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Mar 22

After already winning an Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture (OCASLA) Merit Award and the 2015 Vernon Deines Award for an Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan by the American Planning Association (APA), City and Regional Planning Associate Professor of Practice Kyle Ezell’s project The Essence of Athens: A Strategic Design Plan for Economic Enhancement and Community Competitiveness has received the 2015 Donald E. Hunter Award for Excellence in Economic Development Planning from the Economic Development Division of the APA.

Mar 9

The 11 undergraduates in Chad Gibson’s city and regional planning studio course were assigned a daunting task—assessing the feasibility of light rail transit for Ohio’s capital city. As the largest metropolitan area in the United States without passenger rail service, proponents argue that a world-class transportation system is critical to Columbus becoming a world-class city. But previous attempts to bring light rail to the city in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s were unsuccessful. Local advocacy group Transit Columbus approached Ohio State’s city and regional planning department with the idea for the studio following Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman’s State of the City address in February 2014. The mayor’s challenge to connect the city’s central business district to Port Columbus International Airport by passenger rail reignited the possibility of realizing such a system.

Mar 6

he 4th Annual Fashion Schau, organized by student group SERVitecture and hosted in Knowlton Hall’s Center Space on Friday, February 20, raised $1,300 for charity Dress for Success Columbus, exceeding last year’s recording breaking total of $1,250.

Mar 2

Christine Meadows was recognized for her commitment to excellence in higher education at Ohio State at the Sphinx/Mortar Board Faculty and Staff Reception at the Longaberger Alumni House on Monday,

Mar 2

Knowlton School Director Michael Cadwell has been elected to The College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects for his notable contributions “to the advancement of the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training, and practice.” As an educator, writer, and practitioner, Michael Cadwell has championed construction as a transformative cultural act: how we see, build, and inhabit the world.

Feb 26

City and Regional Planning undergraduate Frank Johnson is one of 22 students from across the Ohio State campus included in the 2015-2017 Class of Buckeye Leadership Fellows, the Office of Student Life’s signature leadership development experience. Johnson was chosen from among a pool of over 100 sophomores who applied for the program, now in its fifth year.

Feb 23

Following the project’s recent success in winning an Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture (OCASLA) Merit Award, City and Regional Planning Associate Professor of Practice Kyle Ezell’s project The Essence of Athens: A Strategic Design Plan for Economic Enhancement and Community Competitiveness has won the 2015 Vernon Deines Award for an Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan by the American Planning Association. Ezell will receive the award at the APA National Convention in Seattle this April.

Feb 9

The Knowlton School is pleased to announce the winners of the school’s 2015 Architecture Research Travel Awards (ARTA) competition. The ARTA program was established to encourage independent travel initiatives of up to 30 days by Knowlton students from all degree programs. ARTA grants are made possible by generous support from the Columbus Foundation.

Feb 9

As part of the Knowlton School’s commitment to bringing high level and current research to its PhD students and the faculty, the PhD Lecture Series invites prominent researchers in city and regional planning and related fields to present their work. These lectures offer diverse research methods alongside theoretical and applied understandings of the contemporary research of concern to city and regional planning scholars.

Feb 6

Baumer Lecture Series speaker Tom Wiscombe and 2014-15 LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow David Eskenazi were co-instructors of the workshop “Involuted Figures and Black Holes” hosted at the Knowlton School, February 4-7. The workshop focussed on the problem of near-figuration, which is a form of resolution of the polarizing discourse of form versus shape of the last ten years. Near figuration is defined as the appearance of distinct, legible objects from illegible or fluid conditions, resulting in a sense of mystery in relation to the extents, interiority, and origin of the thing.

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