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W e offer DCP students
Incredible, indeed life
changing, experiences through our
various off-campus programs. Late
last month, I visited our Vicenza
and Paris programs in time to
review their end of semester projects and to better
understand firsthand how these programs function. It
is unquestionable that we have carefully crafted two
top-notch offerings.
Vicenza serves a large bulk of our architecture
students, while the Paris program is centered around
issues most relevant to landscape architecture
students. The Paris program opens up tremendous
possibilities for all of our programs because of its
location in the heart of one of the world's major
urban centers and because it is part of the larger Paris
Research Center, or PRC, which supports our entire
Vicenza is a world heritage city located about
60 kilometers west of Venice ("Venezia"), which
students are using as the site for their major project
this semester. The students regularly travel to Venice
by train to study the city and project site, but right
in Vicenza they have the constant stimuli of walking
daily by buildings and spaces designed by world class
architects, especially the 16th century giant, Andrea
Palladio. Living and studying in "Palladio's City,"
students have access to an exquisite studio space
and other support facilities, and are mentored by our
rotating resident faculty and the indomitable local
director, Franca Stocco.
In addition to experiences of Vicenza and nearby
Venice and Padua, students take organized and
self-guided excursions throughout Italy and Europe
during the semester.
Students based in Paris have an equally energizing
environment but on a scale far larger than Vicenza.
There, the program is housed in the Paris Research
Center in the Montparnasse section of Paris, a
stunning facility with a library, conference and
classroom spaces, and studios comparable to the
Vicenza set up (and as both sets of students professed,
better than what we have back here).

The PRC also is equipped to support small faculty
projects which would benefit by having a base in
Paris. It is widely used by other UF colleges, but
our Fall semester landscape architecture program
is considered one of their jewels because it is the
only overseas program which is run directly by a
department of landscape architecture from the United
States. And Paris as a laboratory for understanding all
aspects of urbanism, both from a historical perspective
as well as contemporary innovations, is second to
none. As with the Vicenza program, the Paris students
are connected to the entire European experience, not
only through travel but also by taking classes with
other UF students there to study other dimensions of
We need to embrace these programs to the
fullest extent possible, and in both places, there are
possibilities to involve other units in DCP to a greater
extent. There is no doubt, at least in my mind, that
these world class programs elevate all of us. And they
can do even more as we apply our creative genius to
these wonderful components of DCP education and
research. I was inspired by eloquent testimonials of
our students about what these programs have meant
to them. None should be denied the opportunities that
they have had.
Wishing you an enjoyable and rejuvenating
holiday season!!

Christopher Silver, Ph.D., AICP
Dean and Professor


Landscape Architecture Studio Investigates Stormwater Management

LAE professors Tina Gurucharri and Kevin Thompson
are challenging third-year undergraduate and first-year
graduate students to think outside the box about stormwater.
The students took part in a Fall 2007 studio which aimed to
find creative and more effective ways to manage stormwater.
As the state of Florida continues to face rapid growth,
conventional development practices are depleting natural
resources and critically impacting the health of ecosystems.
This depletion and impact are found even here in Gainesville,
specifically in the area of East Gainesville where Newnans
Lake recently was declared the most polluted water body in
the state. According to Gurucharri, much of the pollution
is being caused by insufficient stormwater treatment which
causes severe pollution problems in waterways, creeks and
Using East Gainesville and the Newnans Lake area as the
basis of the studio, the 33 students each created and tested

development schemes to integrate progressive stormwater
management strategies within a cohesive and socially driven
public open space system.
These investigations interrelated concepts the students
explored in LAE professor Glenn Acomb's construction
The designs help to reinforce the effectiveness and
potential of progressive stormwater management strategies
to local government planners and private developers. These
investigations illustrate that beyond all the environmental
benefits, the ideas can markedly increase property values and
create a sense of community within the neighborhood plan.
Acomb, Gurucharri and Thompson will be presenting
a poster based on their research in this and other studios,
titled "Aesthetics & Ecology: Landscape Architects Rethink
Stormwater Management Design," at the first ever UF Water
Institute Symposium on Feb. 27-28, 2008.

d Minchin Named to Review Board

BCN professor Edward Minchin has been named to the
Regional Disputes Review Board (DRB) for the state of
Florida. The DRB is a panel of three experienced, respected
and impartial reviewers appointed by the Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT) and the Florida Transportation
Builders Association (FTBA).
In case of a conflict between FDOT and a contractor
working on a transportation construction project in Florida,
DRB members are provided with the contract documents
and become familiar with the project procedures and the
participants. Members are kept abreast of job progress
and developments and meet with owner and contractor
representatives during regular site visits to encourage the
resolution of disputes at the job level.
The DRB process helps the parties head off problems
before they escalate into major disputes. If the parties are not
able to resolve their differences, the DRB conducts hearings
and rules on entitlement, cause/effect and quantum. DRB
decisions are not binding, but the judgments of the panel are
usually accepted by the parties.

