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The six-foot model of Medford with moveable wood blocks depicting buildings might evoke memories of kindergarten. But Gerardo Sandoval and James Rojas use the model as a tool for conducting public outreach because it allows residents to interact with their city in a personal way, which helps planners gain insight to changes people want in their neighborhoods.

Leading urban designer and architect Stellan Fryxell joined SCI at the University of Oregon for three days at the end of February.  As part of his Expert in Residence visit, he conducted two public lectures and receptions at campuses in Eugene and Portland, and participated in a round-table discussion with students, hosted by the American Institute of Architects and American Society of Landscape Architects student chapters.

By Nicole Ginley-Hidinger

   Open space can be almost anything: parks, natural wetlands, riparian areas, which is the surrounding land around waterways, even golf courses can qualify. In fact, Oregon law states that open space is “any land area so designated by an official comprehensive land use plan adopted by any city or county.” In other words, open space is anything designated as open space. It’s fairly broad.

By Nicole Ginley-Hidinger 

A lot of student work goes to waste. After brilliant plans, layouts, and other assignments are turned in for a final grade, the reports, essays, and drawings are crammed into the back of a closet and forgotten about. SCYP changes that by creating a partnership between the University and a nearby city. Students get the chance to pitch ideas on real-world projects while cities get a wide array of proposals that they can incorporate into the development and growth of sites and programs.