planning and
managing safe routes to school for children. In
addition, Schneider's 2002 book co-authored with
Ted Kitchen, Planninq for Crime Prevention: A
9 Trans-Atlantic Perspective, has been translated into
Japanese and is being used by the Japanese
Building Research Institute to provide security planning
guidance for public and private development.

Dean Christopher Silver published his article co-authored with
Eugenie L. Birch entitled "One Hundred Years of City Planning's
Enduring and Evolving Connections" in the spring 2009 issue of the
Journal of the American Planning Association. The article leads the
issue, edited by Birch and Silver, which includes nine additional
articles exploring the past 100 years of planning in the U.S. and
beyond to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First
National Conference on City Planning in the U.S.

Anne R. Williamson, associate director of the Shimberg Center
for Housing Studies, was invited by Concresswoman Kathy Castor
of Tampa Bay to present "America's Housing Crisis: Looking
Beyond the Headlines," a presentation on strategic planning for
new and improved housing policy initiatives in the current
economic climate, to Castor's Washington, D.C. and district
congressional staff during their 2009 strategic planning session.

Have you recently presented at a conference or had your

work published? Let us know.

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Minchin and Walters research in NYC
In March, Edward Minchin, BCN associate professor, and Russell
Walters, BCN visiting professor, travelled to New York City to
gather data for their Construction Industry Institute research
project, "Product Integrity Concerns in Low-Quality Source
Countries," which deals with the deceitful insertion of low-quality
and counterfeit products into the construction supply chain.

As part of the research, Minchin and Walters interviewed vice
presidents and procurement officers for several major
corporations, the chief of the Port of Newark, the assistant to the
mayor of New York City, and the team constructing the new World
Trade Center. They also interviewed representatives from Parsons-
Brinkerhoff, Underwriters Laboratory, Swiss Re, AIG, Bovis Lend
Lease, and Fluor.

Finally, although the company has nothing to do with construction,
Minchin and Walters also spoke with vice president of Calvin Klein
about the company's long fight against counterfeiting.


Planning research seminar
April 21: Andres Blanco, URP assistant professor, will present
"The Urban Dynamics of Informality" from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.
m. in the Architecture Building Room 411.

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The DCP News will return
in the fall.

Please send any news
items over the summer to
Julie Frey.



Kaitlin O'Farrill has served as editor of the DCP News and graduate assistant for DCP
Information and Publication Services since January 2008. She graduates on May 2 with a
master's degree in mass communications. Best wishes, Kaitlin!

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