Design Exploration integrates design and scholarship through award winning exhibitions, design/build projects, built landscapes, and plans.
NO SPACE LEFT BEHIND - Rediscover Downtown Springfield through Tactical Urbanism
Opening: Friday April 24, 2:00pm
Where: Steiger’s Park 1500 Main Street (across from Tower Square) - Beginning of the tour.
Reception follows tour (about 3:15 pm): Focus Springfield Community TV, 1200 Main Street
This UMass Amherst Landscape Architecture urban design studio focused on overlooked spaces in downtown Springfield. Graduate students imagined how to shape these various spaces for their revitalization.
Their work resulted in the actual installation of 6 projects that will be exhibited for a limited time. Tour these sites within the Central Cultural District Walking Route to see the short term installations, and be part of the long term vision for Springfield.
Students: Chris Counihan, Kellie Fenton, , Matt Hisle, Emilie Jordao, Yue Li, Yanhua Lu, Maozhu Mao, James Prendergast, Michalagh Stoddard, Ruying Tang, Yi Yang, Jing Wang, Nelle Ward, Yuqing Wu, Yu Yu
Professors: Michael Di Pasquale and Frank Sleegers
We are grateful for the support from the Springfield Central Cultural District, Focus TV Springfield and the Springfield Office for Planning and Economic Development. Special thanks to the high school students of the Putnam Vocational Technical Academy for creating art work and installing.
Additional tours by request, contact:
Michael Di Pasquale / email@example.com
Frank Sleegers / firstname.lastname@example.org
This spring LARP juniors have joined Five College Architectural Studies students to collaborate on an interdisciplinary design studio hosted at UMass Amherst. The studio is funded in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, and is supported by the Five College Consortium of schools. In this innovative new model for bridging theory and practice, landscape architecture and planning, and liberal arts education with professional development, students are exposed to a broad variety of approaches to multi-family housing development. More importantly, the students work together in teams to share skills, address problems from multiple angles, and collaborate across disciplinary and institutional boundaries. This is the second bridging studio sponsored by LARP, and we hope to continue to provide these courses in the future.
Mohammed Abdelaal (MRP 2015), Meilan Chen, Zhuoya Deng, Ericka Duym, Laura Keskula, Joe Larico, Bin Liu, Shu Liu, Wenjie Liu,Tharyn Nein-Large, Jason Yu, Junbo Zhang, Zhangkan Zhou
Instructors: Frank Sleegers and Michael DiPasquale
Client: City of Springfield
Project was sponsored through Federal COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
Student work from Jane Thurber's Spring 2015 studio, LA 397C, "Reinvisioning Pynchon Plaza" was included in "Springfield 2017", a presentation put together by the city to identify frameworks for future development.
There was also an article that appeared on the front page of the Sunday Springfield Republican this week that specifically addresses Pynchon Plaza and features student work. Congratulations to the juniors who did a great job in exploring this Plaza and the surrounding issues.
Here is the link to the article"After decades of neglect, new possibilities emerge for Springfield's Pynchon Plaza":
Extension Assistant Professor Michael Di Pasquale has been working on an Urban Design project with Davis Square Architects to create new infill housing in Northampton, MA. CLICK HERE for article