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The College of Design wrapped up the Fall 2013 semester with a series of final reviews featuring the culmination of the semester's research. Below is a short description of four studios, which are featured in the slideshow above, along with many other exemplary projects:
Interim Dean Ann Whiteside-DIckson recently announced the appointed directors of the College of Design's three academic units.
David Biagi has been reappointed as the Director of the School of Architecture. Professor Biagi has served as head of the program since 2003.
Allison Carll-White was named the Chair of the Department of Historic Preservation and the Clay Lancaster Endowed Professor. "One of my goals for the coming year is to work to make our teaching and assistantships more competitive so that we can continue to attract the best and brightest for the program," said Professor Carll-White.
Patrick Lee Lucas joins the College as the Director of the School of Interiors. "I see great promise at UK for advancing interior education in a place that has a strong history for training young designers," said Professor Lucas.
Students from the UK College of Design completed an eight-week research studio in the city of Delft in the Netherlands.
Working with public administration students from Leiden University, UK/CoD students researched potential interventions for the municipality of Delft. To gain a position as a "Knowledge City", Delft schools and universities must improve student retention rates and increase the percentage of well-educated students.
Students also had the opportunity to visit Germany, Brussels, Belgium, and France and tour some of the most iconic architectural structures in Europe.
The University of Kentucky College of Design closed the 2012-2013 academic year with the annual End of Year Show at Lexington's Land of Tomorrow Gallery.
Architecture, Interior Design, and Historic Preservation students displayed the products of the year's research for family and friends over graduation weekend.
The studios on display included:
The College of Design wrapped up the 2012-2013 academic year with a series of final reviews featuring the culmination of the year's research. Below is a short description of four studios, which are featured in the slideshow above, along with many other exemplary projects:
This spring semester, students from the UK/CoD School of Architecture are participating in an innovative new studio format called OFFICE STUDIO. Structured like a global architecture firm, with office branches in two other universities, the National Chiao-Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and The University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, OFFICE STUDIO KENTUCKY consists of twelve advanced undergraduate and graduate architecture students, and is led by UK/School of Architecture Assistant Professor Angie Co and Dean Michael Speaks.
Architecture and Interior Design students had the opportunity to work at regional, national, and international design firms over spring break. These programs places students in these firms for 1-2 weeks to garner professional experience and to contribute to the firms' projects.
UK/CoD's Historic Preservation Graduate Organization hosted their 7th Annual symposium at Lexington's Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. This year's topic, "Preservation = Jobs", addressed how the rehabilitation of historic neighborhoods and buildings bolsters local economies and generates employment.
The invited speakers included:
Each of the four speakers cited specific examples of historic preservation directly generated jobs within a community. Referencing Charleston, SC, Gen. Broadwater noted how "people come to [Charleston] to see and experience remarkable historic built environments." Charleston has 4.5 million visitors annually, providing the city's 34,000 residents with jobs.
Terrian Barnes addressed the federal historic tax credit and their effect on local economies.
"The NTCIC provides flexible funding to restore and readapt old buildings, generating construction jobs, retail and restaurant jobs, provides operating spaces for non-profits, and generates state and local taxes." Over the life of the Historic Tax Credit program, 2.35 million jobs have been created.
Both David Feldman and Todd Barman addressed how the rehabilitation of historic buildings drives investment to lower-income neighborhoods. A recurring point made throughout the event was how rehabilitated buildings are "green", as they reduce landfill waste and save energy.
Each speaker responded to questions and discussion topics from a panel of preservationists, architects, and entrepreneurs.
The Possible Mediums Conference, which took place at The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture from February 7th - 10th, 2013, brought together 18 designers, 120 students (from the four co-host schools: The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, and University of Kentucky College of Design), and special guests John McMorrough and Jeffrey Kipnis, to participate in design workshops and formal discussions surrounding the question of mediums in contemporary architecture. Challenging the boundaries of architectural convention, the invited workshop leaders led students in exploratory processes rooted in mediums external to the discipline (such as film or comics) or developed from atypical applications of more conventional mediums (such as drawings or models). The conference results, both in design and discourse, demonstrate the profound potential of an expansion and diversification of architectural mediums as format, as material, and as a means of projection.
The Beaux Arts Foundation recently hosted a competition for current College of Design students to determine the full-scale installation to be a part of their annual Beaux Arts Ball.
Two UK/CoD students spent the Fall 2012 semester in Florence, Italy. Sam Forman and Shannon Ruhl spent five months studying classic and contemporary architecture and traveling to more than twenty European cities in a course titled "Reading Cities".
The College of Design hosted five internationally renowned landscape architect teams in a symposium to discuss the merits of good design in an urban environment.
The third-year students in the School of Interior Design hosted an exhibition of their proposed designs for an arts center and performance venue in Harlan County at Awesome, Inc. in Lexington, KY.
UK/CoD faculty and students wrapped up the Fall 2012 semester with final reviews of their studio projects.
UK/CoD architecture students presented their urban planning approaches and building designs for Lexington’s Distillery District with Kentucky and Ohio architects and faculty. The third-year design students in Professor Gregory Luhan’s Fall 2012 studio are examining the rubrics of Authenticity and Permanence as a means to “Get-Centered” and to develop an AIA-KY Center for Architecture.
Architects Kristen R. Murray, AIA and Steven Rainville, AIA of Olson-Kundig Architects in Seattle led a design workshop for UK students and students visiting from Ball State University. Olson-Kundig Architects was a keynote speaker at the 2012 AIA Kentucky/AIA Indiana Convention held in Lexington, KY. The workshop was organized by UK/CoD professor Martin Summers.
First-year students in the School of Interior Design hosted an exhibition of their latest project in the cooridor gallery of the Funkhouser Building.
Students were challenged to create a three dimensional parti of an interior or building by a designer. The models convey the most fundamental elements and principles of design contained in the building. Students illustrated the ideas as a conceptual representation of those design concepts.
Students, faculty, and invited guests gathered at UK's Boone Center for the 2012 Scholarship and Awards Dinner on October 18.
Graduate students from the Department of Historic Preservation traveled to Pine Mountain, KY to participate in a dry stone construction class. Students worked under the direction of Richard Tuffnell of the Dry Stone Conservancy to cut and place stones in a stable and aesthetically pleasing manner to ultimately construct a dry stone masonry retaining wall for the Pine Mountain Settlement School.
On October 10-12, the College of Design hosted the 2012 East Regional Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD). The conference, which is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, was held in conjunction with the City of Lexington and MICD Staff.
The Institute features collaborative sessions where Mayors present a case study on an issue in urban design facing their city to a resource team of professionals. The closed door sessions are designed to foster an understanding of and appreciation for the role of design in creating vibrant, livable cities, and the importance of mayors as advocates for good design.
Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington served as the host mayor of the session. Other participants included: Melodee Colbert-Kean of Joplin, MO, Henrietta Davis of Cambridge, MA, Kim McMillan of Clarksville, TN, Lorenzo T. Langford of Atlantic City, NJ, Neil O'Leary of Waterbury, CT, Liz Rogan of Lower Merion, PA, and Vaughn D. Spencer of Reading, PA.
The resource team included Gary Bates of Spacegroup, Shane Coen of Coen + Partners, Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, Paul Morris, Deputy Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Roberto de Leon of de Leon and Primmer Architecture Workshop, Susan Sellers of 2x4 Design, and Roger Sherman of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design.
Following the conference, Denari, Gang, and de Leon participated in a discussion entitled “Design Adds Value” with College of Design students, faculty, and members of the Lexington community. The panel addressed how projects such as the ones proposed by the visiting mayors can impact a city on an economic, physical, and social scale.
The Mayors' Institute on City Design is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, the Mayors’ Institute has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.
On Friday, October 12, the UK College of Design hosted a discussion panel entitled “Design Adds Value” which addressed how the design of public spaces can benefit a community on an economic, physical, and social level. The discussion featured three prominent architects who are working on a regional, national and global scale.
Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, Roberto de Leon of Louisville’s de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, and Neil Denari of NMDA Architects in Los Angeles presented projects to students, architects and invited guests at the downtown Lexington Library. Michael Speaks, Dean of the College, moderated the discussion.
Each of the three architects presented projects that addressed the specific needs of a community that were met through their collaborative design thinking process. Gang spoke of the importance of engaging all stakeholders throughout the design process, addressing assets and the needs of users through open dialogue.
After the presentations, the speakers took questions from the audience in the over-capacity library theater. When asked if their personal experiences and narratives ever play a part in their designs, all three architects agreed that the community’s needs and the building’s purpose factor in to a design before anything else.
"The world is so uneven," said Gang. "Cities are emerging…there is a great need for architects to come up with design geared toward living."
The discussion panel was part of the regional Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a two-day conference hosted by the College of Design and the National Endowment for the Arts. Eight mayors from cities across the eastern United States were invited to discuss design problems facing their cities with prominent architects, designers, and planners over a period to two days in Lexington.
On Saturday, September 22, UK/CoD welcomed guests from Norway, Finland, and Sweden to a symposium to discuss the recent shift in design that is catalyzed by research, and how that shift enriches the creative process.
The day-long event included presentations from Mari Lending of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Katja Grillner from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Ville Kokkonen, Design Director of Artek in Helsinki, and Jonas Runberger of White Architects in Stockholm.
The guest speakers, along with School of Architecture Director David Biagi and Interior Design instructor Lindsey Guinther, presented examples of design research, and engaged in discussion about the implications of pursuing design as research in both private and public contexts. Professor Biagi presented UK's ongoing HBEER project, while Profesor Guinther discussed the research methods employed in designing the emergency room at UK's Chandler Hospital.
Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular led a drawing workshop for 15 students from the School of Architecture. The workshop began with a discussion which focused on a wide range of topics such as figural forms, sensibilities of line-types, acute angles, sulking, optimism, and misbehaving.
Each student participant contributed to a tiled drawing featuring scenes of augmented domesticity - projecting new, imaginative possibilities for a domestic context with orthographic projections as well as plan and section drawings. The students were able to gain a greater understanding about pertinent topics within the discipline of architecture such as plan versus section, figure ground relationships, architectural forms, and the architectural narrative.
Ultimately, the students gained insight into novel ways to rethink conventional forms of representation - in this case, freehand figural drawing.
The School of Interior Design second-year studio recently presented a showcase entitled "Light & Shadow," which was on display in the Peace Gallery in the Funkhouser Building.
The theme for this show was the relationship between light and shadows, with students focusing on these two elements. Using an art piece as inspiration, screens were designed to create an interesting interplay of shadow and texture on the surface behind.
Students created the works using technology located in the digital fabrication laboratory, such as a laser cutter, to create the detailed cuts for the show.
At the IdeaFestival in Louisville, Associate Dean for Research Gregory Luhan and Architecture graduate student Xiaoyin Li presented student models for the proposed Water Innovation Center in Louisville. The project, commissioned by the Louisville Water Company (LWC), was part of a year-long workshop during which students worked with engineers, architects, and designers to develop proposals for a center for education, exhibition, and recreation at the site of the historic water tower on the banks of the Ohio River.
“What I envision is we would have programs for preschool to elementary to middle to high school, college, and then post-doc research,” said LWC CEO Greg Heitzman to WFPL News. “So it would be a venue by which you could study the entire science of water and how we advance the science of water to be able to make this world safer and be able to extend the life of humans throughout the world.”
The presentation included not only conceptual renderings of the students' proposals, detailing appearance of the center, but also how it would be utilized by the community. Concert venues, exhibition spaces, and sports fields were among the possibilities.
The models were constructed over the summer following a Spring 2012 Design Studio taught by Brown-Forman Chair in Urban Design Elodie Nourrigat from N + B Architects in Montpelier, France.
New graduate students in the College of Design's School of Architecture recently completed an opening weekend workshop to orient themselves with the capabilities of the digital fabrication tools. The students gathered on August 24-26 in the basement of Pence Hall.
During the weekend, Rives Rash, a member of the UK/CoD faculty and the coordinator of the Digital Fabrication Lab, led students through a series of exercises, culminating in the creation of a hood ornament that was produced in a 3D printer.
Throughout the weekend, students were tasked with learning the software programs (Rhino, Adobe Creative Suite) and machine function (laser cutting, CNC milling and 3D printing).
At the top of this article there are images of the finished products as produced by the graduate students in their final state as well as the renderings used in the planning stages. Many of the pieces featured moving parts that would move in a car's head wind.
Second year graduate student Brian Richter also aided in leading his fellow classmates through the weekend workshop.
This summer, students from the School of Architecture participated in an eight-week design research studio based in Berlin, Germany.
Led by UK professors Jason Scroggin and Akari Takebayashi, the students engaged in several projects tailored to address design issues in Berlin. In addition to studio projects and office tours of local architecture firms in Berlin, students went on guided architectural tours of noted buildings such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the state library, the Dutch Embassy, and the BMW plant in Leipzig.
