Design School grads win landscaping award

October 19, 2011

ASU Design School graduates, Ashlee Grubbs and William Gunn, received an Honor award in the residential design category at the 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects student awards.

Their winning project, “Water + Nature: Sustainable Growth Renewing Neighborhoods,” was an integrated water and nature infrastructure proposal for residential neighborhoods within central Phoenix. The project explores the idea that water management and a progressive nature infrastructure system are essential to making a sustainable urban environment. With current technologies, cities can greatly decrease water use while simultaneously increasing nature in urban environments. Each landscape typology seen across the Valley is rethought to better move and manage water, effectively creating more comfortable outdoor spaces, increasing property values, and adding needed character to the homogeny of Phoenix’s suburban sprawl. (For more information visit the ASLA website.) Download Full Image

Grubbs earned dual masters degrees in architecture and landscape architecture, Gunn earned his master’s in architecture and a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture.

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts graduates will be recognized for this achievement on Nov. 2, at the annual ASLA conference in San Diego.

See – and touch – a meteorite at Astronomy Open House

October 19, 2011

What does a meteorite feel like? Adults and kids can learn the answer to that question – and kids can dig for their own tiny meteorite – at the Oct. 21 Astronomy Open House at Arizona State University.

The open house will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on the roof of the Bateman Physical Sciences Center H-Wing, Tempe campus. Download Full Image

In keeping with the meteorite theme, Melissa Morris, post-doctoral researcher in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, will give a talk titled "Forming Planetary Systems: Combining Astrophysics and Meteoritics" at 8:30 and 9:15 p.m.

Visitors also will be invited to look through telescopes to see Jupiter and its moons, and the GEO Club will have a display of Glow in the Dark rocks.

The free open house is partially supported by ASU NASA Space Grant, GEO Club and the Undergraduate Student Government.

To get to the open house, go to the main entrance to the Bateman H-wing. Free parking is available after 7 p.m. in the Tyler Street Parking Garage. From the parking garage go west along the University Drive sidewalk (toward campus) until you see signs leading you to the entrance. 

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