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Team receives national award for design of drywall waste building blocks

As featured in WSU Insider July 10 2019

PULLMAN, Wash. – An idea to make concrete building bricks from low-value construction waste has received an American Institute of Architects R & D award. The award, announced in Architect Magazine and one of eight awarded nationally, recognizes innovation in architectural technology.

The researchers, including Taiji Miyasaka, professor, and David Drake, adjunct professor, in the School of Design and Construction, began developing their unique building system made from drywall in 2017 with a grant from the American Institute of Architects. Their idea was to reduce waste while creating an affordable building material that could lower … » More …

Outdoor learning lab approaches finish line

Project for Jefferson Elementary in Pullman has been aided by WSU landscape architecture students

By Scott Jackson, Daily News staff writer May 3, 2019

With spring underway and summer in sight, Jefferson Elementary in Pullman held a celebration of its partially completed outdoor learning lab Thursday, promising students the space will be ready for use when they return in the fall.

The project, located in a “U” shaped courtyard between the major wings of the school, will incorporate five learning zones, including a small amphitheater, an edible garden and a nature journaling area.

“We’ll pretty much be completed with the zones by the end of … » More …

Study abroad inspires design student’s plan to aid refugees

As featured in WSU Insider

By Siddharth Vodnala Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

When Chien-yi Chu spent a semester abroad in Liverpool in the United Kingdom in the fall of 2017, she fell in love with the city. She loved the architecture, food, and especially, the diversity.

But Chu, a master’s student in WSU’s School of Design and Construction, also noticed signs that the city’s multicultural fabric was fraying at the edges. Liverpool was taking in a refugee population from the Middle East who were fleeing war. Arriving with few possessions, many of the refugees were having trouble finding jobs, housing and adjusting … » More …