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ESF students' lakefront vision wins trip to Spain

Susan Wyndham and Jeffery Romano

(Syracuse)—Two landscape architecture students at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) have won an all-expense paid visit to Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain July 7-15, 2005 where they will participate in a design charrette* as part of a competition titled, Interventions in the Urban Periphery.

The competition is sponsored by the Centro de Estudios Ambientales or the Center for Environmental Studies, a not-for-profit organization that does environmental advocacy and municipal-scale applied ecology (landscape architecture).

Susan Wyndham, a second year master of landscape architecture student, and Jeffery Romano, a fifth year bachelor of landscape architecture student, both at SUNY-ESF, presented a design that proposed residential and commercial development from Franklin Square to Carousel Mall and created a willow forest for the Lakefront District that would also serve as a fuel source for the business park planned as part of Destiny, USA.

Wyndham and Romano won out over Michael Riccardi (second year M.L.A. candidate) and Laura Hernandez (fifth year B.L.A. candidate) who designed a forest for forage for the Lakefront District. Wyndham and Romano will represent the United States at the design charrette* along with 10 other student winners from Spain, Chile and Brazil.

Emanuel J. Carter, Jr., associate professor in the Faculty of Landscape Architecture at SUNY-ESF said, "Both design teams developed their proposals to assist the city in becoming a 'shifting steady-state mosaic' in terms of functionality, efficiency, diversity, uniqueness, resiliency and equilibrium."

The 12 students will be mixed together in teams of three to design a pedestrian/bicycle corridor to connect the center of the city Vitoria-Gasteiz (located in northern Spain near the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic Ocean) with the greenbelt that surrounds the city. The student designs will be part of a group discussion with the city's planning department for development of the final plan for the corridor. Carter and Dr. Rafael Escribano, Polytechnic University of Madrid, will be the overall directors of the event.

Release No. 48, June 29, 2005

* The lakefront designs are available for use with this release. Contact: Dave White 470-6645 / Emanuel Carter, Jr. 470-6665

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