Students in a fourth-year
Texas A&M landscape architecture
design studio led by professors Ming-Han Li and Nancy Volkman
took five of the 16 awards in a design-for-active-living competition
held at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)
conference in Vancouver, Canada in May 2005.
“Active living” design is currently a hot research topic in design
and behavior studies. Fueled by such wide-ranging concerns as overuse of automobiles
and childhood obesity, many researchers, agencies, and cities are putting greater
emphasis on careating places that allow people to incorporate physical activity
into their daily schedule.
Holly Dawson’s and Elizabeth Larkin’s town center
design earned second place overall in the EDRA competition — the
highest prize earned by the participating A&M students.
A sketch of a proposed town center designed
by A&M students Holly Dawson and Elizabeth Larkin that was
part of the design project that earned second place honors at the
Environmental Design Research Association conference last May in
The land use plan of an “active living” community
proposed by Dawson and Larkin for south College Station.