$10.3 Million Anonymous Gift to Benefit UMass Amherst’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
From class project to real world application
Coursework from REGIONPL 651: Planning History and Theory, taught by Mark Hamin in Fall 2012, allowed students to develop individual projects of their own focus. One student, David Champoux, MS Civil Engineering 2013, produced a traffic study of the City of Westbrook, ME based on historical documents and theories of 'complete streets' multimodal networks. He shared recently that the project is being being funded. The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation Systems Metropolitan Planning Organization, along with the Maine Department of Transportation and the City of Westbrook have secured funding for Engineering Design in 2015 and Construction in 2016. Learn more...
Liberty Hill Pocket Park
Samantha Anderson (MLA 2014) helped to design a park for the Lower Liberty Hill area of Springfield, MA. Better Homes Inc., a Springfield based charity, is now raising the funds to have the park built.
MLA student Tharyn Nein-Large and Professor Ethan Carr featured in newspaper
MLA Student Tharyn Nein-Large and Professor Ethan Carr were featured in an article in the Journal Register on July 17, 2014 regarding their work in the restoration of an Olmsted Park located in Palmer, MA.
Wayne Feiden FAICP a German Marshall Fund Urban and Regional Policy Fellow
Adjunct Professor Wayne Feiden FAICP has been selected as a German Marshall Fund Urban and Regional Policy Fellow with his project titled, "Transforming small post-industrial legacy cities into resilient and successful places".
He will be visiting three small (under 200,000 people) post-industrial cities in the process of recovering from industrial decline. Smaller cities face different issues (access to capital, nationwide recognition, etc) than larger cities yet most of the literature on legacy cities focuses on larger cities.
LARP search open
The UMass LARP Department's Landscape Architecture Program has a new search open for two Assistant Professors.
The focus of the positions is on sustainable landscape architecture and design.
LARP program featured in BSLA Fieldbook
LARP feature with student essay by Ngoc Doan (MLA 2014) on pages 38-41 of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects May 2014 Fieldbook.
Retired LARP professor Ted Bacon passes away at 95Theodore
Theodore S. Bacon Jr. was the first professor of planning in the LARP department from 1961 until his retirement in 1986.
Landscape Contracting program praised on landscapeonline.com
Preparing the Next Generation of Landscape Professionals, an article by Doug Scott of Pavestone, LLC, highlights the LARP Landscape Contracting program and how both students and the school benefit from the projects that are undertaken as part of the course work.
LARP Online summer Courses