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- 16 squares : the heart of BlacksburgSteika, Kim; Deshpande, Kartiki Milind; Strumfiled, Jonathan (Virginia Tech. Community Design Assistance Center, 2008-07-01)CDAC worked with the 16 Squares Committee of Blacksburg to bring together an overview of historic information to cast a vision for what can be done in both the short and long term to identify, educate, preserve, and develop.
- The 2001 Virginia Rural Homeless SurveyKoebel, C. Theodore; Murphy, Michelle; Brown, Adam (Virginia Center for Housing Research, 2001-09)The Virginia Center for Housing Research was commissioned by the Virginia Housing Study Commission, the Virginia Interagency Action Council for the Homeless, and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to conduct this research in response to House Joint Resolution 257 requesting a study of the number and needs of homeless people living in rural areas of the Commonwealth.
- 2013 Virginia Residential Real Estate Appraiser Remuneration: Survey And ReportSanderford, Andrew R.; Boyle, Kevin J.; McCoy, Andrew P.; Xu, Weibin; Jones, Melissa M. (Virginia Center for Housing Research, 2014-10-09)This report describes the results from a survey of Virginia real estate appraisers. The survey was conducted by the Virginia Center for Housing Research and the Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate in the spring of 2014 and focused on fees paid for residential real estate appraisals in Virginia in 2013.
- 3D Time-Based Aural Data Representation Using D⁴ Library’s Layer Based Amplitude Panning AlgorithmBukvic, Ivica Ico (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-07)The following paper introduces a new Layer Based Amplitude Panning algorithm and supporting D⁴ library of rapid prototyping tools for the 3D time-based data representation using sound. The algorithm is designed to scale and support a broad array of configurations, with particular focus on High Density Loudspeaker Arrays (HDLAs). The supporting rapid prototyping tools are designed to leverage oculocentric strategies to importing, editing, and rendering data, offering an array of innovative approaches to spatial data editing and representation through the use of sound in HDLA scenarios. The ensuing D⁴ ecosystem aims to address the shortcomings of existing approaches to spatial aural representation of data, offers unique opportunities for furthering research in the spatial data audification and sonification, as well as transportable and scalable spatial media creation and production.
- "A" Street Linear ParkWatson, Kim; Cappelleri, Brandon; Hershey, Jon (Virginia Tech. Community Design Assistance Center, 2006-05)The proposed “A” Street Linear Park is located in Abingdon, Virginia on a narrow 3.5 acre strip of land adjacent to the Norfolk Southern rail line and “A” Street. The purpose of this project was to develop a park design for the site that accommodates passive recreation and a connection to the existing Virginia Creeper Trail. The park will provide the town and surrounding neighborhood with a passive recreational space that caters to all age groups.
- Abingdon Elementary School Discovery TrailWatson, Kim; Parvinia, Mandana; Brown, Nathan (Virginia Tech. Community Design Assistance Center, 2006-02)Outdoor classrooms are fast becoming a popular installation at public and private elementary, intermediate, and high schools across the country. The idea behind an outdoor classroom is to bring the classroom learning into the outdoors, teaching topics ranging from biology to climatology to geology. This project was initiated by the Coalition for Jobs and the Environment, with the desire to provide the school with an outdoor classroom on its campus. The vision was broadened to include a “discovery trail” with a series of learning stations along its route. These learning stations would educate students on topics dealing with the outdoors, natural systems, and the built environment.
- Abingdon, VA: William King Museum of Art Conceptual Campus Master PlanProctor, Nicholaus; Gilboy, Elizabeth; Blackburn, Grayson; Waterman, Holly (Virginia Tech. Community Design Assistance Center, 2019-08-16)The William King Museum of Art (WKMA) sits on approximately 22 acres of land north of Main St. in Abingdon, Virginia. The William King Museum of Art is a premier visual arts facility in the region, offering outstanding fine world art, contemporary regional art, and cultural heritage exhibits that change frequently. The outdoor grounds that surround the main facility are underutilized but have great potential to become a multi-faceted public park, which will be essential as WKMA expands their programmed activities. A campus master plan would identify appropriate uses that would transform the WKMA campus into an outdoor destination for WKMA patrons and visitors to the Abingdon area. This community-driven space would encourage collaboration between many different groups in the region. Artists, performers, educators, naturalists, athletes, families, and businesses could all benefit from the renovated grounds. The proposed features would facilitate healthy living and exercise, sustainability, community engagement, creative thinking, and play. Improved grounds would provide space for athletic, educational, and public events that could bring in participants from outside the community thus boosting the local economy and tourism in this region. The grounds would also provide a beautiful space for local schools and organizations that would benefit the town and the Museum. Ultimately, renovating the grounds of the Museum would create a space in which art and nature could be in conversation with the broader community.
