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CCNY Team Scoops EPA RainWorks Challenge

An interdisciplinary team of City College of New York students including MLA first-year Uziel Crescenzi is the winner of The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge. Tasked with designing an innovative green infrastructure project that effectively manages stormwater runoff while benefiting the campus community and environment, the City College team devised the "Castor Project" (CP). The CP design presents a climate-informed, optimal system for campus-wide stormwater management and gives options to reduce stormwater runoff between 10% and 20% and increases permeable area from 8% to 9-10%. The CP includes an educational component to teach college and high school students about stormwater and water conservation. This plan signifies a step forward in improving stormwater management for New York City and campus sustainability for CCNY. The project got its name from the scientific term for the beaver (Castor canadesis), CCNY’s mascot. Taking a cue from the beaver’s role as a natural water manager, the team designed a master plan for campus-wide stormwater management. The plan calls for increasing tree canopy 15%, by adding 89 trees, and decreasing impervious area 38%, by adding 23,000 square feet of permeable surface. A water storage tank could capture up to 3,000 cubic feet of stormwater for gray-water usage. The other students, from the Grove School of Engineering and the Division of Humanities and the Arts, are Agata Bugala, environmental engineering; Alexander Fenichell, environmental engineering; Deanna Greene, advertising and public relations; and Lawrence Vulis, environmental engineering. Naresh Devineni and Krish Ramalingam from the department of civil engineering served as faculty advisors. Team leader Lawrence Vulis is also a NOAA-CREST intern, and Prof. Naresh Devineni is a faculty affiliate of NOAA-CREST. Green infrastructure strategies use or mimic natural processes--vegetation, soils, and rainwater harvesting--to reduce or eliminate stormwater runoff, help maintain water quality, and create healthier urban environments.

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M Arch Studio Sponsored by Cetra Ruddy

The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York is pleased to announce a partnership with CetraRuddy, an award-winning architecture, planning and design firm, for the development of a newly sponsored architectural studio for students in the Master of Architecture I Program. The new initiative, titled “CetraRuddy Design Studio in Housing: Exploring New and Established Modes of Living and the Meanings of Home,” will focus on designs for sustainable, multifamily housing. Graduate students will research the history and contemporary field of housing design, which will help them propose creative solutions that respond to diverse modes of living and emerging interpretations of homes. M Arch students will create and publish new housing research and will present the results publicly in an exhibition and an academic symposium. Students and faculty will also present their findings in publications, a blog and housing workshops. In addition, there will be internship placements for select students. Conceived by co-founders John Cetra, Spitzer School of Architecture alumnus, and Nancy J. Ruddy in 2016, the “CetraRuddy Design Studio in Housing” extends for five semesters beginning with the spring 2017 session. The faculty leaders for the project are Bradley Horn, an associate professor and director of the Master of Architecture Program, and associate professors June Williamson and Fabian Llonch.

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B Arch Student Honored in Architecture Exhibit

Shereese Trumpet, a student in her final year of the Bachelor of Architecture program, is one of 20 distinguished minority architects and designers featured in the Say It Loud exhibition, which celebrates the creative work of members of the National Organization of Minority Architects, New York Coalition of Black Architects. Trumpet is the only student featured in the show. Trumpet interviewed at nycobaNOMA and was asked questions about diversity in architecture. A recording of her answers is part of the exhibition, which highlights black, Hispanic, and Asian professionals across the United States. The display, at New York’s Center for Architecture, is on view until April 1. A native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trumpet credits a College Now course in architecture for her love of the field and choice of City College. “It’s more competitive and hard to get into,” said the 22-year-old CCNY Honors Program member. “Everyone I spoke to said, when you get out of City College, people in the architecture field know that you’re equipped to design buildings.” Her other accolades include the nycobaNOMA Diversity Award and the Center for Architecture Heritage Ball Scholarship in 2014. She was also one of six architecture students who designed and constructed a collapsible table for the Spitzer School’s Solar RoofPod.

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