Read this week's CAP Announcements for news and events of interest to our community.
STUDENTS WIN ASLA AWARD
ShadeWorks: Designing and Building Community Shade in Bluff, Utah, a project by Master of Landscape Architecture students in Advanced Design Studio and Design Build in Spring 2012 under the direction of Heath Mizer, then instructor in Landscape Architecture and now lecturer in Urban Design, has won an Honor Award in the Community Service category in the 2013 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Student Awards. The awards honor the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects from across the U.S. and around the world. The October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) features the winning projects. The 33 awards selected from more than 534 entries were presented at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Boston on November 18.
The award-winning students, some of whom are now alumni, are Matthew Annable, Tara Abbaticchio, Kenneth Biesiada, Sarah Doyle, Molly Haberman, Patrick Healy, Jennifer Leach, Gregory Laudenslager, Kelley Price, Jacob Rocamora, Jessica Stonberg, Caitlin Tamposi, Trevor Toms, Byungsun Yang, and Ben Brehmer.
The students worked with the community of Bluff, Utah, to reconnect the town with the San Juan River. They proposed a river walk master plan aimed at activating and drawing visitors through the 1/2 mile expanse between the town and the river. This was achieved through a culturally aligned network of trails and interventions strategically located to provide visitors shaded respites from the hot sun and opportunities to discover and reflect on Bluff's monumental landscape. The Bluff community selected one intervention, named ShadeWorks, from the plan that the students fully designed and built in Spring 2012.
STUDENT WINS DESIGN COMPETITION
, student in the Master of Architecture program, is the winner of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado Student Design Competition for the design of the physical award to be given to winners in five categories at the organization’s Impact Awards Gala on December 12. Public Works, a fabrication facility located in the co-working space Battery 621, is producing Sam’s design into five trophies. As the winner of the competition, Sam receives a free student ULI Colorado membership for a year, has her design produced, and is invited as an honorary guest to the awards program. The judges were “very impressed with the thoughtfulness and simplicity of [her] design, as well as the graphic representation of production among other things in [her] full submittal.” For more on the Impact Awards event, see the ULI Colorado website
PhD STUDENT DEVELOPS ONLINE COURSE
Nader Afzalan, PhD candidate in Planning and Design and Vice-chair of the American Planning Association-Technology Division, developed an online course on Social Network Analysis and Visualization hosted by Planetizen. The course demonstrates the ways you can use the open-source Gephi software to visualize and analyze online social networks. The modules focus on the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office Facebook page and a Facebook group created for disaster recovery purposes after Superstorm Sandy. As part of this course, you will learn how to find potential stakeholders or various groups and sub-groups in online networks. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, you will also learn how to analyze and visualize networks’ behavior. Nader’s research addresses pros and cons of using online tools in engaging citizens in land use and environmental planning processes.
FACULTY NAMED MENTOR OF THE YEAR
Ken Andrews, Instructor of Architecture, was named Mentor of the Year at the AIA Colorado North 2013 Design and Honor Awards on Friday, November 1, during a presentation at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. The award recognizes a firm or licensed architect member for exceptional efforts to promote the professional growth and development of an emerging design professional, or group of emerging professionals, who is/are in the process of acquiring a license. Ken is also a Principal at Arch11, Inc., which won the Citation Award for Residential: Large for the project “303.”
FRANCK APPOINTED FIRST Director of Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives
The University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning is proud to announce the college’s first-ever director of Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives. Award-winning designer, author and educator Christine G. H. Franck has been appointed the first Director. Dean Mark Gelernter says “this new position will help pull together a number of programs and initiatives in our college around the theme of Enduring Places. This means designing buildings and places that can last longer by adapting to changes over time, rather than wastefully replacing them when functions or tastes change.” Enduring Places partners sustainability with historic preservation, and focuses renewed attention on how buildings in the past adapted more gracefully to change than many of our more recent buildings. This initiative will help today’s practitioners learn important lessons from our traditional settlement patterns, design languages and building practices. Read more about Christine and her new appointment.