Friday, December 23, 2011

New York City Workshop

Over the course of the semester, a group of second year students would wake up early on every other Friday and make the pilgrimage from Ithaca to New York City to partake in Professor Bob Balder's New York City Workshop. The class involved working with New York City agencies on tackling issues in NYC neighborhoods. Here are some of the projects the CRP students worked on:

The Crash Quotient:Strategy for Modeling Traffic Safety in New York City
by: Cristen Chinea,Alyson Fletcher, Boris Suchkov, Yuanxin Sun
presented to: Transportation Alternatives, NYC

This project tracked daytime crashes involving a cyclist or pedestrian in Manhattan's West Village. The project aims for a way to interpret the data presented at CrashStat and introduces a crash quotient with which to account for differences in the enviroments in which the crashes occur. The team makes a number of recommendations for improving on their crash quotient and for improving the Crashstat website.

Map of Crashes in NYC
NYC Workshop: Crash Quotient Report

Food Availability and Access in East Harlem
by: Rebecca Gershon, Gregory Kelly, Juliet Mugabi, Tracy Wax
presented to: New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The students worked on food accessibility issues in the face of East Harlem's 62% rate of obesity. The students made recommendations using the Green Carts initiative, Farmer's Markets, and community supported agriculture among other suggestions to improve the availability of healthy food in the neighborhood.

Mural in East Harlem
NYC Workshop: Food Availability Report

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Design Connect Final

On Sunday, December 4th, the students of Cornell's DesignConnect gathered to give their final presentation on the community projects the groups have been working on during the course of the semester. The groups presentation included:

Contamination Map, Ithaca

This team worked with the Ithaca Community Advisory Group to create a map of industrial solvent contamination in South Hill. CRPers on the team included: Vidhee Garg, Lucy Foma, Inna Kitaychik and Marjaneh Mottaghi.

Beer Trail, Cazenovia

Members of this team worked with Madison County Tourism to design a beer trail that showcases the breweries in Central New York State. CRP members included Marshall McCormick, Jared Mast, and Clay Frickey.

Re-visioning a Suburban Mall, Dewitt

Members of this team worked on re-resigning the site of the a currently underused mall in Dewitt. Members included Eva Birk, Ben Bissell, Desmond Corley, Ben Hale, Ben Koffel, Zeewan Lee, Sarah Luongo and Tim Morzel.
Six Mile Creek Walk, Ithaca

Students in this project worked on making the path along Six Mile Creek more accessible and user friendly. CRPers working on the project included Francis Ho and Bonnie O'Neill.

Design Connect Administrative Team with Teams

Photo Credit: Johannes Kettler

Friday, December 9, 2011

HPP Syracuse Workshop

Over the course of the semester, the students in the Historic Preservation Planning Program have been creating a historic resource survey of Syracuse. The neighborhood around Park Avenue was chosen due to its rich history. Park Avenue was very important for the salt industry since it contained salt land. Syracuse, at the beginning of the 19th century, was one of the largest worldwide producers and distributors of salt, the "white gold" of the time. As a result of the economic boom and population growth, there is a large amount of mixed use in this part of Syracuse. The use of the building spanned from residential, to commerical, to industrial. Further information can be found in the survey booklet created by the department.

The students focused on the area to the east of Geddes Street. Overall the students chose 37 buildings on which to conduct intensive level research. These houses were designated as having historic and architectural significance.

The class presented their work on Sunday, December 4th, to the Syracuse community and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability of Syracuse.

HPP students at the St. Paul's Armenian Apostolic Church after their presentation
Picture credit: Ana Castillo