Senior painting major Langston Allston has been zipping up ladders and celebrating both the rich cycling culture of Urbana and the community involvement that an outdoor mural can create. In the alley near the Courier Café just north of Main Street in downtown Urbana, he has depicted two cyclists in a tribute to businesses like Paul’s Bike Shop that helped establish the strong links between cycling and a sense of openness and warmth that continue in Urbana today. Allston has a Kickstarter campaign to expand his work with additional facets of Urbana’s history and fund more murals by young artists. The deadline for contributing to the project is July 10.
June 28, 2013
Erik Hemingway, an associate professor in the School of Architecture, translated his award-winning project face[GUARD] for the Hong Kong and Shenzehem Bieniele for Urbanism and Architecture to the streets of Lisbon. His new project, hand_flexível, incorporates flat-pack technology into a mobile trailer system. Users would rent a trailer, transport it, and customize it as needed. The project was showcased with winning entries for the Crisis Buster Grant competition of Close, Closer, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Submissions were geared toward identifying and solving a problem in Portugal’s capital city that could be replicated in the future. A total of ten winning projects will be produced and displayed in Lisbon September-December 2013.
June 27, 2013
Stuart Dawson, an alumnus who earned a degree in landscape architecture, has been named the 2013 recipient of the American Association of Landscape Architects Design Medal for his exemplary contributions to the field. Also a winner of the ASLA Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the association on an individual, Dawson is best known for his work on the John Deere Headquarters in Moline, the Christian Science Center in Boston, and Boston’s Waterfront Park (now Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park) and Long Wharf. A founder of the firm Sasaki, Dawson, and May, Dawson also was instrumental in shaping what we see around the University of Illinois today. When thousands of trees were ravaged by Dutch elm disease and removed in the 1950s, Dawson and his firm reimagined the greenscape as groupings of single species that would be distributed across campus.
June 26, 2013
Jennifer Monson, Renée Wadleigh, Renée Archibald, and Niall Jones of Dance at Illinois performed at New York’s La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival in Jennifer Monson and Friends/NY/Urbana—jointly envisioned and a nod to their dance backgrounds in both cities—on June 21 and 23. The New York Times pointed to the innovative work like this coming from Dance at Illinois and pronounced Urbana “a hotbed of choreographic innovation.” Wadleigh also created 7 Scenes of Wanting in collaboration with Archibald and Nico Brown that had its world premiere at the festival. Set to music by Elvis Presley, the piece featured Archibald and Brown investigating motion that shifts and breaks like tectonic plates.
Updated June 26, 2013
Students and faculty members from Peking University and the University of Illinois collaborated on the design of Etho, an entry in Solar Decathlon China 2013, and construction has begun in Beijing. The house includes traditional Chinese design elements, sustainable materials, smart technology, and energy-efficient systems to appeal to young Chinese families and establish a model for mass-produced, affordable, environmentally responsible housing. Required to be fully solar powered, Etho features solar thermal water heating, an interface to select shower water temperatures, an energy recovery ventilator to capture heat and recirculate it, and a friendly interface for monitoring and adjusting energy use. After construction is completed, Etho will move from Beijing to Datong, where it will be exhibited and judged in ten categories in August. Students and faculty members from the School of Architecture and the School of Art and Design played key roles in the design and construction of this year’s entry.
June 18, 2013