UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning

UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Our Mission...Through cutting edge research and teaching in design and planning, we explore what it means to develop sustainable communities. We encourage the appropriate use and protection of land and natural resources, anticipate and mitigate the
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In 1903, LARP was founded by Frank A. Waugh as an undergraduate program in Landscape Gardening, the second such program in the United States. In 1930, the original Bachelor of Science in Landscape Gardening was changed to a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. The MLA was initiated in 1915 as a Master's in Landscape Gardening, changed three years later to a Master's in Landscape Architecture. Our Associate's in Landscape Contracting (AS), part of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, was initiated in 1923. In 1968 the Master's in Regional Planning (MRP) was initiated. in 1971, the name of the Department was changed to Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning to reflect our larger mission. Doctorate in Regional Planning (PhD) was approved in 1988, and the first students were admitted in 1989. The MLA, MRP, and BSLA are all professionally accredited degrees.

Mission: Our Mission...Through cutting edge research and teaching in design and planning, we explore what it means to develop sustainable communities. We encourage the appropriate use and protection of land and natural resources, anticipate and mitigate the

Wired Ivy hosted an interview with Elisabeth Hamin Infield, professor of regional planning, on teaching during #COVID19....
05/26/2020
From Campus to Cloud (Elisabeth Hamin Infield, UMass) - Wired Ivy

Wired Ivy hosted an interview with Elisabeth Hamin Infield, professor of regional planning, on teaching during #COVID19.

The interview 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.

Professor Ethan Carr assigned students to look at various parks throughout the City of Boston and come up with ways to e...
05/20/2020
College Students reimagine a new future for South Boston’s Moakley Park

Professor Ethan Carr 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.

In the Senior Capstone course entitled “New Park Design in Boston: Necklace to Network,” professor Ethan Carr assigned Umass Amherst students to look at various parks throughout the City of Boston and come up with ways to enhance connections throughout our park system. Students were encouraged t...

Elisabeth Hamin, professor of regional planning, was appointed co-chair of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Plan...
05/18/2020
Elisabeth Hamin Appointed Co-Chair of the ACSP Task Force on Climate Action | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Elisabeth Hamin, professor of regional planning, was appointed co-chair of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Task Force on Climate Action!

This task force will explore how ACSP should respond to the challenge of climate change in all its activities including advice on curriculum, association operations, the annual conference, administrators’ conference, workshops, and research synergies.

Elisabeth Hamin, professor of regional planning, has been appointed as the co-chair of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Task Force on Climate Action.

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05/08/2020
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College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst

We’re so excited and proud to present a special video tribute to celebrate our graduating seniors today!

Thank you to this year’s senior speakers who recorded their speeches on their phones and computers despite challenging circumstances, faculty and staff who sent in messages of congrats and most of all, our graduating class for making us so proud.

To our Class of 2020, the four years you have spent at UMass have culminated in an extraordinary fashion and we have no doubt that you will go on to achieve extraordinary things.
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05/06/2020
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So proud of the SBS Class of 2020!

#UMass2020 #SBS2020

Although we are unable to gather as a college to celebrate our graduating seniors, we are able to do so virtually on Friday, May 8, 2020!

SBS is celebrating the Class of 2020 with a special 10-minute video tribute recognizing the achievements of this historic class! The video includes messages from this year’s senior speakers from each SBS major, Dean John Hird, faculty, staff, and advisors.

Watch the sneak peek below and join us May 8 for the full video followed by UMass Amherst's online commencement celebration!

The full video will be ‘premiered’ at 11:00am EDT on Friday, May 8, 2020 at: umass.edu/sbs/celebration-2020.

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04/29/2020
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So proud of our landscape architecture students and faculty for beating out teams from Harvard, MIT, and Northeastern to win MassINC's TTOD Planning & Design Competition!

Check out the winning design, "In the Loop," which advances transportation equity in Springfield, MA by stacking tactical interventions, cultural events, and long-term housing initiatives.
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This article about the use of cross-laminated timber in construction projects across New England notes that UMass Amhers...
04/23/2020
Critical mass: Can low-carbon wood construction catch on in the U.S.?

This article about the use of cross-laminated timber in construction projects across New England notes that UMass Amherst “incorporated CLT construction to stunning effect” in the John W. Olver Design Building.

In Boston, two firms designing affordable housing using cross-laminated timber hope it can be replicated elsewhere.

Thanks for the reminder, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst!
04/16/2020

Thanks for the reminder, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMass Amherst!

A friendly reminder to keep an eye out for possible #coronavirus symptoms.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Wednesday!

Happening tomorrow!
04/14/2020
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Happening tomorrow!

Hey Landscape Architecture and Sustainable Community Development majors!

