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My teaching and research focus on “Growing Cities” and community-based and public interest projects. I strongly believe that an interdisciplinary approach to urban sustainability requires the participation of all those involved in the planning, design, implementation, and maintenance processes vital to the development of our growing cities. While changing the physical environment of our communities will not address all ecological and social issues, investment in supportive and coherent physical environments provides a setting that promotes economic vitality, social stability, and environmental sustainability, and overall increasing social equity.
"Enabling Place - Reinvention”
These proposals offer a tremendous opportunity to reinvigorate the area in way that reinforces the existing city; therefore, setting the standards for any future development. The main goal here is not only be concerned with the urban design of the specific location, but with the impacts on the larger urban fabric focusing in both the physical and social infrastructures
Key issues: Under-utilized Sites, Leftover Urban Spaces, Proposed Casino
Approach: Research/design through description and design/planning strategies
Project site: The “West Side”, retrofit/redevelopment of the proposed Penn National Casino and surrounding community
Site Introduction and Design Process (PDF):
|Social Sphere: Josh Schenker, Christina Hohnsbehn, Cameron Ely, Abby Jackson||“A Transit Oriented design for a sustainable neighborhood for West Columbus that promotes community growth through green incubators and social catalyst.”|
|Social Capital: Daniel Bier, Matthew Kellogg, Johanna Riehl, Nic Sanna||
“A collaborative design that introduces neighborhood centers and employment anchors as nodes of activity that are connected by infrastructure and green networks. These frameworks establish relationships of trust and enrichment that will stimulate community and regional productivity.”
|West Broad District: Brian Kocak, Adam Shroyer, Seth Thomas, George Helly||
“This project seeks to improve the visual character and economic sustainability of through the redevelopment of a declining area.”
|Focal Fusion: Sara Fortkamp, Lucas Martindale, Michael Barnhouse, Brianna Shorey||“A livable node connecting residents and visitors through social and physical networks of green space.”|
|This is Community Not Casino: Ross Wakefield, Daniel McConnaughy, Ashley Solether, Nehal Ali||“The project has a forth-thinking vision that creates a balance between existing aspects and desired outcomes, by creating a community not just a casino”|
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Milo-Grogan: Urban Futures Designing for People and Place
"Six Planning and Design Proposals for Milo-Grogan that focus on identifying adaptive and holistic—rather than rigid and segmented—responses to economic, social and environmental pressures."
Site Introduction and Design Process (PDF):
"Front Porch Culture" (abstract)
"Art Continuum" (abstract)
|"Fill in the __________." (abstract)
Maddie Stambaugh . Jenn Saunier . Dan Dobson . JJ Obee . Jeff Christensen . Joe Barker
|"Transportation Reimagined" (abstract)
Otta Jallaq . John Payne . Min Kwon
Joe Lazio . Tom Matthews . Jeff Welbaum
|"Community Campus" (abstract)
Kiki Holman . Candice Estep . Terrah Stegall
Christian Hasenfratz . Nehemiah Marcus . Liz Hannah
Brice-Tussing: Retrofitting Suburbia
- Key issues:
- Under-utilized Sites, Leftover Urban Spaces, Emerging cities and Cultural Landscapes.
- Approach: Research/design through description and design/planning strategies.
- Project site: Columbus, redevelopment of the “Brice/Tussing”: expansion of the center or a new centrality.
"Revitalization through Urban Diversification and Environmental Rehabilitation. These proposals offer a tremendous opportunity to reinvigorate the area in way that reinforces the existing city; therefore, setting the standards for any future development. The main goal here is not only be concerned with the urban design of the specific location, but with the impacts on the larger urban fabric focusing in both the physical and social infrastructures."
Team Members: Site Images: Booklets (PDF)
"SoCo: A Social Community"
Lesli Baum, Michelle House, Dan Magly, Kellen Mescher, Jason Shaffer
Carmen Bell, Matt Heller, John McGuire, Phil Moorehead, Sandra Wasko
Christos Gersos, Emily Keesey, Sarah Ozminski, Jon Steinbrunner, Brittany Thouvenin
Matt Burgdorf, Brian McVeigh, Richard Mills, Glenn Ratliff
Dustin Harshbarger and Leeroy Pereira,
Revitalization Through Urban Diversification and Environmental rehabilitation
by Jimmy Hughes, Abby Salge, Chris Traikoff, and Kent Mitchell
"Green Light District -2"
by Noah Mabry and Drew Rini
"Green Light District -1" by Omar Akkari
by Kyla Gutierrez
by Liz Ries, Mark Stevens and David Larsen
by Singleton Hicks, Matt Watson, Patrick Leitch and Ryan Delia.
