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looks count community planning and the visual environment

Looks Count!Community Planning and the Visual Environment

An Interdisciplinary Middle School Unit for Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science

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LOOKS COUNT !

Community Planning and the Visual Environment

An Interdisciplinary Middle School Unit

for Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science

Funded by

Dunn Foundation, Warwick, RI

Wege Foundation,Grand Rapids, MI

Developed by

Joan Chadde, Jean Dunstan, Linda Rulison, Ruth Ann Smith

Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics

& Environmental Education

Michigan Technological University

1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931-1295

Tel: 906-487-3341 Email: jchadde@mtu.edu

Website: www.wupcenter.mtu.edu

why is community land use planning needed in michigan
Why Is Community Land Use Planning Needed in Michigan?

Michigan Land Resource Project

(Land Use Projections for 2040)

  • Will lose 25% of farmland
  • Will lose land available for hunting
  • Increasing residential development along streams & lakes will impact trout fishing areas
  • Will lose 25% of timberland in southern Michigan

Website: http://www.ltm.msu.edu

Bill Rustem (517) 484-4954

“Once land use occurs, it is usually irreversible...

Michigan needs to decide if it wants to protect

farmland, forest and environment.”

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What is the

“cultural and natural character”

of the communities of the

Upper Great Lakes?

The following slides depict what is, what is coming, and what could be….

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Change is on the horizon for the

communities of the Upper Great Lakes

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Several large franchise stores have located

on the outer edges of this Upper Peninsula community.

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The new development in the foreground, does not blend well with the historic downtown in the background.

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In addition to stark visual contrasts between old and new, new development can also bring environmental impacts, such as…..

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These next pictures illustrate how

new development CAN be compatible

with a communities’ cultural, historical,

and natural character.

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A new fire station that blends

with the historic character of

the neighborhood.

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Adaptive reuse of historic mining buildings---this

builiding is destined become the new location

for Michigan’s Mineral Museum

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Historic school buildings can be enlarged

and renovated in a way that is compatible with

the original design. Another advantage, is the school is not moved out of town.

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In renovating their store (on left), the owners have capitalized on the historic features of the community, and restored their building to its original design, color and materials.

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Was the remodeling of these buildings consistent

with their original architecture and the historic

Character of the community?

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Franchises can be required to construct buildings

that are compatible with the community’s character.

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Looks Count!Community Planning and the Visual EnvironmentAn Interdisciplinary Middle School Curriculum Unit for Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science

View all 15 lessons online:

(http://wupcenter.mtu.edu/education/land_use/index.htm)

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Unit Objectives:

As part of the unit, students will:

a. Identify the character of their community and what makes their community visually appealing;

b. Describe how the visual environment impacts the economic, environmental and aesthetic qualities of their community;

c. Conduct surveys to determine community attitudes;

d. Understand how planning tools can be used to enhance a community's visual appearance and preserve community "character."

e. Become involved in shaping their community.

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Neighborhood View Teams - students try

their hand at redesigning buildings and

streetscapes to enhance community character.

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Students design display boards depicting

their enhancement plans for specific

streetscapes or neighborhoods in their town.

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Students present to county commissioners,

city council, school board, and parents what

they want their community to be like…