Producing community builders & placemakers by progressive traditional design making it more culturally diverse, socially inclusive, sustainable & beautiful
Empowering graduates to become community builders and placemakers Pushing traditional design forward by making it more culturally diverse, socially inclusive, sustainable and beautiful Learn the lessons of Charleston, for the benefit of the world. SPECIALIZED GENERALISTS The College of Charleston proudly offers a unique urban design MA degree program in Community Planning, Policy, and Design (CPAD). It is innovative in many ways. First, CPAD blends architecture and urban design studio courses with classes in public policy, infrastructure planning, architectural history and real estate. This interdisciplinary curriculum empowers graduates to succeed as skilled practitioners in today’s complex development field. They become valuable contributors to any given development company, city government or design firm precisely because they are capable of serving any and all of the above. In short, CPAD graduates are trained to speak the language of law, know the realities of business, and wield the design skills needed to create and enhance inclusive, sustainable, beautiful places. CPAD CURRICULUM SEMESTER ONE CPAD 605 Drawing Charleston CPAD 615 Introduction to Urban Design (studio course) ARTH 565 The City as a Work of Art SEMESTER TWO PUBA 611 Urban Policy CPAD 619 Architectural Design (studio course) ARTH 535 American Architecture SUMMER CPAD 790 Independent Urban Design Field Study (online course) SEMESTER THREE PUBA 617 Urban Transportation: Problems and Prospects CPAD 860 Sustainable Design and Adaptive Reuse (studio course) CPAD 631 Introduction to Real Estate SEMESTER FOUR CPAD 895 Urban Design Graduate Thesis (studio course) ELECTIVES Two electives are also required. These can be selected from CPAD special topics courses or approved PUBA urban planning courses. PROGRESSIVELY BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFULLY PROGRESSIVE The placemaking skills of our students are strengthened by the second unique feature of the CPAD program: its “progressive traditional” design ethos. Most design schools around the world teach modern architecture; a few tolerate classicism, but only a handful actively promote traditional design. CPAD is counted among the latter, but with a unique and important twist: our students are taught to understand and appreciate traditional design from a global, pluralistic perspective. They know how to draw upon the specific forms and details of local sites, but they are also capable of thoughtfully engaging with any and all traditions when crafting architecture and urbanism to serve diverse populations. Furthermore, our students are encouraged to engage with modern ideas, materials and aesthetic innovations, to aid them in their quest to make places that are beautiful by classical standards but successful and sustainable by any standard. PLURALISTIC PLACEMAKING At the core of the progressive traditional philosophy of CPAD is a conviction that all cultures in every part of the globe have made valuable contributions to the realm of design. We celebrate the ennobling truth that all human beings are bound together by abundant commonalities, many of which have been elegantly etched in the history of architecture. We also acknowledge the present and growing need for people to work together and use every tool in the box—whether old or new, and no matter where it was invented—to build a more functional, resilient and delightful world. THE PERFECT CLASSROOM Charleston is one of the best places on the planet to teach good, walkable, mixed-use urban design, and our historic downtown campus puts students right in the heart of the action. The subtropical city’s world-renowned historic center grew out of the colonial confluence of European, Caribbean and West African crafts and aesthetics, creating a city that is powerfully diverse in both heritage and population. As a popular coastal city, it is also on the front lines of many pressing global issues, including gentrification and sea level rise. Real improvement was made in the social, economic and physical fabric of Charleston during the four decades of innovative and inclusive governance by the famous Mayor Joe Riley, whose legacy and support is part of CPAD’s foundation. Much work remains to be done, however, here as elsewhere. The College of Charleston is launching the new program in Community Planning, Policy, and Design to empower graduates become the professional urbanists that cities and companies require. A HOST OF OPPORTUNITIES A deep engagement with the major components of modern public policy via the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities A broad commitment to the issues of sustainability and resilience A unique “progressive traditional” design ethos drawing upon the vibrant, multicultural classical architecture of Charleston A dedication to incorporating the economic realities of urban development into design education Engagement with leading voices in the design field; past guest lecturers and critics have included David M. Schwarz, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Peter Pennoyer, Andres Duany, Robert A.M. Stern and others A choice of electives dedicated to contemporary issues, such as ameliorating the social costs of gentrification, or designing neighborhoods for automated vehicles Internship opportunities with the City of Charleston and a large number of world-class design and development firms
Mission: The College of Charleston proudly offers a unique urban design MA degree program in Community Planning, Policy, and Design (CPAD). It is innovative in many ways. First, CPAD blends architecture and urban design studio courses with classes in public policy, infrastructure planning, architectural history and real estate. This interdisciplinary curriculum empowers graduates to succeed as skilled practitioners in today’s complex development field. They become valuable contributors to any given development company, city government or design firm precisely because they are capable of serving any and all of the above. In short, CPAD graduates are trained to speak the language of law, know the realities of business, and wield the design skills needed to create and enhance inclusive, sustainable, beautiful places.