The studio continued outside the city with trips to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Helskinki. The students had an extended weekend to travel on their own, visiting Paris, Prague, London, Rome, and other cities.
"I brought back a newfound knowledge of more than just architecture", said graduate teaching assistant Matt Gannon. "I felt that the trip truly inspired me to truly know that there is a whole world out there to discover, and you are the only person holding yourself back. I also loved the experience of interacting with the undergraduate students and being able to offer insight into graduate school to them."
"The biggest challenge I faced abroad was coming back home," said senior Morgan Brown. I enjoyed the culture of Berlin so much that was actually hard to board the plane to come back to America."
PERFOMA, the research and fabrication studio run by UK Professor Mike McKay, was featured on the contemporary art site suckerPUNCH, as well as an Editor's pick on the website Archinect.
"Students developed individual proposals for aggregate formal systems based on specific research parameters that I set at the beginning of the term," said McKay in an interview with Archinect. Further research and testing refined the process of fabrication and assembly. PERFORMA first installed at the annual Beaux Arts Ball, and then later moved to Lexington's LOT Gallery for the College of Design's end of year show.
"The main idea is to create a dynamic heterogenous form using extremely simple materials and fabrication techniques. All individual units and connections are identical, but a new quality of complexity emerges due to the system pliability and the seemingly complex geometry. This aspect of PERFORMA is what interests me most, and is always most surprising to students."
Six architecture students from the UK/CoD had the opportunity to live and study in Delft, Netherlands for an eight-week design studio.
Over the course of two months, students studied under Siebe Bakker, founder of bureaubakker, a firm that facilitates exchanges between various industries and education institutions. The studio was an extension of the Fall 2011 semester studio in which students worked with Bakker on their entries for the 5th Concrete Design Competition. The topic for both studios was Energy, and how the characteristics and versatility of concrete contribute to a design's function as well as form. The students researched materials and techniques and produced prototypes with various concretes. "This is a rather different approach than most other design studios", said Bakker. "They had to develop ideas on concrete in relation to architecture and energy...they could choose their own program in such a way that their design results would show their notions on concrete as accurate as possible."
In addition to the design studio, students exchanged presentations with architecture students from TU Delft, toured architecture offices, particiapted in a workshop with the German-based research and development company G.Tecz. They also attended design exhibitions, lectures, and presentations with visiting critics, architects, and designers. On the weekends, students were free to travel on their own around the Netherlands, as well as visit London, Paris, and other cities.
"It was an overall amazing experience", said senior Drew McGurk. "Being immersed in another culture's design community was wonderfully eye opening, and working on a competition with a jury helped me find a fierce work ethic even while taking in all the new scenery. The competition we worked on was a real challenge that pushed me to think about design in new ways."
For the second year, UK/CoD Assistant Professor Martin Summers and Instructor Regina Summers led the intensive, two-week Summer Career Discovery Program for high school juniors and seniors. The program served to expose prospective College of Design students to the type of learning environment they would experience as design students.
"They live on campus, eat on campus, go to classes, work in studios, and attend lectures," said Martin Summers. "In many ways, it's an introduction to life as a student in design school."
The participants took part in daily writing and drawing sessions, model-making workshops, field trips to relevant sites, project critiques, and attended lectures by other College faculty. Lecture topics ranged from studies in contemporary architecture and interior design to digital design and fabrication. Additionally, they learned how to prepare and present a portfolio of work. They presented their projects in group critiques where they recieved feedback from the instructors, fellow participants, and other faculty members and guests. "The format is exactly the same as what a first-year student would experience", said Martin Summers.
There were also opportunities to visit local design firms including Gray Construction, Omni Architects, Tate/Hill/Jacobs Architects, Alt32 Architecture, and EOP Architects. These firms all have ties to the College, participate in reviews, and many of them employ UK/CoD graduates.
The highlight for many of the student participants was seeing the correlation between the concepts taught in lectures and workshops and the real-world execution of those concepts. "It's always nice to see the fascination in things they've never seen before," said Regina Summers. "One of the most excting things was to not only see the friendships formed between the participants, but to see them gain confidence and comfort n the concepts they're learning."
Nine exchange students from Shanghai University participated in a six-day workshop that introduced them to digital design and fabrication in architecture. The workshop, instructed by UK School of Architecture faculty members Kyle Miller and Rives Rash, sought to promote innovation in design through the understanding and use of contemporary techniques. The workshop introduced and showcased rapid iteration of plausible design solutions generated in a digital environment and the equally rapid production of them by employing readily available digital fabrication technology, in this case three-dimensional printing.
"The workshop’s design project focused on developing "soft" forms in the virtual design environment using a handful of creation and manipulation techniques enabled by Rhinoceros 3D, a digital design software widely used in the College of Design's architectural design studio courses," said Miller.
As part of the architecture workshop, the group produced drawings and images to describe the geometry of their digital designs and printed physical models of each design. The outcome enabled a discussion about how digital design and fabrication techniques contribute to innovation in the field of design and making.
"The workshop participants were actively engaged in a discussion and event about the changing nature of the profession and gained an understanding about how architecture can be generated in a digital environment and actualized by employing digital fabrication technology," Miller said. "They were also able to use the tools that make complex architectural designs more attainable and the construction of them more cost-effective, sustainable, and expedient."
The Shanghai students seemed to really appreciate the hands-on opportunities to learn more about the new technology from Rash and Miller.
"I am impressed with the classroom, the access to technology, and that the teacher’s work so closely with the students," said Lu Zike, a second year student at Shanghai University.
Fourth year Shanghai University student Zhang "Amber" Bijun agreed, "I am very excited to have the opportunity to learn this software. Generally, at home, students must purchase and teach themselves how to use this technology."
When they weren't in the classroom or relaxing in Ingles Hall, the Shanghai University group was learning about Kentucky culture and taking in the sights around the Bluegrass. This year's visit, included excursions to the Woodford Reserve Distillery, Winstar Farm, and museums in Cincinnati, as well as a homemade American dinner and the Lexington fireworks show on Independence Day with trip coordinator Allison Hays.
"They love the pace, beauty, and welcoming nature of Lexington," Hays said. "This is a bit of an oasis for them because the rest of their time in the U.S. will be spent touring major cities at a lightning pace, so this is meant to be about art, fun and sharing. They really seem to enjoy everything and love the beauty of Kentucky."
"Lexington seems very nice," Bijun said. "I love the historic buildings, and seeing people out jogging, walking and relaxing.
This May students from the School of Interior Design traveled to Brazil as part of the College's summer travel studio. Students flew in to Sao Paolo, Brazil, where the group of ten worked at Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza, an organic coffee farm, in the small town of Igarai. The coffee plantation, which is in the process of becoming a model of sustainable agriculture for the country, hosted the students over a three week period.
Students travelled the countryside visiting different farms and compared the methods each farm worked to obtain sustainability, from their electricity sources to the design of their dwellings. Students also spent the bulk of their time working on projects for the farm, painting murals on the walls, building furniture, working on lighting. Students were able to complete the projects before departing and significantly enhance the living conditions and space through the creation of a communal workspace in an old plantation home.
Once their projects were complete, the group spent a week in Sao Paolo, visiting architectural sites, favelas, graffiti walls and open markets. The group particularly enjoyed their tour of the converted drum factory SESC Pompeia, which now serves as a cultural center for the sprawling city. Inside students were able to explore the unique architecture and spaces created in the community center.
Students also collaborated with local kids and teens in a local village and in Sao Paolo, teaching the kids to play cornhole and other Kentucky traditions.
Instructor Rebekah Ison comments, "This was an amazing experience for UK ID students as they were able to experience design in a completely different culture. Brazil has an immense amount of potential, both economically and culturally, to become an important global leader in design."
Scroll through the pictures above to see images taken by the students during their travels.
On May 4, as part of graduation weekend, the College of Design held its Third Annual End of Year Show at the Land of Tomorrow Gallery on Third Street in downtown Lexington. Students, families, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate another successful academic year. Among the work featured were projects from the following studios:
Please click through the images above to see the work on display during the show.
by Jenny Wells and Whitney Hale
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Kentucky Research Consortium on Energy and Environment (KRCEE) and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), students and faculty in the UK College of Design were charged with creating a 150-year plan for the closure, clean up and future use of Kentucky's Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, located near Paducah, Ky., one of the most contaminated sites in the United States. As the point of origin for much of the fissile material bound for both energy and defense during the last 60 years, the site now finds itself with a four-mile long heterogeneous plume of contaminants running beneath it.
As a major example of service learning, students participating in "The Paducah Project," led by Gary Rohrbacher and Ann Filson, developed scale models of the site’s geographical features, its subsurface conditions, and the groundwater contaminant plumes. The models will be used as a tool to provoke conversation and debate among scientists and the public, with the hope of stimulating progress toward removing and abating the groundwater contamination and its sources, enabling a regeneration of the site and region.
The model was presented at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Chairs Meeting, held April 17-19, which brought together approximately 40 leaders associated with Paducah's Citizens Advisory Board and seven other Site-Specific Advisory Boards from around the nation. The national meeting is held every two years. Other nuclear sites represented at the meeting were: Hanford, Wash.; the Idaho National Laboratory; Savannah River, S.C.; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Nevada; Northern New Mexico; and Portsmouth, Ohio.
At the request of the assistant secretary of the nation's Office of Environmental Management (EM) or the field managers, Site-Specific Advisory Boards may provide advice and recommendations concerning the following EM site-specific issues: clean-up standards and environmental restoration; waste management and disposition; stabilization and disposition of non-stockpile nuclear materials; excess facilities; future land use and long term stewardship; risk assessment and management; and clean-up science and technology activities.
The College of Design project builds upon previous work and research done at PGDP by a collaboration of partners at UK, including KRCEE, the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI), CAER, the College of Engineering, and the College of Communications and Information Studies. The combined accomplishments between these groups are serving as long-term (e.g. 100+ years) sustainable possibilities and opportunities for the PDGP and Paducah.
In 2009, KRCEE was asked to develop a community-based future vision for the PGPD that would identify the range of community perspectives and preferences for the site’s future after the facility closes. This project is well documented and can be viewed at www.paducahvision.com.
Plans developed for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant will also be presented at the fifth International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, being presented from April 20 through August 2012 in The Netherlands. The biennale, titled "Making City," addresses the future of cities. "The Paducah Project" is one of two city plans developed by UK College of Design for communities on the Ohio River as part of the "The River Cities Project."
The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant once provided several thousand high-paying jobs, which have diminished over the years and will soon be eliminated upon the plant's closure. Rather than see job losses and legacy contamination as problems and causes for the region’s demise, the students looked at those problems as the basis for a solution. The studio proposed a new economy generated by the complex process of cleaning up the site.
Associate Professor Rohrbacher has been impressed with the work the students have been doing on the projects and is excited for the college's opportunity to present their plan in Kentucky and internationally. "Students have been working hard for over a year now, they're focused on the work because they believe in it, and because they want to share their discovery that at least sometimes the solution lies directly within the problem," Rohrbacher said. "They also know that the prospects for successful real-world outcomes increase radically through distributed and networked collaboration and interaction."
The University of Kentucky College of Design recently unveiled their entry in the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. This iteration of the bi-annual international exhibition focused on the efforts surrounding “making city,” a term used as the underlying theme of the exhibition.
As IABR Chief Curator George Brugmans states, “We are convinced that lasting solutions must be sought using socially motivated, broadly supported agenda for the city…If making city is the task at hand, we must really go about it differently, with strong alliances, with good design, and from a genuinely urban agenda.”
It is this unique approach to “making city” that led IABR to accept the College of Design’s River Cities Project as one of 25 participants in the exhibition, and one of two accepted from the US. Within the exhibit, the College of Design featured two studios: The Henderson Project and the Paducah Project.
The Henderson Project proposes a redevelopment of the Henderson Municipal Power Plant (HMPL#1), a decommissioned coal fired power plant located on the Ohio river, in the heart of Henderson, KY. By re-functionalizing HMPL#1 and bringing new public amenities to the site, the project is intended to revitalize Henderson’s waterfront and have a positive effect on the region’s business, tourism, and urban fabric.
The Paducah Project took on the tremendous challenge of developing a one hundred and fifty year plan for Kentucky's Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PDGP). The PGDP once provided thousands of high-paying jobs, which have diminished over the years and will soon be eliminated upon the plants closure. Rather than see these numerous problems as cause for the region’s demise, the students looked at the problem as the solution. The studio proposed a new economy generated by the complex process of cleaning up the site.
In each instance, the College of Design is serving a unique role in a public-private partnership—bringing together city government, community patrons, and a research driven agenda. The results of this approach now on display at the IABR.
The exhibition will be open to the public until August 12, 2012, during which over 100,000 visitors are expected to visit the institute.
Other cities and projects featured in the exhibition included: Sao Paolo, Istanbul, Rotterdam, Paris, The Hague, The Nile River Delta, Brussels, New York City, Singapore, Zurich, Guatemala, Dehli and Bordeaux, among others.
