Landscape architecture students learn from field trips, guest speakers and conferences. Saturday morning, September 24th the Landscape Plants class visited Finke Gardens and Nursery. LARC students and their fellow students from Horticulture and Natural Resources heard from LuAnn Finke about plant cultivars, container sizing, pot in pot production and the maintenance of trees and shrubs. Friday, September 30th, twenty students attended the Great Plains Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects fall conference in Omaha where they heard presentations about many of the great parks in North and South Dakota, as well as Omaha.
Today, LARC 310 Studio will be visiting the North 48th Street Solid Waste Disposal Facility in Lincoln, NE. The landfill currently manages construction and demolition waste and some hazardous waste materials. The class will be given a presentation hosted by the City of Lincoln Public Works Department followed by a tour of the landfill. For the remainder of the semester, students will develop phased proposals for the future transformation of the site focused on landscape-based reuse strategies for materials and a landscape associated with waste.
The LARC 230 Materiality course will host a lecture by the Nebraska Masonry Alliance on Tuesday, October 4, in which they will describe their material products and how they are applied in built landscapes. On Thursday, October 6, the course will visit their nearby brick plant, where students will be exposed to the production processes of masonry materials for landscape applications.