Author: Justin Fair

Middle Branch Park Planning

Did you see the three finalist presentations on developing the actual waterfront? They are AWESOME. Real world, y’all.

Also, I just wanted to update you from the hell that was Studio II.
This summer, I’ll be a fellow with the Westport Community Economic Development Corporation, learning more about land trusts while offering my web design services and non-profit services helping them with their visioning and whatnot. (Lisa Hodges-Hiken is their Exec. Director; she taught my real estate development class!)

This Fall for my second independent study, I’ll be digging into the GIS project with Westport’s Mount Auburn Cemetery, creating a geodatabase and assembling an online archive for a ‘digital museum’ website, to boost it into a proper memorial park with ecological restoration at the forefront (As a followup to our Fall 2018 Studio II work). 

During our last studio, we encouraged the cemetery leadership to adapt the grounds maintenance plans to a wider strategic goal to allow the cemetery to be open to the public (in moderation, over time) to better orient with pedestrian and vehicle connectivity to the Middle Branch and the Gwynns Falls. 

This Fall, I’ll be better crafting the how-to element as we are aware of the upcoming Middle Branch Waterfront work, the Green Network Plan, the Rails to Trails goal of a full City loop, and the Port Covington-Westport Waterfront work.

Hope you’re having an excellent summer.

Clyburn Arboretum

Clyburn Arboretum, Park Heights, Baltimore, MD

19 new photos added to shared album

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White on green

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A plane passes by, “Stonach keep Preakness in Baltimore.” Somebody paid money for that.

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Stained glass window. More photos at

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Stained glass window. More photos at @ Cylburn Arboretum Association

— Justin Fair (@Soulstrong) May 18, 2019

The gray lady sits, lost in thought as she looks at her garden.

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Pattern Inspiration

Pinned: Erwin Hauer 3-D screens — Justin Fair (@Soulstrong) May 18, 2019
Pinned: Vainqueur du concours annuel Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition, LOT, studio de design et d’architecture basé à New York et en Grèce a créé cette installation publique lumineuse et ludique. Située à côté du Madison Square Park, Fla… — Justin Fair (@Soulstrong) May 18, 2019
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Middle Branch Bike Lanes

Some quick screenshots from the 2015 master bike plan… food for thought; and some screenshots from my Studio class project connecting the Mt Auburn Cemetery to a wider trail network.

Studio II Project (I’m actually working on the Cemetery stuff this Fall):
Paths + Trails, envisioning with cemetery in red:

With Bus stops:

With cemetery components fleshed out:

On Waterview Ave, an Open Air Greeting Plaza (concept rendering schematic credit Justin Fair; found photograph):

With Bike Lanes illustrated:

Morgan SA+P Students Win 2019 Sustainable Growth Challenge

We got a write-up in Radio Facts

Morgan from the School of Architecture and Planning recently won the 2019 Sustainable Growth Challenge case competition sponsored by the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission. The competitive group from Morgan showcased their distinct vision for urban planning and and was among four teams awarded the coveted honor for their respective plans. Along with Morgan State University, other winning institutions included teams from St. Mary’s College and the University of Maryland College Park.

Sustainable Growth Challenge

Morgan State graduate students (left to right) Justin Fair and April Smith, present their team’s award-winning “Franklin Square Neighborhood Plan” before members of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission


The winning submission from the Morgan SA+P students titled “Franklin Square Neighborhood Plan,” delivered a reimagination of one of Baltimore’s most historic communities whose nineteenth century rowhouses spans twenty-four city blocks. Given an in-depth analysis of the neighborhood’s vitality, including comprehensive assessments of its infrastructure, resources, and socio-economic indicators, the Morgan group envisioned a renewed Franklin Square Neighborhood founded on the principles of WEL: Walkable, Equitable, Livable. The plan comprised a multidisciplinary proposal that encompassed urban planning, analyzed economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable growth, and developed creative community solutions.

“We recognize the valuable active learning experience students gain when provided the opportunity to apply course material and instruction in the real-world settings that case study research presents, said Tonya Sanders-Thach, Ph.D., faculty advisor on the project and professor at Morgan’s . “Our team put forth an incredibly astute effort crafting a comprehensive, well-conceived multidisciplinary plan that showcased their design talents, as well as presenting opportunities for them to foster community engagement, promote essential soft skills development and enhance critical thinking.”

The winning SA+P team from Morgan comprised the following Master of City and Regional Planning graduate students: Christy Bernal, Justin Fair, Washina Ford, Kshitiz Gurung, Alexander Pianim, April Smith and Sha’Von Terrell.


“These students represent the next generation of innovators who will help ensure Maryland remains a national leader in sustainable economic development and environmental stewardship,” said Governor Larry Hogan of all those recognized. “I am proud of their efforts and all of the forward-thinking work being done at our state’s colleges and universities.”

Sustainable Growth Challenge

Morgan State SA+P graduate students (left to right) Justin Fair and April Smith, present their team’s award-winning “Franklin Square Neighborhood Plan” before members of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission

The is a program that engages Maryland college students in developing creative solutions to sustainability while also providing a career-building, real-world learning experience. The annual collegiate challenge is an interdisciplinary exercise promoting economic growth, environmental stewardship and sustainable land use at the community level.

“The awardees have demonstrated creativity, flexibility and passion in their projects,” said Planning Secretary Rob McCord. “We continue to foster a legacy of best practices using mentorship, collaboration and education as our foundation.”

The Sustainable Growth Challenge, and other competitions like it, affords Morgan opportunities to demonstrate its commitment to community engagement through mutually-beneficial opportunities that promote service-learning programs through student research.

Why Old American Cemeteries Are Showcasing New Art – CityLab

Why Historic Cemeteries Are Embracing Contemporary Art

In 2002, artist Patricia Cronin purchased a burial plot in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx and installed a three-ton Carrara marble sculpture of her and her then-partner, fellow artist Deborah Kass, in bed. Eyes closed, hair flowing together, they are depicted in a moment of quiet bliss.

Two workouts in one day

Prep for missionfit, strength work

Evening exercise

1 mile treadmill in 13 min at 5

5 sets of 15 reps seated leg press, 55,70,85,100,115

5 min exercise bicycle