Written by: Dr. Rita Patel and Sarah Heller
An interesting opportunity presented itself where the first year design studio of Sarah Heller, an architect and instructor at the UK College of Design, teamed up with Dr. Rita Patel director of the Clinical Voice Center and Vocal Physiology and Imaging Laboratory, at the UK College of Health Sciences. Dr. Patel conducts an NIH-funded study that investigates vocal fold motion that lead to the development of voice disorders in children with the use of specialized equipment called high speed digital imaging and custom-built pediatric laser endoscope. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Patel also treats children with voice disorders.
For her research and clinic, Dr. Patel, examines the vocal folds of children with an endoscope, which is a small cylindrical medical tube that allows her to see around corners and in dark places like the throat. In order to get the children engaged during the examination process, Dr. Patel has a collection of off-the-shelf toys i.e. a cheese hat, a plastic yoda, and a stuffed trachea toy, Larry the Larynx (Blue Tree Publishing), which she uses while attempting to perform endoscopy.
This collaboration began when Sarah Heller met Dr. Patel over a dinner involving several employees of UK. After learning about what she did and her clinical study Sarah became personally interested in the question: "How can knowledge of design be used to create a functional design model that would facilitate Dr. Patel's research and clinical practice?" As an architect Sarah strongly believes that research on any given topic can be generative to a concept in design, and through this concept a statement on form (art and design) and function (in this case medical) can be established. This project served as a perfect opportunity for two disciplines at UK to combine and explore the use of design for medical purposes and educate the first year designers in methods of scientific investigations and provide firsthand experience to creatively extract a concept from the medical field, to generate a form for a client.
"Dr. Patel and I became fast friends after we met over dinner through a colleague," said Sarah Heller, architect and faculty in the UK College of Design. "As an architect I've always been fascinated by the human body am inspired by its design, proportion and function. What began as a simple conversation about her clinical study involving the larynx turned into my participation in her clinical trial. I was able to witness the movement of my own vocal folds through high definition video and found the structure and movement inspiringly beautiful."
Sarah decided to get her first year undergraduate design student's in the course, 'ARC 101 and interior design ID 121' involved on the topic where they spent the last 5 weeks of the semester addressing this issue. To begin the design process, everyone at the design studio experienced the scoping process first hand. Both architecture and interior design students participated in endoscopy in exchange for a high-definition video of their own vocal folds in motion.
"It was really interesting researching something that had nothing to do with architecture," said Brittany Dingeldein, student of UK College of Design. "Looking at diagrams and physical models we were able to make a connection to what was being ask from the department and further develop an educational toy to learn about the Larynx. Intertwining two very different subjects, medical and architecture, was awesome and difficult but end results were very rewarding."
Although a non-invasive camera was used to perform the examination some of the College of Design students were confronted with anxiety and a strong gag reflex. A few were unable to participate for endoscope.
This experience became the springboard to research and explore these topics further and design an educational model to serve the purpose of engaging a young child that is being scoped while at the same time use the model to educate on a topic concerning how the vocal folds work. This educational model could be a fun toy about the larynx (voice box) that is distracting, engaging a child to learn about his/her body, and teaching a child who is experiencing problems the correct way to use their voice to reduce vocal fold nodules, during voice therapy. Vocal nodules are one of the common voice disorders in children that are a result of incorrect / excessive voice use (screaming, cheering, shouting, etc.)
"This project blended ideas of medicine and education with the seemingly disparate field of architecture into an interesting and very fun experience," said Cat Wentworth, who was, at the time, a student participant from the UK College of Design.
Sixteen design students researched the natural anatomy of the larynx, its function, and its mechanical nature. After numerous discussions and lectures with Sarah and Dr. Patel, each student independently selected aspects of voice production, voice assessment, and treatment that best interested them, as a concept for their model. The lecture that Dr. Patel gave at Sarah's studio also convinced one student to quit smoking cold turkey after one slide that showed the ramifications of cigarette smoking on the vocal folds!
"After diagramming and performing many studies about the function and form of the human larynx, I was able to find a new way of designing that was incredibly beneficial to me and my classmates in understanding the correlation of architecture and the physical world," said Kendall Edward Latham, a student participant from the UK College of Design. "It was amazing that through the fusing of two seemingly different topics, my classmates and I were able to design diagrammatic toys that educated the user on specific functions of the Larynx."
The final review for the project showcased the student's model along with a storage case designed to protect and store their forms. The models beautifully illustrated various concepts of voice production, vocal fold movement, and voice therapy that are traditionally difficult to present to a child. Some of the models were interactive, where the child could stretch the vocal folds, indicating the mechanism of increase in length to generate a high pitch voice. Another model was in the form of a music box with series of stacked drawers, where a child could open each one, to see the different positions of the vocal fold movements, during voice production. Others illustrated the same concept in different forms like the butterfly, and a rattle in shape of an alligator, which would be of interest to young children. These models will be used in voice research and clinic to engage the child during endoscopic assessment, to illustrate how the voice works, and to demonstrate the concepts of easy resonant voice and hoarse voice during voice therapy.
For the design students the models also served to illustrate real world concepts that they would typically not be exposed to in the traditional course. Through this project the design students had the unique opportunity to perform medically correct illustration of anatomy and function of the larynx, perform diagram drawings to articulate the concept behind their model and how a doctor could use the model, and learn the difference between a diagram drawing versus an architectural drawing. The focus of this project served to get the student to hone in on a design concept and clearly articulate the goal, function, and approach of their process. This was also the first time most of them had to work with wood, plexiglass and plaster so the designers spent a good amount of time learning to work with different mediums that they were allowed to choose from. This is the first unique successful collaboration between the disciplines of architecture and speech pathology at UK, integrating science and architectural design.
What started off as a fun, mutual interdisciplinary exploration between a right brain and a left brain thinker, resulted in win-win collaboration between two seemingly different fields of the arts and the sciences, successfully integrating ideas and process to create new knowledge through different perspectives.
The students agreed to donate their work to the UK Clinical Voice Center and Vocal Physiology and Imaging Laboratory, for use in research involving endoscopy and in voice therapy.
The Student Center Theater was filled with over 150 attendees for the Interior Design Symposium, “40+ Rethinking Design,” on March 28 and 29. Students, faculty and design professionals gathered to celebrate the School of Interior Design’s 40th anniversary.
“40+ Rethinking Design” featured four speakers, who addressed the issues of how the field of interior design has changed and will continue to evolve. Lecturers included Prataap Patrose, Director of Boston’s Urban Design Department, who spoke about socially responsible design; Robin Guenther, Principal at Perkins+Will, who discussed elements of sustainable hospital design; Cindy Coleman, Strategic Planner at Gensler Chicago, who addressed workplace design; and Chris Collins, CEO and founder of Tipodean Technologies, who spoke about interactive, real-time design.
Patrose was the first to lecture and began by stating, “Design is really about problem solving, and we must think about design’s future differently.” The idea of problem solving and design as a process were main themes throughout the symposium, as each speaker addressed their own particular area of expertise.
Following each speaker was a panel discussion moderated by Eileen Jones, a Principal at Perkins+Will and alumnus of the College of Design. Response panels were comprised of professionals from varying fields related to the lecture discussions.
“We need to have a positive spirit and design professions create that spirit,” noted Mayor Jim Gray, who served as a panel respondent. He then added, “Inspired design, in every dimension, is all about problem solving. This ability and the competence of designers today are invaluable.”
The lectures and response discussions were followed by afternoon Think Tanks among presenters, respondents, faculty and School of Interior Design Advisory Board members. Key points from the four lectures were discussed, and ideas were inspired for the future of the School of Interior Design.
Interior Design students also had the opportunity to take part in a two-day design charrette after the morning lectures. Students created work that focused on clarifying the human interactions that are essential in the creation of a thriving living, learning and working environment on UK’s campus.
Ann Dickson, Director of the School of Interior Design, had this to say about the event: “The school could not be more pleased with the outcomes of the symposium. All four presentations and response panels were very rich discussions of issues shaping interior design professional practices today. The afternoon Think Tanks were equally fruitful discussions between faculty, presenters, respondents and School of Interior Design Advisory Board members focusing on the implications of the morning sessions for professional education. The symposium has clearly provided the school's educational platform as we move into the next period.”
The University of Kentucky College of Design’s School of Architecture and School of Interior Design sent students to major design firms around the country during their Spring Break, introducing them to a variety of professional practices, and possible employers.
The School of Architecture’s Spring Break Practice Previews program placed students in several successful architectural offices, including Bureau Spectacular, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Kennedy + Violich, Morphosis (Los Angeles), Morphosis (New York), OMA (New York), SO-IL, Studio Gang, and Urban Lab. Throughout the week students were asked to execute short research assignments, sit in on staff or client meetings, visit construction sites, assist in concept design, help with working drawings, build models, and meet with partners of their host offices to discuss the firm's work.
"For my week of work at BUREAU SPECTACULAR I was responsible for working on 1" = 1' scale model of an installation piece to appear in a store front window in London this Summer,” said Alex Culler, a fourth year student in the School of Architecture. “The project is an occupied construction meant to play upon concepts of public display and introversion/extroversion. The social setting was an encouraging environment and the space is filled with work from the firm's past, providing a highly educational environment."
Katherine VanHoose, another fourth year student in the School of Architecture wrote, "As my first professional experience, I couldn't have asked for anything better. As a small firm, SO-IL genuinely cares about each and every person in their office, whether they've been there a year or a week. The environment was creative, fun, and hard working - which I've found yields good results. But above all, this experience was informative. I now feel better equipped to make informed decisions about my future in this profession."
Students in the School of Interior Design’s Shadowing Program gained practical experience and knowledge concerning the everyday workings of several design firms, including EOP Architects (Lexington), VeenendaalCave, Inc. (Atlanta), Gensler (Atlanta), Lisa Lynn Designs (Louisville), Perkins + Will (Chicago), Heery International (Orlando), and Luckett & Farley (Louisville).
“I had the pleasure of collaborating with many design professionals within Perkin+Will’s Branded Environment and Interior Design disciplines,” said Angela Russo, a fourth year student in the School of Interior Design. “I was able to participate in image researching, observe client presentations, contribute to branding solutions, visit current project sites, explore the materials library and receive helpful advice to strengthen my design portfolio. These experiences were very rewarding because I gained a new understanding of design and also formed many professional contacts. Perkins+Will was greatly supportive of me and made an effort to ensure I had a rewarding and diverse experience during my time there.”
The students who participated in the School of Interior Design’s Shadowing Program will discuss their spring break experiences in Peace Gallery, Funkhouser Building on April 20, at 1:00 p.m.
The College of Design would like to thank all of the participating offices for hosting our students. We look forward to building these relationships over the years and expanding this program.
University of Kentucky College of Design (UK/CoD) architecture students have been preparing their work for exhibition in the prestigious 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), April thru August 2012.
This year’s Biennale, titled “Making City,” addresses the future of cities: “In just a few decades cities will contain 80% of the world’s population, 90% of global economic wealth and cover less than 3% of the earth’s surface. Given this trend, cities must rethink the way they govern, plan and design.”
UK/CoD’s entry for the IABR, “Kentucky River Cities: Paducah, Henderson,” proposes “Making City” projects for two Kentucky cities located on the Ohio River, Henderson and Paducah.
The Henderson Project proposes a redevelopment of the Henderson Municipal Power Plant (HMPL#1), a decommissioned coal fired power plant located on the Ohio river, in the heart of Henderson, KY. By re-functionalizing HMPL#1 and bringing new public amenities to the site, the project is intended to revitalize Henderson’s waterfront and have a positive effect on the region’s business, tourism, and urban fabric.
Architecture graduate student, Brian Richter, has been building a large scale, and highly complex three-dimensional model of HMPL#1, “When I began building the model I was unaware of the complexity and precision that would be involved. Although I have access to digital fabrication tools such as 3D printers, CNC Routers, and laser cutters, the amount of hand finishing involved in the model is compounded by the limitations of each respective machine. Nonetheless, the process has been intense and difficult, but also extremely enjoyable. Having the opportunity and the means to create a model of this magnitude has been incredible. With the help and guidance of my professor, Martin Summers, I am proud to be a part of something special for the school, the city of Henderson, and Kentucky.“
The Paducah Project took on the tremendous challenge of developing a one hundred and fifty year plan for Kentucky's Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PDGP), one of the most contaminated top-secret sites in the United States. As the point of origin for all fissile materials bound for both energy and defense during the last sixty years, the site now finds itself with a five-mile long heterogeneous plume of contaminants running beneath it.
The PGDP once provided ten thousand high-paying jobs, which have diminished over the years and will soon be eliminated upon the plants closure. Rather than see these numerous problems as cause for the region’s demise, the students looked at the problem as the solution. The studio proposed a new economy generated by the complex process of cleaning up the site.