d Acomb Designs for Efficient Communities

LAE professor Glenn Acomb, working with UF's Program
for Resource Efficient Communities, recently completed a
$10,ooo grant from the St. Johns River Water Management
District to prepare water conservation site designs for
prototypical single-family lots. These designs will provide
layout and performance data to measure sustainable
landscapes, irrigation construction impacts and will be used
by the District in providing models for sustainable land
development and homebuilding practices.

i School of Architecture Draws Prominent Visiting

The School of Architecture received two professors from
Latin America during the Fall semester.
Professor Carlos Campos is attached to the Universidad
de Buenos Aires, Argentina, as Head of Catedra Campos in
Architectonic Representation, and Adjunct Professor at the
Catedra Solsona in Architectural Design. His latest book,
"Before the Idea: Steps Towards Designing Methodologies,"
has just been published in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He has been awarded in multiple design competitions
Professor Pablo Herenu, originally from Argentina,
practices and teaches in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is a member
of the Escola da Cidade, AEAUSP, Associacao de Ensino de
Arquitetura e Urbanismo de Sao Paulo. Despite his youth, he
has an extensive and repeatedly awarded professional
practice in Brazil (pablo@cooperantes.com.br).
Both gave presentations and directed design studios at
the School of Architecture.
For the Spring semester, the School is receiving
additional notable architects, including: Milton Braga from
Brazil, Ruben Otero (currently practicing in Sao Paulo,
Brazil) from Uruguay, Brendan MacFarlane from France,
Juan Herreros from Madrid and Shigeru Ban from Tokyo.
In addition, Juan Palomar from Guadalajara, Mexico will
visit the school on Jan. 14, co-sponsored by the Preservation
Institute: Caribbean, and the school's lecture series will
host Jurij Kobe of Slovenia, Agostino Bossi of Italy and Max
Underwood of Arizona.


December 2007

i Spring BCN Career Fair

i Historic Preservation News

The Spring 2008 Rinker School of Building Construction
Career Fair will take place Feb. 12, 2008 from 9:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m. at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. To register or
check out companies attending, please visit:

i Kohen Serves on Juries in France

ARC director Martha Kohen will serve on two doctoral level
juries in France this month: Universite de Paris 3 Sorbonne
Nouvelle IHEAL/Institut des Hautes Etudes de l'Amerique
Latine on Dec. 3 and Ecole Enperieure d'architecture de Paris
la Villette on Dec. 19.

d Ries Presents at SETAC Annual Meeting

BCN professor Robert Ries gave two presentations at the
28th annual meeting of the Society of Environmental
Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America, held
from Nov. 11-15 in Milwaukee, Wisc. The papers were: "Life
Cycle Assessment as a Decision Tool: Case Studies in Green
Building Design and Construction" and "Incorporating
Spatial and Temporal Resolution in Impact Assessment
of Tropospheric Ozone in the Life Cycle Assessment of
At this meeting, Ries also was elected as Chair of SETAC's
North American Life Cycle Assessment Advisory Committee,
of which he has been a member since 2001. He also was
nominated to the Program Committee for the 29th annual
meeting, to be held in Orlando in November 2008. SETAC
is an international professional society in environmental
science, technology and management.

4 Hailey Participates in Jury Exchange

ARC professor Charlie Hailey and ARC alumnus Chris
Whyms-Stone (ARC 1994) of the University of Technology,
Jamaica participated in a week-long exchange under a new
collaborative agreement signed in April 2007. Hailey was a
visiting critic in studio presentations at the UTECH campus
in Kingston, while Whyms-Stone was in Gainesville for the
School of Architecture year-end design reviews.

i Lagueux Presents Guest Lecture

URP alumni Scott Lagueux, AICP, presented a guest
lecture on Nov. 28 to DCP students and faculty on "Realizing
Icons: Planning and Design in the Middle East and Asia."
Lagueux also spoke to URP professor Richard Schneider's
colloquium class. He is a member of the Department's
Advisory Committee and has extensive international
experience in port and maritime facility planning and design.
He is a senior associate at LandDesign, Inc., a 300-person
urban design, engineering, landscape architecture and
branding firm based in Charlotte, NC.

DCP professor Roy Eugene Graham, FAIA, participated in
a four-day workshop on heritage values, focusing on how
contemporary society values the past. The international panel
represented the world heritage sector including archaeology,
law, economics, historic preservation, education, tourism,
and indigenous populations. The panel prepared papers and
met to discuss how the past is valued and how such values
can be defined, measured and applied to public policy,
spending, management, education and training of heritage
sector professionals. The workshop was held at Cumberland
Island National Seashore in November and was sponsored
by the National Park Service and the World Archeological
Congress, among others. The papers will be published in the
International Journal of Heritage Studies.
Graham also was a featured speaker in the fall
lecture series of the College of Architecture and the Arts
at Florida Atlantic University. His lecture was entitled
"Redesigning World Heritage Cities." In November, he
made a presentation to the Board of the National Center for
Preservation Technology and Training at their meeting in
San Juan on the College Historic Preservation Program's
Traditional Building Field School in Mt. Lebanon, NY. While
in San Juan, Graham participated in the Association for
Preservation Technology annual meeting and an associated
meeting of Docomomo-Puerto Rico which took place at the
La Concha Hotel, now under restoration.
Also while in Puerto Rico, Brian Scott Robinson, a
DCP Ph.D. student concentrating in historic preservation,
was elected president of the Association for Preservation
Technology, International at the organization's annual
meeting in San Juan. APT is a cross-disciplinary,
membership organization dedicated to promoting the best
technology for conserving historic structures and their
IND professor Marty Hylton was a honored guest of the
Board of Trustees and President of Florida Southern College
at the premiere and a ceremony celebrating the restoration
of the historic Frank Lloyd Wright "Water Dome" on the
Lakeland campus.

