Please join the Historic Preservation Program for a special Patterson lecture, reception and workshop featuring Dr. Robert G. Stanton, former director of the National Park Service. As NPS' first African American director, Dr.
Maryland’s Real Estate Development Program kicked off the Fall 2019 Capstone competition on Friday night, December 13th, with five dual degree students (MRED/M.ARCH) presenting their projects to a panel of industry experts. Casey Huntington took top prize with her project, 1600 Nexus, a mixed-use, mixed-income development in the Point Breeze neighborhood of South Philadelphia that judges cited as beautiful and equitable development for a low-income community facing gentrification.
In October, the D.C. City Council pushed through a long-anticipated bill that sets rules for the city’s burgeoning and previously unregulated short-term rental (STR) market. The law will change the way services like Airbnb and HomeAway do business in the District and, according to a new study out of the University of Maryland, might also provide some relief to first time homeowners and D.C.’s large renter population.
Strategies that combat more frequent and intense flood damage, tools that connect underrepresented groups to county services, an interactive biking tour of historic African-American resort towns and digital access to county fitness classes are just some of the projects students tackled this past semester as part of a collaboration between the University of Maryland’s Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability Program (PALS) and Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.
As the song goes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. People, parties and much-needed time off await as we move into next week’s holiday season with reckless abandon. But, for those still scrambling to finish last-minute shopping, next week hangs like a looming specter. Struggling to find that perfect gift for the designer, preservationist, planner or developer in your life? (Or alternatively, looking to fill your own wish list?) We’re here to help. Below are some suggestions from MAPP faculty and staff that will surely bring joy to your world:
When URSP students Lily Murnen and Will Duggan began researching the historically African-American town of North Brentwood, Md., for one of their first projects in graduate school, they uncovered a name in the archives that was seemingly out of place: Rosenwald.
“It was just peculiar, this Jewish name featured in the early 20th-century history of this African-American community,” said Duggan, “and we were curious.”
Inspiration struck Alex Hall the moment her sneaker sunk into the project site, a spongy green field at the corner of Regents Drive and Route 1: water. “I live across the street from the site and it is always muddy,” said Hall. “The day I visited to take site pictures it was pouring rain and the water was just everywhere, so that was the main thing in my head.” Fittingly, Hall was designing a new sustainability center for the University of Maryland, an exercise that was part final project, part juried competition for ARCH 403: Architecture Design Studio IV.