From the utilitarian beauty of early 20th-century ballparks like Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park—each nestled into its respective neighborhood—to the doughnut-shaped, concrete structures that sprouted in suburbia after World War II, baseball’s growth has neatly paralleled the rise, fall, and rise again of U.S. cities.
curbed.com A new book by critic Paul Goldberger traces how baseball and stadium design reflect our changing opinions of cities.
Is that Mrs. Professor Gilmore I see there at this rally?
“Officials from Charleston County Council and Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority committed Monday to support CAJM’s Fair Fares Plan which calls on CARTA to release limits on senior discount passes, eliminate transfer fees and create a weekly low income pass for local riders.
Currently, 15,000 people ride CARTA buses each day with 13,200 either walking and biking to a CARTA stop and most riders earn less than $30,000 a year, according to the ministry. Riders rely on routes that run on average, every 60 minutes.
CARTA also has senior citizen discount passes, but the passes can’t be used during peak hours.
....In addition to supporting the Fair Fares Plan, CARTA Board of Director Member Dwayne Green, James Lewis and Charleston County Council chairman Vic Rawl committed to working with CAJM to increase frequency and extended hours on specific routes along the Northbridge, Dorchester Road and Ashley Phosphate where riders wait extended amounts of time for buses.”
Congratulations to CPAD grad student T'Leya Walker who was accepted into The Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture in Sweden! BEVAN & LIBERATOS The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.
Congratulations to our graduates! The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.
Progressive people. Living on islands highlights problems and needs like no other environment or community. Go live on one for a while to find a new perspective on the environment both built and natural.
bbc.com Scotland’s Orkney islands produce more clean energy than their inhabitants can use. Their next step? Hydrogen. Here’s why that matters – and what the rest of the world could learn.
CPAD grad student Ken Marolda in Cuba with Prof. Walker's "Urbanism without Capitalism in Historic Cuba" spring break trip. College of Charleston - School of the Arts
CPAD students Ken Marolda and Ali Heath with Professor Walker in Cuba! The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.
Kids living in Cities? Designed for them by them? How much better can we get? Much better. Thanks Growing Up Boulder and @jillsuttie
greatergood.berkeley.edu An innovative program in Colorado incorporates children’s ideas into city planning for friendlier, greener, and more inclusive spaces.
"I used to draw maps of cities for fun. I had no idea it was an actual career," said Nicole Payne, now a program official for the National Assn. of City Transportation Officials in New York City. SimCity
CPAD students Ali Heath and Samantha Martin at the Seaside Conference in Florida. Seaside Institute The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.
CPAD students Anne Tyler Howell, Ali Heath, Edgar Sada, and T'leya Walker on a walking tour downtown with Professor Walker's American Architecture class. The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.
CPAD student's presentations for their Urban Design Thesis class with Bevan & Liberatos Jenny Bevan The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.
American Architecture with Professor Walker #CPAD students explore downtown Charleston (rain or shine!)
