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The River Cities Tour kicks off in Henderson, Kentucky with Dean Michael Speaks

The River Cities Tour kicks off in Henderson, Kentucky with Dean Michael Speaks

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… Continue »


UK/CoD is the first U.S. entry in the International Concrete Design Competition for Students

UK/CoD is the first U.S. entry in the International Concrete Design Competition for Students

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… Continue »


Assistant professor, Angie Co’s installation for the Festival of Lively Architecture

Assistant professor, Angie Co’s installation for the Festival of Lively Architecture

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."… Continue »


Students Helping Honduras Photography Exhibit

Students Helping Honduras Photography Exhibit

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… Continue »


Josh Taron’s “Phlebotomic Formations” Installation

Josh Taron’s “Phlebotomic Formations” Installation

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… Continue »


Brown-Forman Urban Design Studio Final Review 2010

Brown-Forman Urban Design Studio Final Review 2010

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… Continue »


New Faculty Exhibition Fall 2010

New Faculty Exhibition Fall 2010

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… Continue »


HBEER: Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences Project

HBEER: Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences Project

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… Continue »


Design + Energy Initiatives

Design + Energy 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. 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,… Continue »


The River Cities Project: Henderson, KY

The River Cities Project: Henderson, KY

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… Continue »


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