News from the School

Mar 12

The Knowlton School announces the publication of the twelfth title in its Source Books in Architecture Series, Neil M. Denari / NMDA: The Baumer Lectures. Source Books in Architecture is a product of the Herbert Baumer seminars, a series of interactions between students and seminal practitioners at the Knowlton School at The Ohio State University. Neil M. Denari was the Autumn Semester 2015 Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor.

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Mar 9

It sustains organic life and supports the built environment. Beneath grass and pavement, dirt abides, integral to life but largely taken for granted, according to Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Paula Meijerink, whose exhibit, COLUMBUS DIRT: Illuminating the Invisible, is on display in the Knowlton School’s Banvard Gallery from March 7 through March 30. “We want someone who visits the exhibit to have a new appreciation of soil,” Meijerink explains. “The various components of the exhibit are essentially about soil research, proposition and implementation. The idea is to demonstrate the richness and diversity of soil on one hand, and also explore the question central to this exhibit: 'How can soil be experienced and initiate new ecologies?'”

Mar 1

The Square and Pavilion are the latest additions to the Novartis Campus in Basel, Switzerland. Designed by Good Form Studio—jointly led by Assistant Professor of Architecture Andrew Cruse and Professor of Landscape Architecture and Section Head Dorothée Imbert—the project seamlessly merges architectural and landscape interventions to create a new type of workspace for Novartis employees. The campus masterplan, devised by Italian architect Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, has transformed a site of pharmaceutical production into a hub for research, and in doing so has created a showcase of contemporary architecture and landscape.

Feb 21

The 7th Annual Fashion Schau topped last year’s gate by raising $2,400 for Dress for Success Columbus, a non-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and career development tools. Kelsey Swarthout, Rachel Ghindea and Sarah Cronin, all seniors majoring in architecture, received the Golden T-Square, the Fashion Schau’s top honor. The two dresses, modeled by Swarthout and Ghindea, also won the People’s Choice award. Their garments played off the Schau’s theme by using materials from their structure’s class final assignment: destroyed bridges.

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: 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.

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