Urban Fabric is traveling to Lincoln, Nebraska this spring.

Gina Ford is serving as the 2012 Spring Hyde Chair at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture. Established in 1986, the Hyde Chair of Excellence allows the UNL College of Architecture to attract visiting faculty of national and international distinction. Through this endowment, renowned scholars and practitioners are invited to spend a semester or more in residence at the college, working with and teaching architecture and planning students in studios, in seminars, and in an informal mentor role as well.

As Hyde Chair, Gina will conduct an interdisciplinary design-research studio between architecture and landscape architecture students. The studio will engage in the processes of systems-thinking as a tool to identify current and existing conditions within Des Moines, Iowa. The research seeks to re-frame projects through the process and design of the student work. The studio will start analysis and a large framework plan to assess the systems on the ground; the region, transportation, politics, players, economics, ecologies, industries, and built fabric to formulate a project from their findings.

Also part of the fellowship is a joint landscape and architecture seminar Gina is co-teaching with Alexis Canter called “Currents in the Design and Construction of Public Realm.” This seminar includes bi-weekly, three-hour sessions of case studies from practitioners and academics in the field of Landscape Architecture, Architecture, and Urban Design within a series of contemporary themes.

January 19 — Researching: New forms of think-tank and research-based design practice
Mike Lydon, The Street Plans Collaborative
Izabela Riano, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Scott Page, Interface Studio

February 2 — Engaging: Innovative outreach and engagement processes
Nick Bowden, Mind Mixer
Tatiana Choulika, Field Operations
Pedro Pacheco, The Monterrey TEC (read an article on Pedro’s work)

February 16 — Competing: Competitive and high visibility design processes
Erik Prince, Tom Leader Studio
Sean Corriel, World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition finalist

March 1 — Withstanding: The emerging role of environmental forces and new security concerns
Susan Silberberg, MIT
Tim Marshall, ETM Associates
Hardy Stecker, Ken Smith Landscape Architecture

March 15 — Programming: New forms of public space colonization and activation
Blaine Merker, ReBar Group
Lara Rose, Hargreaves
Claire Agre, West 8


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