by Drew Russel, Rachel Grass, Hyung-Suk Kim, and Adam Stegman
REBUILDING THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST
The Ohio State University – Landscape Architecture
Design Workshop for Pineville Neighborhood Center and the Beatline/County Farm Road Regional Center
Design Workshop Format:
The Pineville Community is about to embark on an exciting opportunity for change via a planning process, known as a “Charrette”. This week long event is scheduled for Saturday, September 1 through Saturday, September 8, 2007. This series of public input sessions and design workshops are intended to empower and focus primarily on the stakeholder’s wants, needs and desires. The Charrette/workshop provides a structured forum for “stakeholders”, which includes residents, local business owners, and merchants to collaborate and create a vision and plan that your community can implement.
Through the Charrette process we will strive to achieve consensus on the issues and challenges that face your community. We will concentrate on creating a master plan that gives you a direction to follow, and outlines the steps you need to take to achieve your goal of creating stronger and better Neighborhood Center and Regional Center over the next many years.
The key to the success of a Charrette is public participation and ideas. We need your input, talent, energy, and suggestions. Nothing is off limits, so let’s examine infrastructure needs, commercial and residential areas, parking, transportation, business district revitalization, green space, recreation areas, the community center, assets, interior streets, design requirements, historical concerns and anything else you can think of.
Interactive interviews, Small Group Discussion and Visual Preference Survey
The nature of the interview questions and group discussion during the meetings with the community will focus on the design specifics of: the community residents, individual landowners/stakeholders, and getting ideas that will contribute to the development of themes/concepts for the Neighborhood Center and a Regional Center.
A series of small and interactive group discussion will take place during a public meeting on Sep 4th. In addition a Visual Preference Survey will take place during the public meeting in relation to the Beatline Regional Center. The Visual Preference Survey will not tell you what will be built or designed or where new developments will take place in the Beatline Regional Center. A Visual Preference Survey will provide Pineville residents, leaders and planners with general ideas and concepts of what people in the Pineville would like to see their Regional Center look like. Some of the categories in the visual preference survey would include, but are not limited to:
• Elements of Community Identity
• Street Improvements
• Commercial Improvements
• Community Design
• Recreational areas
• Residential Improvements
• Preservation areas
• Sunday September 2: Public Meeting #1: neighborhood center committee meeting (time and place to be determined)
• Tuesday September 4: Public Meeting #2, general town hall meeting-workshop at: Civic Center (time to be determined).
• Friday September 7: Public Meeting #3, this will be an open house forum for a public review of preliminary design proposals. Location school gymnasium at 6:00 pm (tentative)
Phase 1: The design workshop is identifying design elements that contribute to enhancing the quality of life in the community, while providing a vehicle for public participation in the planning and design process. At the end of the week long design workshop there will be a Public Meeting that will provide an open house forum for a public review of preliminary design proposals. Community members and stakeholders are welcomed to stop by the workshop and be part of the preliminary design/production process.
Phase 2: Following the design workshop, the team will return to Ohio State University where the senior landscape architecture students will be working in teams to refine and further develop the design proposals. Throughout the design process, the continuously evolving proposals will be reviewed by the Pineville Community Association, Harrison County, developers, professional designers and code writers in order to ensure the highest possible quality. A group is scheduled to return to Pineville in December to give a final public presentation of their findings and design proposals. This finished document will represent a summary of the complete design proposal and intends to be a useful tool for Harrison County and the citizens of Pineville.
The goals of the Community Plan for Pineville include protection of the natural environment and ensuings that Pineville prepares for growth. The Ohio State University Landscape Architecture Team of eleven senior landscape architecture students led
by Professor Jesus J. Lara will be holding a design workshop for the Pineville Neighborhood Center and the Beatline/County Farm Road regional center. The design workshop will be held in Pineville from September 1st to September 8th.
