A day-long storytelling festival on the Old Federal Road will celebrate South Macon County’s history and events encompassing the Creek Indian Nation to Alabama Fever to Reconstruction up to the 1950s. The slate of activities includes: stories told about community life, people, cultural traditions and folkways, music, artifact displays, and tours of The Ridge Interpretive Center. The great Dr. Lorenzo Pace will be this year’s featured storyteller. Family-friendly, children’s activities, and delicious “tastes of the ridge” will be a’ plenty.
We are sad to say that for health reasons, Kathryn Moore will not be visiting Alabama this weekend, but the workshop will go as planned, this Sunday 1-5pm on the CSX Select Site in Macon County. Come ready to draw and discuss the future of this large rail-based industrial development as a catalyst for positive economic development. The site is located at the intersection of I-85, highway 81 between Notasulga and Tuskegee and the Uphapee Creek, just oppostie Pleasant Grove Church on the former Becks Turf Farm. From I-85 South, it is exit 35. Hope to see you there!
Kathryn Moore, professor of landscape architecture at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom, will present the final lecture in School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture spring lecture series on Monday, April 8. Moore’s lecture, “Design: Philosophy and Theory into Practice,” is at 3:30 p.m. in Dudley Commons B6. Moore is the immediate past president of the Landscape Institute and the UK representative to the International Federation of Landscape Architects. Her lecture is free and open to the public. The public is also invited to join Moore and civic leaders from Macon County for a Mobile Studio workshop at the new CSX Select Site in Notasulga at exit 38 off I-85 South on Sunday, April 7th, 1-5 p.m. The Auburn Special Lecture’s Committee Fund provided support for Moore’s lecture, and the APLA lecture series is supported by practicing architects, planners, and landscape architects in the State of Alabama. For more information about Moore visit: CADC website info.
A great afternoon of hard land-shaping work, temporary swing design/build, and field kareoke. Left to right the Outreach champs include: John Carswell, Seth Ristow, Fei Xiong, and Yang Wang.
Mobile Studio pop-up installation “Re-born from the soil: Historic Macon County Clays” on was on display at “This Goodly Earth, Auburn University Symposium as a part of “Becoming Alabama” [description: hand made wooden bench, photo collage of abandoned South Macon Junior ROTC High School, slip pour of historic Macon County Clay in honor of and dedicated to Auburn University Graduate and pioneering clay artist Margaret Boozer]
Check out Margaret’s work that inspired this piece:
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!
A 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.