UTK’s Environmental Design Lab (EDL) builds on the interdisciplinary partnership at the heart of the School of Landscape Architecture in order to extend the reach of the program beyond the classroom into the community and region.
Utilizing the full range of faculty, facilities, and resources available to the Landscape Architecture program across the University of Tennessee’s campus, the EDL is an adaptive 21st century design organization that brings the unique talents of faculty and students to bear on landscapes of all shapes, sizes, and programs.
Students working in the EDL have the opportunity to participate in multiple projects which require the development of skills and knowledge essential to landscape architectural practice in the 21st century. From large-scale site planning to detailed site design and from long-term project management to intensive brainstorming sessions, students work with our external partners to identify issues and opportunities, develop compelling frameworks, and project new alternatives.
The EDL is working with a wide range of partners to tackle landscape projects across a wide variety of scales and which require multiple forms of landscape intelligence. These partnerships include:
The Great Schools Partnership
In collaboration with the Great Schools Partnership, we are currently working with 7 Knox County Community Schools including Green Magnet, Lonsdale, Norwood, Pond Gap, Sarah Moore Greene, and South Knoxville Elementary, and Vine Middle. While these Community Schools will serve as the primary focus of our research in the near term, we are also engaged in a larger scale research project that is analyzing additional school landscapes in order to better understand the educational, economical, and ecological potentials of this decentralized landscape resource.
Landscape Architecture Foundation: Case Study Investigations
Legacy Parks Foundation
2014-2015 Smart Communities Initiative – Cleveland TN
The EDL is constantly looking for new partners to work with faculty and students on creative landscape strategies. Please contact Gale Fulton (email@example.com) for more information about collaborating with the EDL.
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