WSU Foundation News features “Sheltering the Homeless” project

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Students in the Spring 2016 Advanced Tectonics (ARCH 531) course taught by Omar Al-Hassawi were challenged to address an issue with complex roots. Their assignment: develop innovative architectural solutions for temporarily sheltering the homeless.

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During the month of September, the built structures and design illustrations were displayed in “Shelter Solutions for the Unsheltered: Responses to the Growing Homelessness Crisis in the U.S. Northwest” at the SDC Gallery in Carpenter Hall. Photos of the projects and additional details about the assignment can be found here.

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Dec. 9: Students to show designs for Coeur d’Alene Tribe site

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As featured in WSU News, December 6, 2016

PLUMMER, Idaho – Landscape architecture designs highlighting the heritage and future of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe will be presented to the public 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the tribe’s Wellness Center, Conference Room B, by students from Washington State University.

Eighteen School of Design and Construction students worked this semester on improvements to the tribe’s tribute site, a sculpture park at the confluence of the Spokane River and Lake Coeur d’Alene – a historic tribal gathering place. Six student teams will show their designs to representatives from the tribe, North Idaho College, the … » More …

Alumni provide leadership for AIA Washington, Oregon

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Oregon has voted to name Seth Anderson, AIA, as the council’s president-elect for 2017. Anderson (class of ’02), who is principal architect at Ascent Architecture & Interiors in Bend, Oregon, will subsequently step into the role of AIA-Oregon president in 2018. AIA-Oregon’s mission is to “create the environment for the improvement of the practice of architecture, to promote the value of high quality design of the built environment to the people of Oregon, and to lead the efforts of the profession to define the practice of … » More …

Students Present Sculpture Park Ideas to Coeur d’Alene Tribe members and officials from North Idaho College and the City of Coeur d’Alene

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On November 16, 2016, Eighteen (18) second year Landscape Architecture students, led by faculty member Steve Austin, presented ideas for an emerging Coeur d’Alene Tribe Tribute Park. The class is working for the Tribe to develop plans for a sculpture park to honor Chief Morris Antelope as well as the Tribe’s history and future.

During this service-learning studio, the students are also working closely with the city of Coeur d’Alene and North Idaho College, as the site will be a city park and will have a strong connection to the College’s campus. This project both aligns with and advances WSU Landscape Architecture’s core mission of … » More …

Main Street, USA

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As featured in WSU Magazine, Winter 2016

Standing on the beach at Smokiam Park, I dip my hand in the lake. The water is soft, slippery, almost squishy feeling. It’s full of sodium carbonate—washing soda. It’s a tiny lake, and on its southern beach is Soap Lake, a town experiencing a little renaissance.

Locals credit Washington State University’s Rural Communities Design Initiative for assisting their town of 1,500 in the eastern Washington scablands with improvement efforts. Soap Lake declined from fame and modest prosperity to a near ghost town but has recently rediscovered its pulse.

“Smokiam” is a Tsincayuse word that … » More …

Redesigning Rural Communities

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As featured in WSU Magazine, Winter 2016

We know at least a few of the reasons why rural communities go into decline. In eastern Washington, technology has radically improved agricultural efficiency at the cost of manual labor jobs. Technology, in the form of trucks and automobiles, has also replaced the railroad that once connected the dots of towns in a web of mutual trade and support. When the on-farm jobs disappeared, the commercial support base in small communities did, too. Banks, cafes, repair shops closed, leaving town after town with decrepit central cores. Brain drain takes young people to urban areas in search … » More …

Students Present Branch Public Library Designs to Seattle Practitioners

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On November 7th, 2016, 24 third year architecture students, led by faculty members Taiji Miyasaka and Omar Al-Hassawi, held their studio mid-reviews at the offices of LMN Architects in Seattle. Their projects were reviewed by architects from the Seattle area.

The students were challenged to propose a contemporary design for a public library on a site located within the Cascade playground in South Lake Union. Their proposals were critiqued by professionals … » More …