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Rubagabaga Village : Empowering Villages Center And Agricultural Training Center, Jenna M. Williams, Julia R. De Hart Jun 2019

Rubagabaga Village : Empowering Villages Center And Agricultural Training Center, Jenna M. Williams, Julia R. De Hart

Architectural Engineering

By partnering with non-profit organizations such as Journeyman International and Empowering Villages, undergraduate students can engage in senior projects that have far reaching humanitarian impacts. Journeyman International is well known for creating powerful teams of students who tackle design challenges in developing countries. This paper details the work of two architectural engineering students from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo on a design for the Empowering Villages Center (EVC) and Agricultural Training Facility (ATF) in Rubagabaga Village, Rwanda. The EVC and ATF project was proposed by Empowering Villages, an organization that aims to bring electricity and socioeconomic growth to ...


California Waterfix Impacts On The City Of Modesto, Samuel J. Cunningham Jun 2019

California Waterfix Impacts On The City Of Modesto, Samuel J. Cunningham

City and Regional Planning

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Improving Bicyclist And Pedestrian Safety In Riverside, Ca, Ryanne Browers Jun 2019

Improving Bicyclist And Pedestrian Safety In Riverside, Ca, Ryanne Browers

City and Regional Planning

There is great potential within the City of Riverside to increase the number of pedestrians and bicyclists. Currently, the largest barrier to this increase is user fear for health and safety. The geographic location of Riverside, which funnels pollutants from the Greater Los Angeles Area into the region, contributes to the region having very few good air days. This creates a barrier between those who potentially would walk or bike from actually doing so due to health risks.

The City of Riverside has identified in its Bike Master Plan that it currently has twice as many bicyclists than the national ...


Chrysalis Creek 2019 Bank Of America Merrill Lynch Low Income Housing, Ivy Zhao Jun 2019

Chrysalis Creek 2019 Bank Of America Merrill Lynch Low Income Housing, Ivy Zhao

City and Regional Planning

Chrysalis Creek provides 40 affordable housing units for very low- and low-income families in Templeton, California. A chrysalis refers to the third stage of growth, where a caterpillar metamorphose into a butterfly. The project name represents the transformative stage in life for families grow in strength, independence, and stability. Chrysalis Creek is the place where families will thrive and be well supported with resources for success.

Chrysalis Creek is a collaborative effort between architecture, planning and business administration students from Cal Poly. The Cal Poly team is working with Peoples’ Self-Help Housing as the development partner. Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is ...


Feeling Green: The Benefits Of Green Space On Urbanites' Mental Health, Kathryn A. Hoagland Mar 2019

Feeling Green: The Benefits Of Green Space On Urbanites' Mental Health, Kathryn A. Hoagland

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies

This investigation intends to determine the best methods for incorporating public green space into dense urban areas, for the betterment of residents' mental health. Data from studies showing differences in the prevalence of anxiety and depression in urban and rural areas are discussed alongside data from studies looking at the effect that certain types of green space might have on mental health. While there is no exact consensus on the extent to which nature has positive effects on mental health there is enough of a correlation to argue for the implementation of public green spaces in urban design, in order ...


Little Big Planning: A Millennial Planner's Take On Small Town & Rural America, Jeffrey M. Setterlund Mar 2019

Little Big Planning: A Millennial Planner's Take On Small Town & Rural America, Jeffrey M. Setterlund

City and Regional Planning

When you work as a city or regional planner for a local community, the challenge is to find solutions to small town and rural problems without utilizing almost any of the high-density, mixed use principles you learned in university. However, what I have come to find is that what I thought was the most challenging aspects of my career is often the most rewarding.