CPAD students on a "Field Trip" downtown (Cannonborough-Elliotborough) with Professor Walker.
Katherine Saunders Pemberton, the manager of research and education at the Historic Charleston Foundation, submitted a letter of concern to the city opposing the proposed hotel.....
postandcourier.com A new full-service hotel is coming to Meeting Street. And according to the city board which voted to approve the project, there was nothing in the city's code to stop
#CPAD #Professors So fortunate to have Jenny Bevan and Christopher Liberatos teaching "Urban Design Thesis" this semester!
on Feb. 12th "Charleston County Council members voted, 7-2, to approve $3.1 million of the half-cent sales tax to fund a project that was never on any list." Kate Nevin Enough Pie
postandcourier.com We live in a region that places much value on “precedent” when considering development and regulation because we fear that with one small misplaced step we could find ourselves at
Interesting read on the health benefits of New Urbanism http://ow.ly/UYwb30nEdH6 #NewUrbanism
"The ability to live in an area where you have access to basic needs, goods and services is highly desirable, but our Historic District is being designed for visitors rather than residents." Jamee Haley Lowcountry Local First
postandcourier.com The loss of the long-standing East Bay True Value Hardware, a community-focused store, is contrary to the ongoing conversation our city has around transportation, congestion and livability.
"After we’ve prepared and checked everything—the temperature, the consistency of the material, the location of the wall, the electricity and water—we press play and the system works its magic.” CityLab
citylab.com 3D printing was expected to transform architecture and construction, but uptake has been slow. Could that be changing?
Join us tonight!!
Monday, Feb. 11, 6-7pm
12 Bull St.
Are you thinking about graduate school?
Join us for an information session about our graduate program: Community Planning, Policy and Design. Learn about the curriculum, scholarship opportunities, Graduate assistantships, career opportunities, and ask questions of current CPAD students.
Pizza and drinks included!
CPAD student Ali Heath's site plan of a block of buildings between East Bay and Broad Street for Architectural Design Studio with Stephen Ramos. Buildings Are Cool
The pair attracted worldwide attention in 2002 with their Blur Building, an immersive structure shrouded in fog that created its own weather system. (see below) Dezeen The Architectural Designers
dezeen.com This year's Royal Academy Architecture Prize has been awarded to Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, founders of Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
postandcourier.com Some say they are losing something meaningful, something that makes them feel part of a close-knit community, something they can claim as “locals.”
CPAD students enjoy a lovely 75 degree day taking a walking tour for their "American Architecture" class with Professor Walker. The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.
Road safety targets and enforcement regimes should be more aggressive, and pedestrians and cyclist protections should be included in all new projects. (South Carolina is #10 out of 20.) CityLab
citylab.com In the U.S., pedestrian fatalities have climbed 35 percent since 2008. And federal traffic safety regulators aren’t at work, thanks to the government shutdown.
Registration is now open for The 27th Annual Congress for the New Urbanism. #CNU27 will be in Louisville, Kentucky June 12-15. Focal points include the suburban-urban connection, best practices for greenways & open space, and urbanism and the compassionate city. Find out more: https://www.cnu.org/cnu27
The world is changing, and city planners are changing along with it.
planetizen.com The world is changing, and city planners are changing along with it.
"We need to take existing transit and make it better and more reliable, and build out transit to get people out of their single-occupancy vehicles."
curbed.com Rep. Peter DeFazio seeks a grand, bipartisan bargain to fix our broken transit system
Coastal Conservation League
Five Myths about the I-526 Extension
Myth #1: The extension would create an interstate loop around Charleston.
The I-526 extension wouldn't create a loop. It would extend I-526 from where it ends now on Savannah Highway in West Ashley to the James Island Connector. From there, traffic would be dumped on Calhoun Street in the downtown hospital district, one of the most flood-prone parts of the city.
Check back tomorrow for Myth #2.
