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Rivera, Danielle Z Assistant Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. Danielle Zoe Rivera is an urban designer and urban planner. Her research engages issues of urban informality and decolonization through both design and policy. These professional and theoretical inquiries frequently draw her to study community organizing, environmental justice, and social movements. Rivera‚Äôs current research examines urban informality in low-income Latino/a communities, primarily Mexican-American and Puerto Rican communities. At ENVD, she teaches courses on physical planning, community engagement, social equity, and urban design & planning theories.

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  • border studies, colonias, latinx studies, planning theory, social justice, environmental justice, puerto rico

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • ENVD 2130 - Environmental Design Studio 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Exposes students to a sequence of design investigations that lead to the development of design concepts for critical evaluation and discussion. The intent of this introductory design studio is to expose students to the fundamental design practices that are common to the disciplines of architecture, urban design and landscape design - disciplines that share the responsibility for shaping the designed environment. Recommended corequisite: ENVD 3003.
  • ENVD 3100 - Environmental Design Studio 3
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Exposes students to a sequence of design investigations that lead to the development of design concepts for critical evaluation and discussion. The intent of this introductory design studio is to expose students to the fundamental design practices that are common to the disciplines of environmental design, planning, urban design and landscape design - that share the responsibility fro shaping the designed environment. Recommended corequisite: ENVD 3122.
  • ENVD 3134 - History and Theory of Environmental Design and the Medium Scale: Precincts
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Focuses on design projects not in a building envelope, including landscapes, public and private urban spaces, complexes and similarly scaled design projects. Aspects of architectural and planning thinking are interwoven in a landscape concentration.
  • ENVD 4100 - Advanced Design Lab 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Design lab exploring new and emerging themes in design. May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours.
  • ENVD 4311 - Housing Policies and Practices
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    A seminar providing students with a descriptive knowledge and analytical understanding of the use and development of residential settings in different political economies, globally divided into advanced capitalist nations, collectivist economies, and the third world.
  • PLAN 2004 - History and Theory of Sustainable Planning and Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Surveys the key thinkers and important theories that shape sustainable planning and design. Covers the evolution of city form, policy approaches, and various philosophies of planning. Recommended prerequisite: PLAN 2100.
  • PLAN 3100 - Studio 2: Intermediate Planning and Urban Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Uses intermediate-level planning concepts and practices to create solutions to specific challenges in a collaborative process. Through a sequence of design investigations students explores issues such as equity, housing, transportation, community engagement and land use.
  • PLAN 4100 - Capstone in Planning and Urban Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Applies advanced concepts in comprehensive planning and plan-making for communities. The project engages communities to solve complex problems in social and ecological systems using qualitative and quantitative skills.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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