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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 4.23.12


Mabel Matamoros, architect and professor at the Jose Antonio Echevarria Polytechnic Institute in Havana, Cuba, has been brought to campus by the efforts of Katrina Lewis, assistant professor of interior architecture and product design, and Jeffrey Smith, associate professor of geography. Matamoros will be on campus through May 5 to meet with faculty and students in several departments and campus organizations for discussions on a variety of cultural and architectural topics.

Matamoros’ visit was made possible with assistance from the College of Architecture, Planning and Design; the department of geography; the office of international programs; the department of modern languages; and Alianza, the faculty-staff organization that advocates the advancement of Hispanics and Latinos.

While at the university, Matamoros will help to incorporate global perspectives into classes in interior architecture and geography and to give lectures and lead discussions on Cuban architecture and society.

Her main lecture will be at 4 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the Little Theatre at the K-State Student Union. The lecture, “An Overview of Cuba Today,” is free and open to the public. Matamoros will also present “Cuba: A Woman’s Perspective in Design” from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the Pierce Commons in Seaton Hall.


In conjunction with professor and architect Mabel Matamoros’ visit to K-State, we’ve assembled a colorful and informative display of Cuban architectural resources. Head up to Seaton 323 and learn about the history and culture of this unique society. Weigel would like to thank Katrina Lewis for providing funding for many books in this display.


The winners of the 2012 Ted & Sue Knapp Student Delineation Competition are: 

Freehand B&W
 Best in Show — Alex Palmer “Light Rendering”
 2nd Place — Kristen Ross “Louis Sullivan — Wainwright Building”
 3rd Place — Josef Lang “Chairs”
 Juror’s Choice — Abby Buchmann “The Gaze”
 Juror’s Choice — Lanting Su “Plaster Sketch 2 (Homer)”
 Juror’s Choice — Luke Brohmer “Blind Contour_3.18” 

Freehand Color
 1st Place — Samantha Wai “Guitar” 

 1st Place — Levi Wall “Holism”
 2nd Place — Luke Brohmer “Gerhard Richter Gallery” 

Mixed Media
 1st Place — Scott Davis “An Inside Look”


Today at 5:30 p.m. in Pierce Commons, the students from IAPD 391 will screen their short design films. All are welcome.


Alley access behind Seaton will be closed the week after graduation for the demolition of the condemned space — Seaton Court 110. This space has asbestos. Because of the abatement, access to areas around it will be limited. Please remember to move everything out of your studio spaces prior to 7 a.m. Monday, May 14.  For the week of May 14-18, APDesign will have limited access to the alley and potentially the spaces attached to Seaton Court 110. Be safe! Move out early.


Dr. Robin Moore, director of the Natural Learning Initiative will be speaking on Thursday, April 26, at the 2012 Engagement Symposium, “A Day of Learning: Communities Engaging Landscape.” The symposium is hosted by the Center for Engagement and Community Development (CECD) and the Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional & Community Planning at Kansas State University.

The keynote address, provided by Dr. Moore, will begin in the Flint Hills Room of the K-State Student Union at 1 p.m. Dr. Moore’s address will focus on how and why communities are engaging childhood learning through landscape.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to bring in Dr. Robin Moore to talk about his Natural Learning Initiative, which promotes the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of children, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information,” said David Procter, director of CECD.

Dr. Moore holds degrees in architecture and urban planning and is currently a professor at North Carolina State University. He speaks at universities around the world on various topics such as child development, landscape architecture, and environmental education.

Dr. Moore has many well known design pieces such as the Environmental Yard in Berkeley, CA; Nature Playscape in the Cincinnati, OH; and Kids Together Park in Cary, NC. In addition, he has authored and co-authored multiple books and articles including Children’s Domain: Play and Place in Child Development (1986), Plants for Play (1993), and Natural Learning (1997).

For more information on Dr. Moore, go to www.naturalearning.org. To get more information on attending the Engagement Symposium, go to www.ksu.edu/cecd.


On Thursday, May 3, Design + Make, a graduate architecture studio, will open an exhibition and final review in Pierce Commons of Seaton Hall from 9 a.m. to noon. The exhibit will display a culmination of the studio’s work from over the past two semesters.

Design + Make worked in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri on several projects during 2011-2012 school year. During their first semester, the studio researched ideas for the redevelopment of Camp Daisy Hindman near Dover, Kansas. In January, the studio warmed up the semester with a six week project designing and building twenty sets of bunk beds as part of a service learning project for Camp Prairie Schooner, near Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

The studio’s main project for the spring semester continued at Camp Daisy Hindman. Focus shifted from master planning to addressing the need for hot water showers at the camp. D+M, collaborating with el dorado inc, designed a bathhouse, complete with full scale prototypes and construction documents, to be built in coordination with a new spray park for the camp.

In addition to work with the Girl Scouts, D+M spent time working with other organizations as well. During the fall semester, a portion of the studio work on conceptual ideas for the Alma Hotel in Alma, Kansas, and with the City of Manhattan on the Goodnow Cabin, Goodnow Park and Bluemont Hill Park.

During the winter break, part of the studio worked on a submission for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Inventing the Modern World pavilion competition. The studio’s proposal was one of four short-listed entries and members of the studio interviewed with the museum’s director and exhibition’s curator to implement the project.

Further information about D+M can be found at www.Design-Make.us.


The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce the call for proposals for its 2012 international research seed funding initiative - culminating with an award of $20,000 to be recognized at the CTBUH 9th World Congress to be held in Shanghai, China, from September 19-21, 2012. This seed funding has been made possible with the kind support of AECOM, through the Shanghai Congress Gold + Research Seed Funding Sponsorship Package.

The goal of the seed funding is to assist researchers in developing projects/ideas to a level to secure additional, more significant, funding - in conjunction with the CTBUH. Research proposals should directly relate to the tall building typology and/or urban habitat, but can come from any topic/discipline including but not limited to: architecture, construction, energy issues, energy harvesting, environmental engineering, facades, financial & cost issues, fire & life safety, geo-technics, humanities, infrastructure, interiors, maintenance & cleaning, materials, MEP engineering, policy making, resource management, seismic, social aspects, structural engineering, systems development, urban planning, vertical transportation, wind engineering, etc. There are no institutional or geographic restrictions.

For more information and to download a submission form, visit: http://researchseedfunding.ctbuh.org