What Happened?

In the beginning of 2013, I submitted a provocation of the Granary District (see description at bottom)  design process to Landscape Urbanism Magazine (online).  Ultimately, I wasn't selected.

Dear Jeremy,
Thank you for your submission to the Landscape Urbanism Journal. This issue's open call received a large outpouring of excellent submissions. We were very happy to read your piece, however at this time, we are not able to include it in the issue.
All best,
-Nick and Steph

Don't worry, I watched 'Silver Linings Playbook' thereafter and found my own glimmering thread from my work... It was a good start to my research, furthering interest, and future opportunities in sustainable urban theory and design. This is one (of many) area(s) I can see myself going to graduate school for.

-Which leads me to my next point-

The Conference on World Affairs is annually held at the University of Colorado-Boulder  FOR FREE!!! It is an amazing week of listening to, conversing with, and meeting experts / leaders in varying worldwide affairs. The bevy of thought-provoking presentations leads to (for what I believe) a momentous energy of new opportunities for all attendees.  Fortunately, I was able to speak to some interesting individuals like William Shutkin, Tom Gold, Allen Hershkowitz, Francesca Grifo, Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Zulfiqar Ahmed, Donald Gips, and Anne Goddard for the two days I was there.

I now have a follow-up call with the admissions director at Presidio University about their graduate school (MBA/MPA dual-program), courses they offer, and where many of their alumnus move after graduation. I think it will be a good learning experience and will help me chisel my graduate focus. It's hard to think about graduate school when you are starting a wonderful new job with National Geographic Maps next week. Nevertheless, I look forward to learning more about them and I at the same time.

Background Information RELATED TO THIS ARTICLE 

The Granary District is an urban (re)development / urban-crowdsourced initiative  being deployed in Salt Lake City. I was fortunate to hold a 3-month formal internship with The Kentlands Initiative (@kent_initiative) in early 2012.  Eight months later, I discovered the online magazine Landscape Urbanism and their call for submissions.  The chief editor, Sarah Kathleen Peck, called for us to rethink infrastructure as part of the transformation and re-imagination of the urban (developing) landscape.