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The New Growth of Jersey City Will Be Focus of Free NJIT Talk

Recent visitors to Jersey City know how much the skyline has changed in recent years—especially along the waterfront now replete with glittering and glamorous corporate office buildings tied together by a wide brick walkway for strolls along the Hudson River.

Speaking on March 8, 2010 will be the key planners behind those changes. Robert Cotter, director of Jersey City’s Division of City Planning, and Jeffrey Wenger, a principal planner in the same division, will discuss what’s gone into redeveloping Jersey City and the future. Cotter has been behind many of the new and ambitious plans to allow for higher densities in the city’s redevelopment.  Wenger has authored many of the redevelopment plans put forth in the last decade.

The event, sponsored by the NJIT College of Architecture and Design (COAD), is open to the public and will be held in Weston Hall (Summit and Warren streets) at 5:30 p.m.  Parking on the street and in the NJIT Parking Garage, Summit St. will be available.  For more information, call (973) 596-3080.  Support for this series has been provided by the multi-national construction company Skanska.

It is part of an ongoing evening lecture series at COAD to brings nationally and internationally recognized architects, academics, and allied professionals to NJIT to discuss their current work and developments in the profession of architecture.  Lecturers bring a diversity of experience and viewpoints to our students, faculty and the greater university community.

The series has been chaired since 2004 by Richard Garber, associate professor at NJIT, and continues to bring noted guests such as Thom Mayne, FAIA; Stephen Kieran, FAIA; William Mitchell, and Stan Allen, AIA to the school.  Since 2007, an endowment established with the American Institute of Architects New Jersey Chapter (AIANJ) has increased the breadth of the lecture series by allowing for the establishment of the AIANJ Endowed Lecture each April and a symposium each fall.

The 2010 Endowed Lecture will be presented by Bernard Tschumi, FAIA.  Recent symposia have included “Material Evidence,” which explored how new technologies were shaping the notion of architecture as a material practice; New Jersey/Netherlands (NJ/NL), which introduced ways in which two of the densest states in the world engage issues of development, transportation, and smart growth; and “Information Models in Contemporary Practice,” which studied the impact of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on the practice of architecture.

Increasingly, lectures are being archived for their repeated use as important teaching tools within the school’s curriculum. This lecture series is registered with the AIA Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and offers learning units which may be self reported. The New Jersey School of Architecture is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and is in compliance with all criteria standards.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.