Discovered in Cornell’s Arnot Forest in March, evidence of the invasive emerald ash borer has been found in downtown Ithaca. Within the next several years, it will change the landscape of campus. Read more
Landscape Architecuture 2018 Alumni Reunion
May 29, 2018
2018 Reunion gathering on Friday, June 8th from 1:00-3:00pm. Please join us in the department for light refreshments and mingle with faculty and staff.
Building on emerging interests in the resilience of cities, this volume considers river cities and city rivers to explore how histories have shaped the present and how they might inform our visions of the future. Cities have been built alongside rivers throughout history. These rivers can shape a city’s success or cause its destruction. At the same time, city-building reshapes rivers and their landscapes. Cities have harnessed, modified, and engineered rivers, altering ecologies and creating new landscapes in the process of urbanization. Rivers are as informed by the development of cities as urban landscapes as the cities are shaped by their relationship to the river. In the river city, the city river is a dynamic contributor to the urban landscape with its flow of urban economies, geographies, and cultures. Yet we have rarely given these urban landscapes their due. This collection of essays asks how river landscapes are shaped by and shape urban settlements, and in turn how their histories inform ideas of urban resilience and adaptability.
The volume features an article by Assistant Professor Brian Davis and Amelia Jensen, MLA '16 and can be purchased here from Harvard University Press. Read more
Two Cornell teams are finalists in the Reimagine the Canals competition, a $2.5 million New York state contest that aspires to return the 200-year-old Erie Canal into an economic catalyst and tourism hotspot. Read more
Landscape architecture student Kari Spiegelhalter (M.L.A. '19), along with planning students Anna Callahan (M.R.P. ’18), Thomas Pera (M.R.P. ’18), Hannah Plummer (M.R.P. ’18) have won the American Planning Association's student design competition, as part of the APA National Planning Conference in New Orleans. The design, 'NOLA Shares' focused on Iberville neighborhood in New Orleans, and the project aims to strengthen social and economic bonds between the long-time residents of the Iberville community and the new population to the area. For more on this interdisciplinary team and their success, visit this article. Read more
Associate Professor Maria Goula presented as a keynote speaker at the Touriscape conference in Torremolinos, Málaga on February 8-10. Professor Goula develops research on coastal tourism, especially in regard to the interpretation and reinvention of leisure patterns regarding coastal dynamics.
Research papers on coastal resiliency in NJ and Charleston, authored by Alice Sturm MLA 2017 and Lauren Butts MLA 2017 and Maria Goula presented at he same conference were selected to be published by Tirant lo Black editors.
Students to Present on Environmental Justice at LABash
Mar 22, 2018
Students Tess Ruswick MLA'18 and Kari Spiegelhalter MLA '18 have been writing, 'A Landscape Architecture Student's Guide to Environmental Justice' along with RISD student Patricia Noto MLA'18. The students describe the need for the guide as following:
Many students of landscape architecture aren't exposed to an education in environmental justice in their classes or studio projects at their university. The goal of this guide is to provide an introduction to environmental justice by leading students of landscape architecture through the phases of a class studio project while viewing the design process through the lens of environmental justice. The guide highlights distinct steps in the design process, which are defined as research, outreach, design, construction, and stewardship, and addresses how questions of environmental justice can be integrated into each step. Case studies, interviews with other students and leaders in the field of environmental justice, and resources are peppered throughout this guide to provide examples of how our field is addressing environmental justice in a powerful way. Ultimately, we hope that an exposure to the fundamentals of environmental justice will help prepare students for a career that keeps in mind equitable community and site design.
Kari and Tess will join an exciting list of presenters, here. LABash 2018 will be held April 5-7 at Penn State.
Landscape Architecture’s Brian Davis and Sean Burkholder, University at Buffalo, received a $1.6 million grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund for creating ecologic gold from shipping port sediment. Read more
Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture Lecturer Position
Mar 13, 2018
The position requires the candidate to have teaching and/or professional practice experience in contemporary design, and planting design in particular. Knowledge of plant material and current planting techniques is required with expertise in ecological infrastructure practices such as bioretention, green roofs, and living walls preferred. Courses will be taught to both undergraduates and graduate students for the plants and design course and studios. The position is a nine-month appointment beginning August 16, 2018 through May 15, 2019.
