My senior landscape design students are undertaking an exciting sustainable site design project this semester. Students met with local project partners - City of Bozeman - Stormwater Program and the Gallatin County Fairgrounds - this week to kick off our service-learning project. They are working on conceptual site designs to integrate a regional stormwater facility at the Fairgrounds that will regenerate urban ecological assets and create a community amenity. Some highlights were observing stormwater hard infrastructure up-close (including blocking off traffic to open a manhole!) and seeing drainage at work while it rained on our second site visit!
Lab students hit the stacks in the Montana State University library to explore landscape graphic communication in the Landscape Architecture Magazine catalog. We are in the initial stages of an image study that investigates landscape representation techniques and understanding.
Landscape design students presented their master plan ideas for a new trail project near Missouri Headwaters State Park in Trident, MT. What a great turnout at the Sacajawea Audubon Society monthly meeting, and lots of great design conversations after the formal presentations!
Currently, I am visiting student farms in the Midwest to explore the role of design elements in the cultural sustainability and placemaking of farms in the campus context. Although I have enjoyed my many interviews with farm managers and faculty advisors, the best perk has been receiving farm fresh produce on the road!
Students get to know the project site for designing alternative park futures for a new community park in Bozeman - Oak Springs Park. We are in the process of understanding and analyzing the existing and historical conditions of the site, in preparation for our first community partner design workshop in a couple weeks.
Landscape design students created two pop-up parks along College Street as part of an international event, Park(ing) Day (parkinday.org). For one day only, the parklets successfully challenged people’s every-day perceptions of public space. We could not have asked for a more beautiful fall day! The objectives for this class project, which was part of the Advanced Landscape Design studio (HORT 432), were for students to collaborate in developing a shared design idea, work within budget and time constraints, physically construct the parklet, and assess the user experience and implementation of their design intent.