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Planning and Design: Sarah Whiting
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Presentation by Sarah Whiting, Rice University. Given at the 2011 Urban Systems Symposium, as part of the Planning and Design panel.

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  • a drawing-over-photo diagram of sewer/electrical/storm drain systems on a suburban street. It's from the Urban Land Institute's Technical Bulletin #13, page 1 (cover image).
  • The first is a plumbing diagram of the mortgage approvals process, and there are two versions of it attached. It's from NARA, RG31 Records of the FHA, "Program Correspondence of the Assistant Commissioner for Operations, 1936-1956," Box 7. Folder, "Organizational Charts."
  • 45 Million passengers move through Schipol each yearMomentarily, these passengers also pass through the 130 thousand –person Harleemmermeer Municipality. The daily transient airport population exactly matches that of the municipaility. Existing nearby highway and train infrastructures further amplify the site’s accessibility
  • n 1967, following Rudolph’s tenure as dean of the Yale School of Architecture, the Ford Foundation commissioned him to do a study of the Lower Manhattan Expressway project. The idea for an expressway connecting the Holland Tunnel with the east side of Manhattan was, of course, nothing new. City planners had conceived of such a project in the ’30s and Moses, with his broad brushstrokes across the New York City canvas, envisioned three major expressways in Manhattan: the Lower Manhattan Expressway, using Broome Street as a corridor; an elevated midtown route that would punch through skyscrapers; and a third expressway uptown coursing through Central Park. Moses attempted to break ground several times throughout the next three decades. By the 1960s, however, with a trail of condemned lots, razed blocks and miles and miles of new highways behind him, the City and Governor Rockefeller had finally grown tired of his particular brand of public works and, perhaps, his hubris. In 1961, Jane Jacobs published her famous tome about preserving the social fabric of the city, very much in reaction to Moses, and this contributed to and reflected his waning influence. In 1968, Moses was removed from his position and his LoMEX project was demapped and eventually canceled.Into this atmosphere of Moses disfavor and a nascent, outspoken preservation movement entered the Gropius-trained, modernist Paul Rudolph. From 1967-1972, with the continuous financial backing of the Ford Foundation, Rudolph devoted himself to this study.
  • Our sound barrier consists of three components:-- 15 thousand acoustic/solar panels--a continuous inclined surface-- vertical walls
  • Planning and Design: Sarah Whiting

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    24. 24. “January, 23 2009: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has announced the winner of the ‘Create a Barrier of Silence’ design competition. The winning design for an innovative noise-reduction facility at Runway 18R-36L is the ‘Ecobarrier’ submitted by Toine van Goethem. Of all entries, the Ecobarrier achieved the highest scores in terms of sustainability, innovation, and noise reduction.”<br />