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October 9, 2014



Students honored, faculty participated at the Kansas American Planning Association Conference

By Courtney Boman

Several students and faculty in the landscape architecture/regional & community planning department recently presented and received awards at the Kansas American Planning Association Conference, Oct. 2-3, in Wichita.

"Envisioning Better Blocks for St. Joseph," a studio project led by Blake Belanger, associate professor, and Alpa Nawre, assistant professor, won the 2014 New Horizon group award. The design proposals were created by landscape architecture students, in collaboration with the city of St. Joseph, Missouri, and Mo-Kan Regional Council.

Students who worked on the project include: Ryan Albract, Kansas City; Allison Balderston, Salina; Amanda Kline, Wichita; Beth Krehbiel, Manhattan; Wesley Moore, Newton; Richard Prudenti, Manhattan; Andrew Holzum, Florissant, Missouri; Lauren Heermann, Grain Valley, Missouri; Libby Tudor, St. Joseph, Missouri; Taylor Lininger, Raymore, Missouri; Jared Sickmann, Washington, Missouri; Parker Ruskamp, Wisner, Nebraska; Erin Wilson, Marion, South Dakota; and Andrew Rostek, Missouri City, Texas.

Deanne Petersen, May 2014 master of regional and community planning graduate, won the 2014 New Horizon individual Award for her master's report "Food Truck Fever: A Spatio-Political Analysis of Food Truck Activity in Kansas City, Missouri," which looked at the benefits of food trucks and how cities can modify their policies to encourage food truck activity. Petersen's major professor was Hyung Jin Kim, assistant professor.

Mitchel Loring, May 2014 master of regional and community planning graduate, won the 2014 New Horizon Honorable Mention for his master's report "Capturing the Buzz: Social Media as a Design Informant for Urban Civic Spaces," which looked at the application of a social media-based methodology to Washington Square results in the development of solutions for addressing this space's dilemmas and Kansas City's goals for the area. Loring's major professor was Jason Brody, associate professor.

In addition to the three awards received at the awards ceremony on Oct. 3, Huston Gibson, landscape architect/regional & community planning assistant professor, presented "Making Public Participation Work for Everyone" on Oct. 2. His session introduced new models for effective public participation, described relevant case studies of local government public participation processes, and connected to the theory and ethics of public participation in the planning process.

John Keller, professor, presented "12 Steps to Effective Zoning Enforcement," which was designed to help planners and zoning administrators avoid many of the pitfalls associated with regulatory enforcement and land use compliance.

Hyung Jin Kim, assistant professor, presented "University-Community Partnership: Walking to School in Manhattan, KS."

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