Landscape Architecture Program Receives Four Regional Awards
During the spring 2016 semester the landscape architecture program received four regional awards. Three projects received awards at the 2016 Central States American Society of Landscape Architecture and one award was received at the Great Plains Low Impact Development Student Design Competition.
The following projects received awards:
Low Impact Development Student Design Competition
A team of five K-State students, including two from landscape architecture, tied for first place in the 2016 Great Plains Low Impact Development Student Design Competition in Omaha, Nebraska, March 7-9.
The team was advised by Lee Skabelund, associate professor of landscape architecture and regional & community planning; Trisha Moore, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering; and Stacy Hutchinson, professor of biological and agricultural engineering.
The students completed an innovative low impact design to rehabilitate Omaha's Gifford Park, an area with significant flooding and water pollution problems. Skabelund said events like this are valuable venues to propel students to think creatively and critically about what features could be installed or altered in an area, landscape or site.
The project focused on how low impact development can help reduce or even eliminate combined sanitary and storm sewer overflows, a phenomenon in which storm surges cause storm water to mix with human waste, thereby polluting nearby rivers, streams, lakes and ponds.
The team included Kari Bigham, master's student in biological and agricultural engineering; Conner Bruns, senior in landscape architecture; Jonathan Knight, senior in landscape architecture; Kelsey McDonogh, doctoral student in biological and agricultural engineering and Erica Schmitz, senior in biological systems engineering.
Parcels and Peppers - Excellence Award - Central States ASLA
The summer 2015 landscape architecture studio and seminar project, Parcels and Peppers Strategic Master Plan for the City of St. Louis led by Associate Professors Blake Belanger and Howard Hahn received an Excellence Award.
Through an intense 8-week summer semester, 18 students addressed vacancy dilemmas and opportunities for the City of St. Louis. The students worked with K-State's Technical Assistance for Brownfields Communities (TAB), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the City of St. Louis to address vacant urban property. The federal agencies are part of the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative (SC2), which the Obama Administration tasked with providing technical advice and expertise to seven cities with the intent of regaining economic footing.
Wichita Pop-Up Park - Excellence Award - Central States ASLA
The Wichita Pop-Up Park designed and constructed by students in two classes, a graduate studio and an undergraduate materials course received an Excellence Award. The 2nd and 5th year students teamed with the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC), the Knight Foundation, and a private property developer to create a Pop-Up Park on a derelict site. Landscape Architecture Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page and Professor Chip Winslow, along with Richard Thompson, Instructional Technologist, from the College of Architecture, Planning and Design led the effort.
The purpose of the park is to attract people to an under-utilized part of downtown and provide needed amenities to downtown residents and workers. The initial program from the WDDC was thoughtful: a flexible use space that could be used as a food truck park and event space.
Over a year-long period the master of landscape architecture students helped plan and facilitate a stakeholder charrette; initiated a series of in-depth stakeholder interviews; developed schematic plans and design details from the charrette results; and, contributed to several features of the park through a design-build process.
Campus Creek - Honor Award - Central States ASLA
The Re-Envisioning Campus Creek project was completed by landscape architecture and biological & agricultural engineering students enrolled in the Fall 2014 Specialization Studio with Assistant Professor Jessica Canfield and Professor Tim Keane.
The project was sponsored by the Provost's Office and was completed as a gift to K-State from the Landscape Architecture program in honor of its 50th anniversary.
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