Writing for the Herald-Mail, Matthew Umstead covers ongoing efforts to redevelop the Matthews Foundry in Martinsburg, W.Va.:
Built before the Civil War, the building at 420 N. Queen St. was one of five projects in Main Street communities across the state that the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative chose earlier this year to receive technical assistance.
Environmentally-sensitive design ideas rendered by WVU landscape architecture students are to show outdoor space surrounding the foundry that complements the structure’s history along Tuscarora Creek, according to WVU Assistant Professor Carrie Moore.
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Nina Chase, alumna of our landscape architecture program, has been named a “Landscape Architect to Watch” by Green Building and Design Magazine:
“Landscape architecture needs to make a bigger splash,” Nina Chase says confidently. She should know. Chase is already making waves in the industry, having earned her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture at West Virginia University (WVU), her master’s degree in the same at Harvard University and having joined Boston’s Sasaki Associates in November 2012. Her work of better integrating the natural landscape with the urban world is making her a frontrunner in her field. Oh, and there’s one other thing. She’s 25 years old.
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Via WVU Today:
Recent and ongoing construction projects by West Virginia University and WVUHealthcare will have an economic impact of more than $1 billion, with nearly $700 million benefiting Monongalia County and surrounding areas, a study by the University’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research concludes.
The review of 20 construction projects beginning in June 2011 with completion planned by November 2015 found that the total $742.9 million budget of those projects would create more than 7,100 jobs and $35 million in local and state tax revenue almost 4,700 of the jobs and $23.3 million of the taxes them in and around Mon County.
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High school students will have the opportunity to develop creativity and design skills in fun and unique ways when they register for Design WV Summer Camp at West Virginia University.
Hosted by the Division of Design and Merchandising in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, the camp will be held July 28 Aug. 1.
“This will be a great way for students to learn basic photography, sketching, painting, collage and computer design skills with like-minded peers while getting acquainted with WVU and the surrounding community,” said Elijah Pollard, coordinator of the camp and visiting assistant professor of design and merchandising. “We’ve also created a four-day scavenger hunt to help students learn the elements and principles of design.”
Students will also have the opportunity to learn about careers in the fields of interior design, fashion design and merchandising, and other design-related industries.
Additionally, the camp will partner with Adventure WV to offer outdoor recreational and peer-bonding activities.
The camp fee is $475 which includes three meals per day, dorm lodging and art supplies.
Registration is open until all of the camp spaces are filled; however, space is limited.
To register, visit http://design.wvu.edu/summer_design.
Keith Bowers, ‘82, BSLA, will deliver the E. Lynn Miller Lecture in Landscape Architecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in room 1001 of the Agricultural Sciences Building on WVU’s Evansdale Campus.
For nearly three decades, Bowers has been at the forefront of applied ecology, land conservation and sustainable design. As the founder and president of Biohabitats (www.biohabitats.com), he has built a multidisciplinary organization focused on conservation planning, ecological restoration and regenerative design. Using a living-systems approach as the basis for all of its work, Biohabitats employs whole-systems thinking through applied ecology to address a variety of projects at multiple scales. From site-specific river, wetland and coastal habitat restoration projects to regional watershed management and conservation, to the regeneration of urban estuaries, Bowers has kept Biohabitats at the vanguard of ecology and design.
Bowers is also president and founder of Biohabitats’ sister company, Ecological Restoration and Management, Inc. (www.er-m.com). Ecological Restoration and Management provides professional installation and management services for restoration projects throughout North America.
He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Wildlands Network (http://www.twp.org), a national organization focused on restoring, protecting and connecting North America’s best wild places and is the Theme Lead for Ecological Restoration under IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Ecological Restoration International (www.ser.org) since 1999, twice as its Chair and currently serves on several board committees.
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), registered in over seven states, and is a Professional Wetland Scientist.
