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Project Name and Location:
holcomb Farm
Holcomb Farm

Granby, Connecticut  

Primary Team:
Associate Professor Peter Miniutti
Architect: Roger Clarke
Support: pro bona publico
Landuse: Historic Landscape
Scale: Site: (50 acres)
Client: Holcomb Farm Arts Committee
Project Inception:
Architect Roger Clarke contacted Associate Professor Peter Miniutti to provide support for: Holcomb Farm Arts Center: A Feasibility Study for the  Re-use of the Farm for Arts Education
Overview: The primary objective of this project was to test the feasibility of using the farm for educational purposes.
Product: Planning document, "Holcomb Farm Arts Center: A Feasibility Study for the  Re-use of the Farm for Arts Education"
Project Name and Location:
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Unionville Village
Farmington, Connecticut  

Primary Team: Associate Professor Peter Miniutti
and Graduate Student Matthew Bishop
Architect Allan Plattus Yale University
Transportation Engineer
Norman Garrick UConn
Support: Town of Farmington
Landuse: Mixed use
Scale: Site: (50 acres)Client:Town of Preston
Project Inception: Associate Professor Peter Miniutti assembled a multidisciplinary team, which includes Professor Allan Plattus of Yale's School of Architecture and Associate Professor Norman Garrick of UConn's Transportation Institute.
Overview: The objective of this study is provide the Unionville Village Improvement Association (PDC) and Town Planner Jeff Ollendorf with a planning document which would allow for the realization of the PDC's mission statement. The mission statement reads, "To create a pedestrian friendly, mixed-use and historically based Downtown for Unionville."
Product: Planning document," Unionville Village in Farmington, Connecticut: A Redesign"  (124 pages)

Project Name and location:
DOT  Visualization Study
New England

Primary Team: Associate Professor Peter Miniutti
Associate Professor Norman Garrick
Support: New England Transportation Consortium
Landuse: Transportation
Scale: Regional: New England
Client: New England Transportation Consortium
Project Inception: Associate Professor Norman Garrick of the UConn Transportation Institute contacted Associate Professor Peter Miniutti in 2002 to respond to a request for proposals by the New England Consortium of the Departments of Transportation. The request was for:
Effective Visualization Techniques for the Public Presentation of Transportation Projects
The team of Garrick, Miniutti, and Westa were awarded the contract based on their proposal.
Overview: The goal of this project is to develop an effective approach for presenting transportation projects to the public. We plan to use state-of-the-art visualization techniques as the basis for bridging the communication gap between the transportation profession and the general public. We will have two main objectives: to develop simple and logocost effective techniques which can be used by transportation professionals to produce effective visual aids; and to show how these visual aids can be packaged to support an accurate, unambiguous and accessible presentation of a transportation project to the general public. Although some agencies will have support specialists working on visualization, we believe that it is important in this project to gear our effort not to these specialists but rather to the typical project engineer. We also believe that our procedure must be integrally linked to the design.


Project Name and location:
Lands of Unique Value
Mansfield, Connecticut

Primary Team: Associate Professor Peter Miniutti
Graduate Student Matthew Bishop
Support: Town of Mansfield and UConn
Landuse: Mixed use
Scale: Local: Town of Mansfield (29,000 acres)
Client: Town of Mansfield
Project Inception: A town subcommittee, assisted by the town planner (Joseph Lombardo), was formulated to develop strategies on how to manage future growth. Preston village has seen a marked increase of vehicular traffic due to its proximity to the Mohegan and Foxwoods casinos. The Town Planner contacted Associate Professor Peter Miniutti in 2001 to study the idea of creating a pedestrian-oriented retail area in the village. Peter expanded the problem statement to include areas of preservation (or "Greenways") and future development.
Overview: By defining both a Greenway and compact, 'village' development, the project satisfies different landuseconstituencies within the town. Environmental and cultural analysis maps helped townspeople to understand the logic behind the zoning and Greenway strategies, recommendations, and illustrations helped them visualize appropriate patterns of development. These materials will provide the basis for a revised Plan of Development as well as new zoning regulations. Joseph Lombardo states in an article in the Norwich Bulletin, "A picture in this case, really will be worth a thousand words. The graphic drawings produced will give us a real advantage. We will be able to see how something would look on a specific piece of property."
Product: Planning document, "Preston Village in Preston, Connecticut"
landuseAward: ASLA Merit AwardAs architects and designers it is our role to give visible form to the programs and activities of the Society. Building and site design are envisioned as being fully compatible with each other and in complete harmony with their surroundings. Elements of structure, mechanical and electrical systems are economically fitted together in a unified manner. New components, lighting, signage and materials are only selected after careful thought and research. These new components are intended to contribute to the overall aesthetics and integrity of the farmstead.

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