The SBS Career & Professional Development Team invites you to the next coffee & career chat via Zoom on Wednesday, April 15 at 10:00am. Although the campus has gone virtual, we are here to support you in reaching your career goals!

Log in via Handshake to get Zoom URL.

Come engage in a conversation with us, ask any questions you may have, and don't forget to bring your favorite mug!
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"I wouldn’t be the first person to point out the great paradox of our current predicament," writes Michael Di Pasquale, ...
04/13/2020
As COVID-19 keeps us apart, staying connected in this time of social distancing (Guest viewpoint)

"I wouldn’t be the first person to point out the great paradox of our current predicament," writes Michael Di Pasquale, extension assistant professor of regional planning.

"'Social distancing,' the need to separate ourselves from others in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus deprives us of community – just when we need it most."

As we distance ourselves to “flatten the curve” we are presented with an extraordinary situation that could disrupt the sense of community that places like Springfield depend on.

John Mullin, emeritus professor of regional planning, is quoted in an article examining the impact the coronavirus crisi...
03/26/2020
Before coronavirus, Newton development was booming. Now what? - The Boston Globe

John Mullin, emeritus professor of regional planning, is quoted in an article examining the impact the coronavirus crisis is having on suspending the recent development boom in Newton.

“These guys are in for the long haul,” Mullin said. “It’s not going to come back with a bang in a week or two weeks. It will take time to get back up to snuff.”

Less than a month ago, Newton voters approved the biggest mixed-use project in the city’s history, and more proposals were on the drawing board.

Great work by Justin Risley '20, a double major in Landscape Architecture and Journalism!
03/26/2020

Great work by Justin Risley '20, a double major in Landscape Architecture and Journalism!

All we can say is WOW! Thank you Justin Risley '20 for your Minecraft genius ⚒

03/17/2020
UMass: Agriculture to Architecture - Short Documentary

What started as one of the first agricultural colleges in the United States, eventually became a top-25 public research university.

The agricultural and architectural history of the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus is reflected through the structures that stand today.

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03/17/2020

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We continue to thank everyone for their patience as we navigate through UMass Amherst's response to COVID-19. Please note the following updates:

➡️ RESIDENTIAL LIFE
▪️We are building out the logistics for how our residential student population can return to collect belongings in a way that enables social distancing and ensures the well-being of everyone involved. In the meantime, please do not come to campus and attempt to move out of your room. More information: https://bit.ly/2WkAv1o

➡️ LIBRARY
▪️Libraries will remain closed until further notice. Libraries staff will continue to work remotely to support teaching, learning and research. More info on available remote resources: https://bit.ly/2IOUw8k

➡️ VISITING CAMPUS
▪️Undergraduate Admissions has canceled the Destination Day for Admitted Students scheduled for March 22, and is also suspending campus tours now through April 3. We'll reassess the situation on 4/3 and resume events if the situation allows. More information: https://bit.ly/39Ym46Q

➡️ EVENTS
▪️Per Gov. Baker's announcement, public gatherings in the state are limited to a maximum of 25 people. All gatherings with more than 25 participants scheduled to be held on campus must be held virtually, postponed or canceled. More information: https://bit.ly/39YlCpa
▪️The remainder of Fine Arts Center events are canceled and visual arts spaces are closed through the end of the spring semester. More information: https://bit.ly/2x68fEP

➡️ DISABILITY SERVICES
▪️We have ongoing updates on disability services and continuity of accommodations. More information: https://bit.ly/39VXO5s

➡️ TRANSIT
▪️Effective Monday, March 23, some PVTA bus schedules will be running reduced service, remaining in effect until further notice. More information: https://bit.ly/3d2BatX

We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves — Thank you!

Payne Park has been honored with the Outstanding Public Space Award by the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning...
02/26/2020
Payne Park | Gardner + Gerrish

Payne Park has been honored with the Outstanding Public Space Award by the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning Association. We’d like to extend our congratulations to the City of Pawtucket for their clear goals and passionate involvement, Yardworks, Inc. for working diligently through some interesting weather and resulting difficult schedule, and consultants, namely Narragansett Engineering, O’Brien and Sons Playground Equipment, and Musco Lighting that made this project highly successful!

https://www.gardner-gerrish.com/portfolio/landscape/payne-park

Historic Payne Park is home to one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Pawtucket and is the only green space in this portion of the city.  It is also home to a very popular and successful ‘midnight’ basketball league.  Improvements included: two new basketball courts with safety surfacing...

02/20/2020
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What started as one of the first agricultural colleges in the US eventually became a top-25 public research university.

The agricultural and architectural history of the UMass Amherst campus is reflected through the structures that stand today.

This new video by UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning students chronicles that history and examines the role of place, landscape, and architecture in the legacy of UMass Amherst.

