Ball State Day at the Indiana State Fair

This year, the Ball State Backyard will have a new, fresh design. Located in the Ball State Ag/Hort Building and hosted by 16 student ambassadors, the Backyard will feature the Digital Dome and a garden railroad. A 50-inch plasma screen will show five video stories that visitors can view, in addition to plasma screens in columns running slideshows of pictures of campus.

The Backyard was designed by landscape architecture faculty and students, when it debuted at the fair in 2004. Landscape architecture professors Malcolm Cairns, German Cruz, Cynthia McHone and Les Smith designed this year’s presentation of the Backyard.

Les Smith instructs and oversees the interdisciplinary Summer Semester Design/Build class and student set-up team, providing guidance in the design, construction and layout of the structures that compose the Backyard exhibit.

“The Department of Landscape Architecture is committed to conceiving, developing and promoting the practice of sustainable design principles by providing distinctive professional learning experiences to its undergraduate and graduate students,” Smith said.

“The Ball State Backyard demonstrates a number of sustainable-design techniques, such as use of recycled materials, use of renewable materials, simulation of pervious paving surfaces and enrichment of the environment and habitat through dense vegetation.”

SOURCE: Ball State University

Muncie’s Urban Garden project utilizes abandoned lots to grow plants – NEWS

Ball State Daily News Online

North Street Urban Garden – the brainchild of Colby Gray, a landscape architect from Ball State University and Jason Donati, the director for the Department of Stormwater Management – is working to provide a sustainable source of vegetables by offering their abandoned house lot for cultivation. The garden has already planted more than two dozen vegetable types, as well as a handful of herbs and flowers.

SOURCE: Ball State Daily News Online – Muncie’s Urban Garden project utilizes abandoned lots to grow plants – NEWS

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