Mississippi State architecture educator releases latest book, ‘Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy’

December 21st, 2017 Comments Off on Mississippi State architecture educator releases latest book, ‘Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy’

Theodore “Ted” G. Ammon’s recent book, “Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy: Experience Required,” was released on December 12.

Ammon, an associate professor of philosophy at Millsaps College, also teaches the Philosophy of Architecture course at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture’s Jackson Center. He has also authored “Imagine U” and edited “Conversations with William H. Gass” and “David Bowie and Philosophy: Rebel, Rebel.

“Our fifth-year students at the School of Architecture Jackson Center in historic downtown Jackson are fortunate to have such an esteemed philosopher and author from Milsaps College teaching our Philosophy of Architecture course,” said Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk. 

Jassen Callender, associate professor and director of the Jackson Center, contributed to the chapter “Facing Up to the Realities.”

About the book – via amazon.com:
“In “Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy,” philosophers come to terms with the experience and the phenomenon of Jimi Hendrix, uncovering some surprising implications of Hendrix’s life and work. Much of this book is concerned with the restless polarities and dualities that reveal themselves through Hendrix….What did Hendrix mean when he spoke of “the realities” of conflict conveyed in “Machine Gun”? What is a “Voodoo Chile”? When does noise become music? These and other questions are addressed in “Jimi Hendrix and Philosophy”.”

Ammon was born in Vicksburg and is a 1976 Mississippi State alumnus. He received his Master of Architecture as well as his Doctor of Philosophy from Washington University. He began teaching at Millsaps College in 1985 and has taught for Mississippi State for over 10 years. In 1992, he received the “Distinguished Professor Award” from Millsaps. Ammon is proud to drive a 1956 Dodge Coronet with a V8 engine, dual exhausts and pushbutton transmission. He “still plays vinyl proudly” and believes “Jimi Hendrix rules electric guitar.”

Callender, a 1994 School of Architecture alumnus, is an associate professor of architecture and director of Mississippi State University’s Jackson Center, which houses the School of Architecture’s fifth-year program, where he teaches advanced design studios and Theory of Urban Design. He is also an occasional practitioner, painter and writer who is a member of both the Society of Architectural Historians and a regional board member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Callender’s educational background underscores this range of interests and concerns, from undergraduate training in both architecture and philosophy (1987-1994) to graduate work in painting, sculpture and art history leading to an MFA in 2001. His subsequent research interests at first seem varied in equal measure – ranging from phenomenological studies of desire, to analyses of the role of perception and meaning in sustainable urbanism, to questioning the impact of shifts from meaning to information paradigms on the evolution of architecture theory and practice. All of this research aims at deepening our understanding of how meaning is constructed and shared in and through the built environment. His first book, “Architecture History and Theory in Reverse,” was published by Routledge in July 2017.

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MSU architecture majors make Oktoc Community Club more accessible

December 21st, 2017 Comments Off on MSU architecture majors make Oktoc Community Club more accessible

Efforts by nearly 20 Mississippi State architecture majors are making the Magnolia State’s oldest community club more accessible.

A new wooden ramp at the Oktoc Community Club recently was designed and constructed by the university’s Freedom by Design team. Now meeting federal accessibility standards, the entranceway on the historic building’s eastern side is situated near a primary parking area.

Freedom by Design is the community service arm of the American Institute of Architecture’s student chapter in the MSU School of Architecture.

Established in 1927, the community club was among many launched statewide by what now is the MSU Extension Service to share current information on subjects related to farm production and food preparation and delivery. Members of the south Oktibbeha organization pride themselves for having held monthly meetings without fail over the entire 90-year period.

“The building is your traditional white rural church style and has steps at each entrance,” explained Larry Box, chairman of the club’s house and grounds committee.

After several members commented on “a need for a ramp to facilitate entrance,” Box said he was encouraged by wife Florence to reach out to the MSU architecture school.

“This project fit really well with the Freedom by Design spirit,” said Emily Turner, a fourth-year student and FBD co-director. A Starkville resident, she attends MSU as a Presidential Scholar.

A trade-marked title, Freedom by Design was created to “provide real-world experience through working with clients, learning from local licensed architects and contractors and experiencing the practical impacts of architecture and design.” Its members focus on finding professional solutions to address physical and other major societal barriers. For more, visit www.aias.org/freedom-by-design.

