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College of Architecture, Planning and Design


IAPD Chicago Field Trip students at the Knoll Showroom


Urban planner, blogger Chuck Marohn speaking Oct. 14 for distinguished lecture series

The College of Architecture, Planning & Design at Kansas State University will host Charles "Chuck" Marohn at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the K-State Student Union's Little Theater as a part of the Regional & Community Planning Distinguished Lecture series.

The free event is open to the public.

Marohn graduated from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's in urban and regional planning from the university's Humphrey Institute. He is the author of "Thoughts on Building Strong Towns, Volume 1.

Marohn also is a primary contributor to the Strong Towns Blog at http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/. The blog focuses on sustainable architecture and the problems derived from a lack of focus and understanding of what makes places productive and how productivity is built. The blog focuses on how individuality and personal planning leads to much higher productivity than large municipal building projects.

More information about Marohn is available at http://www.strongtowns.org.


Weigel Library
YOU have access to this database!
The Urban Land Institute, or ULI, is a non-profit organization providing “leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.”    ULI conducts research and education in topics such as sustainability, smart growth, compact development, place making, and workforce housing.

Since 1971, ULI has been publishing case studies describing the development process of projects that are both innovative in their markets and financially successful.  Beginning in 1997 the case studies have been digitized and are available in an electronic database known as ULI Development Case Studies.

K-State Libraries subscribes to ULI Development Case Studies, which provides examples of successful building projects and project data, including budgetary expenditures, photos, site and/or floor plans, designer information, and methodology.  Processes and retrospective analysis are also available to help you think critically about design and implementation.

You can access ULI Development Case Studies through the K-State Libraries Catalog or the K-State Libraries Databases.


Saturday, Oct. 5 Nathan Howe and three APDesign students participated in GROW: Engineers and Scientists to the Rescue program. This program brings together Middle School girls with academics to explore various modes that the academia is pursuing to help in times of disaster.

This session was geared to Disaster Relief Housing. The prototype was a former student, Caitlin Sanborn's concept for a flat pack concrete formwork house for Haiti in its time of need post the 2010 earthquake. The design had the plywood formwork serve dual purposes. Cut and tabbed into the plywood were various basic furniture to serve the families who had lost everything. Beds, chairs and tables could be cut out of the plywood easily and assembled post concrete pour.

Assisting the girls in exploring actually pouring a model scale version of the walls and creating their own furniture to take home were 5th year Architecture student Lindsey Telford, 5th-year IAPD student Teresa Siegele, and 4th-year Architecture student Lauren Harness. The students and the girls had a wonderful afternoon, got messy and learned a lot.

Also of note IAPD students Dylan Howe and Aaron Bisch’s designs of a flat pack chair were used in the chair design.


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of the 2013 Professional Awards and Student Awards this week. The awards honor the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects from across the U.S. and around the world. High-resolution images and full project information can be viewed here.

The October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) features the winning projects and is available online for free viewing. October's LAM will be featured on the end-caps of the magazine sections in nearly 500 Barnes & Noble stores beginning October 14. The awards will be presented at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Boston on Monday, November 18.  ASLA will present 33 awards selected from 534 entries of which, The Armory: Resilient Minneapolis by Design, Lauren Brown, Student Affiliate ASLA; Kevin Cunningham, Student ASLA; Kylie Harper, Assoc. ASLA; Derek Hoetmer, Assoc. ASLA; and Tyler Knott, Student Affiliate ASLA, Graduate, Kansas State University, University Kansas, and University of Missouri-Kansas City
Faculty Advisor: Jason Brody


The LGBT Resource Center at Kansas State University will be holding its third annual Leadership Conference on October 18 and 19 on the Manhattan campus.
The focus of this year’s conference observes the theme “Be the Change.” Sessions and workshops will be held with a focus on sexuality and gender identity in building leadership within the community, examination of  intersections of personal identifiers, and a keynote by Dr. Brian Gilley from Indiana University concerning Native American two-spirit identities.

“It is the purpose of this conference to provide education and to advocate for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and how we can all work towards a better understanding of social justice in the Flint Hills and Kansas!” said Brandon Haddock, Coordinator for the LGBT Resource Center

The conference is free to all attendees and provides all sessions, conference materials, and lunch on Saturday.  Registration is encouraged.  Individuals or groups may register by visiting www.k-state.edu/lgbt. Information concerning accommodations and schedule of events can be found at the conference registration site.
We welcome interested presenters; abstracts for presentations are still being accepted. More information concerning the call for papers can also be found at the Resource Center website.
The LGBT Resource Center at Kansas State University is dedicated to helping the LGBT students, staff, and faculty and members of the surrounding communities to be more secure, educated, and productive in their personal and professional surroundings. 


APDesign is pleased to announce Kelly Nelson, Assistant Program Director from the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), will be making his first visit to K-State and APDesign on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. All former and anticipated DIS Study Abroad students are invited to meet and visit with Mr. Nelson from 10:30a.m. until noon on Oct. 22 in room 104 Seaton.
About Kelly Nelson
Architect, AIA (MArch, University of Maryland, 1996). Employed at Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects 1996-2010. He has been a key player on projects like Hotel Hilton, CPH Airport, DR-byen and Go-Terminal. While working at VLA Kelly has taught studios and lead study tours here at DIS numerous semesters. With DIS since 1994. 


Fourth and fifth year students are encouraged to participate in the 2013 Mock Interviews that will be held on October 21 in the K-State Alumni Center, 8:00a.m. – 7:00p.m.

There are several events leading up to the actual Mock Interview, those are:
Oct. 14 Walk-In Critiques at 11:30a.m. – 1pm at the top of the Pierce Atrium
Oct. 15 Sign-Up Day 5th year students & committee members may choose one interview 11:30a.m. – 1pm at the top of the Pierce Atrium; electronic & paper resume required.
Oct. 16 Sign-Up Day - Sign-Up Day 4th year students may choose one interview and 5th year students may choose a second interview, 11:30a.m. – 1pm at the top of the Pierce Atrium 11:30a.m. – 1pm at the top of the Pierce Atrium
Oct. 21 Mock Interview Day, K-State Alumni Center, business dress, electronic and paper resume required


Meghan Weiters will be on campus Oct. 20-24. During her visit a featured lecture will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at noon in Seaton 106c. The lecture topic is “How can we integrate physical activity as part of daily routines at work?”
This session will discuss how land use and the design of the built environment may impact how much physical activity is integrated within the daily workday of a typical office worker. Additionally, what are ways individuals, employers, planners, agencies or organizations can work to remove barriers that inhibit integrated daily physical activity during the workday in order to promote healthier and potentially more productive employees.