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ERIC Number: EJ841427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-1
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Gown to Town
Carlson, Scott
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n34 pB8 May 2009
Bob Greenstreet is the dean of the architecture school at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He is the longest-serving dean of any architecture school in the country, starting in 1990, and, since 2004, he has also been the leading planner for the city of Milwaukee. Greenstreet's position is a culmination of a relationship between the city and the university that has been built over the years. Peter Park, the city planner who preceded Greenstreet and who guided projects that have revitalized Milwaukee, was on the faculty at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. John O. Norquist, a former mayor who insisted on good urban design, taught courses at the school. One of the city's biggest projects in recent years--the demolition of the Park East Freeway, which had cut through the heart of Milwaukee--had its origins as a dream project among students and faculty members at the architecture school. And one of the most ambitious projects in Milwaukee's future--the redevelopment of a five-acre deserted plaza in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse--also came from the architecture school. Greenstreet and others at the university are currently driving an effort to produce Milwaukee's first comprehensive city plan, due in 2010. In newspaper articles and on radio shows, Greenstreet repeats a mantra: Finish the plan, raise the bar for good design, and think outside the box for what's possible in Milwaukee. Norquist, who is now president of the Congress for the New Urbanism, which promotes better city design, says Greenstreet's main weakness is that he is not trained as a planner and therefore cannot get down into the details like some of his predecessors could. His strengths are his broad thinking and his encouraging people from the school of architecture to get involved in Milwaukee. Greenstreet was trained as an architect, but his specialization is in architectural law, and in mediation and arbitration work--apt for city politics. He looks for advantages where he can find them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin