News from the School

Feb 15

Excellence in teaching is a facet of an Ohio State education that is recognized and celebrated at the highest levels of the university’s administration. Students in CRPLAN 3600 were creating plans that articulated the land development process when they were unexpectedly visited by Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron, Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Kay Wolf, Chief Communications Officer for Advancement Dan Caterinicchia, College of Engineering Senior Associate Dean John Horack, Knowlton School Director Mike Cadwell and Interim City and Regional Planning Section Head Maria Conroy. The occasion of the visit was to present the course instructor, Professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning Kyle Ezell, with the Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Feb 14

When Emily Phillis was appointed Professional Development Chair of the City and Regional Planning Student Association (CRPSA) last year, her primary responsibility was to plan events to help prepare students for entering the workforce. Fast-forward to “Strong Women. Strong Places,” an event held this February at the Ohio Union that celebrated the strengths and diverse perspectives women bring to the planning field. “I envisioned using the opportunity to connect women planners and students in a safe, welcoming environment where mentorship, leadership and collaboration could take place,” commented Phillis, a graduate student in city and regional planning at the Knowlton School.

Jan 15

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Katherine Jenkins and Landscape Architecture Lecturer Parker Sutton have been awarded a joint MacDowell Colony Residency during the spring of 2019. The MacDowell Colony is a leading contemporary arts organization located in Peterborough, New Hampshire that brings multidisciplinary artists together to exchange ideas and pursue creative work. Since 1907, the MacDowell Colony has provided essential support for emerging and established artists in the disciplines of architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. About 300 artists, selected by a panel comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline, are awarded fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, according to the MacDowell Colony mission statement.

Jan 9

While advanced digital imagery and navigation technologies allow landscape architects to analyze and design for a site, it is also possible that these interfaces—deeply embedded in current design practice—can potentially isolate one from the physical landscape. The premise of this year’s Glimcher Seminar was to have landscape architecture students experience immediate and visceral contact with a site, and discover how walking the terrain has value in the design process. “This seminar employs walking as an analytical and generative tool—a way of revealing existing site conditions and responding to them,” stated Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture Katherine Jenkins, who led the seminar of graduate and undergraduate students.

Dec 10

Following reviews of the ten finalist, Candice Wu was announced as the winner of the 2018 GUI Competition, an annual event held within the senior Architecture Design Studio. This year’s competition prompt was to design the Aretha Franklin High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Lafayette Park, Detroit, Michigan—a project that looks to a future of Detroit based on its contributions to music, art and architecture.

Nov 29

Laura Solano (BSLA ‘83) will be the 2019 Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School during Spring Semester. Hosted by the school’s Landscape Architecture Section, Solano will lead several workshops that develop ideas about topography and discover principles that transcend scale, time and aesthetics. Students enrolled in the workshops will use topographic design principles (perception, spatial boundaries, views, physical comfort) and earthwork technologies (disturbance, stability, conveyance, collection) to make a landscape that is not only experientially powerful but also hardworking in its support of landscape systems and processes.

Nov 27

The 2018–19 Herbert Baumer Memorial Seminars will focus on the work of Farshid Moussavi, founder of Farshid Moussavi Architecture, and best-selling novelist Mark Z. Danielewski. Since 1998, the Knowlton School has hosted the Herbert Baumer Memorial Seminars, a series of interactions between Knowlton students and seminal practitioners in architecture and related disciplines. Based on a significant amount of research, students lead a series of discussions that encourages visiting practitioners to position their work within a broader disciplinary context and to reveal their motivations and techniques.

Nov 20

Knowlton School alumnus Martin Fenlon (BSARCH ’97, MARCH ’99) has won a 2018 American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter (AIA|LA) Honor Award for his Fenlon House (2013 – 2015) project. The project brings new life to a dilapidated 1920’s bungalow, located just outside of downtown Los Angeles in the little-known neighborhood of Hermon. The new addition to the front of the house forms a unique alliance with the remodeled existing house. This new frontispiece appears to be intimately nested within the older existing house, while maintaining a stark differentiation. 

 

Nov 15

Conducted by Viola Ago and Galo Canizares, inaugural recipients of the Christos Yessios Visiting Assistant Professorship, the Interferences Workshop I articulated the complementary, yet independent, research of emerging digital fabrication tools to be conducted by the two new faculty. At the end of the four-day workshop, two groups of Knowlton School students presented their experiments with coding and digital software with separate displays of digital or fabricated 3D models. 

Oct 26

It began as a speculative design, a prototype system of pre-cast, perforated and self-buoyant concrete vessels to float a forest of trees in Lake Erie, Toledo, to reduce harmful algal blooms. Two years later that collaborative design project by Assistant Professor Jake Boswell and senior landscape architecture student Marty Koelsch has received a provisional utility patent, and is currently in review for a full utility patent from the U.S. Patent Office.

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