Anticipated Division of Time
The lecturer will be responsible for four courses. This includes two graduate or undergraduate studios that meet for 3 half days each week during the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters respectively. The plants and design courses will meet for two half days each week for both fall and spring semesters.
The lecturer must have at least one professional degree in Landscape Architecture, preferably a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA). Prior teaching experience is desirable but not required. The chosen candidate must have the ability to work with a diverse group of students. Strong organizational and communication skills are essential.
The lecturer will not have formal advisees assigned to them. However, students will expect to get informal advice on job searches and internship opportunities. Provide students with clarification on assignments, exams, and grading.
Please submit your materials, including a letter of interest, portfolio of creative work, and if applicable, teaching portfolio to:
April Kampney, Department Business Manager
Department of Landscape Architecture
440 Kennedy Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
Please contact April with any questions (607)255-8436.
Professors To Be Honored at CELA Conference
Mar 13, 2018
3 Cornell Landscape Architecture Professors will be honored next week at the 2018 Council of Educators for Landscape Architecture Conference. Professor of the Built Environment Brian Davis will receive 2018 Excellence in Research and Creative Work Award, Junior Level. Assistant Professor Jamie Vanucchi will receive the 2018 Excellence in Design Studio Teaching Award, Junior Level. And Professor Peter Trowbridge will be honored by becoming one of the newest Fellows in. Congratulations to all! All will be honored at the CELA conference in Blacksburg, Virginia, which runs March 21-24, 2018.
Brian Davis and Healthy Port Futures Team Awarded $1.6 Million Grant
Mar 5, 2018
Cornell Professor of the Built Environment Brian Davis and the Healthy Port Futures team have been awarded a grant for $1.6 million from the the Great Lakes Protection Fund to test and develop new concepts of sediment management for Great Lakes ports. Professor Davis and Assistant Professor Sean Burkholder from the University of Buffalo will serve as Principle Investigators on this three year project, along with a diverse team partnering across multiple institutions.
The research team aims to shepherd new attitudes toward sediment and its management by shifting this process from a maintenance act producing a waste product to a productive operation contributing to revenue streams, land creation, risk reduction and habitat improvement. The project will pilot efforts in two medium sized ports, that if successful will be adopted in the over forty medium-sized port communities through all states in the Great Lakes basin. View a map of Toledo, OH as part this project by MLA candidate '18 Theresa Ruswick.
The nation’s first African-American landscape architect, David A. Williston, got his start at Cornell in 1896. Read more
LA Spring Lecture Series
Feb 23, 2018
Wednesday March 21 5:15 PM
151 Warren Hall
Penn Praxis at University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia
Wednesday April 11 5:15 PM
151 Warren Hall
Wednesday April 25 12:15 PM
461 Kennedy Hall
Landscape Consortium Ltd. Washington, DC
Assistant Professor Brian Davis is the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Research and Creative Work Award, Junior Level
Jan 30, 2018
Assistant Professor Brian Davis is the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Research and Creative Work Award, Junior Level. The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture confers this award to honor a faculty member’s outstanding, innovative, and noteworthy research and/or creative works related to the Landscape Architecture discipline.
Assistant Professor Jamie Vanucchi is the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Design Studio Teaching Award, Junior Level
Jan 30, 2018
Assistant Professor Jamie Vanucchi is the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Design Studio Teaching Award, Junior Level. The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture confers this award to honor a faculty member’s excellent ability to direct design studio projects that demonstrate outstanding quality and/or emphasize the critical thinking and creative process.
January 24th Biophilia: Ithaca Presentation with Associate Professor Josh Cerra
Jan 4, 2018
Professor Josh Cerra will be delivering a presentation as part of Biophilia: Ithaca on Linking Community and Ecology in the Climate-Adaptive Design Studio.
Date/time: Wednesday, January 24; 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free and open to the public Location: Tompkins County Public Library