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MURP Student Selected for Future Leaders Development Conference in Washington, D.C.

2016-03-28_AlisonRedenz_EnoCenter_webMarch 28, 2016

Denver, CO – Alison Redenz (MURP 2016 candidate) has been selected by the Eno Center for Transportation to serve as an Eno Fellow at the annual Eno Future Leaders Development Conference in Washington, D.C. This competitive fellowship includes 19 other top transportation-focused graduate students from across the nation who are selected as “Eno Fellows”. One student per university program is nominated for selection.

During their weeklong visit to Washington, D.C. this June, Eno Fellows will get a first-hand look at how transportation policy is developed and implemented through meetings with top government officials, leaders of associations, and members of Congress and their staff. By the end of the week, they will have a better understanding of how the nation’s transportation polices are debated, shaped, formed, and ultimately adopted and applied.

Carey McAndrews Receives 2016 College of Architecture and Planning Faculty Award

March 18, 2016

Denver, CO – Since starting her faculty position at CU Denver in 2012, Carey has established a vigorous and innovative research program in transportation, which has resulted in numerous publications and attracted significant funding. She has been lead author for 12 out of 16 publications, including five peer-reviewed journal articles, and has another 11 peer-reviewed articles under review or in preparation. She has been Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on projects with nearly $750,000 in external funding. The college selection committee described Carey’s qualifications: “Her articles appeared in top tier journals that reach broad audiences in design and planning as well as related fields.  Her five peer-reviewed journal publications showed collaboration with student co-authors as well as other scholars.  The content of her published research directly supports and enhances the mission of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program.  Moreover, these articles reflect a well-developed research agenda and while related, each was distinct in its content and audience.  Furthermore, she has managed large externally funded grants for CAP, and brought in research funding herself, with the capacity to fund students.”

MURP Department Chair Austin Troy said that Carey is “well on the road to becoming a top scholar in her field.” Her work in discovering mechanisms that allow health, safety and environmental goals to become part of mainstream transportation policy and planning practice has the potential to make a significant impact, not only in scholarly research but in practical application. Congratulations, Carey!

Developer Leads Students on Tour of Former Rocky Mountain Seed Company Building

February 5, 2016

Denver, CO – Students in Carrie Makarewicz’s Urban Development class had an opportunity to tour the recently renovated former Rocky Mountain Seed Company building with the developer, Fred Glick. The building, located at 1520 Market Street in Lower Downtown (LoDo), was originally constructed as a grain and produce warehouse, but its current tenants include an IT company, an insurance company, and the flagship showroom for a commercial carpet company. Glick reviewed the process of infill development with the students. He touched on working with the LoDo historic design review board, public works, and utilities and also discussed the process of selecting and working with architects, engineers, general contractors, and, finally, securing and managing tenants. The photo shows the group in the subterranean parking garage.

February 24, 2016: CAP Lecture Series: Karen Umemoto, Chair, DURP at University of Hawai’i

“Community Engagement in the Context of Growth: Lessons from the Kaka’ako Urban Planning Academy”
Karen Umemoto, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
6:00 pm
CAP Building, 1250 14th Street Denver, CO 80202
Room 2005

**Click here to watch Karen’s full lecture online.

Construction cranes fill the skyline of a Honolulu neighborhood, raising anxiety and prompting questions among locals. Who can afford to live in these expensive highrises? In 2015, the University of Hawai’i organized a “public planning academy” in the heart of this redevelopment district. The purpose was to even the playing field of knowledge between citizens, small businesses and developers and encourage more productive public dialogue. Dr. Karen Umemoto, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai’I at Manoa discussed this experiment in bringing planning education to the public, and how the lessons learned might be useful for planning in Denver.

Dr. Karen Umemoto is co-author of the books Jacked Up and Unjust: Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent Legacies (2016) and Being Fearless and Fearsome: Colonial Legacies, Racial Constructions, and Male Adolescent Violence (2012), and the chapter “Cultural Diversity” in Rachel Weber and Randall Crane, Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning(Oxford University Press, 2012), and author of The Truce: Lessons from an LA Gang War (Cornell University Press, 2006). She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Education and Research, and Planning Theory, and has been Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Umemoto holds a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.A. in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles, and B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science from San Francisco State University. Her research centers on issues of democracy and social justice in multicultural societies with a focus on U.S. cities; her interests are primarily in planning and governance in multicultural societies, race and ethnic relations, youth and urban violence, and community building.

