SHILOH SHOW OPENING: a wonderful re-imagining schoolgrounds program and event!

The opening Saturday brought together a great mix of students, school collaborators, civic leaders and friends of Shiloh in the Shiloh Rosenwald School in Notasulga to enjoy the show. It was great to see the student’s sharpest work framed in the context of the remarkable history of Shiloh and the care for land-based education cultivated in Macon County. The mixed-media program featured posters, photos and prints, agricultural displays, models, a slide show, film and laptops set up in the resource room to inspire the next year of community programming. The afternoon inspired many exciting future collaborations and provided thoughtful feedback about the Re-Imagining Schoolyards project to date. Thank you so much for coming out and supporting the Mobile Studio’s first full-scale public exhibition!


DSC_0809A fabulous show in addition to being a provocative design review; the work stimulated conversations about life, landscape literacy, grassroots design/build, and hands-on learning. We explored the many potentials of schoolyards: playful to productive, meditative to magical, and the intention of constructing these landscapes with the communities of Notasulga, D.C. Wolfe and the Fews School in the future. Perhaps only the first in a system of co-operative extension design/build programs across the southeast, prototypes of this collaboration, like the Rosenwald Schools, could multiply across Alabama.  Many thanks to the excellent reviewers: Kevin Moore, David Hinson, Judd Langham, Jacqueline Margetts, Michael Robinson, Charlene LeBleu, Rod Barnett, and Birgit Kibelka from Birmingham for joining us for and sharing their thoughts. Please come next Saturday, 12-5 pm to Notasulga for the opening of the Re-Imagining Schoolgrounds: from roots to shoots Exhibition at the Shiloh Rosenwald School.

Re-Imagining Schoolyards Final Reviews and Exhibition Opening

Please join us for the MLA Studio 2 Final Reviews November 29th and 30th between 1-5 pm in the Dudley Gallery, the glass triangle on the courtyard.  The studio has been working with three schools in Lee, Macon, and Montgomery Counties and has been exploring the question: What can a school ground be? We would welcome your thoughtful critique on the work.

You are invited to the Exhibition Opening of Re-Imagining Schoolyards:

 an Auburn University, Master of Landscape Architecture Collaboration

With Notasulga School, D.C.Wolfe and the Fews School.

 Discussion and Reception to be held

 at the Shiloh Rosenwald School in Notasulga

 December 8th 2012: noon-5:00pm.

 7 Shiloh Road

Notasulga, AL 36866

 Hosted by the Shiloh Community Restoration Foundation, Inc.


re-imagining school yards midterm review: AND FINAL REVIEWS + EXHIBITION… YOU ARE INVITED!

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PLEASE JOIN US AT OUR UPCOMING FINAL REVIEWS: Thursday and Friday afternoons November 29th and 30th: 1:00-5:00 pm, 424 Dudley Hall at Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction.

The studio poses the design research question: What can a school ground be? The students have worked on Auburn’s School of Holistic Medicine, Notasulga School, D.C. Wolfe in Shorter and Fews Alternative School in Montgomery to explore this question locally and advance plans that could be collaboratively built. Students from the Re-imagining School Grounds/Yards Studio will present their proposals to professors, the Macon County Superintendent of Schools and the County Commission as well as the classes with which they worked, teachers, and principals.