#climatechange friendly #architecture right in sync with Community Planning, Policy and Design at the College of Charleston values
archpaper.com This article originally appeared as part of our January 2019 print issue in the timber feature. President Donald Trump’s tariffs, enacted in November In the U.S. mass timber is moving from niche construction technique to industry standard, and manufacturers across the country are rising up to prov...
Our Community Planning, Policy and Design MA program is engaged in helping with this process. See our work at go.cofc.edu/CPAD
nextcity.org Where bulldozers once cleared out a thriving black community to make way for a highway in Charleston, the city is moving forward with plans for affordable housing in proximity to a planned linear park connecting the area to downtown.
The buildings were carefully chosen to highlight Wright’s architectural through-lines and show how his designs fundamentally shaped the landscape of American architecture.
curbed.com Among the buildings nominated are the Hollyhock House in LA, the Guggenheim in New York City, and, of course, Fallingwater.
It might have come 30 years late, but when the architect, planner and theorist Denise Scott Brown was awarded the Soane Medal this year, it went a small way to making up for an entire career of being ignored in the shadow of her husband Robert Venturi.
theguardian.com A building made of boulders, Battersea’s blazing miracle, the rugged return of Mackintosh – and recognition at last for a Vegas visionary
“The world is putting new challenges in front of architecture,” Sarkis says. “I look forward to working with participating architects from around the world to imagine together how we are going to rise to these challenges." #architecture
news.mit.edu Dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning will curate the global showcase for architectural work.
#Traditional #Architecture, #Traditional #Materials !!
bbc.com Cement is the source of about 8% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. How can this be changed?
It would seem obvious: If you want more female architects, teach more women to be architects. (...) But nearly half of architecture students are women, so why are so few sticking with the industry after graduation?
Congratulations to CPAD grad students, Eliza Bower, Julia Jones, and Ken Marolda, who presented their final project designs at the Charleston Civic Design Center. The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C. #sustainable #Urbanism #adaptive #reuse
planetizen.com Jeff Speck's new book not only makes the case for narrow, walkable streets, but also provides more detailed guidance for specialists.
Needs to be done everywhere especially in #CHS #charleston where disparity is greatest in the nation
slate.com With one change, the city confronts segregation, high rent, and long commutes.
“Sacred Places/Civic Spaces explores what can and should be done to preserve, protect and re-purpose sacred places as civic spaces that can be open to all.” National Trust for Historic Preservation
whyy.org Food was a common thread connecting all three projects.
A more comprehensive understanding of nature’s processes in cities is emerging as a source of design inspiration, leading to a new spatial expression, besides ecological benefits.
theconversation.com Australia's coastal settlements are highly exposed to the impacts of climate change. Climate-resilient urban landscapes that can cope with large amounts of water need to become the new normal.
Christmas gift ideas for community planners?
planetizen.com Planetizen's annual list of top books covers subjects in all varieties of planning: urban planning, community planning, environmental planning, and more.
#CPAD12Bull is working hard to fix this!! APPLY NOW for a REAL WORLD CHANGING Masters Degree.
nextcity.org A new study finds that owner-occupied home value in majority-black neighborhoods is as much as $156 billion less than it would be in neighborhoods with few or no black residents.
[11/26/18] Apply today! Through the month of December we are waiving the application fee. All you need to submit is an official transcript, 3 letters of recommendation, and a written statement. #communityplanning #urbandesign #architecture #preservation
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ACBA educates and trains artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship.
The Minorities in Marine and Environmental Sciences (MIMES) Program is a 12-week summer research internship funded by the National Science Foundation.
Nationally recognized by U.S.News & World Report and Princeton Review, The Citadel Graduate College (CGC) provides top-rated civilian education tailored to meet the diverse professional growth goals of our students.
Debate Society CofC is an event-based, student-lead organization dedicated to promoting civil discourse, bipartisan discussion and civic engagement with students at the College of Charleston.
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Welcome to the Art Palette page! We are so happy to announce our new home with the Daniel Island Academy of Music and Arts, on Daniel Island Dr.
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Japan Karate Institute James Island teaches traditional Wado Ryu Karate.
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