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How Urban Parks (Campuses) Enhance Your Brain: Importance of Open Space

How Urban Parks (Campuses) Enhance Your Brain: Importance of Open Space | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A break from the bustle of the city can do your mind good, recent research shows.


Interesting research at the University of Michigan demonstrates better memory retention from talking a walk to clear one's head; and much better retention from talking a walk in a park.

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Mixed Signals: Smart Phone Sensors Recruited to Deliver Indoor GPS: Scientific American

Mixed Signals: Smart Phone Sensors Recruited to Deliver Indoor GPS: Scientific American | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Duke University researchers are developing a mobile app that uses WiFi antennas, cellular radios and other detectors to guide smart phone users...
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Autonomous Vehicles and the Parking Bubble: No More Parking Lot Construction?

Autonomous Vehicles and the Parking Bubble: No More Parking Lot Construction? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"[R]ight now depending on how you count we have somewhere between three and eight parking spaces per car. If the cars don't need to sit idly waiting for you until you want to leave (imagine a world of cheap, ubiquitous taxis) that number is going to become totally ridiculous. After exploding for about 60 years, the torrent of parking construction is going to halt very suddenly and then start shifting into reverse."

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2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design, Honor Award goes to the University of Chicago for Midway Crossings

2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design, Honor Award goes to the University of Chicago for Midway Crossings with BauerLatoza Studio; also James Carpenter Design Associates; Schuler Shook; Matrix Engineering Corporation


Midway Crossings would make a nice, informal inside-Chicago trip at SCUP–47, July 7–11.

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How to Make Transit (and Biking and Walking) Sexy

How to Make Transit (and Biking and Walking) Sexy | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Urban designer and writer Darrin Nordahl thinks it's time for advocates of alternative transportation to stop trying to appeal to reason and go for the gut instead.
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'I Hate the Blue Line' and Other Things Transit Systems Can Learn From Twitter

'I Hate the Blue Line' and Other Things Transit Systems Can Learn From Twitter | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Purdue University researchers are experimenting in Chicago, site of SCUP–47, July 7–11. What can they learn from intercepting tweets from subway riders?


"'The most interesting thing we found is that transit riders do not give any positive sentiment at a particular time. They only give negative sentiment,'he said. Now, this may seem depressing if you work for one of these agencies. 'But that’s not very disappointing,' Hasan said, 'because we found that the lack of negative sentiment is basically what transit authorities should look for. If there’s no negative sentiment at any given time, that means that things are running smoothly.'"

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'Campus mapping is going through an adventurous phase.'

'Campus mapping is going through an adventurous phase.' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"What is fascinating, however, is how rarely universities use maps of themselves except as straightforward representations of what is there: surely a peculiar omission when one thinks of the number of geographic and geolocational facilities that universities have and the way that maps have become a crucial part of everyday life (think only of all the mapping apps that are now available covering topics as diverse as running and the location of aeroplanes in the sky), as well as a bulwark of numerous economic and social institutions (think of the way in which electronic maps are being used in the U.S. electoral campaign, for example, or are being used as means of identifying the warp and weft of customers, as in the Carnegie Mellon project Livehoods."

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ptolemy's comment, July 5, 2012 11:49 AM
about time that Universities begin to understand the dynamic rather than static value of maps and the different uses that they can be put to - especially with planning and communication. GIS is a powerful tool for this that a few campuses have been using with remarkable success. Also a great tool to work with communities on. Would be good to see this trend get more traction!
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Ohio State Gets $483 Million Bid for Parking Lease

Ohio State Gets $483 Million Bid for Parking Lease | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"“We can’t go on raising tuition forever. We’re looking at all our assets and asking, ‘If they’re nonessential assets, how can we turn them into revenue?’ ”


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Learning Disabled Students Welcome | University Business Magazine

A nice review of leading-edge practices aimed at being inclusive:


"The learning problems for these undergrads range from ADHD and dyslexia to dyscalculia (the dyslexic equivalent of dealing with mathematics). Students receive ongoing, often daily support to navigate the regular college curriculum, with an emphasis on individualized learning techniques.


For generations, untold numbers of people with these very disabilities, many without knowing they had them, have attended and graduated college and pursued successful careers. But, experts in the field say, even greater numbers may not have made it to—or through—an undergraduate career.


Academic resource centers, study skills help, and accommodations such as untimed tests are commonly offered but don’t go far enough for students with LD, Strichart says. “Those resource centers are set up for the general college population and usually have no personnel to work with a special needs population,” he points out. 'You’re not getting specialized tutors or people certified in learning disabilities.'"

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2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture Honor Award to The University of British Columbia for Buchanan Courtyards

2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture Honor Award to The University of British Columbia for Buchanan Courtyards; also Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg; Public Architecture; Fast + Epp; Vincent Helton & Associates; 3D Services; Stantec; Acumen; EOS Lightmedia.


Congratulations to all!

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When a Parking Lot Is So Much More | 'Campus Edge,' Anyone?

When a Parking Lot Is So Much More | 'Campus Edge,' Anyone? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We need to redefine “parking lot” to include something that offers a variety of public uses, mitigates its impact on the environment and looks good, too.

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2011 College Construction Report | College Planning & Management

This report is the most comprehensive of its sort in higher education. 


"The news is not all bad as college construction exceeds projections in a recovering economy. Learn about this and more in College Planning & Management’s annual report on what facilities are being built or renovated on campuses across the country."

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