RPD students highlight recent travels to Polk County, Florida

In March, the Advanced Planning Practice class travelled to Polk County in Central Florida. The objectives of this trip were to provide experiential learning through case study analysis, draw on comparisons between American and Canadian jurisdictions and develop skills for applying this analysis to a local Ontario context. During this field trip, the class experienced a new-urbanist community, a reclaimed phosphate mining site and a sixth generation cattle ranch.

Innovation Among Micro and Small Industries Holds Key to Sustainable Livelihoods for Millions

Professor Nonita Yap, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development is highlighted in recent article in the University of Guelph, Summer 2013 Research magazine.  Professor Yap says making small changes to micro industries may be the key to more sustainable international development.  See full article at: on page 26.

Incorporating More Greenery into Urban Landcapes is Key to Staying Cool

“There are things that landscape architects and urban designers can do to make cities cool, particularly during heat waves,” says landscape architecture professor Bob Brown in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.  A leafy canopy creates shelter from the sun's rays.  Not only do they absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, but they can also help keep urban areas cool.

See full article in At Guelph

SEDRD featured in recent OPPI Journal

University of Guelph

Local Food and Agriculture

by:  John F Devlin


As the planet’s population continues to grow and use finite resources, long-term sustainability comes more and more into question. Food sovereignty, responsible water use, the role of technology in environmentally sustainable development, and healthy communities all depend on long-range vision and good land use decisions.

Remembering Doug Hoffman

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Douglas Hoffman.  Dr.

Cecelia Paine serves as Toronto Urban Design Award Juror

June 13-14, Professor Cecelia Paine, FCSLA, FASLA, OALA, served as a design juror for the 2013 Toronto Urban Design Awards. In addition to Paine, the jury included an urban designer, two architects and a journalist from across Canada.   In total, the jurors reviewed 90 professional entries and 30 student entries. The purpose of the awards is to recognize designers and developers who contribute to the creation of great public spaces.  The Awards Ceremony will take place the evening of Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

Recent MLA graduate to present thesis at ECLAS conference in Germany

Desiree Valadares (MLA 2013), advised by Nate Perkins and Sean Kelly, has been accepted to present her graduate thesis at the 2013 ECLAS (European Council for Landscape Architecture Schools) Conference this September in Hamburg, Germany.  Her thesis involved the compilation of a landscape biography of Ontario Place, a neglected modernist landscape along Toronto's post-industrial waterfront.

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