Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI): Design Guidelines and Community Engagement

College Place Workshop Fall 2017 (cropped)

Robert Krikac, faculty in the School of Design and Construction, Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI) presented Proposed Design Standards and Guidelines at the City Council meeting in City of College Place, WA on September 26, 2017.

College Place Workshop Fall 2017 (cropped)

RCDI faculty and student interns assisted in the preparation of design guidelines to supplement the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Proposed Design Standards and Guidelines for downtown College Place were based on the RCDI’s research and facilitation of several community workshops and presentations to officials at Walla Walla University, the City of College Place Planning Commission … » More …

Solar Decathlon Update from Dean Mary Rezac

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In January 2016, the Solar Decathlon 2017 competition announced Washington State University as one of 16 international collegiate teams selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to design, construct, and test a solar-powered house that is affordable, innovative, and highly energy-efficient. Once built, each team would transport its entry to Denver, Colorado, where it would be displayed in the October 2017 competition.

It is with a sad heart that I inform you that WSU will not be among the 10 remaining teams that are transporting their entries to Denver.

The Solar Decathlon is a complex, challenging event, where teams compete in 10 rigorous contests—ranging from … » More …

Students and business owners discuss downtown issues

Downtown Pullman 2040

As featured in the Daily Evergreen, August 30, 2017

WSU design and architecture students and Pullman business owners met at Paradise Creek Brewery for a Pullman 2040 meeting Monday to discuss ideas on how to improve WSU’s relationship with downtown Pullman, such as increasing the social media presence of businesses.

Kathleen Ryan, a professor of interior design, shared the department’s plan to create a new art studio to encourage more WSU students to visit and explore downtown.

Organizers asked students to brainstorm ideas that would increase undergraduate student shopping in the area.

Suggestions included better use of social media apps like Snapchat and … » More …

Landscape Architecture students reveal Pullman’s hidden waterway

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Pullman is a water city, yet much of that water remains out of the consciousness of most residents. The city’s original name was “Three Forks,” a reference to the founding of the city at the intersection of three distinct streams: the Missouri Flat Creek and the Dry Fork Creek, which both flow into the South Fork of the Palouse River.

Yet the Dry Fork is largely invisible to most citizens, hidden underground for nearly one-half of a mile as it flows under the sidewalks along Grand Boulevard in downtown Pullman.

Landscape Architecture students from WSU’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture have developed ways to … » More …

Bring your renewable energy and help us build WSU’s Solar Decathlon home!

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Bring your renewable energy and help us build WSU’s Solar Decathlon home! August 7, 2017 

The team is recruiting alumni, friends, and the community to help us compete in the Department of Energy’s competition (you can learn more about WSU’s entry in the competition here).  Volunteers are needed to finish the build in Pullman.

No experience necessary (we will train you by task), but if you’re an experienced hand, all the better!  We can promise you a tremendous Cougar welcome as you work side-by-side with a crew of passionate students.

When? Let us know when you … » More …

A Philosophy of Chinese Architecture: Past, Present, Future

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David Wang

Writing is often thought of as a sit-down, no-distractions type of task. David Wang, a Washington State University architecture professor, says it is more like running a marathon. Wang has recently published his book A Philosophy of Chinese Architecture: Past, Present, Future (Routledge, 2017). The book examines the impact of Chinese philosophy on China’s historic and modern architecture. It comes out of Wang’s many years of teaching about European and Chinese philosophies and their impact on architecture and material culture.

“The message the readers will take away from the book is that we need to … » More …

2017 Landscape Performance Education Grant Recipients Announced

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To help university landscape architecture programs integrate landscape performance into their curriculum, the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s (LAF) Landscape Performance Education Grants allow select university faculty to develop and test new approaches for standard courses.

Their teaching materials and reflections are then shared through the Resources for Educators section of LAF’s LandscapePerformance.org. Landscape performance is part of the the revised LAAB Accreditation Standards, which take effect starting with landscape architecture programs scheduled for accreditation reviews this fall.

Students must learn necessary skills to predict outcomes, assess alternatives, defend design proposals, and evaluate environmental, social, and economic performance of landscape projects. … » More …