Last week, the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) awarded a team from the University of Maryland’s architecture program the Grand Prize in the Academic Category at the 22nd annual Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Awards. The award recognized the team’s 2012 innovative re-envisioning of the Schuylkill River waterfront and 30th Street Station area in the heart of Philadelphia, one of three designs selected for academic prizes from a formidable pool of student-led entries from universities around the world.
A recently-released report for Planetizen ranks the University of Maryland’s Urban Studies and Planning Program (URSP) in the top 10 of all U.S. graduate planning programs, in terms of cited faculty publications per capita.
Last month, six students from the University of Maryland’s Historic Preservation program presented the findings of a semester-long preservation studio to the Baltimore City Planning Department. Their study of Baltimore’s Old Goucher neighborhood aimed to demonstrate how preservation can inform a city planning process and help shape community organization practices.
The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) has tapped Assistant Research Professor Dr. Scott Dempwolf to develop an innovation network model that will be at the heart of the Illinois Science & Technology Roadmap, the first data-driven study of Illinois’ innovation ecosystem. The goal of the Roadmap is to create a shared understanding of Illinois’ position and potential in science and technology, and to leverage the state’s science and technology assets to accelerate innovation driven economic growth.
The University of Maryland’s Office of International Affairs has awarded Uri Avin, Research Professor and Director of the Planning and Design Center at the National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) a Global Partnerships-Faculty Travel Grant. He received the grant for his dual project “Implementing Statewide Planning Reforms – Opportunities for Collaboration between Maryland and Israel,” with Haifa University, and “Statewide Sustainability Planning,” with Tel Aviv University.
Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI) has unveiled the Pepco WaterShed Sustainability Center, a “living classroom” dedicated to the education and research of sustainable energies, at their Service Center in Rockville, Maryland. WaterShed officially opened to the public last Tuesday—Earth Day—in a special dedication that included Pepco officials, members of the original Watershed team, the University of Maryland, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Glenn Birx, FAIA, a 1980 graduate of the University of Maryland’s architecture program, has created a new $30,000 endowment through the TerpStart Scholarship Program. The endowment will fund the Glenn Birx Scholarship, a need-based scholarship for students interested in pursuing a degree in architecture.