Book simplifies street redesigns
Four faculty members and students from A&AA have collaborated on a book about transforming streets that were originally designed more to accommodate motor vehicles rather than pedestrians and bicyclists. Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations, documents twenty-five case studies from around the country that helped facilitate more walking, biking, and transit use while enhancing commercial activity, with minimal to no negative impact on automobile access. The book was released December 2013.
LiveMove proposes 2-way bike path
The city of Eugene, frequently cited as one of the most bike-friendly places in the country, may soon add a new two-way bike lane nine blocks, or one mile, in length. Following increased concern over the safety for bicycle commuters, members of LiveMove, the University of Oregon Transportation and Livability Student Group, has proposed plans for a two-way bike lane on 13th Avenue between Olive and Alder streets connecting campus and downtown.
SCYP focus shifts to Medford
On December 4th, students in the Sustainable Cities Year Program presented their final plans to the City of Medford from projects undertaken during fall term in three Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) classes.
A&AA students finalists for Rhodes, Marshall scholarships
Two students from A&AA are finalists for prestigious international academic honors—one for a Rhodes scholarship and one for a Marshall scholarship. Mika Weinstein, a planning, public policy and management major and biology minor, was chosen as a finalist for the Rhodes scholarship. Maggie Witt, a history of art and architecture and English double major, was named a finalist for the Marshall scholarship.
Student group’s project gets $150,000 toward two-way bike path
A group of University of Oregon students are back in the news after their “13th Avenue Downtown-Campus-Corridor Plan” received a $150,000 funding promise from the parents of a bicyclist killed five years ago on the corridor. LiveMove, a group of design and planning students in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, recommends the city replace the existing one-way bike lane on 13th Avenue with a two-way bike lane between downtown and the university. Read more here.
Summer internships enhance AAD graduate students’ expertise
From preparing Portland theater venues for Broadway plays to selling arts and crafts from Africa, graduate students in the Arts and Administration Program had eventful summers with a diverse array of internships. Each student completed a 200-hour internship over the summer. Prior to the experience, they explored career paths and received help finding relevant internships in the preliminary winter term course Internship I: AAD 604.
Food Bank reports give insight to Oregon ‘food systems’
Oregon Food Bank’s objective to make sure everyone in the state will have enough to eat is supported by the recent release of a series of reports based on assessments performed in Oregon’s rural communities.
UO graduate finds dream job in campus sustainability
After attending the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability Program (OLIS) at the University of Oregon this past summer, one recent graduate is embarking upon what he confidently says is his ideal career. Tristan Sewell, using the knowledge and skills he garnered from OLIS, has moved up to Walla Walla, Washington, to become the new campus sustainability coordinator at Whitman College.
Sustainable Cities launches Medford partnership
A standing room only crowd gathered in the Ford Alumni center October 9 to celebrate the start of a year-long partnership between the City of Medford and the UO’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP). The SCYP staff and faculty described their upcoming projects with Medford, detailing a bevy of concepts that ranged from emergency preparedness to drafting plans for a new fire station.
Bronet, Larco lead presentation exploring SCYP concept in Maryland
Dean Frances Bronet and Associate Professor Nico Larco led a panel discussion in September at the University of Maryland, which is exploring the possibility of establishing an institute similar to UO’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP). Bronet and Larco, along with City of Springfield Assistant City Manager Jeff Towery, led the hour-long “Panel: Oregon Model” at the daylong workshop in College Park, Maryland, in late September.