LABash 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin – Davin Dawson, 2nd year BLA

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In the shadow of the Wisconsin Capital Building sits the University of Wisconsin Madison, host of 2014 LABash. A gathering of landscape architecture students from across North America, LABash is an annual three day conference of speakers, workshops, panel discussions, charrettes, tours, and social events for an exchange of inspiration and ideas.

This year’s LABash keynote speakers included Shawn Kelly, FASLA (principal of KDG and professor UWM); UGA’s own Kona Grey, RLA (principal of EDSA); Sam Dennis, PhD (professor UWM); Tim Peterson, RLA (principal SWA); and Susan K. Weiler, FASLA (partner OLIN).

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A sculptural bench installation on the UWM campus.

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One of many pieces of sculpture that graces the UWM campus.

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Though cold and windy (yes, that is a frozen lake!) Madison and the UWM student hosts made this year’s gathering an exceptional experience.

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Using the city and campus as a lab, many of the participants explored design and planning projects in progress, while others honed their hand and computer graphics skills in warm studios.

 

Marc Hall, Associate Principal EDSA, shared his hand graphics techniques in the Thinking With A Pen workshop.

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But best of all, LABash is also about meeting other students and connecting during meals, drinks and even the walks between events. Next year, LABash is hosted by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.