How Autonomous Vehicles Will Reshape The Urban Landscape, Ian R. Mccarville Mar 2019

How Autonomous Vehicles Will Reshape The Urban Landscape, Ian R. Mccarville

City and Regional Planning

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will bring one of the largest revolutions to the nation’s transportation system, with major changes in planning policies and the urban environment. While AVs have already been introduced to our mobility network, they still require a human operator behind the wheel. In coming years, as AV technology becomes more sophisticated, it will begin to dominate the roadways due to the technologies ability to maneuver at a much high accuracy and predictability than human drivers. This transition into an AV oriented future will promote road safety, increase productivity, reduce travel and labor costs, and reinvent the urban ...


Building Homes And Hopes In Bangalore, India, Sherry S. Saroufeem Mar 2019

Building Homes And Hopes In Bangalore, India, Sherry S. Saroufeem

Construction Management

Habitat for Humanity Global Village is an organization that continuously sends volunteers to work on construction projects around the world. My team and I were chosen to go to a village in Bangalore, India, where we dug and poured home foundations for three families in need. Given the opportunity to combine my love for construction and my passion for helping those in need, I was certain that this was the senior project for me. I wanted the capstone of my college educational experience to reflect a hands-on approach, where I had the opportunity to make a difference and see an ...


Aei Student Design Competition: Value Engineering & Design Build, Vincenzo Paolo Guidi Mar 2019

Aei Student Design Competition: Value Engineering & Design Build, Vincenzo Paolo Guidi

Construction Management

The Architectural Engineering Institute puts on a yearly student design competition that features interdisciplinary teams from colleges across the country. The project for the competition was the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical and Performing Arts on the Hope College campus in Holland Michigan. The main challenges in the problem statement address acoustics, using mass timber, and add alternative roof top space. Through a collaborative process, our team created a proposal that addressed the challenges and why we were the best fit for the job. I worked with a fellow construction management student, Shannon Wheeler, to produce our portion of ...


Structural Reconnaissance Findings Of The 2017 Mexico City Earthquake, Rachel Garcia Chandler Feb 2019

Structural Reconnaissance Findings Of The 2017 Mexico City Earthquake, Rachel Garcia Chandler

Architectural Engineering

The author of this document is an undergraduate student at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) who was deployed to Mexico City to participate in reconnaissance efforts October 27th to November 4th, 2017 as part of a larger group of academics and professionals. The work was funded through a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant #1811084 “The Effects of the 2017 Central Mexico Earthquake on Reinforced Concrete Buildings” with the overarching objective of collecting data on reinforced concrete building damage for understanding and further improving the seismic performance of these structures and the resilience of communities ...


Back Cover Jan 2019

Back Cover

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No abstract provided.


Cartoon Corner, Blaze Skyra, Eduardo (Dedé) Rocha Jan 2019

Cartoon Corner, Blaze Skyra, Eduardo (Dedé) Rocha

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Theses And Professional Projects: 2017/2018 Ay Jan 2019

Theses And Professional Projects: 2017/2018 Ay

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For fulfilment of the MCRP degree at Cal Poly’s CRP department, the student may choose between developing a thesis or a professional project, or a specific individual project in a final planning studio. The following abstracts are from master’s theses and projects defended in the 2017/2018 AY. They are available upon request. Most can be download from Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library at http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/theses


Learning From California: Highlights From Crp Studios 2017/2018 Ay Jan 2019

Learning From California: Highlights From Crp Studios 2017/2018 Ay

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Conversations With Alumni: Kevin Valente, Kevin Valente Jan 2019

Conversations With Alumni: Kevin Valente, Kevin Valente

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Conversations With Alumni: Ray Hashimoto, Ray Hashimoto Jan 2019

Conversations With Alumni: Ray Hashimoto, Ray Hashimoto

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Urban Design Workshop In Lisbon - Summer 2018, Vicente Del Rio, Diogo Mateus Jan 2019

Urban Design Workshop In Lisbon - Summer 2018, Vicente Del Rio, Diogo Mateus

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The CRP Department has a long established relationship with the Departamento de Urbanismo at the Universidade Lusofona, Lisbon, and over the years there has been various short-term programs between the institutions. In the Summer 2018, the authors coordinated a two-week-long urban design workshop that included study visits to Lisbon neighborhoods and the development of urban design ideas for an area in the Alvalade neighborhood.