- Abner Clay Park Conceptual Master PlanGilboy, Elizabeth; Steika, Kim; Sexton, Adam; Wallace, I. Caroline (Virginia Tech. Community Design Assistance Center, 2010-05)Abner Clay Park is a neighborhood park in Historic Jackson Ward that occupies a portion of the block bounded by Brooks Road, Clay Street, Leigh Street, and Adams Street. Current park amenities include a tot lot, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, and an "urban plaza" with a covered gazebo. The park is surrounding primarily by residences and civic institutions such as churches and schools. Immediately adjacent to the park are basketball courts and the former Armstrong High School, which is now the Adult Career Development Center (ACDC). Ebenezer Baptist Church and the First Battalion Armory of the Virginia Volunteers (now vacant) overlook into the open field from Leigh Street. The Virginia Fire and Police Museum, Bojangles Monument, and the Black History and Cultural Center of Virginia are all just one block away from the park.
The plaza-like section of the Abner Clay Park near the intersection of Brooks Road and Clay Street, is currently underutilized. All seating was removed to deter unwanted loitering. Unfortunately, this leaves residents with no place to sit and enjoy the space informally on a day-to-day basis, or during more programmed special events. The plaza area serves as a meeting place, a starting point for tours, and a location for some neighborhood events such as the health fair. Other spaces in the park are undefined or uninviting and attract undesirable activity.
- Acutely enhancing affective state and social connection following an online dance intervention during the COVID-19 social isolation crisisHumphries, Ashlee; Tasnim, Noor; Rugh, Rachel; Patrick, Morgan; Basso, Julia C. (2023-01-16)The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many throughout the world to isolate themselves from their respective communities to stop the spread of disease. Although this form of distancing can prevent the contraction of a virus, it results in social isolation and physical inactivity. Consequently, our communities have become heavily reliant on digital solutions to foster social connection and increase physical activity when forced to isolate. Dance is a multidimensional form of physical activity that includes sensory, motor, cognitive, rhythmic, creative, and social elements. Long-term, interventional studies in dance have shown positive effects on both mental and social health; however, little has been done to examine the acute effects and no studies to date have explored the relationship between the affective state and social outcomes of dance. We examined the hypothesis that online dance is associated with improvements in affective state and social connection during a time of social isolation, namely, the COVID-19 crisis. Healthy adults (age ≥ 18; n = 47) engaged in a single session of 60 min of self-selected online dance, completing a series of validated self-reported questionnaires before and after class. We found that online dance was associated with improvements in affective state as measured by increased positive affect and self-esteem and decreased negative affect and depressive symptoms. Additionally, online dance was associated with improvements in social and community connectedness. Further, we found that those who experienced the largest increases in self-esteem and decreases in negative affect demonstrated the largest gains in social connectivity. Although in-person dance classes may be optimal for formalized dance training, online dance instruction offers an accessible platform that can provide mental and social health benefits during the COVID-19 social isolation crisis. We conclude that through online dance, individuals can experience a connection between the body, mind, and community.
