moCOLAB's KU debut to take place in front of Marvin April 10

Next Friday students are invited to visit the moCOLAB as it makes its official KU Campus debut in front of Marvin Hall from 11 a.m.-2:00 pm. It is part of the Big Share, and will feature a display of Public Interest Design projects done by SADP students. What's the moCOLAB? For the past year architecture students under the direction of Architecture Professors Nils Gore and Shannon Criss have been converting a 1972 Airstream trailer into its present form, a mobile classroom and community center. It can be set up temporarily wherever projects make public engagement desirable. The trailer was purchased in the fall of 2013 using a research grant from the Provost's office.  Students enrolled in a third-year architectural design studio taught by Professor Gore, gutted, cleaned, and completely renovated the trailer. Professor Criss joined the effort last summer. Now it is complete, roadworthy, and fitted with a sumptuous interior, handcrafted furniture, lighting and air conditioning, and movable furnishings. See you there!

[RE] Engaged Architecture Symposium: Celebrating 20 Years of Studio 804

The School of Architecture Design & Planning and Studio 804 will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the [RE] Engaged Architecture symposium. It will be held in Lawrence on March 28th at the East Hills Construction Innovation Laboratory. We are hosting six internationally renowned architects, each of whom will lecture. They include Brian MacKay-Lyons, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects; Frank Harmon, Frank Harmon Associates; Andrew Freear, The Rural Studio; Ted Flato, Lake | Flato; Brigitte Shim, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, and Marlon Blackwell, Marlon Blackwell Architects, with remarks by Susan Szenasy, editor, Metropolis magazine. Sorry, this event is sold out!

 

Makers and Creative Class exhibit at Kansas City Design Center, March 26-April 6

As a part of the Kansas City Design Week celebration, everyone is invited to view an exhibit titled Emerging Economies: KC Makers and the Creative Class Mar. 26 through April 6 at the Kansas City Design Center. University of Kansas architecture students produced the design research and proposals which focus on transforming the Linwood Midtown Neighborhood into a district of creative, collaborative maker-spaces. 

These, in turn, would stimulate the growth of amenities in the area such as pop-up stores, farmers' markets, bike shops and housing. The work was produced in studios taught by KU Associate Professor Shannon Criss and Adjunct Professor Matt Kleinmann. The Kansas City Design Center is located at 1020 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo. A reception will be held opening night, March 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

MoCoLab to display student work during KC Design Week

Save March 27th, 5:00-11:00 p.m., for an appearance by the MoCoLab at the Kansas City Center for Architecture & Design, 1810 McGee, Kansas City, Mo. It's part of Kansas City Design Week Celebration. Associate Prof. Shannon Criss said that the MoCoLab will be outfitted with an exhibit of KU Department of Architecture student work with a special emphasis on public interest design. More KU student work will be displayed at the Kansas City Design Center, 1020 Baltimore. The MoCoLab (short for "mobile collaboratory") is an Airstream trailer that was restored, and made into a mobile community center by students enrolled in Assoc. Professor Nils Gore's Studio 409 class last spring and summer.     

 

2015 Water Charrette: Food Deserts January 22-24 


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Wanna Skype? Chancellor gets creative to surprise Truman winner From KU News Service: http://bit.ly/1awodaa Ashlie Koehn, a University of Kansas junior from Burns studying in Kyrgyzstan, interrupted helping her host family prepare dinner to make a Skype call on Monday evening. To her surprise, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little was on the other end of the call letting Koehn know she had been named a 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Koehn is the 18th KU student to be named a Truman Scholar and the only 2015 recipient from the state of Kansas. Earlier this month, she was also named a 2015 Udall Scholar. And in spite of a distance of more than 10,800 kilometers and 11 time zones, Koehn’s thrill from hearing the news from the chancellor came through loud and clear. “Ashlie’s experience at KU epitomizes a quality undergraduate experience. She challenged herself in her coursework, exposed herself to different research opportunities, studied abroad in Germany, Switzerland and Kyrgyzstan, and participated in both student government and community service projects,” Gray-Little said. “This is quite a year for Ashlie. Her hard work is a wonderful reflection on her and also a great reflection on the university, and we all congratulate her.” Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Koehn, a member of KU’s nationally recognized University Honors Program, is majoring in environmental studies, economics and international studies. Her goal after earning her KU degree is to pursue a master’s degree in economics at either the London School of Economics or the University of Reading, with a focus on the economics of climate change. In 2014, she received KU’s Newman Civic Engagement Award for her work establishing the Coalition against Slavery and Trafficking. Her involvement with the issue was sparked by Hannah Britton, associate professor of political science and women, gender, and sexuality studies, who hosted national conference on contemporary slavery at KU three years ago. “Ashlie and I met several times to think about what KU students could contribute to the issue of slavery and human trafficking, and the result was her founding of KU CAST,” Britton said. “After a year as president, Ashlie successfully handed the organization over to the next student leader. She demonstrated her strong leadership qualities by setting a unique goal and then pursuing it with her sense of passion, engagement and dedication. No matter the country or context, her leadership strength is evident in her coursework, her public service and her work experiences.” The University Honors Program works with a campus committee to select KU’s nominees for the Truman Scholarship and supports them during the application process. Anne Wallen, assistant director of national fellowships and scholarships, noted it was an amazing ruse to pull off the surprise. Originally, the call was set up to be between Wallen and Koehn. “I was totally not prepared to be greeted by Chancellor Gray-Little, but it was an amazing surprise for sure,” Koehn said. “As a first-generation student, it took time to learn the collegiate system, but my parents taught me to be resourceful and independent from a young age and KU and the Kansas Air National Guard have provided me with the opportunities to drive me into the future, both at graduate school and in my career. I plan to use the Truman Scholarship to pursue a career as an environmental economist helping to shape future trade agreements and leverage action on important international environmental issues, particularly concerning climate change.” Koehn also had a surprise of her own for the chancellor — the meal she was helping to prepare was not exactly typical Kansas dinner fare. On the menu with her host family in Kyrgyzstan on Monday was a traditional Kyrgyz meal called Beshbarmak, or “five fingers,” because you eat it with your hands. The dish is made of horse and sheep and was being prepared as a birthday celebration for Koehn’s host mom. Chancellor Gray-Little, as she signed off from Skype, made sure to encourage Koehn to enjoy her Beshbarmak. Koehn is the daughter of Rodney and Carolyn Koehn of Burns. She graduated from Fredric Remington High School in Moundridge. She is an active member of the Kansas Air National Guard and currently on leave while studying abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is a member of the KU Global Scholars Program and a past member of the Student Senate. In addition to being named a 2015 Truman and Udall scholar, she was named a 2014 Boren Scholar and Gilman Scholar and in 2013 was named the Kansas Air National Guard Airman of the Year.


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