As they will following graduation and required licensure, the MSU architecture students began the project with a design charrette to brainstorm preliminary concepts. After completing research to ascertain their design complied with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 and was within budget, they developed a virtual model to present to the client.

The project took two weeks to complete. The rigorous demands of daily class schedules led team members to complete much of the work at night, Turner said. She gave special credit for meeting the deadline to Pablo Vargas of Ridgeland, a second-year architecture student and the project’s construction manager.

She also praised support provided by the Boxes, both retired public school employees. “Dr. Box was a great partner to have for our second project; he stayed late to help us and his wife baked treats.” she said.

Turner said the project was much larger than the group’s first venture, the design and construction of compost bins for the Starkville Boys and Girls Club community garden.

She also noted how the Oktoc project involved a number of first-year majors that “didn’t have a lot of experience in building.” Nonetheless, she said the freshmen “took advantage of this opportunity to learn how to interact with a real-world client. We learned some really important skills that most students just don’t get in architecture school.”

Box said he and other club members are “very pleased” with the outcome. “It looks good and is very functional,” he added. “These kids worked hard and I was impressed with their work ethic.”

In addition to Turner and Vargas, the FBD team included (by hometown):

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Sophomore Jacob B. “Jake” Haasl.
CORDOVA, Tenn.—Freshman Aaron M. Jones.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga.—Sophomore McKenzie R. “Kenzie” Johnson, project manager
FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Freshman Audrey Eisner.
HARVEST, Ala.—Sophomore Breanna H. “Bre” Richeson.
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.—Freshman Pace M. Dempsey.
LINDALE, Texas—Freshman De’Vion L. Dingle.
MADISON—Junior Alexander D. “Alex” Boyd, publicity co-chair; and sophomore Ashley E. Casteel, director.
MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Senior Felipe M. Olvera, publicity co-chair.
NEW ALBANY—Freshman Daisy Huerta.
SOUTHAVEN—Sophomore Mariah J. Green.
STEENS—Sophomore Madison C. Holbrook.
SUMRALL—Sophomore Hannah C. Strider.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras—Sophomore Jose Solorzano.
WIGGINS—Junior Kaitlyn R. Breland.

For more about MSU’s Freedom by Design chapter, contact Turner at eet84@msstate.edu or find the group on Instagram at fbd_msstate.

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MSU students propose innovative designs for metro area forestry and wildlife outreach center

December 21st, 2017 Comments Off on MSU students propose innovative designs for metro area forestry and wildlife outreach center

Mississippi State University senior architecture students Maxwell J. “Max” Wilson of Spring Hill, Tennessee, left, and Shelby G. Christian of Vancleave discuss their proposal for a forestry and wildlife outreach center in Flowood with Mississippi Forestry Association Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. The project was part of MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines’ fall-semester introduction to mass timber studio course that is made possible with support from the Mississippi Forestry Foundation, the fundraising arm of the MFA. (Photo by Russ Houston)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Eighteen architecture students in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design recently presented master plan and building proposals for a forestry and wildlife outreach center in Mississippi’s largest urban natural area.

The student projects were part of MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines’s fall-semester introduction to mass timber studio course supported by the Mississippi Forestry Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Mississippi Forestry Association.

The Mississippi Forestry Foundation has long provided financial support to MSU on behalf of the Mississippi Forestry Association. In 2016, the MFF created the TIMB(R) Fund, to assist the School of Architecture in educating students on the value and benefits of building with wood through the design of a proposed state-of-the-art wood structure for public outreach and education. TIMB(R) is an acronym that stands for Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined.

In 2017, the MFF committed $50,000 for continued work with the university’s colleges of Architecture, Art and Design, and Forest Resources. $37,500 of the MFF’s TIMB(R) Fund gift is benefiting the School of Architecture’s fourth-year studio course planned for five separate semesters. A total of $12,500 of the MFF gift supports the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts’ Advancement Fund, assisting with travel, research, conference participation and hosting, and other activities furthering work in the areas of cross-laminated timber and mass timber-related technology.

As part of Gines’ fall-semester mass timber studio course, nine student teams each designed a state-of-the-art forestry and wildlife outreach center located on the Fannye Cook Natural Area, a 2,700-acre site along the Pearl River in Flowood that is named for the late Mississippi pioneer conservationist and scientist and owned by nonprofit Wildlife Mississippi. Wildlife Mississippi plans to develop approximately 25 miles of trails for recreation and exercise, create wildlife and forest interpretive areas and viewing platforms/towers, construct educational venues such as a pavilion and amphitheater and provide direct access to the Pearl River. In addition to the forestry center, structures planned at the entry of the area include a visitor center, comfort station and pad site for future development.

