Latest News & Events

Latest News

Jul 22

The Knowlton School is pleased to announced that Professor Jennifer Clark will be the next Section Head of City and Regional Planning at the Knowlton School in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. "Leading the City and Regional Planning Section at Knowlton presents a rare opportunity to engage and shape the future of planning practice, education and research,” commented Clark. “ Planning is uniquely grounded in rigorous research, community-focused planning practice, student-centered learning, and deep and diverse faculty expertise. Our innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs offer a distinctly optimistic and aspirational approach to planning inclusive, sustainable, and equitable cities and communities."

Jul 12

On a cold March afternoon, a single mother and her two children moved into their new home on McClelland Avenue in Columbus' Linden neighborhood. The refrigerator and cabinets were already stocked, along with clothes in the closets and sheets on the beds, in the newly constructed and mortgage-free house. The Legacy House Project was the vision of Curtis J. Moody, FAIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP (BSARCH ’73), Founder and CEO of Moody Nolan, an architecture firm headquartered in Columbus. “We had the desire to see something more tangible in our charitable giving,” stated Moody. “We determined that we are architects—and what we do is design—so why don’t we do something that is within our wheelhouse?”

Jul 8

"I see an affordable city with dynamic, inclusive growth, mixed income neighborhoods that support family stability and mobility that provides equity and improves the quality of life for all of our residents," stated Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther during his 2019 State of the City address. Acting on Mayor Andrew Ginther’s vision for affordable and sustainable housing in Columbus, Franklin County and Columbus leaders created the Central Ohio Community Land Trust. With a commitment from Columbus officials of $3.8 million in the 2019 capital budget, the Central Ohio Community Improvement Corporation (COCIC), the non-profit organization that will oversee the Land Trust, will acquire land and build homes for families that struggle with rising house prices in improving neighborhoods. Supporting this effort were city and regional planning students in the Neighborhood Planning Studio, co-instructed by Associate Professor Bernadette Hanlon and Assistant Professor Jason Reece. These students were tasked by Columbus City Council to research and present proposals for implementing a Community Land Trust (CLT) in the City of Columbus/Franklin County.

Jul 1

Inside Knowlton Hall, critics and students were invited to don a headset and enter another Knowlton Hall—this one a virtual space complete with identical walls, floors, ceilings and windows, but simulating a type of architecture whose properties were not bound by the laws of physics. This virtual reality (VR) experience, where visitors moved through the space and interacted as avatars, was the culmination of graduate architecture student John Fleming’s Master Project. “I wanted to explore the ways in which architecture can exercise agency in a virtual world that are impossible in physical reality. When we view VR only as a representational tool, we accept the rules and limitations of physical reality,” commented Fleming. “My project asks what is possible when architecture is designed for a virtual world.”

May 3

Whether using drone flights to create high resolution, geo-referenced maps that are viewable as interactive 3D space or assisting students in virtual reality applications for a digitally built environment, Chris Strasbaugh endeavors to expand the Knowlton School’s capacity to experiment with innovative technologies that impact the planning and design fields. This commitment was recognized at the College of Engineering’s annual Above and Beyond Staff Awards program. This year, the Knowlton School’s Digital Resource Archivist and Curator received an award for Exemplary Support or Advancement of Research for his superior support of research activities.