For the next cohort UWASLA Youth Outreach; Empowering BIPOC Youth: Pathways to Sustainable Design Futures, will be working with DRCC Youth Corps on a series of events to redesign Jack Block Park. We are looking for people interested in joining the events to lead the youth in the process of design. Please refer to the flyer for more information regarding the project. A LOOK INSIDE THE PROJECT: In the month of May, Empowering BIPOC Youth: Pathways to Sustainable Design Futures, will be
working with DRCC Youth Corps on a design mock studio to redesign Jack Block Park. During each event we will have a presentation stating the goals of the day. Then in smaller teams the youth will collaborate on designing their ideal Jack Block Park. Leads will be present and work with the youth to answer questions and push their designs. We hope to empower students in the design field by letting them make their own choices, we are there to support and elevate their designs. Please note there is an opportunity to join the planning team that works on organizing the outline of each event. If you’re interested please fill out this short survey to have you listed!Email with any questions: email@example.com
During Autumn 2021, the Furniture Studio, a legacy course in the Architecture department, was offered to Landscape Architecture students for the first time. While the focus on craft and material remained constant, the context of the work provided a unique scale and scope not previously used in furniture studios.
Architecture faculty members Kimo Griggs and Steven M. Withycombe worked with 12 MLA and BLA students to design and fabricate landscape furniture.
Students receive a primer on lumber dimensions and wood types in the Fab Lab (photo by Sihong Zhu)
From infrastructure to buildings to landscapes, the built environment is furnished at a variety of scales. Furniture has been a critical organizing feature for centuries, signifying power, providing perspective, defining and supporting social organizations, comfort and health. Learning how to design and make furniture in the landscape is an education in landscape architecture writ small, including design strategy, ethics, team-work and sustainability. Investing in lasting materials and methods to produce full-scale, carefully-considered designs provides an extraordinary and lasting student experience. The inaugural Landscape Furniture Studio of Autumn 2021 produced a wide array of excellent designs, setting a high bar for future students.Professor Kimo Griggs
Students especially appreciated the course for advancing dialogue in interdisciplinary exploration at an object-level and the opportunity to work intimately with fabrication processes prioritizing the details of craft and making.
Furniture exists in every built environment, and as a result, it sits on the nexus of so many different fields. Kimo often said that you could “resolve the world in a piece of furniture” and I think that applies just as well to landscape design, architecture, city planning, and every other built environments field. It was so valuable to be able to work with architecture professors, as well, because it’s very easy to get ensconced in your department’s way of thinking. I feel that I have learned so much more having been exposed to different pedagogies in this very departmentally collaborative studio.Isa Lewis, BLA ‘23
Furniture studio fit perfectly into the MLA sequence. It complimented the work I was doing in Materials Craft and Construction and helped me understand both assemblies and materials more deeply. It’s so rare to have a full design-build experience in school, especially on a design that is all your own, and it was incredibly gratifying to experience the entire design process in a microcosm of a single piece of landscape furniture.Jesse Sleamaker, MLA ‘23
This longed-anticipated course will be part of the annual studio rotation moving forward. We’re looking forward to the interdisciplinary innovations that will come out of this studio for years to come.
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Drawing offers a practice for thinking and an important mode of communicating ideas in design. Since 2016 the Department of Landscape Architecture, in collaboration with our professional partners, has convened a quarterly series of public lectures and weekend workshops for students that focus on representation in design.
We will draw to keep our minds, eyes, and hands coordinated. We will render the first line, then the second line, and so on. We will try to capture our admirations for what enchants us. We will start with an open mind, release expectations, remember the qualities we care about, and take one step at a time. I hope that you will find joy and grow trust.
The workshop will convene the weekend of April 22-24. To enroll in this workshop you must be available for the entire weekend, from 5:00 pm on Friday, April 22 to 1:30 pm Sunday, April 24, 2022.
This school year the Landscape Architecture Department received a SEED Grant to work with the youth of surrounding communities of the Duwamish River on a landscape architecture mock studio. The project outlines that UWASLA Youth Outreach Coordinator and volunteers will engage students around questions of public space, ecology, and social justice. The studio will serve as a space for youth to reflect on the traumatic effects of living near a Superfund Site while generating awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy community. The design studio will focus on Jack Block Park, located in West Seattle along the Duwamish Waterway. Through exploration, conversations, and design, students will begin to imagine the land and water’s potential. The project seeks to empower youth to reimagine a different, more equitable and just future through the lens of landscape architecture.
For the first cohort we worked with Proyecto Saber, which means Project to Know, is a class offered at Denny International Middle School, whose mission is explicitly committed to social change and decolonization through an ethnic studies lens. Student teachings include leadership skills, ethnic studies, academic support, and college readiness.
We are reaching out to current students and professionals to join us on the students final presentation day on March 18, 2022 between 8:30am-3:00pm at Denny International Middle School. Reviewers are asked to commit to class times (google form signup), as they will be changing every 50 minutes. The format of this event is a gallery walk where reviewers interact with students and leave comments on projects. As this is the first introduction and exposure to Landscape Architecture and design professionals for many of these students, we ask that reviewers support this exploratory phase by centering focus and curiosity on student priorities and interest.
What: Call for Reviewers
When: March 18, 2022 @8:30-3:00pm (1 hour commitment minimum – signup for time slots)
Where: Denny International Middle School – 2601 SW Kenyon St, Seattle, WA 98106
Why: To provide support and learn about youth interest and needs for their community.
How: Gallery walk style presentation for each class period (50 minutes), where reviewers are welcomed to interact and engage with students and projects. As reviewers you are welcomed to commit to the whole schedule or select times that work best for you (see google form)
If you are interested in becoming a reviewer please fill out the google form below. If you have any questions please contact Maria Arevalo at firstname.lastname@example.org