In their project proposals, students were required to use mass timber building technologies as the primary structural system. Water management, energy and forestry conservation, and promotion of physical wellness in terms of outdoor activity also were top design priorities.

During a recent event in Giles Hall, each student team gave a presentation that left MFA and Wildlife Mississippi representatives with the challenging task of selecting three winning proposals. The building proposals also will be submitted to the Innovation 2030 student design competition sponsored by Santa Fe, New Mexico-based nonprofit Architecture 2030.

MFA Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. presented first and second places with a monetary prize and copy of Kenneth Frampton’s book “Labour, Work and Architecture.”

Ratcliff also thanked the entire class of students for working together on a project that will help promote “mass timber as a viable option for construction in Mississippi” and “the value of forests and forestry products to our state.”

Mississippi State University senior architecture students Barnes Brown of Franklin, Tennessee, second from left, and Patrick T. Greene of Southaven, second from right, received first place for their forestry and wildlife outreach center master plan and building proposal. Congratulating them are (left) Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU College of Forest Resources’ Department of Sustainable Bioproducts; (center) MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines; and (right) Mississippi Forestry Association Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. (Photo by Allison Matthews)

Seniors Barnes Brown of Franklin, Tennessee, and Patrick T. Greene of Southaven made up the first place team. Each received a copy of Bryan Nash Gill’s book “Woodcut” in addition to the aforementioned prizes.

“We wanted to showcase forestry in Mississippi through the landscaping you see as you go throughout the building,” Brown said. “The raised atrium space we proposed would provide visitors with a nice moment where they could see the construction of cross-laminated timber. As they walk in, our hope would be for them to say ‘Wow, this building is all wood.’”

Greene said features in his and Brown’s proposed 14,300-square-foot building design include a catering kitchen, classroom, social space, executive and accounting offices, multipurpose room, conference center and boardroom. The center itself would be built using materials harvested on-site and Mississippi-sourced softwoods, Brown added.

“Our overall and driving concept of this site is to establish a respectful relationship between the intervention of man and the untouched wilderness,” Greene said. “The method that we propose is a datum, or concrete/gravel walkway established perpendicular to the existing road, which determines the orientation of each building adjacent to it. The datum ties the tranquil essence of the lake with the natural canopy provided by the trees.”

Gines praised the students for “raising the bar and putting in a tremendous amount of work for this exciting project focused on mass timber as a renewable, locally-sourced construction material.”

“The School of Architecture is proud to be at the forefront of construction education. We want to be leaders of mass timber in Mississippi, and I believe that starts here at Mississippi State University,” Gines said. “We are thankful for the support of the Mississippi Forestry Foundation in providing funding for this architecture studio and being advocates for the wonderful work our students have done and will continue to do.”

Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU College of Forest Resources’ Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, also offered words of gratitude for the students’ efforts.

“I’m an unabashed advocate for wood and timber products, and the architectural buildings, structures and thoughts you all have developed will inspire people and create a market for our creative material of choice – wood,” Shmulsky said.

Learn more about the Mississippi Forestry Association at www.msforestry.net; and Wildlife Mississippi at www.wildlifemiss.org.

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Learn more about the College of Forest Resources and its Department of Sustainable Bioproducts at www.cfr.msstate.edu.

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Mississippi State University senior architecture students David N. “Nate” Johnson of Meridian, second from left, and Kelli R. Weiland of Coahoma, second from right, received second place for their forestry and wildlife outreach center master plan and building proposal. Congratulating them are (left) Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU College of Forest Resources’ Department of Sustainable Bioproducts; (center) MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines; and (right) Mississippi Forestry Association Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. (Photo by Allison Matthews)

Mississippi State University senior architecture students Alan C. Pittman of Pelahatchie, second from left, and Lee Bryant of Starkville, second from right, received honorable mention for their forestry and wildlife outreach center master plan and building proposal. Congratulating them are (left) Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU College of Forest Resources’ Department of Sustainable Bioproducts; (center) MSU Assistant Professor Jacob A. “Jake” Gines; and (right) Mississippi Forestry Association Executive Vice President J. Tedrick Ratcliff Jr. (Photo by Allison Matthews)

 

Association of Retired Faculty presents MSU students with achievement awards

December 21st, 2017 Comments Off on Association of Retired Faculty presents MSU students with achievement awards

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Four Mississippi State students are receiving awards for outstanding achievement from the university’s Association of Retired Faculty.

