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Events - 2018 
Creative Glassboro Community Placemaking Workshop, Glassboro Town Center, NJ  


On March 22, 2018, we partnered with Creative Glassboro to organize a community placemaking workshop in order to revamp Glassboro Town Center and make it a lively and more user-friendly destination. About 40 local artists, residents, and stakeholders attended the event at Rowan University Art Gallery. This workshop was a part of Creative Glassboro's first ever Meet & Greet event as an advisory committee of the borough.


Photo credit: Iris Richardson

Community Design Workshop, Philadelphia, PA  


On February 21, 2018, we partnered with Temple University, New Kensington Community Development Corporation, and Memphis Street Academy to organize a community design workshop to generate urban design ideas for vacant and underused old industrial lands near Lehigh Viaduct in Philadelphia. This event was part of our EPA-sponsored Brownfields area-wide planning project. About 50 community residents, business owners, developers, and other stakeholders participated in this event and offered their valuable design ideas. Faculty and students from Rowan and Temple University assisted us with event organization and group facilitation. Click here to see all photos. 

Community Visioning & Listening Meeting, Glassboro, NJ  


On January 30, 2018, we organized a community visioning and listening meeting to exchange ideas around the proposed Arts and Entertainment Districts in downtown Glassboro, NJ. Our partner Glassboro Borough hosted and promoted the event. Despite the bad weather, 32 residents, business owners, and other stakeholders attended this interactive meeting and participated in various activities. A detailed report on the dialogues and exchanges will be created and shared in the near future. Dr. Mahbubur Meenar (project director), Megan Bucknum (event planner and main facilitator), Dr. John Hasse, Dr. Jennifer Kitson, and seven students represented Rowan University (Amber Brown-Kelly, Errin Edwards, Joseph Foti, Evan Hirschmann, Bill Kirkpatrick, Kira Rose, and Shane Walsh). We will organize more events or activities throughout the spring semester. Click here to see all photos.

GIS & Geovisualization Workshop @ National Summer Transportation Institute  


On July 10, 2018, Dr. Mahbubur Meenar conducted a half-day GIS and Geovisualization workshop. The workshop was a part of the 6-week National Summer Transportation Institute 2018, organized by CREATEs at Rowan University. Twenty-five high school students participated in this workshop through a competitive selection process across the state. Cassie Shugart, a former student of the Geography, Planning, and Sustainability department, assisted Dr. Meenar and presented several class projects. Workshop activities also included a lecture, GIS labs, impromptu group projects, and student presentations. 

Crowd Mapping Workshop, Glassboro, NJ  


On November 1, 2018, we partnered with Creative Glassboro to organize a Crowd Mapping workshop, facilitated by Thomas Young, Creative Director of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (NCCP) and hosted by Nexus Properties. About 25 local residents, students, and stakeholders attended the event. Attendees—divided into five groups—participated in self guided walking tours, created an inventory of existing cultural/creative assets, and identified opportunities for future creative initiatives. Data collected from this event will be used in Glassboro Cultural Mapping project, an initiative of Creative Glassboro and led by NCCP Executive Director Leonardo Vazquez. Click here to see all photos.

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