News from the School

Feb 15

Six Knowlton School students are this year’s recipients of Architecture Research and Travel Awards (ARTA) which support independent research during summer 2018. This year’s awardees are: Tyler Cloud (MLA), Embedded Landscape Histories; Alexandra Oetzel (BSARCH), Wo[man] in the Landscape; Andrew Polefrone (MLA), URBAN AGRICULTURE AS CRISIS RESPONSE: A Comparative Study of Cuba and Colombia; Brittany L. Schroeder (MLA), The Forest Plantations: Characterizing the Plantings of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Eastern United States; Lucia Aguiar (MLA) and Rachel Smith (MLA): Living Land in New Zealand: Legal Personhood in the Context of Cultural Landscapes.

Feb 5

The Knowlton School welcomes Santina Contreras as an assistant professor in the City and Regional Planning Section. Her research and teaching focus on the intersection of natural hazards, urban planning and international development. In her work, she explores how participatory processes unfold in complex settings, such as areas exposed to environmental hazards and in developing countries. She has extensive experience in the private and nonprofit sectors working on the design and implementation of housing and post-disaster projects. This has included engaging with diverse communities vulnerable to natural hazards in Mexico, Haiti and Indonesia.

Jan 26

In Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech, Architecture Section Head and Professor Todd Gannon reassesses one of the most influential voices in twentieth-century architectural history through a detailed examination of Banham’s writing on High Tech architecture and its immediate antecedents. Gannon devotes significant attention to Banham’s late work, including archival materials related to the manuscript Banham left unfinished at his death in 1988. Gannon’s book also includes Banham’s previously unpublished draft introduction to Making Architecture.

 

 

Jan 22

“Autonomous vehicles are inevitable,” exclaimed Adam Trimmer, a senior city and regional planning (CRP) major,  to begin a presentation at the office of Capital Crossroads and Discovery Special Improvement Districts. Trimmer, with other students in the CRP transportation studio, detailed the implications of this growing technology on urban design and development practices for the future of Downtown Columbus.

Jan 19

A river runs through it. So too do the opportunities to rethink a six-mile stretch of the Olentangy River Corridor that connects the Ohio State campus and Downtown Columbus. Visions of the reimagined corridor were presented publically at Knowlton Hall by three teams from architecture, planning and landscape design firms NBBJ, West 8, REALM, TLS Landscape Architecture and MKSK.

Jan 17

Associate Professor of Practice Jason Kentner received a Merit Award from the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (OCASLA) for his Pizzuti Collection Sculpture Garden. The project created a contemporary garden to house a portion of the Pizzuti Collection, when it moved to the Short North Arts District and Columbus’ historic Victorian Village. The charge for the design was to site 10-15 sculptural works of varied sizes, while also allowing for the rotation of pieces.

Jan 16

Senior landscape architecture student Andre Banerjee has been awarded an Emerging Scholars Fellowship. The Fellowship is a program of Active Minds, an organization with more than 400 campus chapters that promotes student advocacy in the mental health movement. The program provides an opportunity for college-aged scholars to complete funded, independent mental health projects and to be connected with a network of young scholars and national experts in the field of behavioral health.

Jan 11

City and Regional Planning PhD student Yujin Park has been announced as a recipient of the Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship through the Columbus Chapter of Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS). The scholarship was established in 1981 by WTS International to encourage and support women pursuing graduate studies in transportation or a related field. Park’s application will now be forwarded for consideration for the national-level scholarship of $10,000.

Jan 10

Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning Jesus Lara addresses issues of Latino urbanism in his new book, Latino Placemaking and Planning: Cultural Resilience and Strategies for Reurbanization. The book offers a pathway to define, analyze, and evaluate the role that placemaking can have with respect to Latino communities in the context of contemporary urban planning, policy, and design practices.

Jan 9

Author and educator Caroline Levine is the Knowlton School’s Spring 2018 Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor. The Baumer Theory Seminar will examine the intersection of architectural and literary theory using Levine’s recent book, Forms, and other readings from architectural and literary theory as guides. Students will examine the two fields’ shared theoretical and methodological legacies in formalist close reading and historicist critique, and will devote considerable attention to aesthetic and political implications. Students will apply close reading techniques to examine works of literature, film, and architecture.

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