Landscape Architecture Students Use Biophilic Designs in Reconsideration of Mill Creek

Mill Creek

Washington State University Landscape Architecture students are creating a conceptual master plan for the restoration of a 1-mile section of Mill Creek in downtown Walla Walla, WA. Implementing concepts of biophilic design, students are creating a place where Walla Wallans can find a place in nature and the natural world (Mill Creek) can find its place in human society.

Last year, members of the community began a collective dialogue we hope to continue, ultimately bridging us closer to reconnecting this amazing natural resource with our built environment.

Presentations will take place at the Water & Environmental Center | WWCC, 500 Tausick Way, in Walla Walla, WA on Monday, November 2, 2015, from 7-9 p.m.

For more information see www.watereducationcenter.org and Mill Creek Flyer (PDF).

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WSU Engineering and Architecture Students Create Trash Insulation

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As originally featured in the Daily Evergreen: Thursday, September 24, 2015 By Kelsey Bowers

With cold months approaching and energy’s high cost, it may be a struggle this winter to keep homes warm as snow begins to fall. Undergraduate students at WSU have recently been sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency to develop the idea of “TrashWalls;” literally, walls made of trash.

Nathan Conklin, a mechanical engineering student working on the project team, said the walls are made to insulate and will allow a room to retain heat efficiently. “Some people spend up to 40 percent of their monthly income on heating their houses,” Conklin said. … » More …