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    Cyburbian
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    Portfolio suggestions?

    Hi All,

    Although it is not required for all of the Urban Planning programs I am applying to (UCLA, Irvine, Madison, UNC, Harvard, Penn), I am putting together a small portfolio to send each school.

    I'm just going to send them a short letter, my resume, 3 or 4 photos, and one work sample. Anyone care to comment on this, or have suggestions?

    Also - which of my photos would you choose?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatisl...7622782000927/

    I'm trying to convey the importance of design as a communicative design medium. Thanks in advance!

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    My suggestion would be not to send something to any school that's not explicitly requested in the application process.
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    Ditto on the suggestion. Photographs don't really convey any message unless you are specific on detailing the meaning of the photo. As for work samples, just one? Is it a paper, a document, a graphic? If it isn't strong (i.e. something you would show an employer, or use as a work sample for a job) don't bother sending that either. Rely on your personal statement. This is academia here, not the real world.
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    Good points.
    I wanted to send a few of my best photos which address a couple of my interests in urban planning: inter modal transit: rail + bike photo; new development vs decay: photo of new NYC structures vs. abandoned ones... The cover letter would give a sentence or so for each to convey it's meaning. I am also trying to show that I am an accomplished photographer and have a good aesthetic vision (I've done lots of visual, design/graphic training)

    For the work sample, I was going to send a fairly detailed map I made for my Geography Honors Thesis - the map depicts drug-free zones, a statute enhancing penalties for drug crimes in designated spaces - within the city of Seattle.

    Does that sound better - or would you still recommend against?

    I would definitely include a cover letter and describe how each photo intersects/documents an urban planning interest of mine, such as:

    Intermodal transit (picture of pedestrians, bikes, rail line)
    development and decay (new construction, decay in NYC)

    The work sample would be a map of a GIS model I created for my senior honors thesis on Drug Free Zones in Seattle, which is a statute enhancing legal penalties for drug crimes in designated spaces.

    I am trying to communicate how I believe design and photography play a vital role in documenting and representing planning processes and interventions. I have a lot of training in visual design, photo, and graphics - so I am also trying to show my skills in these areas and how they relate to planning.
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