To promote this kind of undertaking, students in the Paducah Project developed a scale model of the site’s geographical features, its subsurface conditions, and the plume of contaminants. The model will be used as a tool to provoke conversation and debate among scientists and the public, with the hope of stimulating progress toward cleaning the ground contaminations, enabling a regeneration of the site and region.
Architecture graduate student, Joe O’Toole describes the process of building this highly complex model, “The fascinating challenge presented by this model was the precision required to combine multiple materials that are fabricated on multiple machines. We used laser cutting, 3-axis milling and water jetting, to manipulate high density tooling board, sheet aluminum, sheet plywood, aluminum tubing, acrylite and plexiglas. The model is also under-lit with small LED lights. All these materials had to come together with the smallest possible tolerance to fit with the other components. The complexity that went into creating this model was a great challenge, but was also a tremendous learning experience.”
Assistant Professor Gary Rohrbacher, who has led the Paducah Project, discusses the work his students have put toward the IABR exhibition, “Students have been working hard for over a year now, they're focused on the work because they believe in it, and because they want to share their discovery that at least sometimes the solution lies directly within the problem. They also know that the prospects for successful real-world outcomes increase radically through distributed and networked collaboration and interaction.”
Students, historic preservation professionals, and the Lexington community attended the sixth annual historic preservation symposium, "New Voices, Current Needs," on March 1 and 2, at the Lexington History Museum. The symposium explored how historic preservation can address the needs of underserved communities, and help correct modern and historical injustices.
Tom Eblen, reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader, described the event: "The discussion was fascinating, because it went well beyond professional and academic concerns. It dealt with broad social and psychological questions that have made headlines throughout Kentucky for decades. How do we balance culture and business, economy and quality of life, property rights and heritage? What is worth preserving? Whose culture gets preserved and whose doesn't?” Read the rest of his column here.
Douglas Appler, the Helen Edwards Abell Endowed Chair in Historic Preservation, describes how the symposium addressed the needs of underserved communities, "If the history of a particular group is wiped from the landscape, its past can't be explored or recognized to the same degree as that of another group whose history is left in place and remains standing. Historic Preservation once focused very narrowly on the stories of wealthy individuals, on grand architecture, and on presenting an uncritical view of history. Fortunately, preservationists today are doing a better job of using the built environment to present a more complete account of the past."
"New Voices, Current Needs" featured four speakers including Ned Kaufman, educator and founder of Place Matters; educator Alicestyne Turley; archaeological policy scholar; Thomas F. King, an expert on archaeological policy and cultural resource management law; and Stanley Lowe, president of the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Preservation Services. Videos of the lectures are available online.
The symposium was organized by the Historic Preservation Graduate Organization, and was sponsored by:
University of Kentucky College of Design
Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation
Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc.
Morgan Worldwide Consultants
University of Kentucky Student Activities Board
Joyce and William Skinner
Ann Early Sutherland
By Whitney Hale, Carla Blanton
A ribbon cutting was held for the first prototype from the University of Kentucky's Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences (HBEER) initiative with local, state and federal dignitaries on January 27 in an established residential area near downtown Monticello, Ky.
HBEER is a partnership between the UK College of Design, the Center for Applied Energy Research at UK, the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation (KHIC) and the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC).
The multi-year project was initiated in the fall of 2009 and directly responds to the impact the current economic downturn has had on the houseboat manufacturing industry in the Commonwealth. More than 50 students and faculty at the college's School of Architecture were responsible for researching and developing initial models of energy-efficient, affordable housing that could be produced by the region's houseboat manufacturers.
Today, HBEER is creating green jobs and bringing back to work some of the 575 skilled workers and 1,000 related jobs that were lost in the houseboat manufacturing and marine industries due to the economy.
"This project meets a multitude of needs in our region, by putting families back to work, providing energy-efficient housing, increasing the demand for Kentucky-made products, and creating a hands-on learning experience in the classroom," Congressman Hal Rogers said. "Additionally, it highlights the great success we can achieve when partners join resources for the benefit of families across the state."
A potential buyer has nearly completed the steps to qualify for affordable, permanent financing. In this applicant driven process, the home may be occupied as soon as the financing is arranged.
"The opportunities are endless for creating safe, energy-efficient, affordable homes while adding good-paying jobs to the local economy and promoting Kentucky products," said KHIC President and CEO Jerry Rickett. "We are proud to be partners with the University of Kentucky and local employers to make this vision a reality."
Highlights of the HBEER project include:
Other attendees at the ribbon cutting included UK President Eli Capilouto, Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair Earl Gohl, U.S. Department of Agriculture State Director Tom Fern and Monticello Mayor Jeffrey Edwards.
HBEER has received financing from the U.S. Department of Energy through the Kentucky Department of Local Government and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation and UK.
KHIC was formed in 1968 to stimulate growth and create employment opportunities in a nine-county region of Southeastern Kentucky. In 2003, KHIC expanded the service area to 22 counties, including Bell, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Madison, McCreary, Owsley, Perry, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne and Whitley. The organization's mission is to provide and retain employment opportunities in the region through sound investments and management assistance.
Created by the 1972 Kentucky General Assembly, KHC is a self-supporting, public corporation administratively attached to the state's Finance and Administration Cabinet. A portion of KHC's funds are derived from the interest earned through the sale of tax-exempt mortgage revenue bonds. As the state housing finance agency, KHC is committed to lead Kentucky in providing safe, quality, affordable housing.
Elodie Nourrigat, founder of N+B Architects, has moved from her home in Montpellier, France to live in Lexington and teach the Spring 2012 Louisville Water Company Studio.
The Louisville Water Company Studio will develop proposals for a new Water Education Center and Museum for the Louisville Water Company on their historic water tower property on Zorn Avenue. The water company hopes to use these new facilities to share its history and provide information about the relation of water to energy, technology and health.
The studio is following up on the work of a Fall 2011 workshop led by Freek Persyn, founder of 51N4E. His workshop developed several scenarios to enlarge the scope of the proposed Water Education Center, in order to address its potential as a catalyst for social and urban transformation.
Nourrigat's firm, N+B Architects, was invited to design the French Pavilion for the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale. That same year she won the "Europe 40 under 40," the honor recognizes Europe’s emerging young architects and designers and is organized by the European Centre for Art Design and Urban Studies. Currently, N+B Architects is collaborating with Hitoshi Abe to develop a masterplan for the University Montpelier South of France’s campus. Their goal is to develop a distributed network based upon environmental, mental and social ecologies for “A Campus Lived for a Sensory City”.
Nourrigat established the annual Festival of Lively Architecture in 2006. Each year ten young architects and a university are invited to design an installation in the private courtyards of Montpellier, France. The public is then invited to explore Montpellier's private courtyards and experience the lively installations.
Aaron Betsky, Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, will give a series of six public lectures titled, “Where We Are Now,” that will explore current issues in contemporary architecture.
Betsky describes the series: “The diversity of what we call architecture today is astonishing. From barely viable blobs to piles of sticks in the woods, and from instant cities to pop up stores, architecture encompasses an amazing range of scales, techniques, degrees of reality, and styles. These lectures will look at the immediate past as well as the present to survey and make sense of Postmodernism and its aftermath.“ All of the lectures will be posted online here.
All lectures will take place in Pence 209 starting at 7pm. One AIA LU credit is available for each lecture.
Aaron Betsky is an architect, critic, curator, educator, lecturer, and writer on architecture and design, who since August 2006 has been the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum. From 2001 to 2006 Betsky served as director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Although Betsky was born in Missoula, Montana, USA, he grew up in The Netherlands. He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History, the Arts and Letters (1979) and a M.Arch. (1983). He then taught at the University of Cincinnati from 1983 to 1985 and worked as a designer for Frank Gehry and Hodgetts & Fung. From 1995-2001 Betsky was Curator of Architecture, Design and Digital Projects at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art before moving back to The Netherlands.
Betsky has written numerous monographs on the work of late 20th century architects, including I.M. Pei, UN Studio, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc., Zaha Hadid and MVRDV, as well as treatises on aesthetics, psychology and human sexuality as they pertain to aspects of architecture, and is one of the main contributors to a spatial interpretation of Queer theory.
Betsky was named the director of the 11th Exhibition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008.
Students in the Fall '11 Deflt Travel Studio developed competition entries for the 5th International Concrete Design Competition for Students, a bi-annual competition that promotes innovative uses for concrete. Two students from the competition will be selected and invited, along with laureates from five European partners, to participate in a workshop in Rotterdam in late August 2012.
During the studio students explored the properties of ultra high performance concretes (UHPC) and developed several innovative applications for its use, including: UHPC roads and bike paths, solar concentration façade systems, a water purification pavilion, shelving systems for the display of merchandise, concrete light fixtures, and concrete fabric for use in clothing design.
The International Concrete Design Competition for Students is a biennial ideas and design competition for students in architecture, engineering, design and affiliated disciplines. It is organized and funded by a consortium of European cement and concrete associations. The aim of the competition is to promote innovative use of concrete as a material and technology. Students are invited to push a material’s potential to 'realize' ideas. The choice of a design topic or program is open and can range from building details to large structures, landscape projects or building complexes.
Siebe Bakker, architect, founder and director of bureaubakker, a firm that facilitates cross-disciplinary exchanges between various industries and educational institutions, taught the fall travel studio. Gregor Zimmerman, CEO of Gtecz, Kassel, Germany; and Ad van der Kouwe of Manifesta, Rotterdam provided additional instruction in materials, software and graphic design.
Students at the University of Kentucky Historic Preservation Program unveiled plans for the "Northern Kentucky Historic Art Spaces Trail" earlier this week at Circus Mojo, a clown school housed in a historic former theater in Ludlow, Ky. Under the direction of Douglas Appler, the Helen Edwards Abell Endowed Chair in Historic Preservation, the studio identified several historic buildings being used as art spaces in several cities along the Ohio River and developed a trail of the sites to help encourage tourism and economic development in the region.
The studio is part of the UK/CoD ‘River Cities’ project, which has partnered with the development corporation Catalytic Development Funding Corporation; Vision 2015, a Northern Kentucky nonprofit; and Culture Now, a Suprastudio project organized by Thom Mayne at UCLA. Culture Now is an effort to understand the role of culture as an agent of change in America’s mid-sized struggling cities
The studio identified 47 historic buildings that are currently being used as art spaces in the necklace of historic river cities located south of Cincinnati on the Ohio River, including: Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue, Dayton and Fort Thomas.
Each student in the studio chose three of the buildings and carried out documentary research, sifting through tax records, city directories, historic maps and other sources to develop a history for each of the spaces. To supplement their research, and to understand the current social context surrounding these historic structures, the students interviewed the buildings’ current owners or tenants using the spaces. The interviews helped to shed light on the relationship between the historic space and its modern use, on the role of the arts in the redevelopment of the Northern Kentucky region, and to draw attention to opportunities for new partnerships, programs, and activities that might improve the ability of the arts to act as an agent of change in this region.
After evaluating this information the students proposed a “Northern Kentucky Historic Art Spaces Trail.” Douglas Appler explains how this proposal would benefit the Northern Kentucky region: "The objective of the project is to change the way people think about Northern Kentucky, its arts community and its historic building stock. Viewed in isolation from each other, no single city featured in the proposal carries quite enough weight to make people think of Northern Kentucky as an arts hub, or as a center for creative activity. But when the cities are framed together as a group, it becomes clear that the region actually presents an unusually wide range of opportunities to experience the arts, and to do so in some fascinating historic spaces. But you only see that if you look at the region as a whole, rather than at its component parts."
Paul Miller, the former Ringling Brothers clown and owner of Circus Mojo, was excited by how the arts trail proposal has created partnerships that will benefit his business and his community, “The Northern Kentucky community straddles a lot of places, and is often lumped in with Cincinnati. This project has already brought needed attention to Circus Mojo, from civic leaders and other business owners, and I think it has a lot of potential to really help the arts in this community thrive.”
Some of the elements in this region the students uncovered that contributed to the development of this proposal include:
To date UK College of Design has already initiated projects in two "river cities." In Henderson, the college has worked with the nonprofit, River City Renaissance, and with the city and county to redevelop HMPL#1 (Henderson Municipal Power and Light Plant No. 1), a retired coal fired power plant built in the late 1950s. And in Paducah, the college is currently working with the city, the city port authority, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to speculate about future uses for the DOE's uranium enrichment facility in Paducah (the only one in the U.S.), which plans to halt operation in the next 10 years.
The “River Cities” project has received international attention and will be included as a “CounterSite” in the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), April thru August 2012.
Participating students in the studio include:
After many hectic hours and sleepless nights UK/CoD students presented their work to faculty, peers, and guest jurors for their final reviews. A number of the studios presented work that is having a tremendous impact on communities in Kentucky and around the world, including:
Congratulations to all of the students in the College of Design for your hard work and dedication.