- Addressing the Impact of Housing for Virginia’s EconomyVirginia Coalition of Housing and Economic Development Researchers (Governor’s Housing Conference, 2017-11)In October 2014, Governor McAuliffe issued Executive Order (EO) 32, “Advancing Virginia’s Housing Policy,” to “identify and implement actions to enable quality, affordable housing, which will strengthen families and communities and foster economic growth.” The Housing Policy Advisory Council (HPAC) was thus established under the leadership of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to help guide the development and implementation of Virginia’s housing policy. A key directive of EO 32 was identifying the links between housing and economic and community development. To this end, the HPAC commissioned a study from a consortium of researchers at Virginia Tech, George Mason University, The College of William and Mary, and Virginia Commonwealth University, with the premise that successful housing policy must be based on independent analytic findings and best practices. The collaborative research of the four universities provides key information on the Commonwealth housing sector, focusing on the economic impact of housing, future scenarios impacting housing needs, and links between housing and other key policy sectors. This report summarizes the research conducted by the four universities and the implications for Virginia’s housing policy development. The report is designed to assist stakeholders and policymakers think more creatively and collaborate more intensely at the state, regional, and local levels as Virginia strives to build on the successes of the past and meet the pressing housing challenges facing the commonwealth. The entirety of the research is included in nine supplemental appendices listed below: Appendix Report 1: Economic Impacts Of Virginia’s Housing Industry Appendix Report 2: Housing The Commonwealth's Future Workforce 2014-2024 Appendix Report 3: Housing Affordability, Msa Gap Analyses Appendix Report 4: Housing And Transportation Appendix Report 5: Virginia Housing Production Affordability Findings Appendix Report 6: Housing And Economic Opportunity Appendix Report 7: Housing, Education, And Economic Development - Literature Appendix Report 8: Housing, Health, And Economic Development - Literature Appendix Report 9: The Future Of Housing In Virginia
- Aegis Audio Engine: Integrating a Real-Time Analog Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition, and a Procedural Soundtrack in a Live Twelve-Perfomer Spectacle With Crowd ParticipationBukvic, Ivica Ico; Matthews, Michael (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-07)In the following paper we present Aegis: a procedural networked soundtrack engine driven by real-time analog signal analysis and pattern recognition. Aegis was originally conceived as part of Drummer Game, a game-performancespectacle hybrid research project focusing on the depiction of a battle portrayed using terracotta soldiers. In it, each of the twelve cohorts—divided into two armies of six—are led by a drummer-performer who issues commands by accurately drumming precomposed rhythmic patterns on an original Chinese war drum. The ensuing spectacle is envisioned to also accommodate large audience participation whose input determines the morale of the two armies. An analog signal analyzer utilizes efficient pattern recognition to decipher the desired action and feed it both into the game and the soundtrack engine. The soundtrack engine then uses this action, as well as messages from the gaming simulation, to determine the most appropriate soundtrack parameters while ensuring minimal repetition and seamless transitions between various clips that account for tempo, meter, and key changes. The ensuing simulation offers a comprehensive system for pattern-driven input, holistic situation assessment, and a soundtrack engine that aims to generate a seamless musical experience without having to resort to cross-fades and other simplistic transitions that tend to disrupt a soundtrack’s continuity.
- Affordable Housing Demand in Henrico County, Chesterfield County and City of RichmondKoebel, C. Theodore; Byrd, Kevin R. (Virginia Center for Housing Research, 2004-01)This report assesses the demand for affordable housing in Henrico County, Chesterfield County, and the City of Richmond. The report This report shows the housing demand has continued to grow steadily in Henrico and Chesterfield Counties in both the owner and renter housing markets. However, in contrast, ownership demand decreased in the City of Richmond. The report projects this decline to accelerate during the next ten years.
- Agricultural barn : conceptual design project reportGilboy, Elizabeth; Schellhammer, Christopher; Duda, Lauren; Kwon, Melanie; Saeidi-Rizi, Fatemeh (Virginia Tech. Community Design Assistance Center, 2013-04-01)Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) is a fraternal organization for those interested in all forms of agriculture. The Virginia Tech Chapter resides in a historic home surrounded by 6 acres of land on the western side of US 460. The proposed structure will have a responsibility to the programmatic needs and general budgetary limits of the AGR organization, a responsibility to the heritage of the historical site, a responsibility to the local viewsheds from surrounding roads, and to Blacksburg town regulations.
