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  • Students — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    the globe The educational backgrounds of students cover a wide range of undergraduate fields Among them are architecture biology business economics engineering forestry geography geology history landscape architecture philosophy planning political science psychology public administration sociology and urban studies Although some come to the department directly upon completion of undergraduate work a larger number first gain experience in planning or in other fields Students in the department are very active Each semester students publish a nationally recognized journal Carolina Planning Journal which focuses on planning issues in the southeast United States Student projects have won national and state level awards from the American Planning Association Planning students collaborating with students from the Law School and the Business School have sponsored and built several homes under the Habitat for Humanity program and raised money for other worthy causes not only in the U S but in Central America Eastern Europe and other parts of the world Students serve on departmental committees in the areas of curriculum admissions faculty recruitment and doctoral program Planners Forum the planning student organization also sponsors a program of visiting speakers a vigorous intramural sports program and an active social agenda Learn more about our 2015 and

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/people/students (2015-06-03)
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  • Graduate Students Make an Impact – Honored for Research Benefiting North Carolina — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    s the promise of saving a life or saving a way of life said Graduate School Dean Steve Matson This year s award winning research covers a variety of areas education the environment economic development health public administration and more The recipients however share a determination to find answers to some of our state s most compelling challenges 2012 IMPACT Award From Farm to Fork An Empirical Investigation of Challenges Faced by North Carolina s Small Meatpackers Tina Prevatte MCRP 09 City and Regional Planning and MBA 09 Business Administration The local food trend gains momentum each year presenting opportunities and challenges for North Carolina s small farms and meatpacking operations Tina stands out among her cohort for her ability and willingness to take the lessons learned from her research and go the next logical step in authoring a tangible solution said Prevatte s adviser Nichola Lowe Ph D Tina Prevatte who received her master s degrees in city and regional planning and business administration in 2009 investigated barriers to success for small meatpackers Ultimately she co founded a business to expand market opportunities for the state s livestock producers and small meatpackers She surveyed 20 small meatpackers and conducted extensive interviews with some in that group Prevatte also interviewed stakeholders who regularly interact with the state s small meatpackers and researched the industry as a whole Her findings come down to the importance of collaboration that bringing interested packers together into a marketing and sales cooperative would be an important step in developing them as more viable and dynamic links in the local food system Prevatte and Jennifer Curtis who directs NC Choices a Center for Environmental Farming Systems initiative developed a business plan that became an independent business Farmhand Foods Their business sources whole animals from a network

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/farmfork (2015-06-03)
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  • How to get America to walk — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    to drive How do you remake a city into a pedestrian dream BBC New February 2012 US cities built in the 20th Century have long catered for a population that prefers to take the car to shop dine and work But an ageing population and a young professional workforce looking for an urban lifestyle have forced city planners to reconsider the existing road and pavement infrastructure But how do you remake a city into a pedestrian dream and how do you re educate the public about its transportation choices The BBC s Franz Strasser went to Raleigh North Carolina where an unsanctioned street sign campaign called Walk Raleigh caught the attention of city officials and pedestrians alike Watch the video includes interviews with DCRP s Matt Tomasulo and Mitch Silver APA President Learn more about Walk Raleigh Civic minded projects fueled by civic minded products Walk Raleigh is our initial step in linking the purchase of products to the funding and promotion of real life small scale civic and social interventions Walk Raleigh is a very basic guerrilla self installed wayfinding system of 27 signs placed at 3 different intersections in downtown Raleigh These signs are intended to put walkability

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/walk (2015-06-03)
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  • CTP Alumni Career Panel — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    the best ways to find a job after graduation The panel members were chosen based on their diverse experience within the field of transportation Each panel member relayed stories about how they entered the field skills they recommend and even what DCRP courses they found to be most useful in their careers With most panelists being recent graduates it was extremely impressive to see the diversity of projects that they had already been exposed to Assistant Professor Noreen McDonald moderated the panel and Q A The panel was extremely useful and insightful I was able to gain an understanding of how planning positions vary in the different local agencies and firms in the area says Harley Cooper MCRP Candidate 2012 All of the panelists graciously shared advice on finding jobs and internships that fit our interests The following alumni and friends of DCRP shared their experiences as transportation planners in various sectors of the field left to right Matthew Day Triangle J Council of Governments formerly with ICF Interna tional and HNTB Michael Ousdahl HDR Patrick McDonough AICP Senior Transportation Planner Triangle Transit Authority Reed Huegerich Town of Apex NC Ann Hartell Center for Transportation and the Environment NCSU Matthew

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/ctp-alumni-panel (2015-06-03)
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  • Design Revival 24 - Small Towns, Big Ideas — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    landscape architecture firm headquartered in Charlotte NC was looking to fill a planning position and I was just the person for the job I was thankful to be employed and truly enjoyed both the work I was doing and the people I was doing it with However while I was simply eager to work the reality is that the staff that survived the downsizing was in need of both an infusion of motivation and a creative outlet to stretch their design legs Enter Design Revival 24 The beauty of the event is that ultimately coming together as a group of planners urbanists architects engineers in a collaborative burst of design energy provided as much for its participants camaraderie creative freedom sense of accomplishment self worth as it did for Bluefield In April of 2011 a team of planners landscape architects architects and engineers volunteered 24 consecutive hours of design work to the town of Bluefield WV The event Design Revival 24 was was inspired by Charleston s annual CreateAthon a work around the clock creative blitz during which advertising agencies generate creative and strategic work for local nonprofits that have little or no marketing budget Applied to the built environment DesignRevival 24 is rooted in the conviction that helping communities in need is a core calling of design professionals everywhere During the 24 hours we delivered a streetscape program strategy to catalyze economic development projects a recycling program local foods initiative public arts project small area plan for the downtown district redevelopment program for infill residential public park concept sketches and a heritage tourism framework Beyond the deliverables we also infused the City residents and business with a fresh look at their downtown and set of ideas strategies and recommendations for them to consider and potentially pursue Within one month

