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Galen D. Newman 

Galen Newman, assistant professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Architecture conducts research into human settlement, urban decline/regeneration, urban design, and advanced digital representation. Much of his work focuses on theories, formation, measurements, and regeneration of vacant land and abandoned structures. His Arts & Humanities Fellowship project, “Smart Shrinkage: Design for the Un-developing Landscape,” will address a problem facing hundreds of urban areas: how to manage declines in urban populations. The project will explore the unique urban design and landscape characteristics of heavily depopulated urban neighborhoods; use the Land Transformation Model, a GIS-based land-use prediction tool, to predict future vacancy; and develop an urban design strategy in response to those conditions.