Friends, colleagues, faculty, and students celebrated Terry Rothgeb's career, life and retirement at a dinner on Friday, December 2 at the University of Kentucky Hilary J. Boone Center.
During the dinner several guest speakers reminisced about Terry's career, teaching style, and his incredible ability to remember details about their studio, classmates, and what they were wearing the first time he met them. Students shared stories about his provocative teaching style, and how would never provide them with a direct answer to their questions. Alumni shared how pivotal Terry was in helping them begin their careers. And, Terry's colleagues celebrated his ability to create an environment of esprit de corps, the faculty road trips he organized, and his incredible influence on the profession of interior design. Some of the speakers included:
Robin Lambert – Class of 2012 - Fourth year Interior Design Student
Renee Conde – Class of 2007 - Corporate Image & Design Associate – Alltech
Chris Estes – Class of 1991 - Interior Design Principal – EOP Architects
Lu Ann Homes – Class of 1979 – Senior Business Development Manager – Haworth
Ann Dickson – Director of the School of Interior Design – University of Kentucky
The event was also organized to raise funds for the Terry Rothgeb Scholarship Endowment making it the largest of its kind in the School of Interior Design. If you would like to contribute to the endowment please follow this link.
Terry Rothgeb's bio
Terry D. Rothgeb was “creative by nature” in his youth. He enjoyed art and creativity in school and at sixteen designed a residence for his parents, which was built on the family homestead in Illinois. He went to Southern Illinois University, Carbondale to study design. R. Buckminister Fuller was on staff and provided the program with great visibility. After graduating from SIU and completing graduate work at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Rothgeb accepted a teaching position at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
In 1973 Terry was hired by the University of Kentucky to teach in the Department of Housing and Interior Design. The chair of the department, Richard A. Rankin, and Dean Marjorie Stewart were instrumental in enticing Rothgeb away from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rothgeb moved through the ranks and served two, six-year terms as chair of the Department of Human Environment. He has experienced five Presidents and seven Deans in his UK career of thirty-eight years.
The design studios, especially the first year design classes, were always a favorite teaching assignment. That is where, as instructor, he could see results from students with limited skills, discovering and exploring the creative design process. Rothgeb covered all levels of studios in addition to graduate classes during his tenure. Study tours to various European countries were another rewarding aspect of teaching.
In addition to his UK responsibilities, Professor Rothgeb was a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Institute of Business Designers, Interior Design Educators Council, and served the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research on the Board of Visitors.
His professional work has included new construction and adaptive-use projects related to both commercial and residential environments. Terry has recieved many awards including the School of Interior Design Outstanding Faculty Award 2009, The School of Interior Design Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award 2008, and the American Society of Interior Designers Silver Award presented on ASID’s 25th Anniversary by the National President for outstanding leadership in the STEP Program 2005. Other honors include an ASID Roast, a Special Friend Award by the Lexington Housing Authority 1995, and the Teacher of the Year, presented by the ASID University of Kentucky Student Association, 1992. Additional recognition included being named to Outstanding Educators of America and commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Martha Layne Collins.
Terry is now ready to explore with creativity and vigor the next phase of his career.
The University of Kentucky College of Design has been invited to participate in the continuation of the “Culture Now” project, originally started as part of the SupraStudio at UCLA, run by Thom Mayne of Morphosis and assisted by Karen Lohrmann.
Other programs participating in the current “Culture Now” project include Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Syracuse, UCLA, Cornell, MIT, Penn, Michigan, Pratt, Rensselaer, and Rice.
Mayne’s “Culture Now” project is an investigation of the contemporary American condition in struggling midsize American cities through an immersive investigation into the intersection of public policy, urbanism, contemporary culture and its spatial manifestations. This study of social, political, and cultural evidence immediately extends the dialogue across disciplines and encompasses institutional and political models of the public.
The College of Design’s contribution to the “Culture Now” project is the Northern Kentucky River Cities Project, which includes two College of Design studios; an architecture studio taught by Martin Summers, and a historic preservation studio taught by the Helen Edwards Abell Endowed Chair in Historic Preservation, Douglas Appler. The studios will explore development opportunities in a string of Northern Kentucky river cities; Bromley, Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue and Dayton.
The project began this fall with architecture students developing an overall planning study of the region and historic preservation students researching the region’s historic structures. In the spring semester the college will focus on developing a specific project.
Professor Martin Summers describes the Northern Kentucky River Cities Project: “We are exploring trajectories that define what makes a contemporary ‘city,’ and how those overlapping trajectories define our understanding of place. The research has focused on qualitative and quantitative information, cultural values, physical infrastructure and possible avenues of synthesis we discovered in Northern Kentucky and the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area. The work attempts to situate the cities in the region, the country, and the interconnected global networks within which all development now takes place.
We are seeking generative ideas that find and occupy the seams of latent potentials and are working to synthesize conditions across the five cities. We desire to provoke a larger discussion about cities, their individuality and relationships, strength through alliances, and to find symbiotic opportunities that can propel the region forward in a way that maximizes the possibilities of their interconnectedness and networked potentials.”
The College of Design held its Scholarship and Awards Dinner on Oct. 21, 2011. The College holds this annual event to celebrate the achievements of the scholarship recipients and to honor the donors who made the scholarships possible. Nearly a hundred students, alumni, faculty and friends attended the dinner at the Hilary J. Boone Center.
Lexington’s Mayor, Jim Gray, addressed the dinner with a talk about the role of design in adding value to a city. He also drew upon his personal experiences at Mayoral Institutes, his visit with New York city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and shared his personal affinity to the College of Design.
Two individuals were honored at the dinner with the ‘Alumnus of the Year’ and ‘Friend of the College’ Awards.
Eileen Jones, a 1976 graduate of UK was presented with the Alumnus of the Year Award, presented annually to alumni who have demonstrated a willingness to give back and support the College of Design. Jones, a graduate of the UK School of Interior Design, is principal and national discipline leader at Perkins+Will Branded Environments, one of the largest architecture firms in the nation. In this role, Jones has led strategic research, community cultural interpretation, brand master planning and design development for clients.
Jones currently serves on the School of Interior Design Advisory Board and is playing a key role in the planning process for the school’s upcoming spring symposium. In the past, Jones has taught at the College of Design, hosted students in Chicago, and even participated in retreats with faculty to discuss the future of interior design.
"Simply put, Eileen has been a tremendous partner for the College of Design. Not only has she been extremely success in her profession, she has been more than willing to share her expertise with us here on campus," said Dean Michael Speaks. "The School of Interior Design is better due to her continued support and involvement."
Butch Branson was given the Friend of the College Award, presented annually to someone who has partnered with the college to bring recognition and success. Branson is the owner of Ohio Valley Marine Service in Henderson, Ky.
Over the past four years, Branson has forged a strong relationship with the college, directly supporting the River Cities Project in Henderson and the students who participated in the projects. A gracious host, Branson is a favorite among the College of Design students who frequent Henderson for study trips and reviews. Branson’s support and generosity helped spearhead the effort for the college’s recent acceptance in to the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) where student work will be displayed.
In addition, Branson is involved in the community of Henderson, serving as the chair of the Board for River City Renaissance, a nonprofit organization that is working to bring development opportunities to the city. Through the group's efforts, the main focus of the Henderson Project, a deactivated power plant on the river known as HMPL1, will be redeveloped in the near future.
Interior Design instructor Rebekah Ison led her Senior Design Studio on a trip to Chicago. Students connected with the location of their project site, conducted precedent studies, sketches and behavioral studies for a restaurant design.
The students engaged with city on multiple levels. Some of the activities during the trip included:
Freek Persyn, founder of 51N4E, led a workshop with College of Design students at the Louisville Water Company. The students worked with the Water Company to develop ideas and proposals for a Water Education Center and Museum on the historic water tower property on Zorn Avenue. The company hopes to share its unique history and provide information about the relation of water to energy, technology and health.
During the workshop, students worked with University of Louisville MBA students to develop a feasibility study to ensure the financial success of the Water Education Center and Museum, toured the Water Company’s facilities and attended several presentations about the history and technology of water in Louisville.
The students are currently working with Freek Persyn to develop a series of programs for the Louisville Water Company that will leverage their tremendous assets and ideas to have the greatest impact on Louisville.
Second year graduate student, Michael Mead, described his vision for the Water Education Center and Museum: “I think that we need to help the Louisville Water Company see the potential of what they are proposing. To help them realize that this could be more than a center for education, but a center of innovation.”
The student’s ideas and proposals will be developed through a Spring ’12 studio taught by Elodie Nourigat, founder of N+B Architects, Montpellier, France.
Interior design students exhibited their project, "Light, Shadow and Pattern," in the Peace Gallery on Wednesday, September 28. The project explored the spatial possibilities of surface effects, materiality and light. Students created a series of screens, working with concepts of pattern, repetition, and figure / ground relationships, and tested the material limits of various papers and fabrics using laser cutter technology. While each screen stands alone as a finished surface, the integration of light projects the effects into space, creating dynamic interior atmospheres of light and shadow.
The College of Design held an Ultra High Performance Concrete Workshop during the week of September 12 – 17 in Pence Hall. Siebe Bakker founder of bureaubakker, a firm that facilitates cross-disciplinary exchanges between various industries and educational institutions, and Gregor Zimmerman, CEO of G.tecz, a research and design firm that specializes in high performance concrete, taught the weeklong workshop.
The workshop began with a tour of a local concrete precast company, Gate Industries in Winchester, KY, to explore how concrete is used on an industrial scale. The students then developed several prototypes to explore and test ultra high performance concretes. These prototypes were fabricated throughout the rest of the week using the digital fabrication laboratory and mold making technologies. The student work was exhibited and reviewed on the final day of the workshop.
Students participating in this workshop are enrolled in the Fall Rotterdam Travel Studio. The studio is organized around the 5th International Concrete Design Competition for Students, a bi-annual ideas and design competition for students in architecture, engineering, design and affiliated disciplines. It is organized and funded by a consortium of European cement and concrete associations. The aim of the competition is to promote innovative use of concrete as a material and technology. This year’s competition theme is “Energy” and will focus on concrete and its potential for design applications that reduce energy consumption.
Students in the travel studio will produce a competition entry for their final project. Two winners from the studio will be selected and invited, along with laureates from five European partners, to participate in a workshop in Rotterdam in late August 2012.
By Whitney Hale
Ten years ago, the lives of Americans were forever changed as the nation came under attack. During the September 11 weekend people across the United States took a moment to remember those lost on 9/11. Among those coming together in memory of the fallen, was a group from the University of Kentucky College of Design who helped design a monument honoring those lost on that awful day in American history.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky was selected to receive a piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center towers following the 9/11 tragedy. UK College of Design partnered with St. Elizabeth Healthcare Hospice to design and build a concrete base for the steel I-beam to create the St. Elizabeth Healthcare World Trade Center Memorial. The monument was unveiled at memorial ceremonies on Sunday, Sept. 11, at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, located at 1140 Madison Ave., in Covington, Ky.
The design of the memorial's concrete base was chosen through the "World Trade Center Steel Student Design Competition” presented by alumna Catherine Smith at the college during the Spring 2011 semester. Students were given rough measurements and a few requirements for their concept. Designs had to include a concrete base, and be transportable.
Senior architecture student Michael Payton May's design was chosen for the I-beam's base of the memorial, for which he received a cash prize.
"I thought it sounded like an interesting opportunity. To have an idea truly manifest itself physically and then be shared with others for what could potentially be a long period of time in a hospital providing encouragement is nice," says May, a native of Pikeville, Ky.
Graduate architecture student Michael Mead, of Binghamton, N.Y., and architecture junior Ben Ward, of Lexington, under the direction of instructor, Rives Rash, took over the monument project this summer. Upon delivery of the I-beam, the group realized that they would need to make some alterations to the design due to the condition in which the beam arrived. Click here for pictures of the steel I-beam's arrival at UK's Pence Hall.
Mead and Ward had no hesitation when Rash asked them to help with the special project over the summer.
"I jumped at the opportunity because it has a lot of meaning to me," says Mead. "I am sure it has meaning to a lot of people everywhere."
Video by Jenny Wells/UK Public Relations
Rash and his team reworked the original design concept to accommodate the beam they received, yet still capture the spirit of May's proposal. In addition the group softened the beam's edges due to safety concerns. Over three months, the base design was created in digital software, fabricated and finished during a sanding and sealing process before coming together with the beam.
The final design of the base itself is twisted to match the way the beam was bent in the terrorist attack on the towers.
"Seeing that I-beam and the way it bent, it really tells a story about the guts of the building of what happened and what it actually took to take those towers down," says Mead.
The opportunity to work on such an important piece of America's history was not lost on Rash and his team.
"At first sight it was pretty heavy and not just the beam's 126 lbs.," says Rash. "I did get chills thinking about everything it has gone through and all the people that day drastically influenced. I will forever remember exactly what I was doing that morning."