- Aiguablava Case study Stgilat HomeRuiz Geli, Enrique (2019-06-04)A pilot house connects the most avant-garde technology with the mediterranean lifestyle The Stgilat Aiguablava villa by Enric Ruiz-Geli / Cloud 9 is a pilot project based on a Smart version of Mediterranean Architecture, with the most advanced technology, digital manufacturing, sustainable and integrated in the Empordà and Costa Brava environment. - For the main house we have worked on a reinvention of the Catalan Volta developed with advanced fiberglass structure engineering. - The study has collaborated with the prestigious Art Center College of Design Pasadena for the design of an experimental pavilion, which is defined as a "Mediterranean case study", adjacent to the house. - For this project, next generation materials have been used to create light and sustainable structures. A mediterranean case study The number one goal of this project is not to make a villa, it is to make a "Case Study". Ruiz-Geli points out references such as Richard Neutra or Eames to define this concept. In the 50s, Richard Neutra established in Los Angeles a new form of construction with prefabricated elements, with rapid manufacturing and assembly. This supposed a revolution, saving the costs and giving access to these houses to the middle class. Charles and Ray Eames introduced aluminum in the production of prefabricated parts. In the same way, Stgilat Aiguablava defines a pilot project that has as a script the Mediterranean Architecture in Smart version, with the most advanced technology, digital manufacturing, sustainable, integrated in nature, bringing innovation to the Empordà and the Costa Brava, thinking that the territory is a landscape of added value that agglutinates culture. The client of this project is a Suiss family, passionate about Mediterranean culture and lifestyle, and whose priority was the quality of architecture and R&D&I , putting them ahead of luxury, to achieve a space of well-being. Under this premise, Enric Ruiz-Geli proposes architecture that generates sensorial, corporal experiences, on every level, with a holistic approach. The main housing: Reinvention of the Catalan Volta The Catalan Volta configures the main house, a large space like the Empordà farmhouses that articulate the interior life of the house. The innovation here means to continue with the trajectory of the Catalan Volta, a technique that has extraordinary advantages: it is a Mediterranean material, it only works in compression, it presents very satisfactory energy performance, since it produces freshness inside in a scenario of external heat and exhibits thermal inertia in a winter scenario. It is also a material with porosity and generates good natural breathing for the people who inhabit it. Arcs with minimal possible material were designed, being both light and efficient. The reinvention of the Catalan Volta for this project has been developed with advanced fiberglass structure engineering, while the challenge of the ceramics craftsman, Toni Cumella, was to create a ceramic for the Catalan Volta that meets the guidelines of the site's nature. The external profile of the volta is added to the landscape by following the curves of the surrounding mountains. The greenish tones of the exterior ceramics are integrated into the natural colors of the place. Inside, a special ceramic piece has been designed to achieve unbeatable quality acoustics. Integration in the landscape and local culture: the Empordà The key to this project is its integration into the environment. The architect Enric Ruiz-Geli born in Figueres, in the heart of the Catalan Empordà, establishes a dialogue with the landscape, culture and materials of this land to shape the project. The ceramics, the warm Mediterranean materials, the freshness, the sun and the shade, the colors, the terraces and the curves of the coastal geography are elements that inspired and conditioned the design of the Villa Stigilat Aiguablava. The wild garden of the estate has preserved the existing trees and the pool collects rainwater, filtering it with natural processes. In this dialogue with the environment, the project provides sustainable architecture, innovative and digitally manufactured that adds value to the territory, and embodies the Mediterranean culture and way of life. "When I was an architecture student I visited Pep Llinàs' pergola house in Begur. Later I had Esteve Bonell as a teacher and visited his house, which he also designed in Begur. I would like to think that the house we have designed in Aiguablava is one more step in that history of excellence in architecture that these architects passed on to us during my years in the ETSAB". Enric Ruiz-Geli The experimental pavilion The project has an ephemeral and experimental pavilion, dedicated to innovation, designed in collaboration with the prestigious Art Center College of Design Pasadena, of the United States, one of the best artistic centers, where the director Zack Snyder was trained, as well as the designers for Apple, BMW or Tesla stores. Professors David Mocarski, James Meraz, Jason Pilarski and Kenneth Cameron visited Barcelona with four of their students to develop the construction. The pavilion structure, elaborated on the basis of prototypes, is built with inflatable formwork inside which an intelligent, light and ecological concrete is injected, giving it an organic shape, inspired by the surrounding pinetrees. The light structure and the pavilion windows with a natural pine resin filter allow us to propose symbiotic relationships between technology and nature to achieve a deeper connection with emotions, giving rise to a space of refuge and privacy.