Integrated Land Planning Students Present Projects
September 5, 2008
Projects took months to complete: "The students have spent the entire summer semester working to prepare these projects that encapsulate core disciplines of the program," explains program coordinator Martin Healy. "Their work is a combination of landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, geographic information systems, CAD and graphic design - these projects would compare to an undergrad thesis."
Students presented their findings three ways: as a written academic paper, as posters displayed in a gallery and as oral presentations. Projects were based on real circumstances, for example "Measuring of Urban Sprawl," "Urban Design Principles" and "Great Streets." (In photo at right: ILP student Michael Wilson discusses his project "Measuring Urban Sprawl" with Durk Vandervoort, Urban Planner for the County of Middlesex.)
Of particular interest was the "Off-Campus Student Housing Guidelines" project undertaken by Aaron Deactis and Michael Dren. College Gate Walk was used as a case study and recommendations were made to minimize the problems that occur every September as new students move in. Suggestions included open-concept planning, instituting residence advisors and more involvement from schools, the community, city, building management and the police.
As was displayed throughout the presentations, the four-year program - which includes four co-op opportunities - teaches students all aspects of the industry: "At a micro level, students can plan and design residential gardens," explains Healy. "At a macro level they can design city parks and subdivisions."
What kinds of jobs will the graduates get? "They'll most likely veer in different career directions - landscape architecture and design, urban and regional planning or geographic information systems. This is our first crop of graduates so we're excited to see what they do."