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Looks Count! Community Planning and the Visual Environment An Interdisciplinary Middle School Unit for Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science LOOKS COUNT ! Community Planning and the Visual Environment An Interdisciplinary Middle School Unit
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An Interdisciplinary Middle School Unit for Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science
Community Planning and the Visual Environment
An Interdisciplinary Middle School Unit
for Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science
Dunn Foundation, Warwick, RI
Wege Foundation,Grand Rapids, MI
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Land Resource Project
(Land Use Projections for 2040)
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.”
“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….
communities of the Upper Great Lakes
on the outer edges of this Upper Peninsula community.
The new development in the foreground, does not blend well with the historic downtown in the background.
Signage can be attractive, or detract from a community’s visual character….
may end up in rivers and lakes.
new development CAN be compatible
with a communities’ cultural, historical,
and natural character.
with the historic character of
character of the area…
builiding is destined become the new location
for Michigan’s Mineral Museum
and renovated in a way that is compatible with
the original design. Another advantage, is the school is not moved out of town.
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.
with their original architecture and the historic
Character of the community?
to more modern building designs.
that are compatible with the community’s character.
Looks Count!Community Planning and the Visual EnvironmentAn Interdisciplinary Middle School Curriculum Unit for Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science
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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.
their hand at redesigning buildings and
streetscapes to enhance community character.
their enhancement plans for specific
streetscapes or neighborhoods in their town.
city council, school board, and parents what
they want their community to be like…