Studying Urbanism In Copenhagen, Laura Traffenstedt, Justin Wong Jan 2019

Studying Urbanism In Copenhagen, Laura Traffenstedt, Justin Wong

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Travelling and learning from other places, cultures, and experiences is a fundamental aspect of education. Copenhagen, Denmark's progressive capital and one of Europe's most livable cities, has long been a laboratory for sustainable planning and design ideas. Seniors Laura Traffenstedt and Justin Wong comment on their experiences studying urbanism in Copenhagen at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad - DIS.


Envisioning A Future For Dinuba: Revitalizing Downtown And The Railroad Corridor, Vicente Del Rio, Hemalata C. Dandekar Jan 2019

Envisioning A Future For Dinuba: Revitalizing Downtown And The Railroad Corridor, Vicente Del Rio, Hemalata C. Dandekar

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During the Spring Quarter 2018, a graduate and an undergraduate studio run by Hemalata Dandekar and Vicente del Rio, respectively, collaborated with Dinuba, a small town in California's Central Valley. Responding to a request from the city manager, the students were charged with envisioning how to redesign and revitalize the city's downtown and the abutting under-developed and under-utilized railroad corridor.


Planning For Sea Level Rise: Redevelopment Concepts For San Francisco's Embarcadero, Hemalata C. Dandekar, Vicente Del Rio Jan 2019

Planning For Sea Level Rise: Redevelopment Concepts For San Francisco's Embarcadero, Hemalata C. Dandekar, Vicente Del Rio

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In the Fall Quarter 2017, the third-year urban design studio run by the authors collaborated with San Francisco's Port Authority in developing ideas for how the city's Embarcadero waterfront could be redeveloped to its full potential, enhancing livability and preparing for sea-level rise. The thirty-two students, organized into six teams, developed plans and ideas for different sectors, as highlighted in these pages.


Urban Water Scarcity In Sana'a, Yemen, Aliza Herzberg Jan 2019

Urban Water Scarcity In Sana'a, Yemen, Aliza Herzberg

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This essay is based on Aliza Herberg's final paper for the CRP Department's Cities in a Global World taught by Dr. Laura Tate in the Winter quarter of 2018. Open to all majors, the class explores the social and economic implications of urbanization and the international political economy on global cities, such as authenticity, gentrification, migration, social and environmental justice, and urban security. Students also assess global challenges through specific case studies, such as the one discussed by Aliza in this essay.


Designing For A Driverless Future In Downtown San Luis Obispo, Amir Hajrasouliha, Erik Anderson, Miles Barker, Kent Harrison, Edgar Hernandez, Sarah Howland, Madilyn Jacobsen, Justin Klaparda, Erin Kraft, Cara Meche, Mark Pasanen, Leeza Segal, Dustin Stiffler, Elizabeth Yee, Qijun Zeng Jan 2019

Designing For A Driverless Future In Downtown San Luis Obispo, Amir Hajrasouliha, Erik Anderson, Miles Barker, Kent Harrison, Edgar Hernandez, Sarah Howland, Madilyn Jacobsen, Justin Klaparda, Erin Kraft, Cara Meche, Mark Pasanen, Leeza Segal, Dustin Stiffler, Elizabeth Yee, Qijun Zeng

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The graduate class CRP 512 Introduction to Visual Communication and GIS, focuses on skill development in visual communications and GIS through a planning exercise. In the Winter quarter of 2018, the class was assigned the re-design of two blocks in downtown San Luis Obispo. The students focused on developing visions and design ideas for a future with autonomous vehicles.


