News from the School

Jul 8

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. 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 an architecture unbound 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.

Apr 12

Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning Zhenhua Chen has published High Speed Rail and China’s New Economic Geography: Impact Assessment from the Regional Science Perspective, along with co-author, Kingsley E. Haynes at George Mason University. The book is part of Edward Elgar Publishing’s New Horizons in Regional Science series. High Speed Rail and China’s New Economic Geography presents an analytical approach to assessing the socioeconomic impact of high speed rail in China, with an emphasis on capturing the spatial spillover effects of rail infrastructure development on China’s economic geography in terms of land use, housing market, tourism, regional disparity, modal competition, the economy and environment.

Apr 4

The world’s building sector is currently responsible for approximately one-third of global CO2 emissions. Buildings also provide stable indoor climates designed for human comfort. Paradoxically, these two facts work against one another: the carbon emitted to provide comfortable indoor climates simultaneously leads to global warming. While Adaptive Thermal Comfort (ATC), also referred to as mixed-mode building, is a new paradigm for climate change adaptation and building comfort, its understanding and application is limited in the United States. Recipient of a prestigious 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar Award to Australia, Assistant Professor of Architecture Andrew Cruse will carry out his research, entitled “Promoting Indoor Climate Change,” at the University of Technology Sydney from March – June 2020. Cruse will collaborate with Leena Thomas, professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), who co-developed the Building Occupant Survey System (BOSSA), to explore ways to reduce building energy by allowing indoor climates to vary based on exterior weather.

Mar 27

In recognition of outstanding service to the university, Knowlton School Alumnus George Acock, FAIA (BARCH ’63) has been named a recipient of a 2019 Ohio State University Distinguished Service Award. Spanning Acock’s 52 years of practice in Columbus, he has designed over $1 billion of construction and has been awarded 22 citations for excellence in commercial and residential design from national, state and local organizations. Included in this distinguished portfolio are significant buildings in the history of the Ohio State campus, among them Pomerene Hall, Sullivant Hall, the North Residential District and the Student Academic Services (SAS) building.

Mar 12

Assistant Professors of Architecture Ashley Bigham and Erik Herrmann are recipients of a 2019 Slovene Research Initiative award as visiting exchange scholars this summer to conduct research on their project, "Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana at 100 Years.” The Slovene Research Initiative award is granted by the Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies.

Mar 7

Outpost Office, Assistant Professors of Architecture Ashley Bigham’s and Erik Herrmann’s design practice, is featured in the Next Progressives series in Architect Magazine (March 2019). Outpost Office is a design practice which seeks new public audiences through experimental creative production ranging from the serious to the absurd, often simultaneously.

Mar 5

Betsy Pandora (MCRP ’10) is the Executive Director at Short North Alliance (SNA), an advocacy organization for the culturally rich Short North Arts District. She has served as the Education Outreach and Development Coordinator at the Wexner Center for the Arts and as strategic planning assistant in the director’s office. More recently, Pandora was the Healthy Places Coordinator for Columbus Public Health Department and was the leading force behind Columbus Art Walks. The Short North Arts District is recognized as a pioneer in urban revitalization and features one of the most dynamic concentrations of creative art, dining, nightlife, fashion, home décor and unique gift establishments in all of Ohio. The mission of the Short North Alliance is to nurture the Short North Arts District as a vibrant, creative, and inclusive community and leading arts destination.

Mar 1

A student team representing all three academic sections within the Knowlton School was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2019 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Competition for its “EXPO Cincy” proposal. In its 17th year, the ULI Competition challenges graduate students to devise a comprehensive design and development scheme for an actual site in an urban area. Unique to the competition is that the five-member teams must have student representation from at least three different disciplines pursuing at least three different degree programs.

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