"Common Ground" was the theme for this year's American Society of Landscape Architects Florida Conference held on July 11-13th in Orlando, Florida. It did not disappoint! The conference was packed with three days of captivating keynote presentations, award winning student and professional work and thoughtful discussions on equity, resiliency, and more. One topic that received a lot of attention from keynotes, panels and the president of the ASLA was on gender inequality in landscape architecture. This topic is near and dear to our hearts at Plot Studio and we were honored to have the opportunity to present our work and insight on the topic.
On Thursday TJ Marston, founder at Plot Studio and faculty at Florida International University, led a presentation and panel discussion on supporting women in the workplace with her friend and landscape architect, Whitney Tidd from Dix. Hite + Partners. TJ presented ongoing research on gender equity in our profession which she curated in collaboration with Samantha Solano from Juxtopos and the University of Nevada along with her team at Plot Studio. Their research was the first to uncover the career ladder for women in landscape architecture and will be released publicly by the end of this month - so stay tuned!
Three graduate landscape architecture teams from TJ Marston's Spring Graduate Design 4 Studio at FIU were selected to be featured by Midstory, Toledo's media think-hub, this summer. The students will produce a video presentation of their innovative proposals for Toledo's Warehouse District. Their work will be featured on Midstory's website and at the citywide summer gala titled “A City in Transit” at the Downtown Train Station on August 3rd.
"Midstory is dedicated to retain, cultivate, and attract youth and the public from disparate segments of post-industrial cities—beginning in the city of Toledo, Ohio—by interweaving stories of science, art, and culture. Our Vision is to have a powerful midstory in the nation, curating a voice for postindustrial communities—toward renewed socio-cultural capital in the Midwest." - Midstory's Mission
The three teams selected had a range of ideas such as deploying tactical urbanism through experience themed loops, creating a new productive urban waterfront along Swan Creek, and developing urban agro-tourism in downtown Toledo.
To catch a sneek peak at their team projects, read more below!
Twelve graduate students in FIU LA+EUD's Graduate Design 05 Studio delivered their midterm proposal for the Warehouse District in Toledo, Ohio with special guest critics from the University of Toledo and Civitas (Denver Colorado). Under the direction of Plot Studio's Principal and FIU faculty member, TJ Marston, the students uncovered Swan Creek as a asset and used public space to catalyze growth and innovation. Their proposals ranged from using tactical urbanism as a public space strategy to proposing a new center for agricultural research and innovation, leading northwest Ohio into a new age of food production, innovation and resilience. To see more images from their projects click, "Read More" below.
Students from TJ Marston's Spring Landscape Architecture Graduate Design 04 Studio visited their site in Toledo, Ohio this past weekend. Local members of the design community from the Toledo Design Center, Toledo Warehouse District Association, The Collaborative Inc., ConnectToledo and Midstory took time out of their weekend to speak with the students, tour through the warehouse district and discuss design ideas.
The visit culminated in a six hour design charette where students developed conceptual strategies aimed at utilizing public space as a catalyst for revitalizing the Toledo Warehouse District in a collaborative design environment. The visit was a great success, and the entire group left feeling excited, energized and in love with Toledo, Ohio!
For more information about the design studio, read more below.
This Saturday The Gallery Club will be hosting a symposium to kick off their new exhibition, The American Landscape at the The Alfred DuPont Building in Miami, Florida. Plot Studio's TJ Marston will be a guest panelist along with her FIU colleagues; Linda Chamorro, Ivan Santiago and David Rifkind. Come join the discussion, meet three of the photographers, and see the American Landscape from a new lens.
Info From The Gallery Club Website :
In collaboration with the FIU Architecture and Landscape Architecture Department, The Gallery Club organizes a special afternoon with the photographers Marie-José Jongerius, Sem Langendijk and Bert Teunissen, who will give special presentations about their work, followed by a panel discussion with: Linda Chamorro (Landscape Architect and FIU faculty member), TJ Marston (Landscape Architect and FIU faculty member) and Ivan Santiago (Photographer and FIU staff).
Consul General Gera Sneller of the Netherlands will give her opening remarks and the afternoon is moderated by David Rifkind, associate professor Architecture and Landscape architecture at FIU.
The Graduate Design 05 Studio had two midterms this October. Outside jurors as well as FIU LA+EUD faculty attended the presentations. The jurors were impressed with the students resolve to solve complex water quality issues and employ innovative adaptive design solutions for climate resiliency.
We can't wait to see the final at the end of this November!
Florida International University's Landscape Architecture Graduate Design 5 Studio visited the St. Lucie River near Stuart, Florida this past Friday to learn more about the water quality issues plaguing the region. The devastating blue-green algae bloom had a noticeable effect on the region. Once a vibrant fishing town, local attractions lay sleepy as tourists and locals avoided most water-bodies, a lifeblood of the community.
After a quick watershed analysis, the graduate design 5 students at FIU's LAEUD program have selected their sites for the BLOOM Studio. The studio group narrowed it down to 5 sites ranging from the urban to rural conditions. Each site has a unique ability to use natural infrastructure to impact water quality and provide socio-economic and cultural benefits in the area.
PLOT Studio's TJ Marston will be joining FIU's Landscape Architecture, Environmental + Urban Design program full time this year as a Visiting Instructor for the 2018-19 academic year.