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PUP 494: Short Essay #5: Discrimination and Exposure in South Phoenix


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PUP 494: Short Essay #5: Discrimination and Exposure in South Phoenix

After reading the article “The Geography of Despair: Environmental Racism and the Making of South Phoenix” by Bolin et al., write a short essay that responds to the following:

Describe the contemporary exposure of residents to environmental hazards in South Phoenix, as well as the way in which historic forms of institutional discrimination contributed to this disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards.

Your essay should be roughly 1-2 pages in length (single spacing).All essays should be clear, concise, and well-organized, and demonstrate a solid understanding of the reading. All essays should be proofread thoroughly for spelling and grammatical errors. Direct quotes (if used) should include page numbers in the citation.

Submit your essay via the “Submit Short Essay 5 Here” link, found under the “Short Essays” tab on Blackboard no later than 1:30PM (the start of class) on Tuesday 9/27. NO late essays will be accepted.

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Urban Design


Urban Design

Assigned projects will involve research, analysis, and critiques of different elements of urban design. Use a combination of graphics and text to complete these assignments. Photographs, maps, and drawings will greatly enhance the analysis. Drawings may be simple diagrams, made by hand or with a graphics program. Photographs of the site being analyzed or of similar urban design elements from other cities or campuses can help illustrate points of success or methods to improve the design. There is no required length for these projects – provide as much text and as many graphics as you need.

Paper 1: Streetscape analysis. Select a street on campus or in the Tempe/Phoenix area that embodies several of the characteristics of a great street. What makes the street great? Discuss the elements that make up the streetscape and how they contribute to the image and success of the street. Then select a street that is not so great. Discuss which elements and qualities are missing. How could this street be improved?

Analysis of the Movie, Urban Studies


Work type: Critical thinking
Subject or discipline: Urban Studies
Title: Writer’s choice
Paper details:  

Instructions

Paper #3 Due: 04-28-2016 last day of class) and in Safe Assign Box. Pick any movie shown in class since the last assignment. Write an analysis of the issues found in this movie by examining 2-4 different themes in depth. Your content grade will be based on your ability to expand on aspects of planning or related issues in your own words. Be sure to include AT LEAST one reference to a class reading in your analysis. Make sure you properly cite any sources your paper references. We expect both a works cited page and in-text citations. In the same way you would use a quote or idea from a class reading, use scenes from the film as examples of your chosen planning, or related, issues. DO NOT write a summary of the film, discuss symbolism, or describe the characters in detail. Assume the reader has seen the movie. When you need to refer to a scene from the film in order to make your point, you should describe the scene in no more than 1 sentence.

Here are some tips for writing your paper:

Think of a position on a major planning or related issue you would like to analyze for the movie.
Think of 2-4 statements that support your position.
This is not a movie review. Avoid obvious or clichéd statements about what happened in the movie. Don’t talk about movie techniques like lighting and don’t mention the director, audience or cast.
In your intro paragraph, clearly state your position (identified in #1) and briefly mention your supporting statements (from #2).
Each paragraph after your intro should be dedicated to explaining ONE of your supporting statements. You may use specific examples from the movie to provide further support and evidence.
Write a concluding paragraph that essentially wraps up your position, and ideally sheds new light based on the arguments provided in the body of the paper.
As you write, consider the question, “why is this important?” Can you argue that the problems and opinions expressed in the movie are important for planning, society, or the world in general? Dig deep into your chosen arguments in order to show a thoughtful analysis of the greater issue.
Proofread very carefully for grammar, punctuation and clarity. Cite quotations and references correctly to avoid plagiarism.
The essay should be at least 3 full pages but no more than 5 full pages. It must be double spaced and in 12pt Times New Roman font. Your TA will check your formatting and deduct points if you do not fill 3 pages. Use a formal tone and do not write in first and/or second person (ask your TA for clarification if you are unsure how to write in third person perspective). Do not use rhetorical questions—they are too casual for this essay.

If you want to submit a draft for your TA to review, you must send your draft to your TA at least 7 days before the paper deadline. An electronic copy of your paper is due to Blackboard before the start of class on the due date. Please upload your paper as a Word Document. Unless otherwise stated, you will also bring a hard copy of your paper to class on the due date. Papers submitted without an electronic copy will receive an “E” grade (indicating an incomplete assignment), regardless of content. Email your TA with any questions.

