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USU Landscape Architecture Students to Present Designs to Brigham City

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013


Michael Timmons

Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning

Utah State University

Phone: (435) 797-0510



Students from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University will present master plan designs to Brigham City officials and stakeholders on March 7.

Each year, cities, towns and regions contact LAEP asking for assistance to improve environmental planning and design issues in their area. To address these concerns, a charette is held giving students “real world” experience.

This year’s project began in the fall when associate professor Michael Timmons met with Brigham City’s mayor and selected landscape design areas needing improvement. Freshmen students then completed site analyses of various locations. During the last week of January, LAEP students were divided into 15 teams, each one led by a senior. Teams were assigned a project to complete, including expansion of the FrontRunner system; parks, recreation and trails; and historic, cultural and art opportunities. After a one-day fieldtrip to the area, the teams were given one week to prepare suggestions for enhancing their specific projects.

Once the presentations are complete, the city can plan how and when to act on the various desgin ideas.

Pamela Blackmore, a senior in LAEP, whose group focused on recreation and open space in Brigham City, said her favorite part was having so many people investing energy into one project.

“The enthusiasm from everyone involved [including] citizens, city council members, all of our faculty and all of the LAEP students is unlike anything I have ever been involved in before,” Blackmore said. “I particularly loved working with the younger students who have a passion and love for landscape architecture, which was contagious and revitalized the studio environment.”

Timmons said the term “charrette” is derived from a French word meaning “little cart.” Old French schools would have someone wheel around a cart with a bell. Students would rush to turn their assignments into the cart. “Charrette” describes an intense period of activity before a project, especially an agricultural project, is due.

Other charrette projects have been completed for Logan, Providence, Heber City, Cedar City, Richmond and Bear Lake.


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