Gaining Momentum Project Area Plan, Pomona CA

Economic opportunity needs to be part of resilient communities

A new investigation and proposal for community transformation in Pomona, California highlights the need to integrate economic opportunity into community resiliency plans.

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The Complete Grid Plan for Rancho Cucamonga
The Complete Grid Concept developed by MLA Students for the City of Rancho Cucamonga.

Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Landscape Architecture Releases 2020 MLA Capstone Projects

Cal Poly Pomona has concluded its 2019-2020 academic year, a year noteworthy for the abrupt transition to distance-based education resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, Graduate Landscape Architecture students completed some impressive projects for Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, and Riverside, California.

phone displaying Strava App

Mobile Fitness Applications are Changing the Way Planners Understand Active Transportation

New technology along with modern trends in fitness activities are changing the way cities plan for active transportation and justify decision making. Chris Konieczny shows how cities are provided with immediate spatial information through these applications, offering a better way to understand and analyze active transit user behaviors.

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Tackling Two Giants with Tiny Alternatives

Many communities are turning to “Tiny homes” as a housing strategy to combat homelessness. Patricia Kaihara Arce asks if tiny homes are truly the panacea to provide new housing with minimal impact to the environment?

Photo of a Los Angeles Street

When will it be too Hot to Walk?

As global temperatures continue to rise, heat is an increasingly important factor in whether or not people choose to walk. Brian Neshek argues that If we do not create temperature-safe streets for pedestrians, they will likely to revert to car use and retreat into air-conditioned environments, further contributing to climate change.

Photo of Rancho Cucamonga Vineyards

Nostalgia Connects us to Place

How do architects, landscape architects, and planners effectively integrate nostalgia without falling into celebration or propaganda? Lana Jeries examines the case of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, to explore how a search for identity may be found in the past.

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Linkages & “Lackages”

A recent study found that car ownership among low-income populations in southern California has been increasing more than any other income group. Morgan Ruby examines the interaction between a lack of servicing and low ridership among those who need it most.

Solar Panel Installation

The Not-So-Green Side of Solar

As solar panels grow in popularity, questions arise in terms of their environmental impacts. Sancho Cagulada asks is the industry ready to support larger consumer populations while not posing harm to our environment?

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The Warehouse Next Door?

If the trends of e-commerce are to continue, we have to look for sustainable ways to keep up with the volume of deliveries by making them as efficient and impact-free as possible. Raquel Reynolds asks “How can warehousing be sustainably integrated into mixed-use facilities?”

Photo of a tiny house.

Tiny Home Communities for the Aging?

Young adults seeking flexibility in their living space, with fewer material objects, and even fewer financial ties to a permanent living space, have embraced the tiny home lifestyle. While this trend is popular among young adults, Brittney Seman suggests it may even more popular with aging individuals nearing retirement.

Solar farm in the desert

Can the Green New Deal be Truly Equitable?

The Green New Deal is meant as a comprehensive approach to creating equitable green jobs. But Ava Cheng asks: are green jobs an effective strategy to lift people out of poverty?

Photos of Portciuncula Center for Prayer, Frankfurt, IL

Unlikely Climate Champions

Solutions to environmental issues are being spearheaded by an unlikely group – older religious sisters and nuns. Lauren McKenna shares that their community principles and faith drives them to pursue creative projects that build community and climate resilience.

Woman waiting for bus in the sun.

When Trees are Absent

Numerous studies demonstrate that socioeconomic factors such as income, language barriers, education level, and rates of home ownership are variables that correlate to the number of trees in cities. Muriel Fernandez Replogle asks “What are the implications for residents in vulnerable communities where trees are absent, such as young expectant mothers?”

Complete Streets

What’s Up With (in)Complete Streets?

Many cities have adopted complete streets policies with the intention of improving accessibility, safety, and livability. Yet projects often come to a halt when met with staunch opposition. Dan Scheir argues a strong community engagement process is our best shot to create safer, and more livable streets for all people, not just cars.

Native Landscape

Your Landscape is not the Enemy

The recession in the early part of the 21st century led to abandonment of many landscapes in southern California for monetary savings. As we look to balance benefits with costs, Kay Kite reminds us that there is more to landscapes than water use and maintenance costs.

A crowded bus

Crowding Should not be the Goal of Public Transit

Saying that public transit is only effective because of crowding conflicts with the idea of making it accessible for everyone to use, says Laurel Skinner.

The capstone graduate studio in the Department of Landscape Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), has over 40 years of experience providing technical assistance to communities throughout California and around the world. Founded by Professor John T. Lyle (1934-1998), the studio has always sought to promote regeneration and resiliency, in response to pressing environmental challenges. Part of the process includes original writing by students on issues of central concern to their projects. This site will be used to share their work. Stay tuned for articles concerning transit, landscapes for climate change mitigation, neighborhood walkability, urban regeneration, green jobs, housing, and more. Our hope is that you will enjoy and share these works, as we expand the dialogue about community resiliency in the face of climate change.