Student-run HOPES conference to bring ecological designers, scholars, writers
The Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability (HOPES) conference, an annual gathering hosted each spring term by the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, is one of the only student-run sustainability conferences in the United States.
UO helps in probe of how warming will affect carbon in soils
Efforts by UO researchers to study how climate change may change Pacific Northwest grasslands have blossomed into global collaborations with two recently published reports and a third on the way. Department of Landscape Architecture Professor Bart Johnson is one of the UO researchers collaborating in the effort. The three studies focus on the ability of soils to store excess carbon in the face of warming conditions. Studies at individual research sites have produced mixed results, but the new findings may help to change the scientific understanding.
ASLA Oregon honors Landscape Architecture department
Several A&AA scholars, alumni, and friends were recognized recently with Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ inaugural Honor Awards. "After a long tradition of an annual design awards program, we decided to shift our focus this year to recognizing the best in our profession and our community," said Laurie Matthews, Oregon ASLA president.
Landscape architecture student team adds fifth prize to project tally
A team of UO landscape architecture students won the People’s Choice award in the 2016 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, along with a separate $10,000 cash prize, for their project “Living Filtration System.” The People’s Choice award included $3,000 plus software valued at another $3,000.
UO launches sustainability partnership with City of Albany
The UO’s Sustainable City Year Program is collaborating this year with the City of Albany, Oregon, on projects ranging from parks improvements to economic development. Albany’s mayor and staff celebrated the partnership at the Jaqua Center with students, faculty, and others recently.
Winning design combines art, sustainable power generation
A UO team of architecture and landscape architecture students placed second in an international competition for professionals and students to design a civic artwork that also generates carbon-free electricity and water. Their project, and one other UO entry in the competition, will be featured in a book published in November.
A&AA lands top talent across disciplines
A&AA welcomes new tenure-track faculty in art, landscape architecture, art history, historic preservation, and planning, public policy and management.
Earthworm-inspired design wins prize for UO landscape architects
The student team’s innovative Living Filtration System, created to help farmers keep nutrients in the soil, wins the Living Product Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The $10,000 award makes them eligible for the $100,000 grand prize, which will be announced October 22.
New A&AA dean thinks globally, shares locally
For Christoph Lindner, the new dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, "university life-research, education, teaching-connects to everything." Lindner shares his enthusiasm about making those connections at the University of Oregon and A&AA's growing global reach. He brings his own far-reaching global experience to the table as well, having most recently come from Amsterdam. Read more at AroundtheO
Landscape architecture researchers’ work seeks green mechanisms
Findings by UO researchers including Gwynne Mhuireach, a doctoral student in landscape architecture at the UO, and landscape architecture Professor Bart Johnson are featured in the August 2 edition of Phys.org and will appear in print in the journal Science of the Total Environment. The researchers determined that airborne bacterial communities differ in subtle but potentially important ways. “I am looking for mechanisms that explain why vegetation helps people and how we can design for it,” Mhuireach says.