UC San Diego Engineers Bring Down the House

submitted by: ucsandiego

Recent simulated earthquake tests conducted by UC San Diego engineers are expected to lead to retrofit schemes that make historic buildings safer. The structural engineers tested a structure similar to those that were built in California in the 1920s that have masonry-infilled walls and reinforced concrete frames.

Learning from Katrina: Importance of Mass Media Communication Activities and Community Readiness During a Natural Disaster

submitted by: jackykim

This study focuses on the importance of mass media communication activities and the role of community outreach before, during, and after a natural disaster, specifically the October 2007 San Diego Wildfires. Using the events that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a framework, this study analyzes how the actual media coverage of each event was portrayed to the public – which includes printed publications, broadcast journalism, and internet-based blogs.

Reintroducing Community in a Land of Sprawl

submitted by: ahirvine

This research examines the features of sprawl that have such negative impacts on community, livability, and sense of place, and commences in a comparative city analysis of policies enacted to reverse the effects of these land use patterns. Looking at the efficiency, feasibility, and cost-benefits of these programs and new theories in urban design, the aim was to find solutions for this problem that could be used in the larger context of the world.

Role of Sketch Planning Tools in Participatory Planning

submitted by: baconswimfreak

The sketch modeling tool I-PLACE3S is an excellent planning tool that is designed to facilitate the collaborative planning process. I-PLACE3S provide information to its users regarding land use scenarios and is capable of receiving immediate feedbacks.