Founded in 1986, the ARF presents outstanding student achievement awards that serve as tributes or memorials to colleagues and association members who made major contributions to student development over their careers at the 139-year-old land-grant institution.

All MSU seniors, this year’s student winners were recognized formally at the organization’s recent end-of-the-year banquet. Receiving $500 and a special awards plaque, honorees include:

—Kennedy J. Brown, an industrial engineering major from Columbus, receiving the Harry Charles F. Simrall Award for Engineering Excellence. Brown served as vice president of communications for Delta Gamma sorority. As systems safety engineering manager for MSU’s EcoCAR 3 team, she earned second place for her systems safety presentation in the 2016 national EcoCAR competition. Under her leadership as president, the local chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers won a Gold Award for outstanding chapter activity.

—Meredith A. Hilliard, an English and foreign language/Spanish double-major from Hernando, receiving the Peyton Ward Williams Jr. Distinguished Writing Award. A Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College student, Hilliard is an MSU John and Renée Grisham Presidential Scholar and Society of Scholars inductee. Her research has been recognized with a first place award in the Arts and Humanities Division of the Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the honors college. She also is a fourth-year member of the State Singers, MSU’s premier choral ensemble.

—Anne Larrah Johnson, a biochemistry/pre-dental major from Dyersburg, Tennessee, receiving the Charles E. Lindley Leadership in Agriculture Award. Along with memberships in Pi Beta Phi sorority, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Professional Health Club, Pre-Dental Society, Physicians on the Rise and the Student Association’s Bulldog Bash Committee, Johnson has assisted with alumni and recruiting events as an MSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassador. Outside of the university, she tutors children at Ms. Smith’s Educational Services in Starkville.

—Leah S. Ballard Welborn, an architecture major from Mathiston, receiving the William L. Giles Award for Excellence in Architecture. An MSU communication/pre-law bachelor’s graduate, Welborn currently serves as co-editor-in-chief of BARNworks, the School of Architecture’s nationally distributed publication showcasing top student work. Her other leadership roles include president of Tau Sigma Delta architecture honor society; executive board superintendent of Alpha Rho Chi architecture fraternity; and freedom by design historian for the American Institute of Architecture Students campus chapter.

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MSU Carl Small Town Center’s Ripley community project provides students with ‘real-world’ experience

December 13th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU Carl Small Town Center’s Ripley community project provides students with ‘real-world’ experience

Mississippi State’s Carl Small Town Center collaborated with fall-semester fourth-year students in the university’s School of Architecture to develop a master plan for the 50-acre First Monday Trade Days and Flea Market site in Ripley. Pictured during a recent presentation to Ripley stakeholders are, from left to right, MSU senior architecture majors Asher E. Paxton of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Matthew T. Lewis of Brandon, MSU School of Architecture Director and F.L. Crane Professor Michael Berk, and Mitchell D. Hubbell of Pensacola, Florida. (Photo by Russ Houston)

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

Mississippi State’s Carl Small Town Center has collaborated with students in the university’s College of Architecture, Art and Design to reimagine a popular site in Ripley as part of a proposed master plan for the Tippah County town.

Director Leah F. Kemp said the CSTC began work on the Ripley master plan this past August. For the project, the center solicited help from MSU Assistant Professor Fred Esenwein’s fourth-year architecture studio class to generate ideas for the 50-acre First Monday Trade Days and Flea Market site in Ripley.

Throughout the fall semester, Esenwein’s students worked in groups to develop a master plan featuring cohesive structures for the site, which has brought together craftsmen, artists, farmers, ranchers and other community members for more than 120 years. Ripley residents and CSTC staff also provided feedback to students over the course of the project.

Kemp said the architecture students received words of praise while recently presenting their completed projects to Ripley stakeholders at the Carl Small Town Center in MSU’s Giles Hall. The center will incorporate the students’ design recommendations into a master plan fostering economic growth and community development in Ripley and Tippah County as a whole.

“The Carl Small Town Center is a valuable resource for the School of Architecture as it provides a meaningful way to link students to communities and their needs,” Kemp said. “It also provides students with the opportunity to engage in public interest design.”

