March 14 2013

(The GRID Program Support Intern) Joshua Larson: Cudahy, Wisconsin

Joshua LarsonA big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest Program Support Intern, Joshua Larson, from Cudahy, Wisconsin.

As a graduate student in the Urban Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Joshua Larson serves as an Article Editor for e.polis – the university’s online student journal.  While pursuing his B.S. in sociology and fine art at Carroll University, he spent a year backpacking through Europe as he studied architectural history, Italian literature, sculpture and painting at the Florence University of the Arts. His aspiration to pursue architecture, combined with his experience with various nonprofits and insistence in social change and environmental conservation redirected his focus towards the inner workings of the city.  His concerns center primarily on sustainable community development – the transformation of blighted neighborhoods through Creative Placemaking, grassroots activism, and the organic growth of arts districts. He believes that grassroots activism is essential to transform afflicted areas of the city by promoting community solidarity and increasing social capital, thereby reducing crime and regenerating a neighborhood’s cultural identity.

Renée van Staveren

Renée van Staveren is the Founder of Global Site Plans. She holds a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She also holds a B.S. in Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College. Prior to establishing Global Site Plans and The Grid, Renée van Staveren was an Assistant Planner for A-M-M-A Transit Planning and the Program Director for Planet Green. You can find Renée blogging about featured environmental design firms, providing free website critiques, local events in Istanbul, Turkey, plus helping you achieve industry distinction through innovative discussions. Renée currently lives in Istanbul, Turkey; adding to the list of places she has traveled and lived.

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