Design Work by Landscape Architecture Alumnus, Student Honored by Architects Organization

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The Foodway project was recognized with a Design Award of Merit from the New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects.

Image courtesy of Jacob Costello and Max Frank

The Foodway job was known with a Design Award of Merit in this New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects.

Design operate via an alumnus and a current student of this Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design earned recognition in December in this New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects.

Jacob Costello (B.L.A.’18), a current Fay Jones School grad, and Max Frank, a fourth-year honors landscape design student, obtained a Design Award of Merit in this New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects due to their job, “The Foodway.”

Transforming and revitalizing an abandoned brownfield site in the junction of the Razorback Greenway and North Street at Fayetteville, The Foodway supposes a model system of food production by which environmental wellbeing, community vitality and social fairness all attest in an available, urban farm. As a brand new campus for Tri Cycle Farms, a Northwest Arkansas nonprofit community backyard with committed food waste reduction affects, The Foodway becomes a boat for the company’s three columns: awareness, empowerment and education.

The dimensions of this new website permits Tri Cycle Farms to add space for home its regular AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, and include a multi-use parking/event space plus a farm-to-table restaurant which broadens the company’s reach into a larger selection of individuals and creates a new revenue stream. Additionally, all details of the website and buildings were developed to satisfy the Living Building Challenge guidelines, among the most exhaustive construction standards now.

“As a conceptual project, our team pushed the boundaries of implementation and constructability,” Costello stated. “I think what sets this project apart is the level of attention given to the detailing of both form and specifically the sustainable systems that permeate the envisioned site. The Living Building Challenge guidelines are stringent but with the right investments and partnerships, I believe this level of sustainability in a new project is achievable in Arkansas.”

Costello said it had been exciting for the job to be realized beyond the common awards programs concentrated on landscape design.

“As an advocate for trans-disciplinary work, I see a potential for landscape architects and architects to engage in greater dialogue, in order to generate complex solutions of the future,” he explained. “As a profession, it is paramount that we continue to cross-pollinate and work collaboratively from the inception of a project.”

While the proposition was assembled by Costello and Frank, the project evolved from a Living Building Challenge (LBC) studio headed by Ken McCown, professor and head of this Department of Landscape Architecture. The Living Building Challenge is a green building certification program and sustainable design frame that visualizes the perfect for the constructed environment.

“The Living Building Challenge gives students a theoretical basis for how to approach sustainability and resilience, gives them a toolkit for how to proceed, and offers evaluative metrics to help them understand if they are on track to meet their goals,” McCown said. “Additionally, the LBC cannot be solved by a singular discipline; it demands interdisciplinary activity.”

McCown also served as faculty adviser on the award-winning job. Scott Biehle, a teaching assistant professor of landscape design, was a college instructor.  

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