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‘Town+Gown’ and CCNY's sustainability in the urban environment program
- Matthews, Terri, Smith, George
- Current opinion in environmental sustainability 2015 v.17 pp. 42-47
- guidelines, universities, urban areas, New York
- The ‘Town+Gown’ program of the New York City Department of Design and Construction is a unique effort to systematize the involvement of universities and non-academic practitioners in research into ‘built environment’ issues. Town+Gown serves as a broker between academic and non-academic parties, and a platform for increasing the amount of focused research on the City's built environment. The Sustainability in the Urban Environment program of City College of New York has begun to integrate Town+Gown research topics into its Capstone Project program. One such project failed to get off the ground; another was a resounding success. An analysis of these two projects suggests a set of guidelines for effective Capstone Projects in the context of Town+Gown or a similar program.