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FAU's Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions to shut down Jupiter office
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By MATT DeFALCO
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The widespread budget cuts at Florida Atlantic University have once again taken their toll. The Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions is set to shut down its Jupiter office on June 30 as part of what its leaders call a “period of restructuring,”

The associate director of the center, Marie York, confirmed that the closure of the Jupiter office will result in canceling future projects, as well as job cuts.

Mary Beth Hartman, a member of the CUES research staff, said everyone is feeling the pressure.

"Due to the university-wide 10 percent budget reductions and the many we have endured this past year, and another one pending following the legislative session, no one is unaffected by the situation," Hartman said.

Since its creation in 1972 by John M. De Grove, the center has had a mission to utilize the powers of education, research and partnerships to help find solutions to urban and environmental issues for building planners and decision makers.

The branch at FAU’s John D MacArthur campus in Jupiter has continued that tradition by focusing on the importance of design in communities that benefit smart growth, through the use of its two major programs, the Abacoa Project and its by-product, the Florida Public Officials Design Institute.

Using the 2,055-acre community of Abacoa as a laboratory, the urban center’s Abacoa Project has helped to promote the concept of urbanism-meets-traditional-neighborhood-design, as well as show a sense of civic awareness in the community. The Abacoa Partnership advisory board decides where and how the project should be implemented.

The project contains many different elements including the hosting of various design experts as guest speakers at panels conduced on the FAU campus, as well as a tour of Abacoa to teach others about how it demonstrates its mixture of urbanism and traditional neighborhood design.

The urban center’s other major program, The Florida Public Officials Design Institute, trains future public officials in the art of architectural design to build communities that, like the various development in the Abacoa community, will help promote an enhanced quality of life.

Hosting a total of eight officials per year, the design institute examines various projects ranging from re-paving roads to evaluating a plot of land for a proposed building site, or the rebuilding of an existing neighborhood.

 

 
 

 
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