Speakers present: "Offshore Wind Economic Development in New Bedford, MA"; and "Ocean Readiness, a Training Program for Offshore Workers"
- Start time: 02:30pm
- End date: Thursday, October 2nd
- End time: 04:30pm
Jeff Pelletier, New Bedford Economic Development Council
Megan Amsler, Cape & Islands Self-Reliance Corp
BCT Talk – Robert Malczyk: “Engineered Solutions In Wood”
- Start time: 04:00pm
- End date: Thursday, October 2nd
- End time: 05:00pm
Fifteen years of design excellence and over a thousand successful projects have established Equilibrium as a leader in wood engineering worldwide. Their unique ability to take on complex structural challenges and find elegant, innovative, yet efficient solutions is exemplified in projects like the Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Toronto, the Raleigh-Durham Airport roof structure, and the forthcoming IDB building at UMass Amherst.
Where: E-Lab II, Room 119 (Auditorium)
- Speakers present: "Offshore Wind Economic Development in New Bedford, MA"; and "Ocean Readiness, a Training Program for Offshore Workers"
Tuesday, October 7th
THE GINGKO TREE: A talk by Sir Peter Crane
- Start time: 07:00pm
- End date: Tuesday, October 7th
- End time: 09:00pm
THE GINGKO TREE: A talk by Sir Peter Crane
Tuesday, October 7, 7 p.m., Bowker Auditorium
General admission advance: $10; At the door: $15. Free to Five College & GCC students.
Perhaps the world’s most distinctive tree, Ginkgo has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than two hundred million years. A living link to the age of dinosaurs, it survived the great ice ages as a relic in China, but it earned its reprieve when people first found it useful about a thousand years ago. Today Ginkgo is beloved for the elegance of its leaves, prized for its edible nuts, and revered for its longevity. Renowned botanist Peter Crane explores the history of the ginkgo from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence. Crane also highlights the cultural and social significance of the ginkgo: its medicinal and nutritional uses, its power as a source of artistic and religious inspiration, and its importance as one of the world’s most popular street trees.
- THE GINGKO TREE: A talk by Sir Peter Crane
Thursday, October 9th
Lecture - Fracking -
- Start time: 03:00pm
- End date: Thursday, October 9th
- End time: 04:00pm
Annual Tsuan Hua Feng Lecture
Current Issues and Research
Priorities in Unconventional
Dr. Jared Cohon
The exploitation of unconventional gas and oil
supplies using the technique of hydraulic fracturing
has had a very significant impact on US energy supply
and use with major economic and environmental
implications. Western Pennsylvania is at the heart
of the production of natural gas from the Marcellus
Shale formation. The region has also seen the
emergence of unique, collaborative efforts by industry
and environmental groups to control the impacts
of shale gas development and to improve the fracking
process. These efforts will be examined, and current
issues and research priorities will be discussed.
Held at the Cape Cod Lounge Student Union.
- Lecture - Fracking -
Monday, October 13th
Holiday - Columbus Day - Office closed
- Holiday - Columbus Day - Office closed
Tuesday, October 14th
Last day to drop courses with "DR"
Monday class schedule
- Last day to drop courses with "DR"
IDB (Integrated Design Building) Blog
Welcome to our blog about the process and proposals for the new LARP building! With so much going on and the process moving so quickly, we wanted a way to keep our faithful alumni and future students updated on what is going on. We’ll post on this blog when we reach big milestones, so keep watching this space!
It’s hard to overestimate what having a new building will mean for LARP. Many of you know that Hills was originally built as a dormitory, and was repurposed for academic life. It’s had a good run and we’ve all built great memories here, but everyone who visits knows we obviously need an upgrade. This has become even more pressing in recent years, as mold issues mean that not all of the faculty can even enter the building. Because of our outstanding faculty we have been quite successful over the years despite Hills. We’ve always liked to think that the best programs are often in the worst spaces, but I’m not so sure anymore. I look forward to proving that the best programs can also be in the best spaces. It is invigorating to think about what we will be able to do with a beautiful new space.
The new building will bring together LARP with Architecture (now a program, but likely to be a department by the time we all move) and Building and Construction Technologies (also currently a program, but likely to merge with Architecture by the big move).
A few big picture facts:
- Size of new building: 49,000 gross square foot program area, 80,000 gross building size.
- Construction budget: $35 million, although the state has authorized up to $50 million.
- Key dates:
- Design phase began in August and continues through Winter 2015
- Construction will be Spring 2015 through Fall/Winter 2016
- Move-in Date: Fall 2016 or Winter 2017
Our architecture team is world class: Leers Weinzapfel, with principal Andrea Leers as the lead designer. You can see examples of their work at: http://www.lwa-architects.com/. Our landscape architects are Stephen Stimson Associates, http://www.stephenstimson.com/. Stimson is an alumni of the MLA program and has taught in our department. His firm did the beautiful design which puts green infrastructure to work in UMass’ Southwest concourse.
With such a big, complicated, fast project UMass got an Owner’s Rep on board early. We have been very happy with the work of Collaborative Partners in Cambridge MA in keeping us all represented in the process and doing just what their name suggests – encouraging collaboration, but also assuring that we keep moving along.
The big question is WHERE! The architects are developing proposals for Lot 62, which is the parking area right across from the Fine Arts Center, or for upgrading and connecting to Clark Hall. Ultimately the final location is a decision the Chancellor will make.
Ah, but what will happen to Hills, you ask? It is destined to come down altogether, and become a parking lot. If we can work it out with the lawyers, we’re dreaming of having an alumni event where for $25 you can swing a sledgehammer at the building once we are all moved out! That sounds like a party.
This Friday (January 10th) the architects will present the options and their initial designs. Watch this space for a video of their presentation! In future blogs we’ll talk more about the building design, the sustainability features, the studio concepts, and the landscape design, maybe reminiscence on Hills and more.
Happy New Year!
-Elisabeth Hamin, Head of Department
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The UMass LARP Department's Landscape Architecture Program has a new search open for two Assistant Professors.
The focus of the positions is on sustainable landscape architecture and design.
A group of LARP graduate students in the Masters of Regional Planning program took a trip to Athol recently, guided by Director of Community and Economic Development Andrea Buglione. These students are working with three municipal clients (Athol, Winchendon and Chicopee) on community revitalization plans. Six of the 18 students will focus specifically on Athol. more
Senior Lecturer Mark Hamin was interviewed recently for a story about transportation infrastructure. Read the article here.
Kenneth Hildebrand, Environmental Design(BS), selected as the 2014 American Public Transportation Foundation scholarship recipient.
Thanks to your alumni contributions and funding from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, we have a brand new state of the art computer lab in Hills. 29-inch monitors, AutoCad, Revit, Rhino, Sketchup MatLab, ArcGIS, new printer and great plotter -- it's loaded. We also hired a part-time Digital Media Instructor, Carolina Aragon, to help advance our digital media curriculum within studios and classes. All part of our efforts to stay on the forefront of our fields.