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.
Seven graduate students participated in this Fall 2017 studio through the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy to analyze two key elements for public access to the Raritan River as proposed in the Rutgers University Physical Master Plan – the RU 2030 Master Plan. The key elements explored were a new riverside […]
Six Master of Public Policy students at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy spent the 2017 Spring semester exploring policies that positively and negatively impact water quality in the Raritan River region. The result of their work is summarized in a report titled, “Every Drop Counts: Locally Driven Policies to Help Improve […]
The Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy’s Fall 2016 Graduate Studio program offered a course that advanced the goals of Healthier New Brunswick, a network of partners in the City of New Brunswick that are working together to ensure that all residents have equal access to the services and conditions that allow for good […]
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, […]