Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Kareem Usher has had a commentary published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Security, and Community Development. The JAFSCD is an online international, peer-reviewed publication focused on the practice and applied research interests of agriculture and food systems development professionals and scholars. Usher’s commentary, “Valuing All Knowledges Through an Expanded Definition of Access” appears in Volume 5, Issue 4 of the journal and addresses the issue of limited access to supermarkets and healthy food in core urban areas.
News from the School
Approximately 60 Knowlton alumni and their families gathered at Thompson Park in Upper Arlington, Ohio on Saturday, July 11 for the 2nd annual Knowlton Alumni Society Summer Picnic. Attendance doubled in size in comparison to last year’s inaugural picnic and all three Knowlton School sections were represented by the alumni. Picnic attendees enjoyed a sunny and dry break from the unusual rainy summer, which allowed for a relaxed evening of fellowship, food and fun.
For the students in Professor Kay Bea Jones’ Architecture 4420 Vertical Design Studio, the presentation of their vision for the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center expansion was the culmination of three month’s work.
Please join us for Homecoming. The parties, exhibition, studio visits, parade and tailgate promise to be loads of fun! Starting on Thursday 8 October and lasting through Saturday 10 October, we will celebrate the program, its students and faculty. This “once in a lifetime” event will give you a chance to revisit academic memories, meet current students and faculty, and let us know how you are doing.
Knowlton School Assistant Professor of Architecture Justin Diles’ on-going Plastic Stereotomy project, which last year won the TEX-FAB Plasticity design competition, has been featured in Architect Magazine. As the competition winner, Diles has developed his design into a full-scale, free-standing fabrication entitled Plastic Stereotomy. In March 2015, Plastic Stereotomy was installed in Houston for TEX-FAB 2015. And In May, the installation was on display at the 2015 AIA Convention in Atlanta.
Knowlton School City and Regional Planning students Jake Boehk, Andrew Bowsher, Ashley Hofmaster, Kalindi Parikh and Lia Yakumithis have won the American Planning Association’s competition Innovating Planning Apps for Planners: A Student and Emerging Professional Challenge. The competition was run through the APA’s Technology Division and was created “to challenge students and emerging professionals to come up with ‘proposals’ for web-based and mobile applications that will help the planning profession and the communities we serve.” As competition winners, Knowlton School team members were awarded $1,000 and their submission, Chip-In, will be featured in a future APA-Technology Division Newsletter publication.
The first of five dynamic parking lot attendant booths that transform the mundane into public art is now open. Titled Coney Island, the first booth is located in the parking lot of the The Westin Columbus–Great Southern Hotel in downtown Columbus just east of the corner of South High and East Main streets. The Bold Booths project combines art and function in one-of-a-kind installations unique to Columbus, Ohio. This pioneering project is an extension of Finding Time: ColumbusPublicArt2012. The innovative parking attendant booths will not only provide shelter for attendants, but will spark community dialogue about the role design plays in expanding the social capital within the city. Coney Island was designed by Knowlton School Associate Professor of Architecture Beth Blostein and Architecture Lecturer Bart Overly of Blostein/Overly Architects. The name is an homage to the legendary Southern Theatre.
The 2015 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects has elevated George Acock (BARCH ’63) to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. Acock was honored in May at an investiture ceremony at the 2015 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.
Raymond L. Nix, who received both his Master in City and Regional Planning ('94) and Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture ('92) from The Ohio State University, is steering Brightwood affordable housing development as founder of NixDevCo, LLC. The Development team comprised of The Hampstead Companies and NixDevCo, LLC will be joined by Mayor Muriel Bowser, local officials, and tenants for the groundbreaking for the Brightwood Portfolio, a plan to create and preserve 140 one-, two-, and three-bedroom affordable apartments for families across three buildings in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. To make the project possible, the Brightwood Tenants Association used the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) to preserve the affordability of the apartments in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood while avoiding displacement from their homes.
The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the College of Engineering announce the joint appointment of Dr. Edward “Ned” Hill, distinguished economist and dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, as professor of public affairs, effective September 1, 2015.
As a faculty member, Hill will teach economic development policy, public policy and public finance in both the Glenn College and the City and Regional Planning section.