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Toomer's Corner Conceptual Design Proposals

Toomers Oaks Conceptual Design

In case you haven’t heard, on January 27, 2011, a person identifying himself as “Al from Dadeville” phoned into the The Paul Finebaum Show, a nationally syndicated sports radio show.  The caller claimed to have poisoned the two grand oak trees at the corner of College Street and Magnolia Avenue at Auburn University, known to many as the Toomer’s Oaks.  This act has sparked a high profile and engaging public conversation about this area of campus. 

Students in the Graduate Landscape Architecture program contributed to this discussion in Fall 2012 by presenting their design proposals for Toomer’s Corner to Auburn’s Campus Planners as well as the professional design team hired to provide the Landscape Master Plan for the University.   The student design investigations were initiated in a course led by Assistant Professor David Hill titled Plant Ephemerality.  Plant Ephemerality is the second within a trilogy of courses (plant spatiality, plant ephemerality, and plant functionality) that explore landscape design potentials that emerge out of a deep passion and careful observation of plants.  Plant Ephemerality explores how plants change through time and how the overall growth and seasonal variation of plants can be celebrated through design.

This particular project, know affectionately as project T.I.M.E. (the Toomer’s Investigation into Metamorphosis and Evolution) examined how Toomer’s Corner can be intentionally designed over an abnormally long period of time, in this case 150 years.  Each student provided their own individual design proposal, intentionally demonstrating how their design could adapt and evolve through the next century and a half.   After all the proposals were presented to the class and discussed, the students collectively compiled a series of recommendations or strategies.  No individual design proposal embodies all of the recommendations, but each student raised particular issues they felt were important.  While their colleagues eventually disputed some of the issues, others continued to come up again and again.

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