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MLA Students Address Alabama Public School Grounds

MLA Studio II crew with Professor Jocelyn Zanzot tackled the problems and potentials of Alabama's public school grounds

In the fall of 2012, students in the MLA Studio II working with Assistant Professor Jocelyn Zanzot tackled the problems and potentials of Alabama's public school grounds. Too often treated as institutional landscapes (in the meanest sense of the word), these key places can better sustain community health and civic life, if as George Washington Carver suggested a century ago, they ground education in “Nature Study and Gardening.”  Prof. Zanzot’s studio partnered directly with three schools in Macon and Montgomery counties to envision the next generation of schoolyards designed for integrated teaching, learning and imaginative play. The work was reviewed at Dudley Hall by a distinguished panel of faculty and practitioners, and then exhibited as Re-Imagining Schoolgrounds for a broader audience at the historic Shiloh Rosenwald School in Notasulga. School administrators, teachers, students and civic leaders came together to consider the resourceful approaches and innovative proposals co-created by Auburn graduate students with children at D.C. Wolfe School in Shorter, Notaulga and Fews School in Montgomery. A forthcoming book on the future of sustainable schools advanced through this studio will help guide future planning and design decisions. For more information please visit: http://mobilelandscapestudio.wordpress.com/category/re-imagining-schooly...

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