Fox, an assistant professor of landscape architecture, is helping to transform campus by incorporating real sustainable construction projects into the curriculum. Graduate and undergraduate students in landscape architecture and related fields get credit for taking part in these design/build studios.
This semester’s project was the second phase of a three-year effort to create an environmentally friendly corridor, called “the Artists’ Backyard,” between Turlington Hall and Owens Hall. If you didn’t know to look for the sustainable features, you’d probably miss them. There’s a cistern that collects rainwater off the roof and diverts it into a nearby rain garden, drought-resistant plants to reduce the university’s landscape maintenance budget, and permeable bricks in the walkways that help filter water bound for the storm drains.