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Submission Fail: Landscape Urbanism Magazine

Submission Fail: Landscape Urbanism Magazine

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.

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Mold the Fit

Almost 60 days have eclipsed 2013 and I've realized the central theme to my year.

  • In 2010, it started with becoming a healthy individual. (I lost ~60 pounds / 4.1 stones) This accomplishment lead to simplifying and minimizing the physical assets of living in the (generalized) obese society of the United States.
  • In 2011, it was eloquent and precise communication, followed by cardiovascular expansion, and the beginning of altruism.
  • In 2012, it was the exploration and discovery of my intimate surroundings, problem-solving, project leadership/management, and cultivating loving relationships

Synonyms for 2013: Alignment, Flow, Fit, Groove, Symbiotic, Wavelength, Complementary, Leverage, Combine, Mold, Evolve, Synchronicity, Intertwined, Shared-Vision, Relationships, Natural

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Fit is the theme. I'm building relationships with new and interesting people in order to combine forces/power for positivity. I want to align myself with complementary individuals and organizations to enable creation out of a shared-vision. I want this post to foreshadow the personal and professional future development of my life and others.  If you believe we can have a intertwined ascension, please contact me and explain how we can smile together.

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I moved to Denver 46 days ago after resigning from my 'program assistant / GIS technician' position with Salt Lake County Government. Consequently, I'm happier to be unsure of my future than I was 3 months ago. Uncertainty is driving me to a mental and physical edge. Teetering on circumference of life is then blend of comfort and discomfort that makes everyday worth living.

I don't like to be out of my comfort zone, which is about a half an inch wide. -Larry David

I believe that you can create a half-inch wide comfort zone through time, hard-work, consistency, pursuit, dedication, vision, and effort. What do you think?

Thank you for being patient with my lack of post-frequency. I was trying to feature the GIS Parking Analysis on the homepage while creating my next geodesign opportunity.

Onwards!

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Local CartoLove

Thanks to Justin Holman, I stumbled across the extent(PNW) and Bostonography websites today.  These two sites demonstrate what local cartographers can do in their free time and (mostly) free data. Nick Martinelli and Derek Watkins created extent(PNW). Both graduated from the University of Oregon and were disciples of Jim Meachem and the InfoGraphics lab.  Here is an example of their work from their site.  Please go check them out and hire them for your geospatial needs.

Andy Woodruff, (Axis Maps) & Tim Wallace, PhD Candidate (UW-Madison Geography) created Bostonography.  Both are Bostonians and love their city.  They have a great variety of localized work ranging from a liquor accessibility study, typographic map designs, interactive cartography (based on crowdsourced neighborhood perception), to [my favorite - baseball related] rivalry map of Red Sox and Yankee radio stations in the Northeast (and throughout the United States).   Please go check them out and hire them for your geospatial needs.

Both cartographic explorations of the Pacific Northwest and Boston are beautiful examples of how design, geospatial data, and passion for place can come together.  

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