Student exhibition on landscape architecture, teacher’s lecture held on October 30 in the city center square


Rendered courtesy of Rylee Lorts

A rendering by Rylee Lorts, a landscape architecture student at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.

The design work of several landscape architecture students from the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design will be featured in a public exhibit on Saturday, October 30 at the Town Center Plaza in Fayetteville’s downtown plaza.

The exhibit, “A Hortus Botanicus for Green Recovery,” will be on display from 9 a.m. to noon during the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market. In the event of inclement weather, the entire exhibition will take place in the atrium of the Pryor Center building at 1 E. Center St.

At 2 p.m. on October 30, Carl Smith, professor of landscape architecture, will present the lecture “A Hortus Botanicus for Green Recovery” at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History of Arkansas in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. The talk is part of the Pryor Center Presents 2021-22 lecture series and is co-sponsored by the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. After Smith’s lecture, students will be available to chat with guests about their design work in the atrium of the Pryor Center.

Smith’s lecture is free and places are limited. Participants must be fully vaccinated and masked.

The student work was done at their spring 2021 studio, Green New Deal Superstudio, run by Smith. This studio was the group’s contribution to the national Green New Deal Superstudio organized by a consortium of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (at Columbia University) and the McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology (at the University of Pennsylvania).

The Green New Deal Superstudio encourages students of landscape architecture in the United States and abroad, as well as collaborating practitioners and stakeholders, to speculate on the tangible manifestation of the Green New Deal and its formulation of a framework for economic recovery and mobilization for decarbonization and social development. equity.

In Smith’s studio, students reframed the meaning of a botanical garden for the 21st century. Working with the Ozarks Botanical Garden, they identified some key design dilemmas and possibilities, specified issues to be addressed for the garden’s continued success, and speculated on future trajectories.

In short, the project drew on the typological themes of harvest, reflection, education and joy established by the 16th century Hortus Botanicus, and speculated on how this might be reframed for the 21st century. The title of the project, “Hortus Botanicus”, can refer both to a historic botanical garden in the Netherlands and to a general type of landscape.

Specifically, the studio looked at the place-making potential of ecological rehabilitation, as well as the potential of renewable energy as land art. The studio’s collaborators came from the fields of Ozark ecology, civil engineering and stream restoration, architecture and land art, GIS and spatial data analysis.

“While the United States’ post-COVID recovery and reconstruction strategy will be largely concerned with resilient and sustainable urban planning, especially in vulnerable coastal areas, there is another critical dimension to consider,” said Smith. “The future of the American South and Midwest, their cities, towns, cultural venues, and rural landscapes could all look very different from an equity and decarbonization perspective. Take, for example, botanical gardens and arboretums. and the role they could play in inculcating ecological sensitivities and conservation practices in populated places.What might this look like?How the aesthetic joy and harvest – long associated with public gardens and botanical centers they be reframed around the ideas of habitat and renewable energy?

The exhibition will feature the work of three sophomore undergraduate students, Cada Fischer, Hagen Rushing and Jessica Shearman, who completed their work for inclusion in the Green New Deal Superstudio submission in late June. For the exhibition, these students will be joined by three additional classmates, Landyn Green, Charles Goodgame and Rylee Lorts, who completed their work later. Student work will remain on display at the Pryor Center until 5 p.m. on November 5.

Smith is a Fellow of the Landscape Institute in the UK, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has extensive international experience in landscape and urban design practice, teaching and research. In addition to his position at the U of A, Smith holds a Visiting Professorship at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK (2020-2024).


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