The Martinsburg Herald-Mail covers the presentation of “ecologically-minded redevelopment concepts for the historic industrial site along Tuscarora Creek” by 26 students from WVU’s landscape architecture program:
WVU Assistant Professor Carrie Moore said the students tried to not only embrace the historic nature of the site, but the city of Martinsburg itself.
Moore said the involvement of WVU’s landscape architecture students with the Matthews Foundry project jibes with the program’s interest in service learning. They often assist communities who can’t afford to do the design work, Moore said. The experiences also give the students a real world design project outside the classroom, she added.
“Most landscape architecture programs in the country do not travel as much,” Moore said. After factoring feedback from the community, Lewis anticipates the project committee will select what design aspects they prefer.
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Daniel Jencks, of Falling Waters, W.Va., a design studies major in WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, conceived and led the execution of a mural celebrating the heritage of Camden on Gauley and capturing its essence.
Over the summer, the Community Design Team (CDT) made a visit to the small town in Webster County. Jencks went along “primarily to observe and take a few notes,” he said.
“During the town council meeting we attended, the mayor expressed the town’s desire to have a mural painted on the side of a deteriorating brick building in the center of town,” Jencks said. “After the meeting, I told Jenny Selin, the CDT coordinator and the supervisor for my internship, that I like to paint and would definitely be available to design a mural for Camden on Gauley. Jenny loved the idea and I spent the rest of my internship creating and tweaking designs for the mural.”
“At our first community meeting with Camden City Council, Daniel took notes and listened,” Selin said. “By the next public meeting, he was presenting preliminary designs and wrangling with council members over which occupations and pursuits they wanted featured in the final work.
Jencks researched what Camden on Gauley is known for and how its people spent their time. A few weeks after his first visit, he presented about five different ideas for the mural to the town council.
“The council was great at telling me what they liked about a few different designs, and together we combined those concepts into one new idea for me to work on,” he said. I spent some more time refining this idea and took notes from Jenny about any new suggestions the town gave. Towards the end of my internship, the council approved the design.”
The design celebrates the most prominent industries of Camden-on-Gauleymining, logging, and healthcare. It also highlights the recreational traditions of hunting and fishing. The Gauley River has had a vast impact on the history of the town and continues to hold importance today.
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.
Read the full story at Green Building and Design.
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.