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Environment by Design | August 2019
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Environment by Design – August 2019

The EDRA Newsletter

 Vol 43, No 1 (2019)



EDRA51 Call for Proposals Now Open – Submit Your Proposal!

The EDRA51 Conference Committee invites you to submit your work and join fellow EDRAites for the 2020 conference in Tempe, Arizona.

The Design School at Arizona State University is delighted to be the local host organizing the conference. This year we take on the challenge to transform our design thinking and practice through meaningful connection with communities and environment toward positive paradigm shift in sustainability and resilience.

 EDRA50: Post-conference Updates








Member News

2019 Achievement Award Publication: Placemaking with Children and Youth

Authors: Victoria Derr, Louise Chawla, Mara Mintzer
Review by: Robert Nichols, EDRA Board of Directors (2018-2020) 

The 2019 Achievement Award publication, “Placemaking with Children and Youth”, containing 12 chapters, is a well-organized training and teaching guidance for youth and adults to live and work together throughout the primary, middle and high schools in the mainland and around the world. This publication provides an instrument of arts, design, playful, workshop, meeting, and travel to make a new strategy in the future of the community design services with the professionals, agencies, and organizations.  An instruction by participatory practices, an example of guidance, is very useful for beginners and advanced professionals and researchers to advise youth people a great deal to organize by them in groups.

Student Affairs

Contributed by Jinoh Park, Student Representative to the EDRA Board of Directors (2018-2019)

Student Workshop — On May 22nd, there was Graduate Student Mentoring Workshop at EDRA50. 12 EDRA student members had a great opportunity to improve their research qualities through perspectives of mentors: Alan Horwitz, Mohamed Cherif Amor, Sue Weidemann, Melissa Marsh, Varis Nott Niwatsakul, Christina Bollo, and Laura B. Cole. The Graduate Student Mentoring Workshop is an important legacy of EDRA as a virtuous circle of senior researchers and junior researchers. I hope someday these mentees will become mentors and help mentees in the future.

Student Happy Hour — On May 22nd, after the graduate student mentoring workshop, there was Student Happy Hour. Even though it was the first time event, there were 24 graduate student participants from all around the world. During the student happy hour, the students introduced their backgrounds and shared their research interests. They have common research themes: Environmental Research for a) Community, b) Methods, c) Well-being, d) Education, e) Housing, and f) Technology. Based on the themes, EDRA Student Research Network is going to be established by inviting EDRA student members. 

Student Awards — Kali Marnane’s “What Village Are You From? Understanding the origins and morphology of informal settlements in Ahmedabad, India” was selected as the EDRA50 Student Best Paper Award Winner after reviewing 23 student papers. Her paper shows high quality as much as every reviewer selected her paper as the prize winner. Also, in the Student Best Design Awards, there were two winners: Erin Colwell “Staying Power: Millennial Travel Behavior, Instagram Use, and Sustainable Hotel Design for Cities” and Kristy Kellom “A Design-Oriented Approach of Preparedness Against Active Shooters: A Case of Evaluating a University Student Lounge.” Five juries had scored 60 student posters, and the two winners’ posters got the same score up to decimal places. 

Industry News

Chicago aims to be ‘most accessible’ city in the nation, Lightfoot says

Posted: Jul 26, 2019 | Over a period of two years, the city will install up to 100 new traffic signals with audible beeps or vibrations to help people with blindness or low vision to cross the street, according to the mayor’s office. It’s one step towards making transportation available to all, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Friday. Read More

Urban planning: Building resilient cities for the future

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 | Over the past couple of decades, with the help of technology and strong policy measures, India’s disaster response mechanism, and specifically Odisha’s, has improved significantly. Read More

Member Feature Stories

EDRAite Spotlight: Chingwen Cheng
May 2019

“EDRA has been an invaluable resource and a wonderful family for supporting my work as a scholar, educator, practitioner, and an advocate for applying ecological design as a catalyst for social change. I am grateful that my mentor, Prof. Robert Ryan, introduced EDRA to me when I was a PhD student presenting in EDRA 44 for the first time. I was impressed by the interdisciplinary nature of the organization, the breadth and depth in addressing critical topics on people and environment around the world, and the dedication of EDRA for social justice. Read More on Instagram

EDRAite Spotlight: Kevin Manning
April 2019

”Seattle was in a deep recession when I graduated high school in 1970. There was no Starbucks, Microsoft or Amazon then. Boeing was the primary employer and it had just laid off half of its workforce and cut the salaries in half for those remaining, including my Father who was an engineer. He was reassigned to a “hail Mary” project called the 747. I was forced to take a mailroom job at Safeco Insurance as a supervisor while saving money for college. As I delivered mail to Safeco’s CEO, he and I would talk about a new twenty-two story tower Safeco was to build.  Read More on Instagram

EDRAite Spotlight: Sahar Mihandoust
March 2019

“I am a PhD candidate in Environmental and Interior design at the Texas Tech University. My first EDRA attendance was in 2015, Los Angeles, in which I had the opportunity to present the outcomes of my first year of PhD studies. I knew back then that EDRA was going to provide a unique opportunity for me to better identify and shape my research interests, and as I expected, it was a gateway for communicating with researchers coming from different disciplines and for understanding how research in evidence-based design categories was evolving in different parts of the world. Read More on Instagram

See more of "EDRAite Spotlight" Posts on Instagram @edra_environments


2 Recent Job Postings at EDRA Career Center

Chair, Department of Interior DesignUniversity of Florida, College of Design, Construction and Planning | Posted: 8/16/2019

Environmental DesignerProject for Public Spaces | Posted: 8/10/2019

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