a Kuenstle Elected to Serve a Third Term as AIA
Florida State Director

ARC professor Michael W. Kuenstle, AIA, has been elected
to serve a third term on the Board of Directors to the Florida
Association of the American Institute of Architects. As a
state director, Kuenstle's service, in combination with his
teaching and research-based practice in Florida, provides for
a strong link between the school and the profession within
the state. Kuenstle also serves as a Chapter Director for AIA


December 2007

Student Project Leads to "Nice Idea" Becoming a Reality

n Spring 2006, LAE student Ryan Renuart completed his
senior independent project redevelopment plans for
Gainesville's Veterans Administration Hospital, in which he
designed new facilities, explored sustainability opportunities
and incorporated therapeutic landscapes. One of the most
problematic spaces was an interior courtyard that provides
the only access psychiatric patients have to outdoor spaces.
His overall project was well received, but the existing
dreariness and dramatic potential of the small courtyard
particularly caught people's hearts. Soon plans were made to
raise money to improve the courtyard.
By that time, Renuart was serving in Iraq. He and VA
staff contacted the Department of Landscape Architecture for
help in moving the project forward. Under the direction of
LAE professor Kay Williams and LAE adjunct professor Gail
Hansen, the Fall 2007 LAE Graduate Studio explored more
detailed ideas than Renuart could pursue in the context of his
much larger project.
Building upon Renuart's basic concepts and goals of
a mix of active and passive activities, security and safety,
and soft fascination, the students began research into the
needs and behaviors of psychiatric patients, staff concerns,
microclimate modification, cost effectiveness within a
projected budget and therapeutic environments. Pragmatic
issues included how to build a garden on a roof that had
drainage problems in the past.
Materials became important very quickly. Patients

would be supervised, but no materials that might be used as
weapons or to self-inflict wounds could be used. The need
for non-poisonous plants evolved into edible plant palettes.
Some elements were best designed and built from scratch,
but others were far more cost-effective and safe if specified
from a manufacturer. Usually never fans of artificial turf,
students researched the most comfortable and durable turf
for this rooftop garden. Paint, stucco, plastic film used on
buses and fabric sails helped mitigate the institutional feel
and the four stories of windows looking into the space.
As these plans will be used for fund-raising,
communication of ideas also was extremely important. The
students prepared cost estimates of materials to be used by
the VA engineering staff.
Initially, some members of the staff were skeptical
as to the feasibility of the entire concept, primarily from
a patient safety and security standpoint. Students met
with representatives from a range of departments to gain
insights and to test their ideas. After the final presentation
in November, many of the skeptics became enthusiastic
supporters of the project. What has seemed an impossible
"nice idea" now will be refined and implemented.
Supporters have discussed the possibility of funding
one therapeutic garden a year at VA hospitals across the
country. Ryan will be in the U.S. over the holidays to speak
to potential donors. Williams will continue to work with the
VA Hospital.

d LAE Students Create Proposals for Stadium and
Inner Roads

Fifth-year undergraduate LAE students proposed new
landscape identities for designated priority areas in the UF
campus master plan. LAE professor Mary Padua facilitated
the students' studio investigation with the engagement of
Linda Dixon, assistant director in UF's Facilities Planning
and Construction Division. Dixon would like to utilize the
students' ideas to raise funds for the much needed campus
facelift. Design juries through the students learning process
included UF urban forester Tom Workman, URP professor
Ruth Steiner, visiting ARC lecturer Pablo Herenu and LAE
professor Tina Gurucharri.
The students formulated new landscape strategies and
themes for six sites along two vital corridors. Along Stadium
Road, they proposed a gateway treatment at the intersection
at Gale Lemerand Drive, streetscape improvements with a
swamp theme and Gator heads for road lighting and traffic
lane edges, relocation and consolidation of the bus stops
and the creation of an iconic landscape at the Hub. For sites
along Inner Road, they took their design cues from existing
hydrological patterns and created constructed wetlands and
riparian forms for the Broward and Yulee Courtyard designs,
and the interstitial space between the Music and Architecture

d Tilson Appointed to Museum Board of Trustees

Assistant dean William Tilson recently was appointed to the
Board of Trustees of the Amelia Island Museum of History
in Fernandina, Fla. Tilson has collaborated with the museum
on research and presentation materials documenting the
original settlement of Fernandina, the last town platted by
the Spanish in the Western Hemisphere.

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