January 2013 Update >>
A Message from
Hope you had a safe and wonderful holiday season. 2012 was a big year for ContextSensitiveSolutions.org: our webinars were more popular than ever; we added a plethora of new content from leading researchers, agencies and professionals; and we continued to improve the design and functionality of the website, newsletters and updates.
We would like to thank you, our audience, for your continued interest and support. We encourage you to keep contributing case studies, reports, news and events to the site, and your comments are always welcome.
The ContextSensitiveSolutions.org Team
Watch 2012’s Most Popular Webinars
With well over 1,000 people registered, our recent The Innovative DOT and Streets as Places webinars had long waiting lists and many in the CSS community were unable to participate. Fortunately, ContextSensitiveSolutions.org records and uploads all our webinars, including the entire 2012 Webinar Series:
Streets as Places (two installments)
The Innovative DOT
Leveraging Regional Collaborations to Build Healthy Communities
CSS and Tools for Visualization
Implementing Trails in the Urban, Suburban, and Rural Context
Americans with Disabilities Act and Context Sensitive Solutions
Recordings, slides and relevant resources from all the webinars can be found here.
44 New Case Studies, 13 States
Highlighting the widespread applicability and success of CSS, we've added over three dozen new case studies from around the country, including: Arizona, California, Kansas, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. And more are on the way!
Here are three of the best:
Review these exciting new cases and our entire database of over 350 case studies and projects here.
CSS on Youtube
We recently added four new videos to the site. Three of the videos take visitors on a tour of the superior outcomes that a CSS process accomplished in New Jersey, New Hampshire and Florida. The fourth is a meeting of the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials (NASTO).
Check out more CSS videos here.
CSS in Education
Last semester, the University of Maryland's departments of Urban Studies and Planning, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture and Real Estate Development held an interdisciplinary course focused around Context Sensitive Solutions. In 2013, ContextSensitiveSolutions.org will be highlighting the growing presence of CSS in education with resources, videos, syllabi and more. In the meantime, you can view the poster the UMD class will be presenting at TRB and read the impressions of two students.
View the poster as a high resolution PDF here.
...the course demonstrates a commitment by MAPP to educate professionals who are sensitive to local conditions and appreciate the value of working cooperatively with other disciplines.
Read more at University of Maryland's Student Planning Association, Context Sensitive Solutions: The next generation of transportation design.
National Dialog 2 Workshop Coming to North Carolina
After two extremely successful workshops in Springfield, Illinois and Lansing, Michigan, the second CSS National Dialog continues in February with another webinar/workshop in the fine state of North Carolina.
DOTs, policymakers, community groups, current and future transportation professionals will learn more about Context Sensitive Solutions and how it improves transportation processes and outcomes. The workshop will include: an up-to-date overview of Context Sensitive Solutions presentations on exemplary CSS projects, plans and programs from the surrounding region and an in depth discussion with a panel of expert professionals
The half-day workshop will be simultaneously webcast to allow a national audience to view and participate. Regional workshop participants are encouraged to attend on-site.
Registration for both the North Carolina workshop and the simultaneous webinar broadcast will be available shortly at the National Dialog 2 website. There you can also find recordings, slides, and materials from the Springfield and Lansing workshops.
Monumental changes at TDOT
The Nashville City Paper reports that despite the turbulent process of completing State Route 840, the outcomes achieved by partnering with the public and considering context have catalyzed agency level change.
“The construction of state Route 840 represents monumental efforts as well as monumental changes for TDOT. While the controversy over this last remaining section of the highway did delay its completion, the result is a project that preserves and protects the natural beauty of the area,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Through this process, the department has learned the value of community involvement and support and has forever changed the way it operates."
Read more at The City Paper, State Route 840 opening ends arduous, laborious and costly project.
Upcoming CSS Events
Our 2013 Webinar Series is set to launch shortly, check your inboxes for upcoming invitations.
View the full events calendar and upload your own events here.
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