Join us for the Spring 2020 Bus Trip! Explore Landscape Architecture in Boston: From the Waterfront to the Emerald Neckl...
02/20/2020

Join us for the Spring 2020 Bus Trip!
Explore Landscape Architecture in Boston: From the Waterfront to the Emerald Necklace!

The walking/bus tour will be led by LA professors Ethan Carr and Jack Ahern.

The tour will be Saturday, April 11th, 2020 from 8 am to 9 pm and the bus will leave from the UMass Design Building.

The cost of the trip is $20. Please make checks payable to UMass. Register in the Main Office, room 210 in the Design Building.

For the full itinerary please use this link:
http://www.umass.edu/larp/news-events/boston-bus-trip

Want to learn more about our programs? Come find us at the SBS majors showcase tomorrow, Feb. 12! 😃
02/11/2020

Want to learn more about our programs? Come find us at the SBS majors showcase tomorrow, Feb. 12! 😃

@umassbrut is launching a year-long campaign celebrating our Brutalist structures. Follow for updates and announcements ...
01/27/2020

@umassbrut is launching a year-long campaign celebrating our Brutalist structures. Follow for updates and announcements of exciting events and exhibitions taking place and tag #umassbrut with your favorite photos of Brutalism on campus for a chance to be featured. #umassbrut #brutalumass #brutalism #umassamherst

@Make-It Springfield, a community maker space co-founded by UMass Extension/LARP Professor Michael DiPasquale was just a...
01/10/2020

@Make-It Springfield, a community maker space co-founded by UMass Extension/LARP Professor Michael DiPasquale was just awarded $300,000 in grant funding to help them move to a larger space in downtown Springfield’s Innovation District. Lt. Governor Karen Polito handed out one of the awards at a ceremony in Worcester on January 8, 2019. The picture shows Prof. DiPasquale at the award ceremony with AnaMarie Morales, Make-It Springfield Program Coord; Lt Governor Polito; Marla Shelasky, Make-It Springfield Communications Coord; Sheldon Smith, Membership Coord & Lead Maker. Missing from the photo is Laura Masulis, Michael's co-founder.

BIG day for us! field trip to Worcester for the announcement of our $125,000 grant from MassDevelopment. Lt. Governor, Karyn Polito awarded $1.9 million to 31 co-working spaces throughout the state! https://www.masslive.com/news/2020/01/grants-awarded-at-worclab-offer-inspiration-and-hope-for-31-organizations-in-springfield-worcester-and-across-the-state.html?fbclid=IwAR1AheuHddcW4t_oHhytiS80sN-SnS9hY5ENzzsZYlO_rBCFQ41N-z98DJc

Congratulations to our UMass team on winning the 2020 Ed Bacon Urban Design competition Jury Prize!  View the winning en...
01/08/2020

Congratulations to our UMass team on winning the 2020 Ed Bacon Urban Design competition Jury Prize! View the winning entries at tinyurl.com/edbacon2020

Do you know that East Boston will be significantly affected by flooding due to climate change?Please join us for the ope...
12/04/2019

Do you know that East Boston will be significantly affected by flooding due to climate change?

Please join us for the opening and community celebration of RisingEMOTIONS at noon, on December 7th, 2019 at the
East Boston branch of the Boston Public Library and share your thoughts & emotions about sea level rise.
RisingEMOTIONS is a collaborative art project that displays projected flood levels and East Boston residents’ emotions about sea level rise.

It’s a project by:
UMass LARP Assistant Professor Carolina Aragon
with CICS Assistant Professor Narges Mahyar,
UMass Amherst students: Mahmood Jasim, Claudia LaFontaine, Amanda Welch, Nigel Cummings, Ted Duffy, Joyia Smikle, Zoe Kearney, Lyla Fitch, Philip Chen, Brooklyn Feng, Christopher Liu, Excel Academy students and East Boston Residents

With support from:
Friends of the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway
East Boston Public Library Branch
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Boston Planning & Development Agency
City of Boston Environment Department
Boston Art Commission
Excel Academy, HarborKeepers, GreenRoots
UMass Boston Sustainable Solutions Lab
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning and the College of Information and Computer Sciences

Special thanks:
Margaret Kelly (BPL), Gretchen Rabinkin (BSLA), Chris Watson (UMB), Michelle Moon & María de la Luz Lobos (FoMEWG), Robert Gilmore (GLA) Neenah Estrella-Luna, Amy Beth Harrison (Excel Academy), Matt Conti & Christopher Rucinski.

This art installation is funded by a Barr Foundation grant to the Friends of the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway.

