*Thorough *Funny *Brilliant *Original: OpenPlans’ Festival of Summer Research

As summer winds down, student interns are wrapping up projects and getting ready to head back to class. To celebrate the spirit of summer research, OpenPlans hosted an informal forum for interns to present — and be non-competitively judged.

After each presentation, the crowd voted with signs – including Thorough, Funny, Brilliant, Interesting, Beautiful, Engaging, Original, Relevant, Inspiring, and Cool. A highly-scientific process determined the majority sentiment for each one.

If summer vacation is all you ever wanted, take a look at the great topics below, and think again! Thanks to interns and summer fellows from Local ProjectsRegional Plan AssociationTransportation AlternativesTri-State Transportation Campaignioby.org and the NYC Dept of City Planning.

Local Projects Dylan Greif BMW Guggenheim Lab
Open Plans Naama Lissar NYC planning process and public participation through (or without) the Community Boards.
RPA – Regional Plan Association Jake Schabas Paying for public transportation.
RPA – Regional Plan Association Lauren Wang A review of transportation access indicators.
OpenPlans Merran Swartwood: Bus stops as sites of information exchange and interaction.
Transportation Alternatives Miller Nuttle Transportation Alternatives’ Bike Ambassadors outreach program.
TSTC – Tri-State Transportation Campaign Richie Alicea Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan
ioby Mario Giampieri Donating to local community projects through micro-philanthropy, and the preservation Ridgewood Reservoir.
Department of City Planning Ben Soriano Technical review and GIS of NYC Zoning Maps
Department of City Planning Barrett Lane Urban design guidelines, masterplans and templates from around the world.