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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by Wanigas?
    Who needs a thesis when your final student project was a major studio course working on a team with other planners and architecture students?!!
    Ohhh that is a good idea! I am going to have to see if I can do that here, or even if they offer it.

    Thanks for the idea.

    What was the topic for the project?
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    Yeah, that reminds me, I still have my online student portfolio...

    I have some PDFs there of the final presentation, which my team presented to the neighborhood "stakeholders," and Senator Carl Levin. Files are about 10 megs each, but I forgot the URL Our project was called the Detroit River Metropark, or something like that. We designed a 20-acre park along the Detroit River near Mexicantown and Cobo.

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    Rediscovering Retail: Market Opportunities on Deroit's Eastside

    It was a large group project that anaylzed and presented the retail market potential of Detroit's underserved Eastside.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    With all the changes in trends, I am thinking doing a project or thesis on:

    “Potential Influence of Smart Growth and Form Based Coding in Medium to Large Post Industrial Cities in the Mid West.”

    Any tips on if a thesis will be better than a project, or any suggestions on my topic, research, or gathering data.
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    With all the changes in trends, I am thinking doing a project or thesis on:

    “Potential Influence of Smart Growth and Form Based Coding in Medium to Large Post Industrial Cities in the Mid West.”

    Any tips on if a thesis will be better than a project, or any suggestions on my topic, research, or gathering data.
    You might want to narrow the topic down. That is way too broad a question and too diifuclt to encapsulate in a thesis (unless you want a 500 page thesis)

    I suggest you chose to analyze the potential for applying Smart Growth concepts and Form Based Codes to a particular city or city neighborhood. That would be much more focused and useful.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman
    You might want to narrow the topic down. That is way too broad a question and too diifuclt to encapsulate in a thesis (unless you want a 500 page thesis)

    I suggest you chose to analyze the potential for applying Smart Growth concepts and Form Based Codes to a particular city or city neighborhood. That would be much more focused and useful.
    That might be a good idea... Now I just need to look at what city I would like to look at. Maybe Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo...
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    I beleive mine was something along the lines of 'Sustainable Communities in Inner City Apartment Blocks'

    Did quite well too as i recall...

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    Quote Originally posted by GeogPlanner
    My topic is (still working on it...):

    The role of the arts in urban redevelopment.
    Wow...that was the first crack at a thesis.

    I ended up with this one:
    "From Enterprise to Empire: 20 Years of Economic Development Zones"
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    We are discouraged from doing a thesis at the University I attend. Instead, most of us will take a week of comp. exams to graduate. Apparently, this is becoming more common. Anyone else hear this?

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    Mine was titled:

    Disaster Resistant New Urbanist Communities: The Merging of New Urbanist and Disaster Resistant Community Paradigms to Create Better Communities

    What a mouthfull...
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    E.G. I'm reading a book pertaining to your proposed thesis topic, "Rural Radicals: Righteous Rage in the American Grain". . interesting so far. . . .

    I did an applied thesis, aka master report. . . which was the first affordable housing plan for a particular rural county in Arizona.

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