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Fall 2011 Final Reviews

December 9, 2011   |   Faculty, School, Students

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:

  • Michael McKay's JAPAN STudio responded to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that inundated the northeastern coast of Japan. To assist with rebuilding efforts the studio proposed a temporary resource center / info box on two specific sites in the devastated region. These ‘temporary’ structure help rebuilding efforts by being one of the first structures built in devastated areas.
  • The Northern Kentucky River Cities Project, which includes two studios; an architecture studio taught by Martin Summers, and a historic preservation studio taught by Douglas Appler, explored development opportunities in a string of Northern Kentucky river cities; Bromley, Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue and Dayton.
  • Gary Rohrbacher’s Manhattan Redux graduate research and design studio is considering the site of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) in Paducah, Kentucky. The studio has constructed physical models of toxic ground concentrations present at the site, proposed a hundred-year strategy for the environmental, economic, and spatial evolution of the plant - and the Paducah region, and proposed possible futures for the enormous buildings present on the site.
  • The Houseboat to Energy Efficient Housing (HBEER) studio addresses two important concerns; low-cost housing and energy efficiency. The studio is also working to retool and redirect Kentucky's houseboat manufacturing industry, which has been decimated by the recent economic downturn.
  • Lindsey Guinther's interior design studio has completed a project for the firm, Hilferty and Associates. The students assisted with the interior design for the new Great Lakes Maritime Museum to be built in Toledo, Ohio. The goal of the Great Lakes Maritime Museum is to preserve and exhibit the history of the Great Lakes.

Congratulations to all of the students in the College of Design for your hard work and dedication.