Variations On City Form, Carlos Almeida Jan 2019

Variations On City Form, Carlos Almeida

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Carlos Almeida is a Portuguese-American architect licensed and accredited in the European Union with more than 30 years of experience in four continents. FOCUS publishes a series of his line-drawings that represent his poetic explorations of urban forms. An accomplished graphic artist, Carlos collaborates constantly with the Urban Sketchers group (see his work at http://carlos-almeida.com/en).


Some Thoughts On Urban Sketching, Filipa O. Antunes Jan 2019

Some Thoughts On Urban Sketching, Filipa O. Antunes

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The CRP department recognizes the importance of sketching as graphic thinking and a means to learn from what we see. Filipa Antunes, a renowned urban sketcher and artist who recently exhibited at the Louvre in Paris, presents some thoughts on how she approaches sketching as both a rational and an emotional process. All illustrations in this article are by the author. Follow Filipa's work at https://www.facebook.com/DesenhoFilipaOliveiraAntunes/


Lost Spaces As Hidden Assets: A Reflection On A Current Design Issue, Torina Wilson, Amir Hajrasouliha Jan 2019

Lost Spaces As Hidden Assets: A Reflection On A Current Design Issue, Torina Wilson, Amir Hajrasouliha

Focus

University campuses face two common problems: lack of facilities for the expanding enrolment numbers, and inadequate spaces for the changing education and recreational needs. Based on his expertise and research, Amir Hajrasouliha discusses the potential of adapting left-over campus open spaces to respond to these needs, adapting their physical and technological capabilities to encourage multiple academic and non-academic functions.


Streets Are Not Enough: The Introverted Block As A Neglected Type, Ivor Samuels, Anna A. Kantarek Jan 2019

Streets Are Not Enough: The Introverted Block As A Neglected Type, Ivor Samuels, Anna A. Kantarek

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Modernism in planning and urban design led to the erosion of the traditional city's morphology. Samuels and Kantarek use the plan for Nowa Huta, a 1949 new town near Krakow, to point out the problems related to the introvert block, particularly walkability, connectivity, and the lack of direct entrances to the residences from the street. The introvert block type evolved into present-day gated communities.


Attitudes Toward Preservation And Management Of Historic Religious Sites: A Study Of Three Missions In California, Daniel Levi, Vicente Del Rio Jan 2019

Attitudes Toward Preservation And Management Of Historic Religious Sites: A Study Of Three Missions In California, Daniel Levi, Vicente Del Rio

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The public meaning and the appropriate social uses of historical sites are fundamental for their preservation. Levi and del Rio discuss the results of an attitude survey of three California Missions. The respondents' perception their authenticity, the appropriateness of their uses, and the acceptance of modifications have important implications for planning and management.


From Food Consumption To Eating Awareness, Barbara Ribeiro Jan 2019

From Food Consumption To Eating Awareness, Barbara Ribeiro

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Working on her research towards a doctorate, Barbara Ribeiro discusses the importance of introducing sustainable and inclusive food processes in cities. A methodology for planning and designing urban food forestry in public spaces is explored through proposals for two parks in the city of Auckland.


Form-Based Design Standards For Smaller Communities, Randall Arendt Jan 2019

Form-Based Design Standards For Smaller Communities, Randall Arendt

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An active professional and prolific author, Randall Arendt has just produced an all-new and greatly expanded edition of his best-selling book Rural by Design - Planning for Town and Country, first published by the APA and now available through Routledge. The book's updated edition includes 80 percent new material, nearly 900 images, and was written to be relevant to large towns, small cities, and rural communities.


Connecting The Dots: Campus Form, Student Perceptions, And Academic Performance, Amir Hajrasouliha Jan 2019

Connecting The Dots: Campus Form, Student Perceptions, And Academic Performance, Amir Hajrasouliha

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The influence of the built environment on people's behavior and performance is a traditional study topic in urban design. In this article, Amir Hajrasouliha discusses the role of the campus physical environment in student perceptions and in their performance and graduation rates through an investigation of 23 CSU campuses and a survey of 446 students. The author demonstrates that both objective and perceived measures are significantly associated with student academic performance.