Letter from the Chair and Co-Chair
 Technology is driving many changes throughout our society. Things that seem unrelated can create mammoth shifts to our culture. As an example, e-readers and tablets have begun to offset book stores and libraries. Netflix and the Internet impact the long-term status of movie theaters. New technologies may also counter the skyrocketing cost of higher education by providing more off-campus venues such as online courses.
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Wayfinding: The Value of Knowing How to Get There
Planners, business associations, governments, visitors, and residents are becoming more aware of the importance of attractive and informative wayfinding signage to help them steer through the complexities and appreciate the changing environment of a city setting. Incorporating a signage and wayfinding system as part of the planning process is critical to the effectiveness of an overall revitalization strategy.
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Mentorship: Sharing Expertise With New Professionals
Most organizations tend to be reactive rather than proactive about what is expected of employees to be complete professionals. For example, what are the skill sets that trained Landscape Architects are expected to have? What would success look like? How can we harness the tremendous talents of the elder professional? These are just a few of the questions that landscape architects and individuals hiring them should ask, especially in this current economic climate. A mentorship program may be useful in addressing these questions.
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Downtown San Jose: A Success Story of Redevelopment
During the 1950s and 60s, downtown San Jose fell victim to the nationwide trends of urban renewal and suburbanization. Buildings were razed and storefronts boarded. Businesses and residents moved out. The tax base dropped. Little, if any, investment existed in the once vibrant Downtown of the 1930s and 40s.
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Letter from the Chair and Co-Chair
Wayfinding: The Value of Knowing How to Get There
Mentorship: Sharing Expertise With New Professionals
Downtown San Jose: A Success Story of Redevelopment
 

 

Stan Clauson, ASLA, Chair
(970) 925-2323
stan@scaplanning.com