U FLORIDA DCP News Oct. 23, 2009
College of Design,
Construction & Planning
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Christopher Silver, Ph.D., FAICP
What a week this has been!
On Thursday, the Faculty Senate gave its
blessing to our new School of Landscape
Architecture and Planning, bringing to a close more than a
year's effort to achieve the much desired merging of these two
programs in a common venture. Paul Zwick has agreed to
serve as its first director, working with chairs Tina Gurucharri
and Zhong-Ren Peng, to create the well-oiled academic and
professional machine we envision. A great job by all involved to
prepare and present an impressive new vision for these
That same evening, we had the chance to hear from two great
professionals, Heinz Tesar, architect and professor from
Vienna, Austria, and David Lathrop, representing the globally-
engaged design firm, Steelcase. Lathrop wowed a packed
house in the Harn with his company's vision of creating new
work spaces. This capped a weeklong hands-on studio training
project involving the third-year interior design students and
managed by other Steelcase professionals.
Also, this week, Professor of Urban Planning, Dr. Robert
Freestone, University of New South Wales, was presenting
several lectures on planning, heritage conservation and urban
design in Australia, under the sponsorship of the College, the
Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Historic
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Professor Gary W.
Siebein was appointed as
a technical expert to the
TC-43 Working Group.
Siebein will be the U.S.
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at the ISO meeting in
Seoul, Korea November 16
Siebein also was appointed
as a technical expert to
develop revisions to ANSI S
Group. The focus of the
group is to provide
recommendations to revise
the standard on classroom
All week long, the third-year landscape architecture students
were on field excursion, led by Glenn Acomb and Kevin
Thompson, visiting firms and viewing projects in the Seattle
and Portland, Ore., areas. Meanwhile, the BCN faculty put
together final preparations for the site visit of the accreditation
team that arrived on Saturday for a three-day, intensive
assessment of that program.
Finally, on Monday morning in downtown Orlando, years of
work that aimed at establishing a College presence in one of
Florida's most dynamic cities, and where so many of our alums
and friends practice, will come to an exciting conclusion.
Citylab-Orlando officially will open its door with the University
of Central Florida's Center for Emerging Media, a stunning
facility in downtown Orlando, with not only Mayor Buddy Dyer
(a UF alum) and UCF Provost Terry Hickey recognizing our
new partnership, but also President Machen joining in the
celebration to endorse our endeavor.
To undertake and accomplish so much has drawn upon the
talents and dedication of so many. I cannot stress enough how
much I appreciate those qualities of our faculty, staff and
As one of the Steelcase executives mentioned when talking
about their studio work with us, they regard our design
programs as representing the cutting edge in the field. The
vision that he shared for his internationally recognized firm
offers the perfect template for us to use. Like Steelcase, we are
moving all of our programs in the direction that will keep us
out front, including expansion of the opportunities for our
students to gain global experiences within their disciplines,
reaching new audiences through application of new teaching
technologies (especially web-based instruction) and continuing
to strengthen our work in support of sustainability (another
area where we remain out front). And even as we reinvent our
teaching and work spaces, it is not unlike the processes that
Steelcase shares with its clients.
Weeks like this are as uplifting as they are exhausting, and it is
probably a good idea for us to catch our breath, kick back a bit.
But there are other exciting and substantial efforts in the works
that will, I hope, give us additional reasons to celebrate in the
months ahead. But for now, what a week!!
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UF College of Design,
Construction and Planning
a rite of passage
For over a decade, Design 3 students have taken their models that
look something like miniature houses and stood in the atrium of the
Architecture building, displaying their own projects and examining
the work that had been their classmates' lives for the past week or
This annual congregation which has attained near mythic status is
known as the Door/Window/Stair project; a chance for students to
design parts of a structure without dealing with the complexity of
designing a full building. It is a challenging project which often
becomes a part of the student's pin-up or graduate school
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Dr. Esther Obonyo of the Rinker School of Building Construction
hosted a National Science Foundation U.S.-Tanzania workshop in
collaboration with Dr. Derreck Tate of Texas Tech University and
Dr. Lakshmi Reddi of the University of Central Florida.
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A total of 45 delegates participated in this two-day event
Peacock Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on July 21-22.
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View the workshop presentations here.
Dr. Esther Obonyo and Dr. Robert Ries mentored a group of five
U.S. students in another National Science Foundation-supported
program during the summer of 2009.
Among these were UF students Ryan Clark and Jeff Depree
On Oct. 13, the college
hosted a new faculty
Dean Christopher Silver
welcomed everyone to
DCP. "We're bringing in
new faculty who have been
performing at the highest
possible level," Silver said.
"You are part of continuing
to make us even better."
Margaret Carr echoed
Dean Silver's sentiment:
"The door is open for all of
you to shape the future."
assistant professor Jim
Sullivan shared with the
group how in his work with
the UF Solar Decathlon
Team, he has seen the
benefit to the students
involved as they are
exposed to other
disciplines. "The education
that they leave with is not
only of personal value but
of competitive value."
The students worked closely with Dr. Zablon Oonge and professors
Patts Odira and Gilbert Munga, from the Civil and Construction
Engineering Department of the University of Nairobi, to investigate
the feasibility of using sand dams to address the water shortages in
selected parts of East Africa.
The overarching theme of the program is "Engineering Sustainable
Building Systems" and it is supported by NSF's Office of
International Science and Engineering. To date, 11 students have
participated in the program.
BCN students visit construction site
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On Sept. 25, members of the Construction Management Association
of America UF Student Chapter took a field trip to the Amway
Orlando Events Center construction site, the future home of the
The BCN students were able to tour the site, view the architectural
plans (which were two inches thick) and ask questions of the Hunt
Construction personnel on hand.
Safety was one of the main concerns of the crew. Safety director
Bill Shooter inspected every area before the student tour entered,
ensuring that the area was free of potential hazards.
He explained to the students that he must lead by example and, as
future project managers, they also must remember to follow that
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Student Ashley Little learned about the unique features that the
arena will offer.
"Three different sports hockey, basketball and football will be
able to be played here, and a chilled water system will be installed
underneath the court to accommodate the ice hockey rink," Little
Michael Cook is the group's faculty adviser, and Brando Fetzek,
president of the CMAA UF Chapter, helped organize the event.
UF's Shimberg Center releases new Web site
The Shimberg Center for Housing Studies recently announced the
release of the updated Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse Web
New information on the site includes:
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data regarding home
purchase, home improvement and refinancing lending in
Florida cities and counties.
Data on manufactured housing parks and condominiums by
county, including locations, number of units and information
about condo conversions.
Historical data on Florida's Assisted Housing Inventory
through the Assisted Housing Inventory Historical
Information, 2004-2009 tool.
Preliminary Construction and Sales property appraiser data
for 2008 on units by age, type and valuation, plus full 2007
data on properties and sales prices.
Updated housing supply and demand data for Florida cities
and counties in the Profiles, Comparisons, GeoPortal,
Population Projections, Household Demographic Data and
Wages and Housing Costs tools.
Established at the University of Florida in 1988, the Shimberg
Center for Housing Studies promotes safe, decent and affordable
housing and related community development throughout
Florida. The center conducts research, provides technical assistance
and supplies information at all levels of Florida's affordable housing
delivery system. The Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse, located
within the Shimberg Center, provides public access to data on
Florida's housing needs and supply, subsidized rental housing and
For more information about the Clearinghouse data, e-mail fhdc-
email@example.com or phone 352-273-1192 or 800-259-
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