The St. Elizabeth World Trade Center Memorial was unveiled at the 10th anniversary ceremonies of the 9/11 tragedy at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. The Most Reverend Roger J. Foys honored the region's first responders and formally blessed the St. Elizabeth World Trade Center Memorial as part of Sunday's events, which are free and open to the public.
The St. Elizabeth World Trade Center Memorial has been made available to churches, schools, civic organizations and the Northern Kentucky community for educational and commemorative events throughout the year. After it completes its tour, the memorial will find its home at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Hospice where it hopefully serves as a reminder of our ability to overcome difficult times and to inspire all those who receive care at the facility.
To read about other ways UK will be honoring the victims of 9/11, visit UKNow.
Dean Michael Speaks visited Northern Kentucky as part of the college's "River Cities Tour" on Sunday, Sept. 11. The event at BB Riverboats at the Newport Landing, in Newport, Ky., launched two new fall studios that will explore development opportunities in a string of Northern Kentucky river cities.
The Newport program included the presentation and display of a design charrette focused on Northern Kentucky communities on the Ohio River. The event also celebrated UK College of Design partnerships with the development corporation Catalytic Development Funding Corporation; Vision 2015, a Northern Kentucky nonprofit; and Suprastudio, a design studio at the School of Arts and Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Studios working on concepts for such "river cities" as Bellevue, Bromley, Ludlow, Covington, Newport, and Dayton will begin this fall at UK with an architecture studio developing an overall planning study of the region and a historic preservation studio researching the region’s historic structures. In the spring semester, the college will focus on developing a specific project. The studio projects will be informed by existing and ongoing neighborhood, city and regional planning efforts.
The "River Cities Tour" began with a kickoff event in Henderson, Ky., in July. As part of the tour, Dean Speaks is visiting river cities along the Ohio River to better understand their economies and culture and to develop partnerships with government, non-profit groups, and citizen-led development groups. These partnerships are essential to help overcome the many problems experienced in these industrial cities caused by global competition, increased energy costs, and decreased profits. In many cases, this has led to record unemployment, smaller tax bases for government, and, significantly, to increased youth flight.
Speaks thinks the work UK College of Design is doing in the Commonwealth's communities is valuable for both the cities and the students, "The 'Kentucky River Cities' project is a multi-year, urban research and design project in which students confront problems experienced in Kentucky. It challenges them to develop innovative solutions that could be reproduced on a global scale. This project also allows students to work directly with local government, private industry, non-profits and neighborhood groups.”
To date the College of Design has already initiated projects in two "river cities." In Henderson, the college has worked with the non-profit, River City Renaissance, and with the city and county to redevelop HMPL#1 (Henderson Municipal Power and Light Plant No. 1), a retired coal fired power plant built in the late 1950s. And in Paducah, the college is currently working with the city, the city port authority, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to speculate about future uses for the DOE's uranium enrichment facility in Paducah (the only one in the US), which plans to halt operation in the next 10 years.
The "Kentucky River Cities" project is already earning the college international acclaim and inclusion as a "CounterSite" in the fifth International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). As part of the biennale, student work from UK's “Kentucky River Cities” studios will be exhibited April to August 2012 at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam.
CoD instructors Martin and Regina Summers led a two-week, Summer Career Discovery Program for high school juniors and seniors. Over the course of the program, 18 students were engaged in a variety of activities that emulated what it might be like to study architecture and interior design at the College of Design.
The program focused on an intensive design studio experience, the core of a design degree, and allowed students to explore and evolve design ideas based on a given problem. The creative and nurturing environment of the studio allowed students to freely explore their ideas within constraints and exposed the participants to other possible solutions and insights through interactive reviews and discussions with fellow participants. Ultimately the students presented their work to invited guest reviewers and their peers.
Instructor Martin Summers described the student presentations: “It was impressive to see the participants stand in front of a fairly large group and confidently explain their thought process as evidenced in the work they were presenting. We had several of the guest critics to comment on the composure of the students as a whole and to express that ‘this group has set a high bar for even first year presentations.’”
The studio experience was supplemented with lectures and workshops on model making, drawing, contemporary design and how design thinking can be seen in the world around us. Several field trips allowed participants to experience first hand how the design process is ultimately materialized in built form. Tours of Lexington, modern houses in the region, contemporary buildings and of several local design offices gave concrete examples of the variety of possible projects and career options in architecture and interior design.
2011 SCDP student Amber Altic described her experience: “I found the process more difficult than I anticipated. I enjoyed every moment, but it really pushed me to a new level. I had to be more creative and imaginative than ever before. I now see the art in architecture, the relationships betweens angles and curves and why architects choose to design their building in a particular manner. I really hope to continue developing my skills in the design program in the near future. This was a wonderful opportunity and I loved every moment of it.”
Summer Career Discovery Program 2011 Participants
Guest instructors, critics and tour guides:
Local offices who generously shared their time and skills:
Tate, Hill, Jacobs
Thanks to the homeowners who participated and allowed a large group into their residence during the middle of the day. Special thanks also to Michael Wright at Vespa Lexington for the donation of cardboard.
Thanks also to Jordan Hines (TA), Kari Kinder (RA), and Nick Wall (RA)
University of Kentucky College of Design Assistant Professor Kyle Miller led an eight-week design program in Amsterdam for twelve undergraduate students. The students participated in two courses: a six-credit design studio and a three-credit seminar that comprised a series of intensive design workshops.
The primary objective of the design studio was to prototype design and program solutions for large, recently abandoned buildings in Amsterdam. The central theme of the studio was a theoretical approach to programming an existing space and was supported by a conceptual design approach for creating comprehensive and autonomous design solutions. The programming efforts sought to integrate potent public programs and living spaces. The design of a new, performative building skin became the primary visual motivator of this urban rehabilitation project. In addition, students designed new interior spaces that propose to reactivate the structures.
The design workshops (each lasting three to five days) addressed the following issues in contemporary architectural design: topological design, typology, field conditions, patterning, master planning, modularity, smart materials, design thinking, adaptive day lighting, long-span structures, and parametric design. Workshops were led by Daniel Vasini and Joris Weijts of West 8, Filippo Lodi and Jörg Petri of raurouw, Christian Veddeler and Jordan Trachtenberg of UNStudio, and Florian Heinzelmann of shau andTU Delft.
In addition to the coursework, students toured Amsterdam extensively via bicycle and participated in organized group trips to Rotterdam, Delft, Den Helder, Copenhagen, and Malmo. Our group was also fortunate to be in invited in to view the working spaces of West 8, UNStudio, JDS, and MVRDV. With the unwavering commitment and motivation from the students to immerse themselves in the local culture (social and design), the program proved to be a great success. Thank you to the Academie van Bouwkunst and DeKey Short Stay for hosting our students during their time abroad.
Fourth year architecture student Jon McAllister described his experience in the travel studio: "For me, the trip to Amsterdam was priceless; both as an academic leap forward, and as a life changing travel experience. The studio, workshops and traveling took me far beyond what I expected from a study abroad experience, and beyond what I expected of myself as a designer. It’s difficult to put into words what I experienced this summer, but I can say this: Studying design and architecture abroad is the best decision I have made as a college student. Taking the leap to study in Amsterdam for two months with firms and individuals like UN Studio, West 8, Florian Heinzelman of TU Delft, Kyle Miller and Studio Raurouw among others opened my eyes to the possibilities of design, and the potential role that I might play as an architect. To me, that is priceless."
The College of Design’s School of Interior Design has hired three new faculty members who have expertise in corporate, private and academic design issues.
Lindsey Guinther is a nationally certified interior designer (NCIDQ) with seven years experience in both commercial and residential design. She received her Master’s of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati with a research focus on cohousing and community planning. Guinther also attended the University of Kentucky where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design as well as a Business Minor. Prior to joining the University of Kentucky in fall 2011, she practiced for three years for a firm in Lake Tahoe, California. Currently, Lindsey is working towards receiving certification for the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) in hopes of expanding her knowledge of the field.
Rebekah Ison is committed to restoring the cultural heritage and collective memories of communities. Ison has collaborated on preservation projects in rural China, design build projects in the villages of Brazil, and conceptual interventions in Appalachia. She explored the perpetuation of identity through localized vernacular through her exhibition “Where is Where” at the Sullivan Galleries, the Green Showcase Exhibit at Harold Washington College, and at the Hyde Park Art Center. Ison obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design with the honor of the Dean’s Award from the University of Kentucky and received the AIADO award for interiors from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during where she earned a Master in Architecture with an emphasis in interiors.
Helen Turner is a nationally certified interior designer with both NCIDQ certification and LEED AP accreditation. Turner has four years of professional experience in design firms where she was responsible for initial client meetings, site measurements and documentation, schematic design, space planning, FF&E selection and coordination, furniture bid packages, construction documentation and administration, as well as post-occupancy evaluations. Turner was the project architect for PARP:PS (Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia) in Pompei, Italy where she was integral to the incorporation of technology in the archaeological process. Turner graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences from Ohio University and received her Master of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.
Ann Dickson the Director of the School of Interior Design describes the importance of these new hires: “The School of Interior Design is pleased to have recruited three such outstanding faculty. They will compliment and expand the breadth of specializations within the current faculty. These new faculty are critical as we launch our newly revised four-year CIDA accredited professional degree program.“
The Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Design, Michael Speaks, will visit several Kentucky cities on the Ohio River as part of the “River Cities Tour,” during the 2011 – 2012 academic year.
The tour began with a kick off event at the Henderson, KY riverfront on July 22 to celebrate the College of Design’s project, “Kentucky River Cities,” inclusion as a “CounterSite” in the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). Student work from “river cities” studios will be exhibited April - August 2012 at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The event was attended by Henk Ovink, co-curator of the IABR and Director for National Spatial Planning and of Research, Design and Strategy at the Dutch Ministry of Environment (VROM) in The Netherlands.
Dean Speaks will tour these river cities to better understand their economies and culture and to develop partnerships with government, non-profit groups, and citizen-led development groups. These partnerships are essential to help overcome the many problems experienced in these industrial cities caused by global competition, increased energy costs, and decreased profits. In many cases, this has led to record unemployment, smaller tax bases for government, and, significantly, to increased youth flight.
Dean Speaks describes the value of working in these communities: “The River Cities project is a multi-year, urban research and design project in which students confront problems experienced in Kentucky and challenges them to innovate solutions that could be reproduced on a global scale. This project also allows students to work directly with local government, private industry, non-profits and neighborhood groups.”
The College of Design has initiated projects in two “river cities.” In Henderson the college has worked with the non-profit, “River City Renaissance,” and with the city and county to redevelop HMPL#1, a retired coal fired power plant built in the late 1950s. And in Paducah the college is currently working with the city, the city port authority, and the US Department of Energy (DOE) to speculate about future uses for the DOE's uranium enrichment facility in Paducah (the only one in the US), which plans to halt operation in the next 10 years.
For the 2011 – 2012 academic year the College of Design is developing partnerships in Northern Kentucky with organizations such as Vision 2015 to develop projects in several “river cities” including Bromley, Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton. The project will begin this fall with architecture students developing an overall planning study of the region and students in the Historic Preservation Program researching the region’s historic structures. In the spring semester the college will focus on developing a specific project.
The UK/CoD is planning a travel studio in Rotterdam, Netherlands this fall. The studio will be organized around the 5th International Concrete Design Competition for Students, a bi-annual competition that promotes innovative uses for concrete. This year’s competition theme is “Energy,” and the competition will focus on concrete and its potential for design applications that reduce energy consumption.
Each student in the travel studio will produce a competition entry for their final project . Two winners from the studio will be selected and invited, along with laureates from five European partners, to participate in a workshop in Rotterdam in late August 2012.
The International Concrete Design Competition for Students is a biennial ideas and design competition for students in architecture, engineering, design and affiliated disciplines. It is organized and funded by a consortium of European cement and concrete associations. The aim of the competition is to promote innovative use of concrete as a material and technology. Students are invited to push a material’s potential to 'realize' ideas. The choice of a design topic or program is open and can range from building details to large structures, landscape projects or building complexes.
Siebe Bakker, architect, founder and director of bureaubakker, a firm that facilitates cross-disciplinary exchanges between various industries and educational institutions, will teach the fall travel studio. Gregor Zimmerman, CEO of Gtecz, Kassel, Germany; Erick Carcamo, founder of x/atelier, New York, NY; and Ad van der Kouwe of Manifesta, Rotterdam will provide additional instruction in materials, software and graphic design.
The studio will begin in Lexington with a one-week workshop 12-17 September. Siebe Bakker and Gregor Zimmerman will conduct this workshop, which will focus on ultra high performance concrete. Students will arrive in Rotterdam no later than 3 October and the studio will begin there on 6 October. The studio will conclude in Rotterdam with a final review of work on 25 November.
If you are interested in registering for this travel studio please contact the UK/CoD Student Services office to register 257-7623 or email email@example.com.
