Carl Small Town Center at MSU receives public outreach, design honors for ‘Marking the Mule’ project

November 19th, 2017 Comments Off on Carl Small Town Center at MSU receives public outreach, design honors for ‘Marking the Mule’ project

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s Carl Small Town Center is receiving two statewide awards for its “Marking the Mule” project focused on advancing citizen engagement in the Marks community.

On the university’s behalf, CSTC Director Leah F. Kemp recently accepted a 2017 Public Outreach Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association at its joint conference with the national APA organization in Birmingham, Alabama. The award recognizes an individual or program that uses information and education to raise awareness about the value of planning among communities and locales. Award criteria include innovation, comprehensiveness, holistic approach, transferability, quality, implementation and technology use. 

The project also received an AIA Design Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects during the organization’s recent Public, Design, Community and Membership Awards Celebration at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.

In July 2015, MSU’s Carl Small Town Center was awarded a $25,000 Our Town grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to create a trail and make plans for an interpretive center that tells the story of a 1968 Mule Train, a program of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Poor People’s Campaign.”

The yearlong public outreach campaign project engaged local residents, historians, architects, planners and state tourism and historic preservation officials. The integrated planning process created a vision for a cultural trail and interpretive center focused on events surrounding the Mule Train.

Documentation of oral histories, outreach at a local blues festival, a hands-on design charrette and multiple feedback loops culminated in the design of an interpretive center and trail, as well as construction of a trailhead marker doubling as a welcome sign at the intersection of Mississippi Highway 6/U.S. Highway 278 and M.L.K. Jr. Drive in Marks.

Kemp said the “Marking the Mule” project gave the Carl Small Town Center and Marks residents the opportunity to have a meaningful impact through the development of a tangible project in the Quitman County community.

“At the Carl Small Town Center, we truly enjoy engaging with communities to find the best solutions to their challenges,” Kemp said. “In the form of multimodal trails, we were able to address tourism and health and wellness, promote historical significance, and provide entryway signage for the Marks community. The resulting awards our center has received are a reflection of this successful project and partnership.”

Fred E. Carl Jr., a major Mississippi State benefactor and the Carl Small Town Center’s namesake, is a Greenwood resident who founded and served as the first president and CEO of nationally recognized Viking Range Corp. A one-time architecture major at MSU, he endowed the university’s statewide community design outreach program in 2004.

For more on the College of Architecture, Art and Design, visit www.caad.msstate.edu; its Carl Small Town Center, at http://carlsmalltowncenter.org or www.msstate.edu/videos/2016/07/carl-small-town-center.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

See the story in the Maroon Memo.

Read about it in The Clarion Ledger.

See the article in the Mississippi Business Journal.

MSU students recognized for wood-structure design achievements

November 14th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU students recognized for wood-structure design achievements

(Prahbu’s virtual tour of his winning design.)

 

By Sammy McDavid | Mississippi State University

Two Mississippi State architecture majors are recent winners of the highest national honors presented in a design competition sponsored by the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association.

University seniors Omkar H. Prabhu, a native of Mumbai, India, and Curtis M. Reed of Montgomery, Alabama, took first- and second-place, respectively, in the organization’s Sustainable Versatility Design Awards challenge.

The judges’ vote was unanimous for Prabhu, whose award was accompanied by a $1,500 cash prize. Reed’s came with $750. Prabhu traveled to Newport, Rhode Island, earlier this semester to personally accept his award during NELMA’s annual meeting.

MSU was among more than 20 institutions throughout the U.S. whose students submitted design proposals for the intense and demanding competition.

Both students are at the School of Architecture’s downtown Jackson center, completing the fifth and final year in MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design’s architecture program—the only one of its kind in the Magnolia State.

Founded in 1933 and based in Cumberland, Maine, NELMA is the non-profit trade organization representing the softwood lumber industry throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. For more, see www.nelma.org.

The NELMA competition brief “called for the redesign of each applicant’s architecture school by utilizing innovative timber technologies and sustainable practices,” said Jacob A. Gines.

Prabhu and Reed’s winning designs were adaptations of work completed last year in the architecture school’s TIMB(R) Studio that the MSU assistant professor leads.

TIMB(R) is the acronym for Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined. Open to fourth-year architecture majors, the campus-based studio was supported by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative  Inc., an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to responsible forest management, along with the Mississippi Forestry Association and Weyerhaeuser Co. through its SFI Conservation and Community Partnership Grants Program.

Last year, both students also won significant design recognitions. Prabhu became the fourth MSU architecture major named an Undergraduate Research Fellow of the Method Studio, a Utah-based architectural design firm. For Reed, it was the top $500 TIMB(R)-sponsored prize for most innovative uses of interior and exterior wood technologies in the design of an architecture studio.

 

For more about the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design and its School of Architecture, visit, respectively, www.caad.msstate.edu/caad/home.php and www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc/home.php. Gines may be reached at jgines@caad.msstate.edu or 662-325-0094.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, also available online at www.msstate.edu.

