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K-State MRCP Program named top planning program

PlanetizenThe K-State regional & community planning program appears as a Top Planning School in the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Planning Programs, 4th Edition, published on October 3, 2014. 


Shaping the design leaders of tomorrow through national event

Kansas State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning hosted the 10th annual national Xtreme LA Challenge Oct. 7-9.

Twelve fifth-year students from the four disciplines within the College of Architecture, Planning & Design at K-State were selected to participate, along with 20 professionals from around the United States. Two teams made up of best-in-class young design professionals and master's-level landscape architecture, architecture, planning, interior architecture & product design students worked under the guidance of prominent landscape architects to envision creative solutions for critical urban challenges in a vibrant, growing Manhattan.


Landscape architecture and regional & community planning students honored at Kansas American Planning Association Conference

Two master's reports and a project by students in the landscape architecture and regional & community planning department at Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design are award winners from the Kansas American Planning Association.

The awards were presented at the association's conference Oct. 2-3 in Wichita. Recipients included:

• Mitchel Loring, a May 2014 master's graduate in regional and community planning, won the 2014 New Horizon Honorable Mention for his master's report, "Capturing the Buzz: Social Media as a Design Informant for Urban Civic Spaces." The report looked at the application of a social media-based methodology to Washington Square results in the development of solutions for addressing this Kansas City space's dilemmas and the city's goals for the area. Loring's major professor was Jason Brody, associate professor of landscape architecture and regional & community planning.

• Deanne Petersen, a May 2014 master's graduate in regional and community planning, won a 2014 New Horizon Award for her master's report, "Food Truck Fever: A Spatio-Political Analysis of Food Truck Activity in Kansas City, Missouri." The report looked at the benefits of food trucks and how cities can modify their policies to encourage food truck activity. Petersen's major professor was Hyung Jin Kim, assistant professor of landscape architecture/regional & community planning. 

• "Envisioning Better Blocks for St. Joseph," a studio project led by Blake Belanger, associate professor, and Alpa Nawre, assistant professor, both in landscape architecture and regional & community planning, won the 2014 group New Horizon Award. The design proposals were created by landscape architecture students in collaboration with the city of St. Joseph, Missouri, and Mo-Kan Regional Council. 


Landscape architecture and regional & community planning faculty present at Kansas American Planning Association conference

Several faculty members from the landscape architecture and regional & community planning department at the College of Architecture, Planning & Design made presentations at the Kansas American Planning Association Conference, Oct. 2-3, in Wichita.

• Huston Gibson, assistant professor, presented "Making Public Participation Work for Everyone"at the conference. His session introduced new models for effective public participation, described relevant case studies of local government public participation processes, and connected to the theory and ethics of public participation in the planning process.

• John Keller, professor, presented "12 Steps to Effective Zoning Enforcement," which was designed to help planners and zoning administrators avoid many of the pitfalls associated with regulatory enforcement and land use compliance. 

• Hyung Jin Kim, assistant professor, presented "University-Community Partnership: Walking to School in Manhattan, KS."


The 2014 Campus RainWorks Challenge first prize winning team from K-State featured in World Water: Stormwater Management fall edition

The EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge first prize winning interdisciplinary team project Prairie Vision: Hale Library's New Front Porch from K-State was featured in the fall edition of World Water: Stormwater Management. Click here to read the article starting on page 24.


Huston Gibson, RCP assistant professor, named recipient of the K-State Oz to Oz program

Six Kansas State University faculty have been selected to be the first inaugural participants in the Oz to Oz program, a new part of the university's Australia Initiative.

The Oz to Oz program supports short-term visits to Australia for K-State faculty to advance collaborative research activities. In return, 14 professional and senior Australian Fulbright scholars have been invited to visit one of the K-State campuses during the coming academic year.

Gibson will work with Neil Sipe, deputy director at Griffith University, and Karen Vella, senior lecturer in property and planning at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. They will collaborate to compare community perceptions and institutional frameworks to help create parks that serve communities and the environment.

Click here to read more.


 Deanne Petersen, MRCP '14 graduate, APDesign ARCC King Medal Winner

ARCC King MedalThe ARCC King Medal is awarded to one student per ARCC member college, school, institute, or unit and is based upon criteria that acknowledges innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research. The APDesign medal recipient is selected from nominees from each of the College’s four disciplines by a jury of University researchers. The RCP King Medal nominee is nominated by their major professor and selected by a jury of faculty. Petersen’s nomination was based upon her master’s report, Food truck fever: a spatio-political analysis of food truck activity in Kansas City, Missouri. Her supervisory committee was Dr. Hyung Jin Kim, major professor, Dr. John Keller, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning, and Dr. Kelly Getty, Department of Animal Sciences and Industry/Food Science Institute.


K-State Landscape Architecture program ranked #2 in the nation

Josef_LARCPCongratulations to the Landscape Architecture Faculty, Staff and Students on achieving top rankings in the DesignIntelligence's America's Best Architecture & Design Schools lists. America's Best Architecture & Design Schools is conducted annually by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council. The research ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners.

Our Landscape Architecture program ranked:

#2 - Landscape Architecture Graduate School in the nation
as well as
#1 in the Midwest
#3-Communication
#3-Computer Applications
#2-Cross-Disciplinary Teamwork
#2-Design
#4-Research & Theory
#3-Sustainable Design Practices & Principles

Special congratulations to LARCP Professor Howard Hahn for being named in the 30 Most Admired Educators for 2014 list, which was released from DesignIntelligence as well.

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