Assistant professor, Angie Co, installed "Floats" within the private courtyards of seventeenth century mansions in Montpellier, France for the sixth edition of the Festival of Lively Architecture.
The Festival of Lively Architecture celebrates the work of a new, ‘lively’ generation of architects, within the forgotten eras and spaces of Montpellier. Each year ten young architects and a university are invited to design an installation in a private courtyard. This year the invited architects were asked to use the theme, "Encounter." The public was invited to explore Montpellier's private courtyards and experience the installations from June 15 - 19, 2011.
Co describes experiences in the festival, "FAV is a great event. Each year, the festival opens up to the public 10-15 of the 70+ private courtyards in the old city. Each courtyard is relatively small, on average about 400 square feet, but are incredible spaces--mine, in the Hotel Mirman, had limestone walls rising 60' to frame a rectangle of clear blue sky, and an arched, open stairwell on one end.
I wanted to create a spatial and material installation that was both familiar (i.e. it's a balloon), and foreign (i.e. it's over-scaled).
For me, the thematic of "Encounter" is intriguing in the sense of encounters between bodies--not just human bodies, but also architectural bodies. A really big, puffy, silver donut can be architectural, not just in terms of its scale, but also in the way it both fills an existing space and reorganizes it. It only squeezes into the courtyard diagonally. You move around it, it draws your vision up, and you can look through it's central hole. It magnifies the environmental effects in the courtyard, such as light, color, and temperature. Materially, it's dimpled and soft. It moves slowly in the wind, almost slow-motion slow. You push it and the force ripples outward, making a strange compound jiggle as it swings. I think that's one of the best things about it.
As an architect participating in FAV, it was fascinating to see all the other installations and to meet the other teams. Lots of fun and talented people."
Students who helped install 'Floats':
The University of Kentucky College of Design’s (UK/CoD) project, “Kentucky River Cities: Louisville, Paducah, Henderson,” will be included as a “CounterSite” in the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), April thru August 2012.
UK/CoD’s project, "Kentucky River Cities: Paducah, Henderson," focuses on the redevelopment of Kentucky cities located on the Ohio River. Shipping and manufacturing were the economic engines for this region’s economic prominence from the late eighteenth to early twentieth centuries. However, due to global economic transformations and restructuring, this region entered a period of decline that has only worsened with the recent economic downturn. This has led to record unemployment, smaller tax bases for county and city government, and increased youth flight.
To address the problems of economic decline and job loss in this region the UK/CoD developed partnerships with local municipalities. Given the complexity and comprehensive nature of the problems facing small cities and counties coupled with their limited resources, partnerships were also formed with private, citizen-led development groups and other nontraditional developers.
Though all of the "River Cities" projects are ostensibly economic development projects, they are also directly concerned with energy. Kentucky is among the largest coal producing states in the United States, giving many of Kentucky's river cities significant competitive advantage. Today, however, this is changing due to the demands of developing cleaner sources of energy.
The College of Design’s project includes studio work from Louisville and Paducah, but will primarily focus on HMPL#1, a 65,000 sq. ft. retired coal fire power plant, located in downtown Henderson, KY. A comprehensive catalog of all the “River City” projects will be published for the April 2012 exhibition.
5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
Under the title “Making City” the IABR will address the opportunities presented by worldwide urbanization. In just a few decades cities will contain 80% of the world’s population, 90% of global economic wealth and cover less than 3% of the earth’s surface. This urbanization is forcing us to rethink the way we govern, plan and design our cities.
The IABR is responding to this urban growth by creating alliances with urban planners, scientists, businesses, developers, curators and local administrators. These collaborators will explore “city making” through projects in three cities: Rotterdam, São Paulo and Istanbul. Their work will culminate in presentations, exhibitions, lectures and debates in the 2012 Biennale. In addition to these events, innovative projects from around the world will be presented in the IABR’s “CounterSite” exhibition.
Assistant Professor, Michael McKay, taught a PERFORMA workshop at Lund University, School of Architecture, Department of Theoretical and Applied Aesthetics in Sweden. The two week workshop was part of a semester long studio, directed by Abelardo Gonzalez, composed of visiting guest professors.
During the workshop students physically tested simple units and semi-finished materials to unveil their performative characteristics and limitations. These limitations were then negotiated through rigorous digital and physical techniques to produce strategies of fabrication. This process allowed a complex system to emerge from a single unit's combinatory characteristics. In this way, a great deal of variation and spatial affect was created through an extremely efficient and simple aggregate.
The workshop ended with a full-scale installation and exhibition in the Lund University, School of Architecture's gallery.
*Special thanks to Gareth Lewis, Peter Lövendahl and TetraPAK
The American Academy in Rome has awarded University of Kentucky College of Design architecture instructor, Angela Co, with the prestigious Rome Prize. Co is one of two recipients to receive the Rome Prize in architecture this year. The other recipient of the Rome Prize in architecture is an alumnus of the College of Design, Lonn Combs ’92.
The Rome Prize is presented annually by the American Academy in Rome to approximately 30 individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Recipients are invited to Rome for six months to two years to immerse themselves in the academy community where they will enjoy an opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues' knowledge and experience and resources in Italy, Europe, and at the academy.
In 2010, Angela Co was also awarded the renowned MacDowell Colony Fellowship in Architecture. The MacDowell Colony is one of the nation’s oldest and leading residency programs, more than 6,500 artists have received fellowships since its founding in 1907. Each year 250 fellowships, or residencies, are awarded to artists in seven disciplines: architecture, music composition, film and video, interdisciplinary art, theatre, visual art and literature. Recipients of the MacDowell Colony Fellowship receive room, board and exclusive use of one of the 32 studios on the property for up to eight weeks.
Co’s firm, Studio Co, is an architectural initiative in pursuit of possible worlds through critical inquiry into our natural and constructed ones. Her research includes a collaboration with Aeolab on the Weather-Making Balloon media installation and nomadic pavilion, which has been exhibited at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Atelier in New York City. Co has also worked on theoretical and built projects with Bernard Tschumi Architects and Asymptote Architecture.
Co holds a Master of Architecture Degree from Columbia University’s GSAPP, where she was awarded an Honorary Design Award and the Loewenfish Memorial Prize for Design Excellence. She is currently an instructor of architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design.
Lonn Combs received his professional architecture degree from the College of Design in 1992, and later received a post-professional degree at Columbia University in New York City, in 2001. Combs co-founded EASTON+COMBS in 2004 a collaborative architectural office that operates as a laboratory for innovative building strategies at the intersection of material practice and applied architectural research. In addition, EASTON+COMBS was recognized in the New York AIA (American Institute of Architects) "New Practices New York 2010" competition.
Combs has taught at Pratt Institute, City College of New York, and Cornell University. He has served as the Assistant Chair and then the Acting Chair of Undergraduate Architecture at Pratt Institute from 2007-2010. Lonn Combs is currently Clinical Associate Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Students Helping Honduras Photography Exhibit
Reception - Saturday, 16 April / 6 - 10pm
Land of Tomorrow (LOT) Gallery / 527 E. 3rd St. Lexington
Over spring break, eleven University of Kentucky students (see below) traveled to El Progreso, Honduras as part of the Students Helping Honduras (SSH) UK chapter, a national non-profit. SHH's mission is to build a movement of young leaders to empower orphaned and vulnerable children in Honduras. Upon arrival, the group met with student chapters from NYU and Boston University. Together, they visited a state run orphanage, worked on the construction of a children's home and a rural school building. The group mixed cement, layed block and worked alongside local Hondurans. The week ended with a trip to Tela Beach with several of the families from the surrounding community. Photographs from the trip will be exhibited at LOT Gallery on Saturday, April 16 from 6 - 10pm.
While great progress was made, SHH is working to raise enough money to finish the construction of five schools in need. All proceeds from the LOT Students Helping Honduras Photography Exhibit will benefit the cause. Support UK's Chapter of SHH here.
The UK SHH Chapter meets Mondays at 8pm in Student Center Room 119.
Rebecca Gall (HP)
Michael Haas (Arc)
Veronica Polinedrio (ID)
David Vanderhaar Hunter
The University of Kentucky College of Design, in coordination with Land of Tomorrow (LOT) and the University of Calgary's Faculty of Environmental Design, hosted architect Josh Taron, known for his work melding biological concepts with design through computer technology. During his stay, Taron held a five-day workshop "Particle Protocols," gave a public lecture and exhibited "Accumulations" with Joelle Schultz, which featured student work from UK/CoD created during the workshop.
Taron is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Calgary where he investigates biological computation and computational design. He is co-director of the Laboratory for Interactive Design where he is able to meld research in the fields of computer science, bioinformatics, medicine and architecture. Taron is also principle of Synthetiques, a design studio with an emphasis in hybrid ecologies.
"Particle Protocols" workshop began with tutorials on applying methods of interface and exchange between different particle-based software (Processing and Maya). During the workshop, students from UK College of Design were provided with a series of parametric definitions that explored both static and dynamic neighborhood conditions in agent-based environments. Student teams produced short projects including fabrication-ready files using these techniques. Students participated in the final fabrication of the "Phlebotomic Formations" gallery installation at the Land of Tomorrow.
Taron's work, "Phlebotomic Formations," is an installation, designed to cover the interior with an undulating surface. The work was an architectural interpretation of methods for bloodletting using biocomputational science as its means. The material fabrication of a bloodletting process translates the act of wounding into a symbol of reproduction. The full-scaled installation was completed during the workshop with students from the College of Design.
The Brown-Forman Urban Design Studio conducted its final review on December 11 in the Zirmed Skyloft in Louisville. The studio, in collaboration with Bill Weyland of Louisville-based CITY Properties, examined the opportunities and difficulties facing development in downtown Louisville through a series of site-specific proposals. The site is in the heart of the city and is bounded on the west by 9th Street; the east by 8th Street; the north by Congress Alley; and the south by West Liberty. This is a pivotal area for downtown development and each of the student proposals attempted to find the right mix of housing, retail and commercial that will foster economic growth and urban vitality without compromising the existing urban condition. The studio was taught by Brooklyn-based architects Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg of Solid Objectives, and Brown-Forman Teaching Fellow Andrew Owens.
Shaped by the twin forces of economic globalization and technological transformation, contemporary architecture and design practice is today more homogeneous and yet more varied than ever. Today architects and designers all know and use many of the same computer software and digital tools—from Photoshop and Autocad to Maya and Grasshopper, from CNC to 3d printing. They read and contribute to many of the same magazines, websites, blogs and social networking sites. They travel on the same aircraft via the same hubs to many of the same destinations to visit many of the same exhibitions while secretly longing for many of the same designer goods and products (yes, you do!). And, significantly, they are all under the same personal and societal pressure to develop design practices that are both creative and economically viable. And yet, each designer and each design practice responds to the homogenizing forces of globalization and technological transformation in distinct, often dramatically different ways.
Indeed, it is precisely those differences that are on display here in projects designed by some of the newest members of our faculty in the College of Design. You will see here on display an incredible variety of technique, material investigation, process and even disposition toward the design object itself. You will see paintings, drawings and renderings of real and imagined projects. But you will also see computer controlled grass mowing devices and metallic balloons that listen in on what you might be saying about them or about me. You will bump into glass bubbles filled with memories and “massimals” that hopefully don’t bite. Your eye and then your hand will follow the contours of digitally fabricated landscapes that have no scale or place. Then you will turn and find yourself in Appalachia. You will touch but hopefully not sit on furniture that only becomes real when selected and sent online as computer files to a friendly, neighborhood fabricator who will make one for you. You will be confronted with renderings of some of the most important buildings in the last ten years. You will see a menu of 8 ½ x 11 calling cards revealing features of the next architecture. All this and more we hope you will enjoy. But do be careful not to get lost in the Pajama Factory, or to linger too long with the “massimals.” And above all, be careful what you say to the balloons.
Dean, College of Design
Angie Co / Instructor, Architecture
Nick Puckett / Assistant Professor, Architecture/College of Engineering
Martin Summers / Sutherland Visiting Professor of Landscape Design
Regina Summers / Instructor, Architecture
Gary Rohrbacher / Assistant Professor, Architecture
Anne Filson / Assistant Professor, Architecture
Kyle Miller / Instructor, Architecture
Jason Scroggin / Assistant Professor, Architecture
Akari Takebayashi / Instructor, Architecture
Erik Carcamo / Instructor, Architecture
Liz Swanson / Associate Professor, Architecture
The University of Kentucky College of Design and artwithoutwalls co-sponsored an exhibition of SO-IL’s award winning work in downtown Lexington’s Institute 193 from September 9 through October 3. This event welcomed Florian Idenberg (one of the founders of SO-IL) as the new 2010 Brown Forman Chair of Urban Design at the University of Kentucky College of Design.
Combining a host of experience from the worlds of architecture, academia and the arts, So-IL is a small office with a global reach. Founders Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu set up their Brooklyn-based studio in 2007 to be a creative catalyst, involved in all scales and stages of the architectural process.
