Today our Principal Espe Kelly will be sharing some of her favorite tools for creating her around the world dishes. She will also share some recipes that she thought would be so hard but were surprisingly easy.
She's back......... from eating around the world at home to share a few more of her latest meals. We have been traveling now for about 5 weeks and each day when we think we where do we go today we are amazed at how many places we have never been to eat This past week we went to some cool places like Myanmar aka Burma and Japan. Wow some goof food there.
As part of our PLOT JOY campaign, our Founding Principal TJ Marston will be sharing her Urban Sketching tips and tricks every Wednesday over the next 30 days. This week TJ shared an in depth look at the materials she recommends for anyone looking to get started (using ink and watercolor).
You can find a copy of her Material List below and an in depth video where she explains each supply.
As we write this it is currently over one month into our social distancing quarantine since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
This is a time of survival.
Many of us are struggling. We live in fear constantly. We are lonely, struggling to connect to our friends, family and colleagues. We are overwhelmed, taking care of others in our home or in our places of work. As a creative industry, this can really take its toll on us emotionally and on our work. Its normal to struggle emotionally. Its normal to have this effect your work. Its hard to motivation and creativity in times like these.
"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.