Cities have the power to create an all-out assault on the senses. Ambient noise, in particular—the honk of a horn, a barking dog or the gleeful screams of a playground—can blend together into an auditory soup so droning and constant that we may tune it out completely. But what would happen if you stopped and truly listened to a city street's audio narrative? What would it tell you about a neighborhood’s social makeup, economic fabric or political affiliations?
This spring, graduate and undergraduate students from UMD's architecture program collaborated virtually with students from Al-Nahrain University in Baghdad for a joint-studio called "Bridging the Gap.” Now, in its second year, this cross-cultural, virtual classroom centers on bridging the distance and cultural gaps that exist across two continents, by exploring the commonalities, differences and challenges of each culture through site-specific projects. This year, the teams targeted marketplaces.
This past winter, UMD's historic preservation program began a two-year project for the National Park Service (NPS) to document conditions of historic structures on the 44-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland, including stretches that have never been documented by the NPS or anyone else.
Writer Paul Coelho said, “In the search for your destiny, you will often find yourself obliged to change direction.” Dan Engelberg (M.C.P. '14) took a lot of different turns in his path to urban planning, ironically bringing him back to where his journey began: College Park, Md. Dan grew up just down the street from UMD’s campus on Beechwood Road, later moving to Columbia, Md. He completed his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, following some friends out to California after graduation with his sights set on some traveling.
The Colvin Institute at the University of Maryland is proud to present the 3rd Annual Colvin Case Study Challenge. The Challenge is a national real estate paper competition for students enrolled full or part-time in a graduate or undergraduate real estate program. Additional details and forms are attached.
The University of Maryland welcomes Dr. Joseph Williams, who will join the Architecture Program this fall as an assistant professor. An expert in medieval architecture in Italy and architecture of the Islamic West, Dr. Williams received his PhD in Art, Art History & Visual Studies from Duke University. While at Duke, he was the recipient of the Phyllis W.G. Gordan/Lily Auchincloss/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize.
Over 250 educators, practitioners, researchers and community stakeholders attended this year’s Makeover Montgomery (MM4), a biennial event bringing some of the best minds in new technology, economics, social science, architecture, development and sustainability together to discuss the contemporary challenges and opportunities of the American suburb.
Clinical Professor of Real Estate Development Dr. Margaret McFarland has been awarded the 2018 Richard T. Ely Distinguished Educator Award from Lambda Alpha International (LAI). This distinguished honor was presented on April 28, 2018 in Baltimore by Dr. James Fawcett, International Awards Chair.