Rutgers Raritan River Studios provide students with a personalized and inter-disciplinary opportunity to conduct hands-on research around real-life problems, to work with real-life clients, and to devise team-based solutions. A series of planning studios known as the Raritan River Studios apply this planning process to the river at Rutgers’ main campus edge. The Raritan River has long been a part of Rutgers’ culture and played a pivotal role in the establishment of the New Brunswick campus back when it was a colonial college founded amid New Brunswick’s river-based commerce. The Raritan is even the muse of Rutgers’ alma mater, “On the Banks of the Old Raritan”. It’s only natural that when the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy developed planning studios to address area concerns that we would look to this rich riparian resource.
Sixteen graduate students participated in this Spring 2014 Studio through the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy to develop a conceptual design for restoration of degraded wetlands in a working waterfront along the Raritan River on the Woodbridge/Edison townships line. The Red Root Creek Wetlands is held in private ownership by the Federal Business […]
This Fall, 2012, studio focused on a regenerative vision planning approach for an underutilized and difficult to access portion of waterfront along the South Branch of the Raritan River in Raritan Township (Hunterdon County). The studio’s assignment was to develop a conceptual design framework to provide greater coherence and a thematic identity to the corridor, […]