Comments from Support Team:Reading required to include in the paper:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/aug/15/violent-favelas-brazil/

Thermal Sensing; Urban Studies


Work type: Essay (any type)
College (1-2 years: Freshmen, Sophomore)
Subject or discipline: Urban Studies
Title: Thermal Sensing
Number of sources: 0
Provide digital sources used: No
Paper format: MLA
# of pages: 5
Spacing: Double spaced
# of words: 1375
# of slides: ppt icon 0
# of charts: 0
Paper details:
Connections between art and place in the city are multiple, ranging from economic stimulus and redevelopment to civic pride to artistic works and performances calling attention to social issues and environmental ills. Aesthetic sensibilities are receiving increasing attention as part of the ‘performative’ turn in the social sciences and humanities; in geography and urban planning this work is seeking to bring spaces and places of the city to life in new ways. We ‘perform’ space and place every day in all manner of ‘artful’ ways—acts, deeds, words, images—in relations amongst humans, non-human beings, materials, architectures, structures, objects and things. Nigel Thrift uses the wonderful phrase “the art of performing the now” to capture the dynamic sense of space and place in performative geographies. In this project we embrace ‘practical aesthetics’ which entails apprehending the world via sense-based and affective processes that touch us. The human body is the instrument par excellence in qualitative study. And the human body is an instrument in the production of art, where art is defined as the creation of sensations and affects that move us. The word ‘aesthetics’ traced to its Greek roots means to sense and perceive. Connotations of aesthetics as referring to ‘high’ or ‘refined’ art emerged much later with the rise of modernity. In recent years, we have witnessed a return to the broader perceptual sense of aesthetics as artful, and a great flowering of aesthetic approaches across diverse fields and settings.

In this project we are sensing Downtown Phoenix with the aid of FLIR Systems infrared cameras. We might say the i5 camera is a kind of prosthetic device which renders our bodies ‘more-than-human’. With i5 camera in hand we move through the city with compound eyes, sensing a strange and alien world of heat rendered ‘visible’ via IR images. We must remember that it is no longer (visible) light that makes an impression; in the infrared world there is no light, only heat registered as temperature which is converted to image via an algorithmic color palette. Representational logics that hold sway in identifying things in the visible world begin to breakdown in the infrared. Binaries used in perceiving and ‘making sense’ of the world (e.g. human/nonhuman, animate/inanimate, subject/object, earthly/otherwordly) are disrupted, as are categorical ways we tend to think about the human (gender, race, ethnicity, age). This affords the opportunity to sense and think differently and creatively about the city and its inhabitants (human, nonhuman and inhuman).

IR images are infinitely interesting as sensationsthat is, they affect us much like other artful expressions. In writing about the affective force of some painting Gilles Deleuze makes an astounding observation: “It is difficult to know where the material ends and the sensation begins.” This places emphasis in being attuned to sensations, affects and effects of environs, objects and things; more than we are accustomed to ‘thinking’ about in our (conscious) everyday lives. Customarily, instant recognition and taken-for-granted facts reign supreme … even as brains are constantly struggling to keep up with sensing, feeling bodies! What I am suggesting, in a nutshell, is that IR images open up possibilities for sensing, experiencing, and expressing the city in novel ways.

The mission is to create a photo-essay that expresses Downtown Pheonix in thermal, along an interpretive theme that you find compelling. You may develop whatever frame or theme you think interesting and meritorious; I do not wish to limit your creativity and personal style in developing an impactful essay. Your photo-essay should include about 18 to 24 IR images and about 1,200 words expressing the frame and theme.

You should take seriously playful attunement with place as performative in your expression of Thermal Tempe. Write in first-person, present tense, active voice. If you are inclined, feel free to express this in personal terms. You may ‘play’ yourself in the essay or pose as another (e.g. a thermal sleuth). Remember that you are both participant and observer in this research event. What event? The event of creating an expression of urban place! We wish to know what you think and what you feel as a sensing being. Be creative. Strive for an essay with notable voice and impactful images. You may want to do some background reading about urban sensing and experience

Taken collectively, our photo-essays begin to build a public arts project that we title, A Thermal Guide to Downtown Phoenix. Down the road SGSUP will be looking to partner with Downtown Phoenix in creating thermal exhibits and installations probing and portraying the city. Your contributions will be noted!

The photos are provided .. the writer has to pick a theme.

