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The Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) aims to improve the quality of the regional and urban environment by promoting excellence in design, planning, and public policy in the built environment. This will be achieved through its member and public education, in concert with allied community and professional groups. Join us!

2024 Symposium

The 2024 symposium will be held in Indianapolis, IN in November. Stay tuned for dates and location. Registration will open in July.

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2023 RUDC Symposium

The RUDC Symposium, held in Washington, DC October 19-20, covered emerging trends, theories, and technologies that are shaping the future of regional and urban design. Watch the engaging highlight and speaker videos >.

The US Largest Estuary - A Complex Eco System Explained

  • 1.  The US Largest Estuary - A Complex Eco System Explained

    Posted 05-23-2024 03:03 PM

    The Chesapeake Bay - A Complex Eco-System Explained 

    From the Ice Age to sprawl

    First there was a huge meteor impact, then at the end of the ice age a giant glacier melting. Beavers damming streams and creating wetlands, a bounty of huge oysters, 100' schooners transporting the lumber that came from swampy woodlands being converted into tobacco farms, finally massive sprawly shoreline development and a huge load of sediment reshaping the waterway in many ways. 

    LandSat image of the Chesapeake Bay (full length)

    Few will consider any of this when they catch a glimpse of the Chesapeake while their plane is banking towards the BWI airport or when they traverse the Bay Bridge at the lofty height of 190' on their way to the Atlantic beaches. 

    Unfortunately the alternating doomsday and success messages about the state of the Bay have numbed many in the watershed to such an extent that they just tune out when it comes to the health of the Bay. Yet, the collapsed history of the Bay....


    [Klaus] Philipsen FAIA
    Archplan Inc. Philipsen Architects
    Baltimore MD