Jesus J. Lara is Assistant Professor in the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University. He holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University; M.P.L. and M.L.A. from the University of Southern California, and a B.A.S.L.A. from California State Polytechnic University. He has previously taught at the University of New Mexico, Arizona State
University, and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He was a Fulbright Scholar in The Netherlands where he carried out research for his dissertation on the transfer of knowledge of Dutch planning and design practices at the Technical University of Delft. Having explored responsive and adaptive urban environments and reactive trends in Dutch urban design and planning practices, Lara is now exploring re-constructive and proactive alternatives to these in the context of the American urban/rural areas.
List of Student:
The landscape architecture team in composed of 11 senior students who already have several design studios, planting and construction classes as part of their curriculum. Most of them will be graduating in May 2008. They are: Elizabeth Ries, Drew Rini, James Hughes, Matthew Watson, Ryan Delia, Omar Akkari, Patrick Leitch, Andrew Elmer, David Larsen, Mark Stevens, and Rachel Grass.
Weinland Park represents a community of approximately 4,700 (2008) individuals, and 950 families (50% female headed), residing in an area east by southeast of the Ohio State University. It is quite a heterogeneous community in that it includes a substantial University-linked population as well as a local, predominantly African American, community. Connected with economic decline and divestment, Weinland Park has experienced
a 30% population loss from 1970-2008, a decrease in homeownership (8% in 2008), and an increase in vacancy (25% in 2008). In general, the community population is quite mobile and youthful, with fully 43% being between ages 15 and 29, and an additional 25% under age 15. High levels of transience have had detrimental eff ects on local school systems, have allowed for the establishment of illegal drug markets and gang activity, instilled fear of crime among residents, and reduced the likelihood that effi cacious informal social control would operate. Indeed, Weinland Park has a violent crime rate many times higher than the larger Columbus community. The Weinland Park community does not rank well with
regard to social and economic indicators. Compared to the Columbus community, those in Weinland Park are less likely to access health services. Further, they are more likely to be unemployed, living below the poverty level, and receiving welfare benefit ts; and they are less likely to have graduated from high school. Additionally, elementary and high school students are less likely to excel in school. This typically disadvantaged population represents the population component at
the core of revitalization and research eff orts.
The goals for our studio was to thoroughly research and understand the neighborhood of Weinland Park and its context, and then, based on this understanding, envisions alternative design scenarios for the site interface and its residents. While large-scale urban design and planning issues were examined, this studio emphasized physical and social aspects of urban design, and culminated in proposals for specific c site plans and design details that relate back to overall strategic design and planning ideas including but not limited to four themes: (1) open space and recreation, (2) transportation and mobility, (3) access to fresh food, and (4) green infrastructure.
The class fi rst investigated the larger urban context(s) of Weinland Park through precedent studies, data collection, mapping studies, and analysis; based on the investigations, the class focused on a design plan for the revitalization of the proposed study area and strategic locations. The group investigations were guided by readings in urban studies community participation, geography, sociology, ecology, design, and economics. Seminar guest lecturers included community leader, landscape architects, architects, urban designers, nonprofit t organizers, public artists, and city offi cials.
The studio project was dived into fi ve diff erent phases and each phase builds upon those that precede it. The intention was to provide proposals that off er opportunities to reinvigorate the area in a way that reinforces the existing neighborhood; suggesting standards for future development:
Phase I: Visual Survey, Analysis and Asset Mapping
Phase II: Analysis and Mapping: Secondary Source Information and Trends
Phase III: Community Design Charrette,
Phase IV: Urban Precedents and Concept Plan and Identity Formation
Phase V: Programming, Planning and Design Strategies for Implementation
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Larch 457 Urban Design Studio, undergraduate senior level studio, offered every Fall. Larch 642 Urban Landscape Studio graduate studio, offered every Winter. lARCH 740, Research Methods in Landscape Architecture and Design, graduate level, offered every spring. Larch 694, Remaking Metropolis: Sustainable Approaches to Urban Landscapes, graduate seminar. Larch 760, Community Building: Healthy Cities and Place making, graduate/undergraduate seminar.
Key issues: Under-utilized Sites, Leftover Urban Spaces, Emerging cities and Cultural Landscapes.
Approach: Research/design through description and design/planning strategies.
Project site: Columbus, redevelopment of the “Milo Grogan”: expansion of the center or a new centrality.
Visioning generates a common goal, hope, and encouragement; offers a possibility for fundamental change; gives people a sense of control; gives a group something to move toward; and generates creative thinking and passion.