Photograph by Matt Conti. @ East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library

Carr Explores the Cultural & Landscape Character of Cape Cod in Distinguished Lecture Series | College of Social and Beh...
12/03/2019
Carr Explores the Cultural & Landscape Character of Cape Cod in Distinguished Lecture Series | College of Social and Behavioral Sciences | UMass Amherst

Carr Explores the Cultural & Landscape Character of Cape Cod in Distinguished Lecture Series | College of Social and Behavioral Sciences | UMass Amherst

Contrary to how tourists may feel, Ethan Carr, professor of Landscape Architecture, prefers to visit Cape Cod in the winter. The off-season, he argues, is an opportunity to experience the cultural and natural features of the Cape with empty beaches, no traffic, and undisturbed wildlife. But defining...

Great end to our fall Zube Lecture Series, Professor Ethan Carr discussed his latest book, The Greatest Beach: A History...
11/22/2019

Great end to our fall Zube Lecture Series, Professor Ethan Carr discussed his latest book, The Greatest Beach: A History of Cape Cod National Seashore (2019).

When Congress passed the park's authorizing legislation in 1961, it set a new pattern for large landscape conservation in the United States. The "Cape Cod model" allowed private homeowners to remain within the park's boundaries, subject to special local zoning restrictions. The new approach responded to the special circumstances of Cape communities, and to the long history of conservation in Massachusetts. The origins of the national seashore and its operation over the following decades have special significance since the model has influenced park legislation to the present.

Link to the talk: tinyurl.com/thegreatestbeach

#thegreatestbeach #umasslarp #umassamherst #capecod #nationalseashore #nationalparkservice #umasssbs

Next generation of architects, landscape architects and urban planners!!!! @ Design Building Michael DiPasquale
11/20/2019

Next generation of architects, landscape architects and urban planners!!!! @ Design Building Michael DiPasquale

Today Extension Assistant Professor Michael DiPasquale AIA/AICP hosted 30 students from Springfield's Chestnut Middle Sc...
11/20/2019

Today Extension Assistant Professor Michael DiPasquale AIA/AICP hosted 30 students from Springfield's Chestnut Middle School at the Design Building to talk about careers in architecture and urban planning. The students toured the building and took part in a studio exercise where they created "mental maps" of Springfield. Professor DiPasquale took everyone to lunch at Franklin Dining Commons. The ice cream sundaes were a big hit. https://twitter.com/umasscity

#umassamherst #olverdesignbuilding #umasslarp #umasssbs #umasssbscareers #springfieldmass #chestnutmiddleschool #urbanplanning #mentalmap #icecream @ Design Building

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The Town of Jackson, WY is looking for a summer planning intern. Duties include: scanning documents, digital filing, conducts special research for various Planning projects, assist with community meetings, assist with customer inquiries and requests, and attend weekly planning meetings. Qualifications: prefer college students working toward a planning degree. Housing is available for intern only.
I may be telling you all about something you already know, but the movie “The Biggest Little Farm“ is a must see for anyone who wants to be inspired and educated about the restoration of natural systems in farming. It’s really an entertaining documentary to see. Highly recommend it!
🌠🤩🌠FREE CEU's!🌠🤩🌠 If anyone can be in the Boston area tomorrow (Wednesday 5/22) you can have my ticket to the BSLA Conference at Northeastern! I unfortunately can no longer attend.
The 2020 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards Student Competition* topic has been announced - $5,000 First Prize! Open to college students around the world. Download the Competition Preview + sign up today to receive competition updates and the Full Competition Packet when it's released this August. *Formerly known as the Better Philadelphia Challenge https://www.facebook.com/events/361760304467813/
Hello LARP friends and colleagues, and Congratulations to all the recent graduates🥳! Just wondering if any one from the department is planning to attend the BSLA conference and awards gala next week, May 22nd, and would be interested in carpooling from the Pioneer Valley. LMK😉
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY! All women in this department should apply today. Deadline is 2/28/2019. Undergrad AND grad qualify.
Free webinar on suburbs.
The 2019 CREW Boston Scholarship Application is now available for any female student entering her junior or senior year of undergraduate school or entering or enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited college or university based in New England. The student must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the commercial real estate industry through her course studies and/or internships in a commercial real estate firm. (Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning count) The 2019 Scholarship will be awarded in May 2019 and is expected to be at least one $10,000 scholarship. *** The deadline to apply for the 2019 Scholarship is February 28, 2019. *** Download the 2019 CREW Boston Educational Foundation Scholarship application: http://www.crewboston.org/getattachment/Foundation/CBEF_ScholarshipApp2019.pdf.aspx
News story about new ONLINE class in Food and Ag Law in January:
A chance to work at the UMass Amherst Libraries.
Hi all, wanted to share this conference Reverberations June 7-10 in Baltimore. The 7th is an environmental justice focus and the conference is the 8-9th.