News from the School

Oct 26

It began as a speculative design, a prototype system of pre-cast, perforated and self-buoyant concrete vessels to float a forest of trees in Lake Erie, Toledo, to reduce harmful algal blooms. Two years later that collaborative design project by Assistant Professor Jake Boswell and senior landscape architecture student Marty Koelsch has received a provisional utility patent, and is currently in review for a full utility patent from the U.S. Patent Office.

Oct 17

Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning Dr. Gulsah Akar has received an Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) research grant to review existing bicycle level of service and safety index tools and propose a model that can be customized for an Ohio specific application. The project sponsor is Ohio's Research Initiative for Locals (ORIL). ORIL is Ohio's new research program for Local Public, whose purpose is to provide research support for local agencies to address problems specific to the local roadway system. ODOT funding for the study is $94,319. The total project amount is $128,727, including the Ohio State cost-share in the form of tuition waivers for graduate student project assistance.

Oct 15

Two projects by Knowlton School students have won Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (OCASLA) 2018 Merit Awards. Graduate student Linghui Zhang won for her project, Boat City, and seniors Garrett Rubin and Jackie Chen received recognized for Towpath Terminal Metro Park Center. OCASLA Merit Awards recognize “meritorious professional achievement in projects exhibiting outstanding achievement in the profession of landscape architecture.” Jury criteria includes the quality of design and execution of the overall presentation graphics (plans, sections, 3-D renderings, etc); design context; environmental sensitivity and sustainability.

Oct 11

Review highlights of the 2017-18 academic year in the latest Knowlton School Year in Review publication.

Oct 9

A Landscape Inventory: Michel Desvigne Paysagiste, edited by Landscape Architecture Section Head Dorothée Imbert, is the latest addition to the Knowlton School’s Source Books in Landscape Architecture series. This volume hits “restart” in the series of publications launched over a decade ago through the generosity of Herb and DeeDee Glimcher and their Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professorship endowment. 

Oct 5

The Knowlton School's City and Regional Planning program features prominently in the October issue of Planning, the official magazine of the American Planning Association (APA). The cover story, “Theory and Practice,” explores the benefits of planning programs using practitioners as adjunct faculty to teach student “real-world” skills. The article looks at studios conducted by Migg Caulkins Urban Visiting Professor Chad Gibson, AICP (MCRP '97) as successfully grounding theory in practical engagement with local and regional municipalities.

Oct 3

The Knowlton School announces the publication of The LeFevre Fellowship: 2000-2017, a catalog of the inquiries and proposals that developed as part of the school-sponsored fellowship, along with additional work by each fellow. “Fellowship projects have covered history, theory, contemporary culture, media, technology, material assembly and advance techniques with respect to the design of the built environment,” commented Knowlton School Senior Lecturer Ben Wilke (MARCH '03, MAS ’11), editor of the Source Books in Architecture series. “All of the these topics have been addressed during a crucial period in which the discipline has seen the rapid development of digital processes and strategies, the consequences and potentials of which are part of the work of each fellow show here.”

Oct 3

The Knowlton School welcomes Jackilin Ha Bloom and Florencia Pita as visiting faculty in the G3 Architecture Design Studio, Easy Office, with studio instructor and 2018-19 Lefevre Fellow, Emily Mohr (BSARCH ’13). The studio will look closely and critically at Rachel Whiteread’s works as examples of ways to enact new readings of materialized constructs and engage with an underlining disciplinary discussion of the studio, to define “easy” work as that which is in fact difficult, complex, excessive, transitional and implied.

Oct 3

Anna Hurley, a four-year member of The Ohio State Marching Band and a senior in city and regional planning, is set to dot the “i” on the Incomparable Script Ohio for the game on October 13 against Minnesota. “It’s one of those once in a lifetime things,” said Hurley of the upcoming performance. The honor of dotting the “i” is bestowed upon fourth and fifth-year members of the sousaphone section of the band. According to the band’s ranking system, Hurley was the third highest-ranking member of the section this year and she selected the home game against Minnesota for her “i” dotting debut.

Sep 20

The Knowlton School's graduate and undergraduate professional degree programs in landscape architecture and the graduate professional degree program in architecture are ranked among the best in the nation by publication DesignIntelligence. The 2018-2019 rankings are based on a surveys filled out by the leadership of design firms across the country that were asked to answer underlying question: “Which schools do you most admire for a combination of faculty, programs, culture and student preparation for the profession?”