Asher Paxton, a senior architecture major from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was among students who participated in the CSTC project. He enjoyed interacting with Ripley residents and stakeholders on-site, as well as during their recent visit to the Starkville campus.

“For us architecture students, having the clients come to our fourth-year studio review to critique our work was super beneficial,” Paxton said. “It helped us think about the site in a real-world way.”

Greenwood resident Fred E. Carl Jr., a major Mississippi State benefactor and the Carl Small Town Center’s namesake, 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.

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archimania ranked 13th by Architect Magazine

December 12th, 2017 Comments Off on archimania ranked 13th by Architect Magazine

Archimania, a memphis architecture firm, was ranked number 13 in the 2017 Architect Magazine annual top-50 ranking.

See the main story here, and see the full list of the top-50 here.

Mississippi State University architecture alumni at archimania include:

Partner/ Principal:

  • Todd Walker, FAIA

 Staff architects:

  • Greg Price AIA
  • Will Randolph Assoc AIA
  • Kayce Williford AIA

 Designers:

  • Anthony DiNolfo
  •  J Humphries Assoc AIA
  • Patrick Brown
  • Patrick Green (current fourth-year student)

 

Architecture students present fall 2017 Final Reviews

December 11th, 2017 Comments Off on Architecture students present fall 2017 Final Reviews

Thurs., Nov. 16 and Fri. Nov. 17 – Fifth-Year Reviews
Jackson Urban projects

Mon., Nov. 20 – First-Year Reviews
Foundational intervention (3 media: wood; metal; casting)

Mon., Nov. 27 – Second-Year Reviews
Collaborative Studio w/ BCS   ‘Quaker Meeting House’

Tues., Nov. 28 – Third-Year Reviews
‘Urban Chicago medium density Housing’

Wed., Nov. 29 – Fourth-Year Reviews

Studio 1: Mass Timber Office Bldg in Jackson

(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)

Studio 2: Ripley MS Master Planning w/ CSTC

 

MSU inducts nearly 130 into prestigious national honor society

December 7th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU inducts nearly 130 into prestigious national honor society

Pictured during a recent campus induction ceremony for MSU students joining the university chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest honor society for students in all academic disciplines, are (left-right) Jason Keith, MSU Dean of the Bagley College of Engineering and PKP treasurer; Laura Terry, a senior information technology services major from Huntsville, Alabama, and PKP student vice president; and Kathy Prater, research associate II at MSU’s T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability and PKP vice president. (Photo by Russ Houston)

Nearly 130 students are new members of Mississippi State University’s chapter of the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.

Granted through invitation only, Phi Kappa Phi membership is limited to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of second-term juniors. Faculty and other non-students achieving scholarly distinction also qualify. Candidates are selected not only on the basis of superior scholarship, but also based on good character.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, PKP currently has more than 300 university and college chapters throughout North America and the Philippines. The organization’s motto is, “Let the love of learning rule mankind.” For more, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

Jessica Tegt, assistant extension professor in MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center and president of the university PKP chapter, said the organization has a long history of service projects and scholarly activities.

“We have assisted local school science programs to participate in state competitions, assisted in scholarly award ceremonies, donated funding to special needs students and supported programs that promote diversity in STEM,” Tegt said. She emphasized many benefits to both student and faculty members.

“Both the Literacy and Love of Learning grants have been awarded to MSU PKP faculty in recent years. These awards are nationally recognized competitive grants,” Tegt explained.

She said PKP is an excellent channel for connecting scholars across campus because the honor society integrates all disciplines.

“Personally, I have been able to expand my research and teaching network through PKP and have been able to introduce PKP students to undergraduate research, as well as graduate school research projects,” she said.

“Students are able to network with top scholars through PKP and explore career or graduate school options. At the national level, there are even more benefits for awards, grants and scholarships, among other membership benefits,” Tegt said.

For more on MSU’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, visit http://www.pkp.org.msstate.edu/.

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The following students were invited from the College of Architecture, Art and Design:

  • Sydney Caroline Cozart
  • Matthew Houston Murphy
  • Maria Ibieta Ory
  • Mimi Abbott Sheppard
  • Sydney Allynn White
  • Kelli Marie Clayton
  • Ryan Mackenzie Fierro
  • Zachary Ryan Henry
  • Catherine Elizabeth Remington
  • Abbey Elizabeth Rigdon
  • Lara Lynn Waddell
  • Madison Claire Wigginton

 

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