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Students prepare for an international exhibition in the Netherlands

Students prepare for an international exhibition in the Netherlands

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.”… Continue »


Ribbon Cutting Marks Completion of First HBEER Home

Ribbon Cutting Marks Completion of First HBEER Home

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… Continue »


Students in the Delft Studio developed entries for the International Concrete Design Competition

Students in the Delft Studio developed entries for the International Concrete Design Competition

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… Continue »


Historic Preservation Studio Proposes Art Trail for Northern Kentucky

Historic Preservation Studio Proposes Art Trail for Northern Kentucky

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… Continue »


Fall 2011 Final Reviews

Fall 2011 Final Reviews

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… Continue »


Scholarship and Awards Dinner 2011 - 2012

Scholarship and Awards Dinner 2011 - 2012

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… Continue »


Interior Design instructor Rebekah Ison led her Senior Design Studio on a trip to Chicago

Interior Design instructor Rebekah Ison led her Senior Design Studio on a trip to Chicago

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: An introductory architectural riverboat tour. Neighborhood and site visits to Fulton Market. An office visit with Studio Gang. Visual communication and branding studies - a behind the scenes visit… Continue »


Freek Persyn, founder of 51N4E, led a workshop at the Louisville Water Company

Freek Persyn, founder of 51N4E, led a workshop at the Louisville Water Company

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… Continue »


Interior Design students exhibit, “Light, Shadow and Pattern”

Interior Design students exhibit, “Light, Shadow and Pattern”

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… Continue »


UK/CoD Ultra High Performance Concrete Workshop

UK/CoD Ultra High Performance Concrete Workshop

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… Continue »


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