Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi State University’

This fall, LAM will be highlighting professional and student winners from the 2020 ASLA Awards by asking designers to dive deep into one image from their winning project.

The LivingRoom: A Freeware Learning Garden Focused on Health, Food, and Nutrition Education, by Simon Powney, Tripp Dunn, Huang Zhaoheng, Ben Gunter, Jacob Felkins, Cody Eades, Walter Hogue, Matthew Stanton, Clint Kiser, Logan Sullivan, Nada Aziz, Natalie Bowers, Brandon Burton, Oriey Glenn, and Jane Kent; Mississippi State University, Student Collaboration Honor Award.

“The inspiration for the color and bold graphic style used in the Galloway Elementary School LivingRoom Garden came from an existing mural at the school that speaks to local food production and programmatic discussions with education researchers. The style uses a simple palette of primary colors and geometric shapes to represent local food selections. The arrangement is based on a few ideas about how elementary age children can use the garden. First, there is a series of spaces that can be used to identify destinations. ‘Meet on the big watermelon’ or ‘Let’s go sit in the tomato and talk about this.’ Second, [there’s] the need for structure so multiple groups could use it at the same time. ‘Let’s walk on the “peas” path so we don’t get in the way of the class on the “carrots” path.’ Third, the ‘peas’ end in an ordering grid that allows teachers to instruct children to order things they find in the garden by size, color, texture, shape, etc. and have discussions about the differences.”

—Simon Powney, Student ASLA


Teaching children about how food is grown is a worthy endeavor. But school administrators are daunted by the funding requirements and maintenance of a school garden. A team of landscape architecture, architecture, and graphic design students created a prototype for a learning garden that is affordable and practical. Instead of small-scale farming, the student team described the design as focused on “aligning teachers’ needs with food, health, and nutrition education goals.” The resulting semicircular planter, made with off-the-shelf components for less than $1,500, incorporates a trellis, seating, and an irrigation system. Working with an educator, the team also created a garden curriculum that is organized around the themes of time, color, math, biology, and seasons, allowing the lessons to be incorporated easily into the regular school curriculum.

—Lydia Lee

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Software and technology trends in landscape architecture.



In 1982 a new tool landed on the desks of engineers that would revolutionize the construction and design industries. That tool, eventually known as AutoCAD, ushered computer-aided design into the field with the goal of increased accuracy and efficiency. In the decades since, a variety of software programs have become embedded in nearly every step of the design process, from site inventory and analysis to final project deliverables and beyond. Software has evolved from tools to represent design to those actually affecting design ideas. It’s more than just software, as emerging technology such as drones, virtual reality (VR), and 3-D printers have found their way into offices. Whereas it was once adequate to master only AutoCAD, Photoshop, and SketchUp, many firms are now expected to collaborate and communicate using technology beyond this “big three.”

As firms wrestle with their software decisions and changing collaboration needs, knowledge of technology trends across the industry can be a valuable tool. With this in mind, ASLA’s Digital Technology Professional Practice Network (DTPPN) teamed with professors from Utah State University and Mississippi State University to document and assess current developments in the profession. The survey was sent to a third of ASLA’s members and garnered 482 responses, 72 percent of whom were full members of ASLA, and 17 percent associate members. When compared to surveys from previous years, the findings paint a picture of a profession in the midst of a watershed moment in how technology is used. While the big three are still staples, there are now many alternatives and add-ons to augment and expand the design workflow. (more…)

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Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum  by students from Mississippi State University. Rainwater was moved away from and around the north end of the building with a dry swale. Rain collected from the roof is managed in a sand filter, which helps to define an outdoor amphitheater. Image: Cory Gallo

2013 Award of Excellence for Student Collaboration: “Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum” by students from Mississippi State University. Image: Cory Gallo.

We at LAM are big supporters of the ASLA Student Awards and the work of students who, despite thesis deadlines and studio crunch, manage to submit terrific work each year. We publish the winners in our annual awards issue (this year, in October); we cheer them on during the awards ceremony at the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO; we feature student work throughout the year.

Communications, Award of Excellence: Above Below Beyond Exhibition by students from Temple University and University of Pennsylvania.

2013 Award of Excellence for Communication: “Above Below Beyond” exhibition by students from Temple University and University of Pennsylvania.

In the past year, we’ve interviewed Zheming Cai about his project, Preservation as Provocation, Matthew Moffitt about Dredge City: Sediment Catalysis, and Chen Chen about her project, The Overlapped City. We’ve also written about Shadeworks, an award winner from University of Colorado Denver, Andrew Thomas Doyle’s project at Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant, and Concrete Habitat Units by students at Cal Poly Pomona. There are more to come.

Residential Design, Award of Excellence: Yitian Zhao and Siyu Tian, University of Pennsylvania. Paths of Life site plan.

2013 Award of Excellence for Residential Design: “Paths of Life,” by Yitian Zhao and Siyu Tian, University of Pennsylvania.

So here we are at the end of the semester, and you’re pretty much out of your mind. But we can celebrate your work only if you compete and win! The deadline for applications for the 2014 student awards is Friday, April 25, 2014, and binders must be received by Friday, May 9, 2014. More information can be found on the awards page of the ASLA website. Good luck!

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