Sunny Menozzi

Sunny Menozzi's military duties have taken her to diverse and exciting places, from Singapore to Arizona, South Korea to Afghanistan, and North Carolina to Hawaii. Sunny's travels inspired her interest in cities, especially how they function, the impact of the built environment on the residents, the methods planners employ to shape natural features, and the vibrancy that can be cultivated by good planning and design. She will begin her pursuit of a master's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall of 2013. Sunny plans to focus on reuse and historic preservation, community-building, and economic and environmental sustainability. She hopes to contribute to projects that repurpose military bases. An avid runner, Sunny is interested in the design of recreational trails and policies that encourage the development of walkable communities. She holds a B.S. in International Relations and Russian from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Astana, Kazakhstan: Metabolism and the Symbiosis of the Built and Natural Environments

by Sunny Menozzi

To sunder Kazakhstan's Soviet legacy from the nation's hopes for the coming century, President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the national government said farewell to Almaty and established a new capital in 1997. In 1998, the ... Read article

Astana, Kazakhstan's Heyday is yet to Come, so What Should it Learn from a Nineteenth Century City?

by Sunny Menozzi

Most of Astana's residents live in high-rise apartments, like those pictured above. Astana, Kazakhstan. In Cities of Tomorrow, Sir Peter Hall writes, “Stockholm in 1950 still looked and felt like a small city: a met... Read article

The Indispensable Greenery of Astana, Kazakhstan

by Sunny Menozzi

Astana, Kazakhstan. Astana's extensive greenery contrasts sharply with its backdrop, the Kazakh steppe, an expansive plain characterized by whipping winds and extreme seasonal temperature fluctuations. In the winter, tem... Read article

When Student Renters Crowd Out Homeowners

by Sunny Menozzi

Home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, the Carnegie Museums and Library, Phipps Conservatory, and the expansive Schenley Park, Oakland, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a product ... Read article

Washington, DC: Who are the Developers Competing to Repurpose Walter Reed?

by Sunny Menozzi

Located in northern Washington, DC, to the east of Rock Creek Park and south of Silver Spring, Maryland, Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), once redeveloped, will fuse new commercial establishments and residences i... Read article

The Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina: Preserved or At Risk?

by Sunny Menozzi

Why is the Village of Pinehurst Important? Pinehurst was and is: A convalescent resort built for New Englanders in Moore County by American Soda Fountain Company magnate James W. Tufts; A New-England-style v... Read article

A Makeover for a Lively, But Car-Dependent Shopping Center

by Sunny Menozzi

Fayetteville, North Carolina. Fayetteville's forward-looking, 2030 draft "Growth Vision" imagines the city's evolution: the sprawling, car-dependent home to Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base - characterized by its bedro... Read article

Oahu, Hawaii's Green Buffers: For Private Interest or the Public Good?

by Sunny Menozzi

High-income residential and resort communities line Oahu's most beautiful beaches: Along the North Shore; Near Kailua and Lanikai Beaches (where President Obama and his family vacationed this winter); Near Waial... Read article

Prerequisites for Farmers' Markets: Farms and Farmers

by Sunny Menozzi

Early on a Saturday morning, the Kapiolani Community College (KCC) Farmers' Market in Honolulu, Hawaii, bustles as patrons compete to purchase 100% Kona Coffee, locally made honey, and Hawaiian-grown produce and flowers.... Read article

Naval Air Station Barbers Point: How Did it Become a Ghost Town?

by Sunny Menozzi

In 1993, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) announced the closure of Naval Air Station Barbers Point, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Formally closed in 1999, Barbers Point became the Kalaeloa... Read article

How Can Cities Grow Gardeners?

by Sunny Menozzi

The Oahu Urban Garden Center is a University of Hawaii at Manoa led initiative. A community resource, the OUGC invites aspiring green thumbs to participate in “Second Saturdays at the Garden,” a series of monthly cl... Read article

Will 690 Pohukaina Mixed-Income High-Rise Towers Succeed?

by Sunny Menozzi

Will a district characterized by its piers and warehouses become the vibrant “live-work-play urban neighborhood” imagined by the Hawaiian Community Development Authority? The HCDA selected Forest City Hawaii to desi... Read article

Honolulu Commuters Want Your Input: What are Your Rail Station Must-Haves?

by Sunny Menozzi

Let's begin with a bit of word association. When you hear “Honolulu,” you probably imagine palm trees gently swaying in the wind along sunny beaches abutting the clear, cool ocean. While Honolulu is renowned for its ... Read article