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/design-revival-24-small-towns-big-ideas (2015-06-03)
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  • Alumni — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    and staff at the Department of City and Regional Planning Use the database to maintain contact or renew friendships search for graduates who live in your area and develop networking contacts by identifying alumni who work for a specific organization The Alumni directory is password protected Department alumni gain access by using their University ID number Alumni not able to locate their University ID should contact the Department of City and Regional Planning at 919 962 3983 or e mail DCRP Student Services Search the alumni directory Jobs We are routinely contacted by organizations private employers and former alumni regarding new positions Thank you Submit job opportunities to dcrp unc edu Intern opportunities will be sent to our student listserv Full time opportunities will be posted at our Carolina Planning group at LinkedIn com Post a job directly at LinkedIn Carolina Planning at LinkedIn com We also encourage our alumni to become members of our LinkedIn Group Carolina Planning Listserv Stay in touch with your fellow alumni with DCRP s easy to use listserv Periodically you will receive the latest department news job announcements and information from fellow alumni Simply send an email message to dcrp unc edu stating that

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/people/alumni (2015-06-03)
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  • Terry Chapin, son of DCRP founding member F. Stuart Chapin, visits DCRP — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    Decrease font size Info Terry Chapin son of DCRP founding member F Stuart Chapin visits DCRP Natural resource management is entering a new era in which rapid environmental and social change will inevitably alter ecosystems and the benefits they provide to society During a recent visits to DCRP Dr Chapin presented a new framework for natural resource management a framework based on stewardship of ecosystems for ecological integrity and human well being in a world dominated by uncertainty and change He discussed recent advances in the theory of resilience sustainability and vulnerability with practical issues of ecosystem management and governance The goal of ecosystem stewardship is to respond to and shape changes in social ecological systems in order to sustain the supply and availability of ecosystem services by society F Stuart Chapin is a professor of Ecology at the Department of Biology and Wildlife of the Institute of Arctic Biology University of Alaska and also President of the Ecological Society of America ESA He also serves as principal investigator of the Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research LTER program and has a background in plant physiological ecology and ecosystem ecology Dr Chapin s current research interests focus on the resilience

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/chapin (2015-06-03)
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  • Art at the Scale of Landscape — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    residence on the Quirinale is today the Italian presidential palace Finding the governor s residence a ninth century Benedictine monastery somewhat lacking he had his architect Pirro Ligorio build a suitably palatial structure on its foundations But the cardinal s real ambitions were for his garden He bought up all the property on the slopes below the monastery demolishing a church and evicting scores of angry residents Lawsuits dragged on for years Ligorio transformed the rugged hillside into a series of terraces and tilted planes pierced by a central axis which flatten out at the base of the hill The view across the Campagna di Roma from the upper of these is a sight to behold even the dome of St Peter s is visible on a clear day A great cats cradle of paths traverses the tilted planes taking the visitor down the slope back and forth across the main axis like a shuttle across a loom Only in the tablelike lower garden does the axis itself become a path crowned by a rotunda of cypresses several of which are 17th century survivors Vast engineering and earthwork was required to pull off such a seemingly effortless play of space some of which soaring concrete arches and retaining walls may be glimpsed from an adjacent hillside The true essence of Villa d Este is liquid it is a celebration of water life giver of Roman civilization Tivoli is the meeting point of three tributaries of the Tiber the town s name prior to the eighth century each born of springs fed by the rich limestone aquifers underlying the Simbruini mountains to the east These were the freshets that made the Eternal City says Katherine Rinne author of The Waters of Rome they supplied five of the ancient aqueducts and were the reason why Rome could survive These same waters were tapped to drive the Villa d Este s titanic waterworks an array of cascades and fountain jets even a pipe organ activated by water forced air unmatched anywhere in the world except Versailles This hydrographic narrative is symbolized in the garden The channeled water originally entered at the great Oval Fountain where a statue of the Tiburtine Sibyl and twin flanking river gods represent the three local waterways the Aniene Albuneo and Erculaneo At the sibyl s feet is an immense cascade symbolizing the great waterfall on the slopes below Tivoli On the opposite side of the garden is the receiving Fountain of Rome where an obelisk masted boat navigates an allegorical Tiber Behind the seven hills of Rome stood in miniature form crowned with tiny architectural monuments until a collapsed wall in the 19th century destroyed most of this charming Rometta Stretched like beaded jewels between these two fountains is one of Villa d Este s most enchanting features the Alley of a Hundred Fountains The name is delightfully misleading There are actually close to 300 fountains here Water spouts and sprays from eagles boats and animal mouths collected

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/artatscale (2015-06-03)
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