Unraveling Urban Life and Space
I'm pleased to announce I have a new study out this week, co-authored with former student Meghan Hazer and two Upstate Medical University faculty, Margaret Formica and Chris Morley. "The relationship between self-reported exposure to greenspace and human stress in Baltimore, MD," presents an investigation of the reduction of stress associated with spending time in or looking at green spaces. The article is available now online and will be out in print in an upcoming issue of Landscape and Urban Planning. As a journal article, it will be behind a paywall soon - but until October 13, it is available open access (that's free full text!) at this link: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Vbv0cUG56y~D
Coming next week to a symposium near you: an interdisciplinary conversation about what's new, what's needed, and what to do about public infrastructure in urban neighborhoods. I'll be chairing this session and moderating the discussion, as well as presenting about public perception of infrastructure. Hope to see you there! (Registration link below).
Infrastructure has many connotations - public crisis, essential service, architectural buzzword - but also encompasses innovations like broadband and community microgrids. In older urban neighborhoods, political realities and lack of open space force infrastructural interventions to share public rights-of-way, spaces crowded above and below ground and home to many competing uses, such as all-weather transportation and street life. Dialogue and synergy between these many interests are crucial to financially feasible plans to make urban neighborhoods vibrant and attractive places to live and work. Presentation topics will include public perception of neighborhood infrastructure, green infrastructure in public rights-of-way, the Syracuse I-Team initiative, and community microgrids for neighborhoods.
2015 SyracuseCoE Symposium
Clean Energy Frontiers: From Lab to Market (Nov. 9-10)
Assorted drafts, previews, and outtakes from the book I'm currently writing about the impact of vegetation and neglect on urban life. I also take other thoughts for a test drive here, including nascent design and research ideas.