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
Established in 2012 by the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs, the Edgar Fellows Program brings together emerging leaders from across Illinois to build relationships and address the state’s challenges. Dean Ed Feser was selected for this honor from among more than 160 nominees. The fellows will meet with Jim Edgar, governor of Illinois from January 1991 to January 1999, for executive training sessions to build leadership skills on August 4-7 and then will continue to network and regroup for additional education and strategic planning.
June 7, 2013
One State Together in the Arts, a biennial multidisciplinary conference organized by Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois Arts Council, features just ten presenters who offer innovative and inspirational insights into the arts. Held June 24-25 in the Quad Cities, the meeting focuses this time on the intersection of arts and the community. Jennifer Monson, a professor with Dance at Illinois, will explore her creative process for BIRD BRAIN, iMAP/Ridgewood Reservoir, and the Mahomet Aquifer Project, three extensive collaborations that joined dance with scientific investigations and community involvement. Monson will discuss how taking dance out into the natural world and inviting the public to engage has encouraged experimentation, urban environmental research, and a greater understanding of the role of humans on our planet. These projects ultimately led to the formation of iLAND, a laboratory for innovation in dance, science, and collaboration.
Updated June 21, 2013