PUP 301-Introduction to Urban Planning


PUP 301-Introduction to Urban Planning

  1. Transportation planning: induced demand. Think about traffic movement after some freeway constructions

 

  1. Describe comprehensive planning process.  Think carefully about local development projects examples, if you wish.

 

  1. Growth management: need, difficulty, and segregation issues. Home rules and local governance.

 

  1. Defense of privileges: zoning, segregation, and NYMBY issues

 

  1. Structural Unemployment and why important for local economic development: local, regional and global phenomena

 

  1. Why is regional planning difficult? (Again, local governance issues, federal funding based on local population)

 

  1. Planning differences between USA and other nations (remember local control versus national planning).

 

Simcity; Urban Studies


Academic level: College (1-2 years: Freshmen, Sophomore)
Subject or discipline: Urban Studies
Title: Simcity
Number of sources: 0
Provide digital sources used: No
Paper format: MLA
# of pages: 5
Spacing: Double spaced
# of words: 1375
# of slides: ppt icon 0
# of charts: 0
Paper details:
SimCity is an online game that lets you design your own city… develop a detailed proposal that outlines the various ways in which the SimCity software could be enhanced to more realistically portray local political structure and organization of government, as well as the urban problems addressed by planners. The objective is to develop a proposal that clearly outlines how SimCity can move away from fantasy and closer to realism. The wicked nature of planning problems  The controversial nature of planning decisions  The common structure of municipal government in the US and the role of mayors  The use (and modification) of zoning and other land use controls  Restrictions on government takings and the use of eminent domain  Sources of revenue for local government (including taxes, bonds, and other sources)  The provision of public services and infrastructure  The role of private stakeholders in land use and planning decision-making  Factors affecting economic growth or decline  Strategies and tools for driving local economic development  Strategies for promoting home ownership and supporting low-income housing  Strategies for handling urban transportation needs and dealing with their impacts  Environmental problems and strategies for regulating these issues  Strategies for growth management and the protection of critical areas Also review the study guide, as well as the PowerPoints, for ideas on how well SimCity does or does not represent reality. Designing RealiCity Now that you have considered the various ways in which the game attempts to simulate real life, as well as its various limitations, it is time to propose your own “improved” version of the game: RealiCity Using the various strengths and weaknesses you’ve identified from the list above, craft a detailed proposal that covers each of these categories, as well as any other enhancements you feel should be made to the game. The primary objective for this project is to develop a proposal for a game that would simulate urban reality as closely as possible. You do not need to worry about how the game would be technically “programmed” (assume that those skills are available). You do, however, need to clearly describe how the game would be “played” with your proposed improvement made. Here is an example: Let’s say you want to include the option to designate a district for tax increment financing (TIF). In your proposal, you would explain how the player would create such a TIF designation, and how the game would then simulate what would occur in a TIF in real life. Your final proposal for your RealiCity game will be graded on the following three criteria:  How well did you recognize the various ways in which SimCity does not accurately reflect reality?  How well did you identify missing elements of reality that could be incorporated into the game?  How well did you incorporate the elements in a way that truly reflects the reality of city structure? There is no page limit for this project, as your assessment of the game and proposal for enhancements should be as detailed as possible, while still being clear, concise, and to-the-point Put in mind that i cannot provide the writer with the power point and they are not important. try to not be too detailed.
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SimCity; Urban Studies


