In March, researchers and faculty from the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the National Center for Smart Growth traveled to Paris for a three-day exploration of the changes and challenges facing the world’s metropolises. Co-sponsored by the NCSG, the event was the second part of a bilateral international seminar on urban transit issues and development. The group first met last fall in Washington, D.C.
In the miniature world of a five year old, nothing is quite as exciting—and full of possibility—as playing outside. Even in the age of the iPad, communing with the outdoors puts the world at a child’s fingertips like no other experience, fostering exploration, creativity and experimentation. This semester, a group of graduate and undergraduate architecture students are examining the elements of meaningful, outdoor play—and how that influences building—for UMD’s smallest students: the pre-school and kindergarten students at the College of Education’s Center for Young Children (CYC).
Last week, HISP graduate students Abby Tesfaye, Tom Gross, Imania Price, Elizabeth Totten, Mandi Solomon, Sehba Imtiaz, Tyler Smith, Kate Kachovec and Andrew Malone descended on Capitol Hill with faculty member Constance Ramirez to discuss an issue fundamental to their profession: protecting the country’s most important historic structures. The excursion, a brief trip over the District line, is an annual trek for students in UMD’s Historic Preservation Program, this year as part of HISP630: Preservation Policy and Planning.
Before MAPP alum Abraham (Abe) Murrell (B.S. Architecture ’13) starts his master’s degree in architecture this fall, he has a small to-do list. It’s an ambitious list to squeeze into six months: Abe wants to travel, volunteer and also get some hands-on experience in construction. Even more ambitious, is how he plans to do it: On May 22, 2015, Abe will set out with 31 other volunteers on a cross-country, 4,200-mile fund-raising bike trip to benefit affordable housing efforts. The program, called Bike and Build, will take the team from Charleston, South Carolina, to Santa Cruz, California.
The University of Maryland has announced the establishment of two new undergraduate minors, one in real estate development and one in construction management. Generously funded by the Colvin Family Foundation, the new minors will offer foundational knowledge in community building, entrepreneurship, business development, sustainable construction and design through experiential learning and a professionally guided curriculum, forwarding the University’s continued mission to support student innovation and entrepreneurship.