School of Planning
Impacting Urban Futures
Welcome to the School of Planning DAAPWorks website. We are proud to present the graduating work for the 2022 cohort, which positively impact our urban futures. Our various undergraduate and graduate programs - from Bachelors to PhD - are all dedicated to experience-based learning, research, and service to communities. Impacting Urban Futures to us means providing an inclusive environment where innovation and freedom of intellectual inquiry flourish for livable and sustainable futures. We invite you to see the graduating work for each of our programs.
Plans created by planners will significantly impact the daily lives of people in a community. Community engagement is extremely relevant to planners to establish relationships and to gain trust and support from the public. This capstone course represents the culmination of student time in the School of Planning. Working closely with professionals in the City of Cincinnati’s Department of City Planning and Engagement (DCPE) and the Office of Performance and Data Analytics (OPDA), students have developed ArcGIS Hubs to explore the use of information technology in supporting community engagement.
This capstone continues the sequence of a co-requisite with seminar where literature review is emphasized through structured research questions targeting qualitative and quantitative understanding of Landscape Performance. Working with SOP's Mill Creek Cluster Group, this studio is asked to develop site specific study of an extended trail system of the CROWN along the Mill Creek. Designers explore how landscape change can be measured through indicators of Ecosystem Services. Final design scale resolution is represented by strong graphic communication describing how the proposed landscape functions and how it is experienced.
This capstone is uniquely relatable to a planning practicum with collaborative foundations. The aligned disciplines of urban planning, design, and studies join together to provide a more comprehensive approach to planning, design exploration, and policy making. This project considers the ways in which networked investments and shared information focused on conservation of energy, water, and transportation resources for large community actors can be mapped onto smaller neighborhood players as well as other valuable community assets. Issues of equity, resilience, climate change, and pandemic recovery are highlighted in this work.
The Senior Project is a culmination of studies that is the capstone experience in Horticulture. Individual or group projects are advanced applications of undergraduate skills, principles, and knowledge, combining field experience and classroom work in horticultural science, plant health, urban landscapes, or sustainable landscape design and construction. Projects are based on service to the community, usually within the metropolitan area of Cincinnati. This year, students partnered with Saint Xavier high School in Cincinnati to meet with school faculty, students, and environmental professionals to develop a restoration and management plan for forested parcels of school grounds. Students focused studies in four areas including ecological management of the site, incorporating opportunities for Saint Xavier student growth through education programming and spiritual reflection, and creating a management structure for ensured success.