See the feature on the Northern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA) website.

Esenwein, Tripp named editors of ‘Arris’ architecture historian journal

November 13th, 2017 Comments Off on Esenwein, Tripp named editors of ‘Arris’ architecture historian journal

By | Sasha Steinberg

Fred Esenwein, left, and Andrew Tripp, pictured with Virginia Price, past president of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Two faculty members in Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture are the new editors of “Arris – The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.”

Assistant professors Fred Esenwein and Andrew Tripp each will serve a three-year term from 2018-2021. One of several subchapters of the highly distinguished Society of Architectural Historians, SESAH is the only subchapter to publish a scholarly journal. 

Esenwein is a licensed architect in Virginia whose academic research concentrates on American architecture. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s in architecture from Virginia Tech, as well as a doctorate in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to a bachelor’s in architecture from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City’s East Village, Tripp has a master’s and doctorate in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Mississippi State architecture student honored in national competition

November 9th, 2017 Comments Off on Mississippi State architecture student honored in national competition

Mississippi State University architecture student Zachary Henry is among seven students recently recognized by the 2017 HERE+NOW: A House for the 21st Century Residential Student Design Competition.

A partnership between The American Institute of Architects, Custom Residential Architects Network and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the annual competition challenged students to submit projects that explore residential architecture and residential architectural practice.

Henry, a fifth-year student from Powell, Tennessee, received honorable mention for his project, “Affordable Housing for the 21st Century: A Housing Solution for Poverty in the Neglected Mississippi Delta.”

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

“This international competition drew hundreds of entry applications; receiving this award speaks volumes to the quality of work produced here in MSU’s School of Architecture studios,” said F.L Crane Professor and Director of the School of Architecture Michael Berk.

“Zachary is one of our most gifted students; the rigor and commitment to his ideals are unsurpassed,” he said.

Henry’s winning submission was completed last fall in his fourth-year studio. The assignment was to design a house for the residents of the Eastmoor Estates community near Moorhead in the Mississippi Delta. Henry described Eastmoor as a neglected low-income housing development from the 1960s.

“In addition to keeping the house construction affordable, we had to think about the 21st century family,” said Henry. “The nuclear family still exists, but isn’t as common as it once was,” he said, explaining his design, which includes two master bedrooms in case a grandparent or other family member needs to live in the house.

Henry also was proud of his design’s energy efficiency, which helped him explain another requirement for the competition – sustainability in new housing developments.

“I think I got total utilities down to $80 or $90 per month,” he said.

A Shackouls Honors College student, Henry’s current research also focuses on sustainability.

“Without the support I have received from the university for my research, I wouldn’t have been able to complete the competition’s mission,” he said.

The jury for the HERE+NOW Housing Competition included Aaron Bowman, Liollio Architecture (Charleston, South Carolina); Patricia Seitz, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, Massachusetts); and Emily Roush-Elliott, Delta Design Build Workshop (Greenwood).

The winning projects may be viewed at http://bit.ly/housing-comp.

Mississippi State’s School of Architecture offers the only curriculum in the state leading to a professional degree in architecture. Read more at www.caad.msstate.edu/sarc.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

See the story on Mississippi State’s website.

Christopher Scott Hunter delivers Harrison Lecture

November 7th, 2017 Comments Off on Christopher Scott Hunter delivers Harrison Lecture

By Kelsey Brownlee

On Mon., Nov. 6, Christopher Scott Hunter presented the third Harrison Lecture for fall 2017. The event took place in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall at 4 p.m. 

Hunter came and spoke about Texas A&M University, which he currently attends. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Science in Architecture from Texas A&M University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in architecture.

Hunter has about 30 years of experience under his belt from working on big architecture projects for major design firms in Dallas, Texas.

School of Architecture announces fall 2017 Final Jury Review schedule

November 1st, 2017 Comments Off on School of Architecture announces fall 2017 Final Jury Review schedule

Fifth-Year Program  FINAL JURY SCHEDULE    (in Jackson MS)                                                                       Jury to be in the 5th-Year Jackson Center on Capitol Street. Please call first to confirm times. 601.354.6480

Thurs., Nov. 16
Fifth-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Jackson Urban projects

Fri., Nov. 17
Fifth-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Jackson Urban projects

Main Campus  FINAL JURY SCHEDULE    (in Starkville)                                                                                   Jury to be in either Giles Gallery or Fazio Jury Room 

Mon., Nov. 20
First-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Foundational intervention (3 media: wood; metal; casting)

Mon., Nov. 27
Second-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
Collaborative Studio w/ BCS   ‘Quaker Meeting House’

Tues., Nov. 28
Third-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
‘Urban Chicago medium density Housing’

Wed., Nov. 29
Fourth-Year Reviews
9-6 p.m.  (w/ possible evening session)  
2 studios: 1) Mass Timber Office Bldg in Jackson &  2) Ripley MS Master Planning w/ CSTC

 

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