UMass Amherst Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Conference: "Decolonizing Planning in Latin America"Dr. Lara Furtado, a UMass-Amherst LARP alum, will be moderating the full-day online conference "Decolonizing Planning in Latin America" with Drs. Clara E. Irazábal-Zurita and Jessica Pineda on Friday, July 3rd, 2020 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Peru Time and Central Standard Time (UTC-5). It is free and open to the public.
Wired Ivy Podcast Hosts Elisabeth Hamin for Discussion on Teaching During COVID-19Wired Ivy's interview with Elisabeth Hamin Infield, professor of regional planning, was recorded on April 10, 2020, about 3 weeks into UMass Amherst's transition from classroom to remote learning -- and with about 3-weeks of class remaining in the spring semester.
LARP Students Spent Their Spring Semester Reimagining the Future of South Boston's Moakley ParkProfessors Ethan Carr and Theo Eisenman assigned students to look at various parks throughout the City of Boston and come up with ways to enhance connections throughout its park system. Students were encouraged to get creative with their designs, and create a place of cultural and environmental significance for the surrounding community.
Elisabeth Hamin Appointed Co-Chair of the ACSP Task Force on Climate ActionThis task force is charged with examining how ACSP should respond to the challenge of climate change in all the association’s activities; this includes, but is not limited to, advice on curriculum, association operations, the annual conference, administrators’ conference, workshops, and research synergies.
UMass Team Finishes First!Congratulations to the Graduate Urban Design team's first place entry into the MassInc. Transformational Transit Oriented Design Competition (TTOD)!! The team consisted of Bryce Lloyd-Hahn, Jiaqi Guo, and Christopher Ramage, and were supervised by Michael DiPasquale and Frank Sleegers. This team wasable to beat the other teams from Harvard GSD, MIT, and Northeastern.
Congratulations Ethan!Congratulations to Professor Ethan Carr! He has been appointed a 4-year term to the National Landmarks Committee of the National Parks System Advisory Board on March 30th, 2020. He will be reviewing nominations for the National Historic Landmarks and making recommendations to the Board.
SustComm Students Document the Agricultural and Architectural History of UMass AmherstProfessor McGirr’s SustComm class researched the history of the University of Massachusetts. The documentary focuses on UMass's agricultural roots transitioning to architectural design.
LARP team won the 2020 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards Student Competition Jury prize!Our team was one of four winning teams out of 2500 registered teams from all over the world. The team, Guan Tianyi, Chris Ramage, Kinjal Desai, Keith Benoit, and Peter Wachernagel, was led by Professor Frank Sleegers.
LARP research featured by UMass College of Social & Behavioral SciencesLearn about urban greening research in Holyoke by Assistant Professor Theodore Eisenman with LARP students Ben Breger and Madison Kremer.
Our combined department (Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning) provides professionally accredited degrees (MRP, MLA, BSLA), one of the most innovative sustainability-focused undergraduate degrees in the country (Sustainable Community Development), a skills-based 2-year Associate of Landscape Contracting, and a PhD in Regional Planning. We research, design, teach, and do community outreach to create Sustainable Solutions to Complex Problems.
Culture, Heritage and Society
Regional and Greenway Planning
Urban Greenways: A Systematic Review and TypologyRecent UMass Alum Olivia Horte published an article co-authored by Theo Eisenman....
John W. Olver Design Building Receives Architecture Institute’s Highest HonorThe John W. Olver Design Building has been lauded for its innovative wood truss system...
Class Project Builds Bridges between Students and Campus WorkersProfessor Ellen Pader class connects students and service workers in meaningful ways....
UMass students stress resilience in combating climate change
New Publication by Professors Elisabeth Hamin Infield, Robert Ryan, and PhD Alumnus Yaser AbunnasrPlanning for Climate Change A Reader in Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Design for Resilient Cities...