Mississippi State wins national design challenge

This is the third year of the competition, with other participants including students from Hinds Community College, Auburn and LSU.
This is the third year of the competition, with other participants including students from Hinds Community College, Auburn and LSU. | File photo

Undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture students from Mississippi State University recently won the 2015-16 Come Alive Outside Design Challenge for their master plan outlining The Cellular Learning Garden.

This is the third year of the competition, with other participants including students from Hinds Community College, Auburn University and Louisiana State University. The challenge was to create an outdoor area to enable the Memphis Catholic Middle School and High School improve how they use their current greenspace.

“The MSU landscape architecture program strives to be nationally ranked, and this project helps spread the school’s recognition for producing talented and thoughtful students,” Cory Gallo, associate professor of landscape architecture, said. “I think this winning project shows that our students have a good grasp of design issues and are able to clearly express their ideas.”

Since receiving the award, the students have started to implement the initial phase of the design.

“As a result of this design, the middle and high school students will be managing a regenerative community that has been planned, designed and built around them,” Sadik Artunc, professor and head of MSU’s Department of Landscape Architecture, said. “The spiritual and educational components that inspire and define their community will be reflected in the physical space.”

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