Architecture professor to celebrate cultural achievements in Armenia

April 2nd, 2013 Comments Off on Architecture professor to celebrate cultural achievements in Armenia

Jane Britt Greenwood, associate professor in the School of Architecture, has received a personal invitation from the Gyumri Mayor in Armenia to help celebrate the city’s new declaration as “Commonwealth of Independent States [CIS] cultural capital.” Mayor Samvel Balasanyan asked Greenwood to be a part of various cultural events that will begin on June 1.

Greenwood began research in Gyumri in 2007 with a grant from the Earthwatch Institute and later continued her work as a Fulbright Scholar.

“A city official once told me I’m the best ambassador they’ve ever had,” said Greenwood, explaining that through her research activities, she has introduced the architecture and culture of Gyumri to a wide range of students and professionals from around the world.

Michael Berk, director of the School of Architecture, said the mayor’s invitation is a clear testimonial to the importance of Greenwood’s work in Gyumri.

Greenwood said she plans to attend the events and looks forward to celebrating the outcome of some of her work with the city.

Community invited to pavilion dedication, open house at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum

April 1st, 2013 Comments Off on Community invited to pavilion dedication, open house at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum

Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum invite the public to participate in a dedication ceremony of the MSU student-built Green Building Technology Demonstration Pavilion. The event will be held on April 15 at 5 p.m. at the museum, located at the corner of Fellowship and Russell Streets in Starkville. The museum will remain open following the dedication, and guests will be treated to light refreshments and music.

History of the project
The old Mobile and Ohio train station has served Starkville and Mississippi State since 1976 when the city of Starkville charged Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum with the collection, organization and preservation of historical artifacts of the local area. Years later, the School of Architecture was contacted to consult on the design of the interior part of the building. The refurbished Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum opened, and it soon became apparent that there was an existing water issue, which required attention. The Museum Board entered into a partnership with the Landscape Architecture Department at Mississippi State University to design and implement an approach to the problem. Through the creativity of MSU faculty and students, the utilitarian solution resulted in a beautification project and an educational arena for the surrounding community. The initial phase of the project consisted of a welcoming landscape design as a conduit to route rainwater effectively away from the building.

The next goal of this beneficial partnership with Mississippi State University was to design a pavilion to serve as an open-air, small space to be used for programs of educational, entertainment and civic significance; over this area a generous green roof was built, and a “living lawn” of environmentally appropriate plants and grasses were planted.  This phase of the project was designed and constructed jointly by the School of Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture under the guidance of landscape architecture professors Corey Gallo and Brian Tempelton and architecture professor Hans Herrmann. Landscape architecture, architecture, building construction science and graphic design students worked on various phases of the project. The roof serves as a natural covering and demonstrates what can be achieved by the symbiotic relationship between humans and the elements around them. An endeavor of this kind exists as testament to the highly successful relationship between the city and the university.

Professors Cory Gallo and Hans Herrmann presented on this project, “Stretching Sustainability: Interdisciplinary Design/Build at the Limits,” at the Annual Conference of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) in Austin, Texas, from March 26 – 30. Click here to view the presentation slides.

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