Kaka‘ako Our Kuleana: A Free Urban Planning Academy for Everyone was a free six-week series of public workshops in October and November 2015 to learn about development issues in the Kaka‘ako neighborhood in Honolulu and to engage in innovative placemaking ideas for Kaka‘ako’s future.

Click here to download the event flyer.

February 2016: MURP News and Faculty Updates

February 2016

  • Jess Alexander (MLA/MURP 2005) has been named Principal at the design firm RNL in the office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He served as Associate Principal of the MENA Region from December 2015 until February 9, 2016.
  • Sarah Doyle (MLA/MURP 2013) has been promoted to Associate at Norris Design in Denver, from her position as Landscape Architect Project Manager.  Her projects include Littleton Village, Midtown, Encode Evans Station, Cityscapes at Southcreek, Ken Mitchell, and Axis at Westminster.

Fall 2015 Studio Creates Development Plan for City of Lakewood for 59-Acre Site

February 3, 2016

Denver, CO –  Students in Krista Trofka’s Fall 2015 studio course worked with the City of Lakewood to prepare a development plan for a 59-acre site located at the southeast Corner of 6th Avenue and Union Boulevard. The City of Lakewood was under contract with the General Services Administration (GSA) to acquire the property, which is immediately adjacent to RTD’s Federal Center Station along the “W” Line. Continue reading

Students Prepare Development Proposals for Former Hospital Site for City of Boulder

February 3, 2016

Denver, CO – In Fall 2015, students in Korkut Onaran and Deana Swetlik’s studio course prepared development proposals for the former Boulder Community Hospital site, which was recently purchased by the City of Boulder. The proposals included site plans, activity programs, and a preliminary asset analysis.

The former Boulder Community Hospital site provided students with a great opportunity to explore the plethora of development possibilities inherent in a site like this – a large piece of land that is close to important amenities. The primary question underlying the development proposals was: what long term goals can the City of Boulder achieve by locating what and how on this site? Getting to an answer involved developing an activity program, a framework plan, a site plan, and a preliminary asset analysis.

After writing some initial “first impressions” essays, the class focused not only on the site and its close surroundings, but also considered broader planning issues in Boulder. The class reviewed recent planning efforts, developments, demographics, and transportation. After this analysis phase, each individual student worked on developing site plans to grasp the scale and the context of the development question. The rest of the work was developed by students in three small groups. After a preliminary presentation to Boulder city officials on October 8, 2015, the class provided a final presentation on November 14, 2015. Representatives from the Goose Creek Neighborhood Organization were also in the audience.

Spring 2016 Studio to Prepare Speer Boulevard‐Connecting Auraria Urban Design Study

January 29, 2016

Denver, CO – In the near future, the City of Denver intends to prepare an update to the Downtown Multimodal Access Plan (DMAP), as the original DMAP was completed in 2005. This plan will include, among its many elements, an assessment of Speer Boulevard as one of Downtown’s primary transportation corridors.

In anticipation of that planning process, Ken Schroeppel’s Spring 2016 Planning Project Studio is collaborating with the Downtown Denver Partnership to prepare a Speer BoulevardConnecting Auraria Urban Design Study that investigates the transportation and urban form attributes of Speer Boulevard and makes strategic recommendations consistent with the goals of the Downtown Area Plan. The Speer BoulevardConnecting Auraria Urban Design Study will provide valuable information, insight, and ideas to the Downtown Denver Partnership and the City of Denver for their future work along Speer Boulevard. Throughout the semester, students engage with representatives from the Downtown Denver Partnership, Denver Community Planning and Development, Denver Public Works, Denver Parks and Recreation, Denver Arts and Venues, the Auraria Higher Education Center, and other stakeholders to gather data, solicit opinions and best practices, and to receive critical feedback on the study.

The primary goals for the studio project are:

  • Reimagine Speer as a multimodal Living Street transportation corridor: Identify physical, operational, and behavioral strategies to upgrade Speer from an automobile‐oriented arterial street into a multimodal transportation corridor consistent with Denver’s Living Streets Initiative.
  • Reimagine Speer as a monumental Grand Boulevard civic space: Identify a design vision and policy recommendations to elevate the public realm and urban form along Speer into a grand boulevard and public space that dignifies and celebrates the corridor’s rich cultural and historical importance to the city.
  • Reimagine Speer as a dynamic and seamless AurariaDowntown connector: Identify physical, policy, and programmatic strategies to transform Speer from a physical and psychological barrier into a nexus that unites and integrates the Auraria campus with adjacent Downtown districts.