Recent projects include a house for designer Ivan Chermayeff in upstate New York, a shell-shaped wedding chapel in Nanjing, China, a museum for contemporary art near The Hague, the Netherlands, and a project space for Kukje Gallery in Seoul. SO – IL was finalist in an international competition for student housing in Athens Greece and is the 2010 winner in MoMA’s Young Architects Program to design an installation for the P.S.1 courtyard in Long Island City. SO - IL was also recently chosen as one of the 2010 Sukkah City winners.
SO – IL has been featured in numerous publications including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wallpaper* and Surface. The work has been exhibited in institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the LA Forum for Architecture and Urbanism, and the Center for Architecture in New York.
Florian Idenburg is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School for Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), and a Design Critic at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. Previously he held the position of Visiting Lecturer at the School of Architecture at Princeton University. He is a frequent lecturer, panelist and critic at universities and institutes throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings appear regularly in magazines such as Abitare, Domus, a+u, and Mark Magazine. In his teaching he has been exploring the role of architecture in different social cultural and economical conditions. Part of this research is the subject of a book Idenburg edited, “Learning from Japan”, published by Lars Mueller Publishers in 2009.
Houseboat to Energy Efficient Housing (HBEER), a joint College of Design-Center for Applied Energy Research project led by Michael Speaks in the College of Design and Rodney Andrews in CAER, and significantly involving large numbers of architecture graduate students, will address two important concerns; low-cost housing and energy efficiency. This initiative will design and develop concepts, prototypes, and manufactured housing units that are highly energy-efficient and cost under $100,000. Ultimately, it is hoped that these units will supplant existing energy inefficient mobile homes. With loans and subsidies, actual consumer cost will be considerably below $100,000.
The project will retool and redirect Kentucky's houseboat manufacturing industry, which has been decimated by the recent economic downturn. Most houseboat manufacturing facilities in the four-county-area around Somerset, Kentucky, have ceased operation or drastically reduced output, producing dramatic, long-term job loss. The project will design energy-efficient, low-income housing units to be manufactured in Somerset, Kentucky and carry a "Kentucky Proud" label. This initiative will create a manufacturing value chain using Kentucky components where possible. Manufacturing will occur in redesigned, refitted houseboat factories using local retrained workers. Ultimately, the project will produce energy-efficient housing benefitting Kentuckians manufacturing these units as well as those living in them.
Phase One, completed in December, 2009, conducted research on housing unit, community unit, and factory retrofit designs and presented them to stakeholders including Kentucky and federal officials, investors, industry leaders and housing experts. Second stage review and refinement of these occurred in January 2010. Phase Two began with that review and will end with refined designs. Spring 2010 will see final housing unit, community unit, and factory retrofit designs.
Phase One and Two have been supported, in part, by two additional partners: The Kentucky Housing Corporation, which underwrites an endowed chair in the School of Architecture; and, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, a not-for-profit organization created to aid in Appalachian economic viability, which has provided financial and research support.
Expected Actions and Outcomes
The objective is to retool houseboat factories to produce energy-efficient housing, creating new jobs and producing more energy-efficient, affordable housing alternatives for consumers. Creation of a "Kentucky Proud" manufacturing and value chain will have an economic multiplier effect on the creation, manufacture, and consumption of Kentucky products. But the most significant effect will be greater economic stability for communities achieved through significantly reduced energy costs and greater job security.
The project has attracted significant national, state and local governmental interest. On that basis, it is expected to expand beyond its current scope and to become a multi-year initiative.
A publication entitled "Sustain and Develop," will be produced. The publication, a yearly book-length study, will be edited by the architecture journal, 306090, and published by Princeton Architectural Press. In addition, HUD has sought help from the project leaders in conducting a series of workshops in other communities. Those, too, will be formalized and published as templates.
University of Kentucky president, Lee Todd designated the HBEER project as one of the 2010 Commonwealth Collaboratives. This designation is given to research projects that meaningfully improve the health, education, economic development, the environment and quality of life in Kentucky communities. The Commonwealth Collaborative designation means the projects will receive $10,000 from the president and provost's discretionary funds in addition to other funding they already may have from other sources.
This project is part of the College of Design's Design + Energy Initiatives portfolio, which includes, among others, the Henderson Project, Fly-ash Furniture, and the Solar Decathlon. Dean Speaks describes the value of these initiatives, "The development of renewable, cleaner, and more efficiently produced and consumed forms of energy, is among the most important challenges we face today. The problem is global but the solutions and their implications are more often discovered and experienced locally."
During this past academic year, the College of Design at the University of Kentucky conducted a year-long research and design study of the Shippingport area in Louisville. The Shippingport area, located just west of downtown Louisville, has significant waterfront and extensive infrastructure and enormous potential for future development. Development has been limited, however, because the entire area is cut off from the rest of the city by the freeway.
In fall 2008, students analyzed and made strategic design proposals for the Shippingport area intended to stimulate economic development and bring much-needed jobs. Proposals included developing a complex of business incubators and needed vocational schools, including a culinary school with a restaurant; developing a centralized hospitality complex served by light rail that would tie together the many entertainment “events” hosted by the city; creating a network of pocket parks that connect to the existing Olmstead Park system; and developing a new Green Ford Motor Company Campus where a new line of hybrid and electric products would be designed, developed and built. This past spring, students developed these proposals into design proposals.
The fall semester research studio of architecture students was led by Gary Bates, Brown Forman Visiting Chair in Urban Design, and principal of Spacegroup Architects in Oslo, Norway. The spring studio was led by Julien de Smedt, Brown Forman Visiting Chair in Urban Design, and principal of JDS Architects in Copenhagen. Professor Jason Scroggin from the School of Architecture is co-teaching both fall and spring semesters.
A large model and video presentations of the proposals was displayed at the 21c Museum in Louisville from May 27 - June 6.
The development of renewable, cleaner, and more efficiently produced and consumed forms of energy, is among the most important challenges we face today. The problem is global but the solutions and their implications are more often discovered and experienced locally. Given Kentucky’s vast array of energy resources, the College of Design believes that we have an obligation and an opportunity to meet these challenges by providing innovative solutions that will benefit our state and indeed all those who seek cleaner, cheaper and more efficiently produced and consumed forms of energy. Innovative solutions arise when knowledge is creatively applied to known problems. Design has a crucial role to play in this process, for design is among the most important engines of innovation. Design is not only the final designed product—a table, building, urban plan or landscape—it is also the design thinking process itself, the very means by which a whole variety of plausible solutions are created, tested and transformed into innovations.
The College of Design has entered strategic partnerships with a number of energy researchers, providers and manufacturers, to launch “Design + Energy Initiatives.” The focus will be on developing innovative, energy-related design solutions. On May 8, we hosted an exhibition that featured projects from the first year of this new initiative, which included the following:
The Henderson Project - The centerpiece of the exhibition was a selection of large-scale (8 x 10 feet) photographs of HMPL1, a recently retired coal-burning power plant in Henderson, Kentucky. The photographs, by recognized architecture photographer Frank Doering, inaugurated the multi-year research and design initiative, the “Henderson Project,” which will develop strategic design proposals intended to make Henderson a more competitive player in an increasingly knowledge-based, energy-focused economy. The focus will be on developing proposals that will adaptively reuse the recently decommissioned HPML1 plant and the scenic Ohio River waterfront in Henderson.
Solar Decathlon - One of 20 finalists selected by the US Department of Energy, The College of Design, in collaboration with the College of Engineering and College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky, designed and built an energy-efficient, solar house, which was displayed in Washington, D.C. in fall 2009. Models, drawings, animations, and mock-ups of the house were exhibited.
Project Aeolus - In collaboration with the Kentucky Science Corporation, the Center for Applied Energy Research, and the Center for Manufacturing at the University of Kentucky, the College of Design mapped and modeled targeted sites in Lexington and Louisville for wind capture. Results of the mapping were displayed.
Urban Renewable Furniture Prototypes - The design workshop used common materials that are often discarded and end up in trash dumps as primary material for urban furniture. Prototypes created in the studio were displayed.
Fly Ash Furniture Prototypes - In collaboration with the Center for Applied Energy Research, the furniture design workshop produced full-scale furniture prototypes that use fly ash, a byproduct of coal combustion captured in chimneys and used as a partial replacement for cement in concrete. Prototypes created in the studio were displayed.
The "River Cities Project" is an extension and expansion of "The Henderson Project," which began in June 2007 when students from the University of Kentucky College of Design and the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles traveled to Henderson for a five-day design workshop. The workshop was organized to speculate on Henderson's future development, especially in light of changing economic and demographic conditions. In designs presented to the community, including a number of compelling proposals for the Henderson riverfront, students explored the history, culture and unique personality of Henderson. The success of the workshop led Henderson natives Tim Skinner, Mark Bethel, and Drura Parrish to found "The Henderson Project." Their aim was to initiate a more structured collaboration between the Henderson community and the University of Kentucky College of Design that would not only raise funds to support future student projects, but that would also raise awareness and expectations about how design might enable communities and small towns to realize their potential.
Since arriving in 2008, College of Design Dean Michael Speaks has embraced "The Henderson Project" as the model for a new post-graduate Master Degree that will focus on river cities along the Ohio River. In fall, 2008, Matthijs Bouw, College of Design Sutherland Visiting Professor of Landscape Design, along with School of Architecture Professor Anne Filson, led a graduate level studio that developed strategic design proposals for the city of Henderson.
In spring, 2010, the emphasis shifted to the recently retired HMPL1 Plant and the Henderson riverfront. Working with the spring term College of Design Sutherland Visiting Professor of Landscape Design Marcelo Spina, and Architecture Instructor/Henderson Native Drura Parrish the studio developed four sites along the river in Henderson, Kentucky. The projects range from an algae research facility; adaptive reuse of decommissioned HMPL 1 powerplant; a twenty story IMAX movie theater; and multi use recreational facility located in an old granary. The students, instructors and College would like to thank the residents of Henderson for their generosity, enthusiasm, and leadership.
In January 2008, the University of Kentucky was one of 20 university-led teams from around the world selected to compete in the United States Department of Energy (DOE) 2009 Solar Decathlon. This was the fourth time the impressive Solar Decathlon has been held and the first time UK has applied to participate.
The 20 teams chosen to compete were asked to create and send an 800-square-foot or less solar-powered house, built by students on their home campus, to the National Mall. Each team’s house was evaluated in the competition, running Oct. 9-18, in 10 specific areas: architecture, engineering, market viability, lighting design, communications, comfort, appliances, hot water, energy balance and home entertainment.
UK’s team members not only designed their house, but fabricated many of its custom elements including the building’s structure, which presented students with the unique opportunity to work alongside metal fabricators at the AMRL (Agriculture Machinery Research Laboratory).
“We’ve been taking the textbook literally out of the classroom and bringing the students to this new type of classroom, into what I would call a living-learning laboratory,” said Gregory Luhan, one of the principal investigators leading the team.
The UK design presented an optimized living and learning environment that engaged the landscape through an integrated design approach that demonstrated a range of site-flexible and contextual solutions for living under the sun today. The house makes strong reference to Kentucky’s passive architectural roots and integrates forward-thinking innovations into a design based upon an open and porous loft concept anchored by the home’s hearth, the kitchen core, and a series of outdoor spaces that envelope the house. A breezeway design blends the beauty, simplicity and passivity of various elements of Kentucky vernacular architecture with modern elements ranging from its furniture to Shaker-style built-in cabinetry, wall-integrated folding tables and chairs to active energy-efficient systems and technologies including an LED illuminated perforated cladding system.
The SKY BLUE House structure was designed to allow for very quick setup and occupancy. Several unique features include: rainwater harvesting systems, fixed and single-axis tracking arrays, PV cooling, electronically tintable glass in non-shaded areas, super high-efficient appliances, a reverse cycle heat pump, demand controlled ventilation for indoor air quality control, and an Automatic Weather Adaptive Response Energy (AWARE) control system, which optimizes the energy flows in the house based upon zip-code-specific weather forecasts.
The University of Kentucky SKY BLUE solar house team was an interdisciplinary group comprised of students, faculty and staff from six colleges and 16 centers and departments within UK. The team was led by two principal investigators, Donald Colliver, professor of biosystems and agricultural engineering at the College of Agriculture, and Gregory Luhan, associate dean for research at the College of Design, as well as faculty from the College of Communications and Information Studies and College of Engineering.
Utilizing an interdisciplinary team from across campus, the UK team was able to capitalize on numerous university resources.
“To bring all these leaders (from the individual colleges) together to sit at the table and have a common goal to build a house that celebrates living under the sun today in Kentucky really became a fantastic device to come up with what is going to amount to hopefully an award-winning solution for Kentucky,” commented Luhan.
On October 16, 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman announced the winners of the 2009 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The University of Kentucky’s SKY BLUE House placed ninth in the competition.