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.

Crime Prevention through Public Art

submitted by: kevinhighland

Research project abstract: Current studies suggest that Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is an effective way to reduce criminal activity. While public art is briefly mentioned as a CPTED tool, it has never been adequately analyzed or tested in crime prevention literature.