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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 10.10.11


The Student Planning Association will receive the New Horizons Award for the Boxhattan project presented at K-State’s Open House in spring 2011. The award is given for pushing the boundaries of planning in creative and innovative ways and will be presented at a luncheon during the Kansas Planning Conference on Thursday, Oct. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. in Topeka. On Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, the SPA will be celebrating National City Planning Month by creating another Boxhattan with Molly Emert’s fifth-grade class from Bluemont Elementary. “We are so excited to have been invited to participate in Boxhattan. We can’t wait until October 20,” said Emert. SPA will be teaching the students about city planning, discussing the importance of planning and the different elements in creating a city’s master plan. Using boxes, the students will develop their own city. They will have to go through a planning process, including applying for building permits. The students will be able to explain the reasoning behind the different locations of businesses and residential areas. “This is a great way to interact with the community and teach kids about planning,” said Jessi Preussner, RCP graduate student and SPA officer.


Architecture Professor Dr. Peter Magyar presented “Spaceprints - an Ontological and Pragmatic Investigation of the Shape of Infinity - Toward a New Paradigm in the Management of Spatial Perception,” at the XXIV World Congress of Architecture, International Union of Architects in Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 25-Oct. 1. 


Three distinguished lecturers are coming to APDesign in October. Be sure you don’t miss any of these fascinating lectures!

On Thursday, Oct. 20, architect Peter Bohlin of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson will be presenting “Soft Modernism – The Nature of Circumstance” at 4:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre at the K-State Student Union.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, Dr. Eric Sanderson, a senior conservation ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society, will be presenting “The Mannahatta Project - The Past, Present and Future of Ecology in the other Manhattan (New York)” in Forum Hall (K-State Student Union.)

Later that same evening, architect Esa Laaksonen of Friman Laaksonen Architects and director of the Alvar Aalto Academy in Finland, will present a lecture at 7 p.m. in the Pierce Commons. It’s sure to be a busy but exciting month of lectures … don’t miss out!


Regional and Community Planning faculty will present at the American Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference in Salt Lake City, October 13-16:

“The Rhetoric of New Urbanism”, Assistant Professor Jason Brody

“Bringing PUMS (Public Use Microdata Samples) into a Planning Methods Classroom,” Assistant Professor Jae Hong Kim

“Survey of U.S. Local Government Use of Development Impact Fees,” Associate Professor Larry Lawhon

“Aesthetics Versus Function: Ecological Landscapes as Community Amenity at Stapleton, in Denver, Colorado,” Assistant Professor Huston Gibson (co-author Assistant Professor Jessica Canfield

“Identifying the Lessons from Successful Implementations of Planning Support,” Ph.D. student Philip Omunga (co-author Assistant Professor Jae Hong Kim. 

“Systems in Environmental and Land Use-Transportation Planning Practices,” Assistant Professor Jae Hong Kim.


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