Work type: Essay (any type)
Academic level: College (1-2 years: Freshmen, Sophomore)
Subject or discipline: Urban Studies
Title: SimCity
Number of sources: 0
Provide digital sources used: No
Paper format: MLA
# of pages: 6
Spacing: Double spaced
# of words: 1650
# of slides: ppt icon 0
# of charts: 0
Paper details:
SimCity is an online game that lets you design your own city… develop a detailed proposal that outlines the various ways in which the SimCity software could be enhanced to more realistically portray local political structure and organization of government, as well as the urban problems addressed by planners. The objective is to develop a proposal that clearly outlines how SimCity can move away from fantasy and closer to realism. The wicked nature of planning problems  The controversial nature of planning decisions  The common structure of municipal government in the US and the role of mayors  The use (and modification) of zoning and other land use controls  Restrictions on government takings and the use of eminent domain  Sources of revenue for local government (including taxes, bonds, and other sources)  The provision of public services and infrastructure  The role of private stakeholders in land use and planning decision-making  Factors affecting economic growth or decline  Strategies and tools for driving local economic development  Strategies for promoting home ownership and supporting low-income housing  Strategies for handling urban transportation needs and dealing with their impacts  Environmental problems and strategies for regulating these issues  Strategies for growth management and the protection of critical areas Also review the study guide, as well as the PowerPoints, for ideas on how well SimCity does or does not represent reality. Designing RealiCity Now that you have considered the various ways in which the game attempts to simulate real life, as well as its various limitations, it is time to propose your own “improved” version of the game: RealiCity Using the various strengths and weaknesses you’ve identified from the list above, craft a detailed proposal that covers each of these categories, as well as any other enhancements you feel should be made to the game. The primary objective for this project is to develop a proposal for a game that would simulate urban reality as closely as possible. You do not need to worry about how the game would be technically “programmed” (assume that those skills are available). You do, however, need to clearly describe how the game would be “played” with your proposed improvement made. Here is an example: Let’s say you want to include the option to designate a district for tax increment financing (TIF). In your proposal, you would explain how the player would create such a TIF designation, and how the game would then simulate what would occur in a TIF in real life. Your final proposal for your RealiCity game will be graded on the following three criteria:  How well did you recognize the various ways in which SimCity does not accurately reflect reality?  How well did you identify missing elements of reality that could be incorporated into the game?  How well did you incorporate the elements in a way that truly reflects the reality of city structure? There is no page limit for this project, as your assessment of the game and proposal for enhancements should be as detailed as possible, while still being clear, concise, and to-the-point Put in mind that i cannot provide the writer with the power point and they are not important. try to not be too detailed.

PUP 436 City Structure and Planning—Spring 2016; SimCity ( Mansoor )


Work type: Essay (any type)
Academic level: College (1-2 years: Freshmen, Sophomore)
Subject or discipline: Urban Studies
Title: SimCity ( Mansoor )
Number of sources: 0
Provide digital sources used: No
Paper format: MLA
# of pages: 6
Spacing: Double spaced
# of words: 1650
# of slides: ppt icon 0
# of charts: 0
Paper details:
SimCity is an online game that lets you design your own city… develop a detailed proposal that outlines the various ways in which the SimCity software could be enhanced to more realistically portray local political structure and organization of government, as well as the urban problems addressed by planners. The objective is to develop a proposal that clearly outlines how SimCity can move away from fantasy and closer to realism. The wicked nature of planning problems  The controversial nature of planning decisions  The common structure of municipal government in the US and the role of mayors  The use (and modification) of zoning and other land use controls  Restrictions on government takings and the use of eminent domain  Sources of revenue for local government (including taxes, bonds, and other sources)  The provision of public services and infrastructure  The role of private stakeholders in land use and planning decision-making  Factors affecting economic growth or decline  Strategies and tools for driving local economic development  Strategies for promoting home ownership and supporting low-income housing  Strategies for handling urban transportation needs and dealing with their impacts  Environmental problems and strategies for regulating these issues  Strategies for growth management and the protection of critical areas Also review the study guide, as well as the PowerPoints, for ideas on how well SimCity does or does not represent reality. Designing RealiCity Now that you have considered the various ways in which the game attempts to simulate real life, as well as its various limitations, it is time to propose your own “improved” version of the game: RealiCity Using the various strengths and weaknesses you’ve identified from the list above, craft a detailed proposal that covers each of these categories, as well as any other enhancements you feel should be made to the game. The primary objective for this project is to develop a proposal for a game that would simulate urban reality as closely as possible. You do not need to worry about how the game would be technically “programmed” (assume that those skills are available). You do, however, need to clearly describe how the game would be “played” with your proposed improvement made. Here is an example: Let’s say you want to include the option to designate a district for tax increment financing (TIF). In your proposal, you would explain how the player would create such a TIF designation, and how the game would then simulate what would occur in a TIF in real life. Your final proposal for your RealiCity game will be graded on the following three criteria:  How well did you recognize the various ways in which SimCity does not accurately reflect reality?  How well did you identify missing elements of reality that could be incorporated into the game?  How well did you incorporate the elements in a way that truly reflects the reality of city structure? There is no page limit for this project, as your assessment of the game and proposal for enhancements should be as detailed as possible, while still being clear, concise, and to-the-point Put in mind that i cannot provide the writer with the power point and they are not important. try to not be too detailed.
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