Design on the Urban World: Community Outreach Services

By R. Terry Schnadelbach.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Most universities in leading countries have programs in urban planning or urban studies in which research quantifies policy regarding the nature and extent of growth. There is, however, a physical component to urban development that remains largely unrecognized and under-researched, without which any coherent physical development cannot be brought to successful realization; that element is the actual design of urban spaces. In order to train both qualified governmental specialists and a profession able to deal with complex urban design issues, physical urban planning requires an academic profession devoted to this issue. From the bifurcated vantage point of landscape architecture – both art/design, and science/ecology – it can be argued that the field of study and professional discipline best suited to lead the design and redesign of the urban public realm is that of landscape architecture, and the best method to succeed at this effort is through a community outreach model. Utilizing the long accepted time model for academic activity, i.e., 70% to research, 20% to teaching, and 10% to public service, the community outreach model can be shown to encompass all three. Public service requires site and time specific research, and teaching and learning in both directions, both to and from the effected community. This defines the university and its program in new ways: the site data becomes the bases for theoretical hypotheses, and the physical design becomes the test proof. It further redefines who is student and who is teacher and thereby redefines the university’s client base and activities. In this regard, the studio teams up with the professional advocacy efforts of the chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects in these cities. All involved are dedicated to providing volunteer effort for the betterment of the community.

Keywords: Public Private Partnership, Practice Orientation

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.49-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 589.720KB).

Prof. R. Terry Schnadelbach

Tenured Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Design Planning and Construction, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

For more than thirty years, R. Terry Schnadelbach has been an internationally known landscape architect, urban designer, educator, author, historian and preservationist of the natural as well as the built landscape. He is a full tenured professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Florida and is the landscape architectural program director at the University’s Paris Research Center. He teaches landscape architectural theory and urban and landscape architectural design and has conducted study abroad semesters and tours in France, Italy and Spain as part of the landscape architectural programs. For his distinguished service, Professor Schnadelbach was awarded the President’s Professor Award 2002-2003 for High Productive Performance. From 1969 until 1995, he was principal of several Schnadelbach firms with offices in New York and Paris. He has had major commissions throughout the United States, Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East and has consulted in London, Paris, Rome, Athens and Berlin to governments, institutions, and private industry. Professor Schnadelbach is the author of several books and many publications.

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