SIU 4th year architecture students working with Encitra 4D model

SIU 4th year architecture students working with Encitra 4D model

Phil Jordan is working with Christer Linstrom developing an Encitra model for Santa Cruz that the studio will use for final presentation


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Assistant Prof McDonald spoke at APEC, Carbondale

 Assistant Prof McDonald gave a lunchtime presentation to APEC, Carbondale
Solar, Solar Everywhere
This program will discuss passive and active solar design from buildings to transportation and the new ideas about mobility, sustainability and resiliency.
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Assistant Prof McDonald to speak at USI

Assistant Professor McDonald is an invited speaker at the Fall USI (Unmanned Systems Institute) 2015 conference in September.

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Sabin Chakradhar

Received a Scholarship to attend the SBSE (Society of Building Science Educators) retreat in Highlands, NC this June.  Sabin will present a paper titled:  Energy Efficient Commercial Complex in Kathmandu

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On-Line Masters Student work presented in Sweden

Pod-Car City Conference – Arlanda Airport-

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TRB/AUVSI “Envisioning Automated Vehicles within the Built Environment: 2020, 2035, 2050 workshop

TRB/AUVSI “Envisioning Automated Vehicles within the Built Environment: 2020, 2035, 2050 workshop Proceedings now posted: TRB/AUVSI Symposium Workshop Proceedings:

This link is a brief interview about the workshop that occurred the day of the workshop, enjoy and keep thinking about the future!

A brief proceedings of the workshop will be posted on the main TRB/AUVSI symposium web site in September 2014:

So, until the book is written, THIS SUMMER A BOOK ON 2014 TRB/AUVSI SYMPOSIUM BY SPRINGER WILL BE RELEASED here are a few more of the videos from the conference:

Additionally, I set up a category on my website, so I have a central place for some of my own thoughts on what others are saying about autonmous vehicles as well as the story about what life might be like for my kids in 25 years:

This ancillary all-day workshop presented the opportunity to focus on the policy and built environment issues related to automated vehicle use. The workshop committee focused the event on assisting Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s) in their efforts to address these new technologies. The workshop was financially supported by: UCDavis, National Center for Sustainable Transportation, Southern California Association of Governments, ARUP, Kimley Horn, Fehr & Peers, and NCIT, National Center for Intermodal Transportation.

Steve Shladover started the day with an overview of the symposium, and then in order for the workshop attendees to have a base of knowledge several handouts were distributed titled Technology Application Pathways to Commercialization. In the interest of addressing the built environment three generic design sites were created: Streets and Roadway, Neighborhood and District and Regional for use in the hand-on workshop. Seven scenarios were developed and participants had the ability to choose the scenario group in which they wanted to take part. 110 participants took part in some or all of the day’s agenda, representing a wide set of backgrounds and disciplines. Nine scenario groups formed each with a committee member and one or two facilitators to enable the discussions and drawings.

In the interactive workshop, participants discussed and envisioned the built environment impacted by automated vehicle technologies. Small, multi-disciplinary teams of experts combining knowledge of a wide range of fields – city planning, infrastructure and architecture, car design, engineering, software and systems – collaborated on six different chosen scenarios. Each team started with all three design sites (streets/roadway, neighborhood/district and regional scales) described in words, images, maps and diagrams. Scenarios were developed with a time-horizon and presence of specified types of vehicles with varying degrees of shared mobility, connected vehicle technology, and autonomous operation. The Scenario groups generated, through different interactive methods and writing/visualizing techniques, “after” scenarios in order to think through the challenges and benefits to our built environment that an autonomous mobility future can hold. Each team briefly presented their outputs at the end of the workshop for feedback and discussion with the wider set of participants.



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8 year accreditation 6 met with distinction ratings

On Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM, John Dobbins <> wrote:

Eight is suddenly one of my favorite numbers.  So is 2021…

 We received word that the Master of Architecture degree at SIU Carbondale was re-accredited for the maximum term possible, eight years!  Whoo hoo!

To brag a bit – Harvard University received five “Met with Distinction” ratings on the 32 Student Performance Criteria that the NAAB uses to review programs.  SIU Carbondale received SIX Met with Distinction ratings!  Some other comparisons – UIUC had 4, U of Michigan had 2, and Washington University STL had 5 Met with Distinctions in their last reviews.  Try not to talk down to anyone you know at those schools…

Thank you everyone for all the work each of you put into this effort!  It is always a team effort to achieve this kind of outcome!

Visit if you would like to read the Visiting Team Report.  It is now posted for public review as required by the NAAB.

I added this sentence to our web page about accreditation:  Next visit: 2021.  So now you know why I am suddenly so fond of the numbers 8 and 2021!  2021 seems so far away!

John K. Dobbins, Associate Professor, Head of Graduate Studies in Architecture



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