The lecture was endowed through a gift from E. Lynn Miller, who earned his B.S. from WVU and his Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard. He also created the Miller Creative Writing Award, given annually to a WVU student who best expresses concepts of landscape architecture in a creative context.
Miller is an emeritus professor of landscape architecture at Penn State. He has served as a visiting professor in the University of Texas Austin’s landscape architecture program, at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, and at Tsinghua University in the Peoples Republic of China. In 1992, he was the ASLA Congressional Fellow with the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. In 1995, he received the Outstanding Educators Award from the Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture.
The Miller Lecture was established through the WVU Foundation, a private non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU.
Scheduled for 10-11 a.m. in 1001 Agricultural Sciences Building on WVU’s Evansdale Campus, the hobbyists will discuss a range of issues related to the operation of small, multi-rotor aerial platforms.
While their name may imply something otherworldly, the work these hobbyists are doing is earth-bound.
Brian Zvaigzne and Patrick Sherman, founders of Roswell Flight Test Crew, build and pilot small unmanned aerial vehicles, often referred to as drone aircrafts, with mounted thermal sensors, cameras, and video transmitters which allow them to have a first-person view of what the model is seeing.
With the rapid advance of this hobby technology, the lines between radio-controlled models and professional unmanned aircraft systems have begun to blur.
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More recently, she received a grant from the Ross Foundation to develop and implement a student-led program to conceptually redevelop the Point Park area of downtown Parkersburg, W.Va.
Kathryn Wittner believes one of the best ways to learn is “by doing.”
With that in mind, the landscape architecture professor in the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design set out to develop a student-led program to conceptually redevelop the Point Park area of downtown Parkersburg, W.Va.
Through a grant from the Ross Foundation, Wittner was able to implement the program toward the end of the fall semester, giving her students the opportunity to explore the area and brainstorm design ideas before the winter break.
“It is fantastic that landscape architecture students get to work with community members throughout the state developing listening skills, observation skills, learning about real-world problems and searching for solutions,” she said.
Students are not the only ones to benefit, however.
“In return, communities get energy, enthusiasm, multiple fresh ideas and possible design solutions to work with,” Wittner explained. “Most communities understand these are students, not yet professionals, and that the ideas and solutions offered provide a starting point, often generating enough information and material to seek additional funding for projects that might otherwise not have gotten off of the ground.”
With a keen interest in revitalization of downtown areas in West Virginia communities, Wittner saw the Parkersburg area as a great place to jump-start the new initiative.
“The Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers have played a vital role in the development and growth of Parkersburg, but the floodwall that now protects the city also cuts it off from those rivers,” she said. “Finding ways to reconnect Point Park to the adjacent downtown and help the extremely popular area function more efficiently will be critical to the revitalization of the entire area.”
As members of Landscape Architecture Design 2 class (LARC 350), the students gathered information about the area during an on-site visit by incorporating the use of geographic information systems, aerial photography, historical research, and visual observations of the project site.
Surrounded by a wealth of information, the students are now in the process of developing preliminary designs that will pave the way for the final conceptual master plan.
“Each step in the process is annotated with writing to support the students’ recommendations,” Wittner said. “Students need the opportunity to practice writing skills and more clearly define what their design ideas are by putting those thoughts to paper.”
She also believes the writing often “speaks” to an unseen audience since students are not always there to explain their ideas.
“This allows the community members to process what they read and formulate questions and comments that can be addressed in further communications and meetings,” she said.
Students will wrap up the project and present their work to the City of Parkersburg and the Ross Foundation in March 2013.
The Ross Foundation is a family foundation based in Parkersburg with a primary focus in supporting causes within local communities throughout West Virginia with emphasis in the five counties of Wood, Ritchie, Doddridge, Pleasants and Jackson.
The grant was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.
Bain’s research interests center on catchment hydrology, trace metal biogeochemistry, urban and riparian systems, and fluvial geomorphology. He received his PhD in geography and environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2004.
The seminar, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by WVU’s Environmental Research Center.