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Summer 2013 Design Intensive

Before the start of the new semester, some of the first year students started early with a two-week design intensive course to kick start their work in Collaborative Design. Led by Sara Huston, they spent the first week expanding their arsenal of tools as demonstrated by an all-star lineup of pros.

  • Interaction & Communication Design with Flo Truong from W+K
  • Storytelling & Humor in Design with Laura Allcorn (ACD ’11) from Second Story
  • Audio & Video workshop & lecture with Carl Diehl
  • 2D & Typography w/ Cat Kramer
  • Visual thinking with Roel Uleners of XPLANE

The weekend was an extended field trip examining Western juniper in the high desert of central Oregon.

Western juniper is part of the cedar family and is prevalent from western Oregon to Texas. Allowing Western juniper to take a natural growth course has produced a lot of negative effects on the environment. Western juniper depletes the water supply and causes soil erosion. Because Western juniper roots are deep, they absorb any available ground water. Western juniper has encroached and replaced the sage and grass dominant landscape known as the sagebrush steppe. This is the main habitat of the Greater sage-grouse. Currently the Greater sage-grouse is listed as a candidate for the endangered species list. If Greater sage-grouse reaches the endangered species list, the federal government would control the management of Western juniper. In the past 130 years, the Western juniper range has increased ten-fold, from occupying 600,000 acres to 6,000,000 acres of land. There are many causes which encourage the growth and spread of Western juniper and include, but are not limited to, its natural accelerated growth, ability to survive in less than ideal environments, suppression of natural forest fires by humans, a wetter environment, and an increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere thought to be a stimulant for the growth of Western juniper. Managing Western juniper is an extremely challenging and difficult process for various reasons, and people have attempted to address it since the 1960s. This question remains: what are the best means, economically and logistically, to control or remove Western juniper1

And back to the studio to complete multiple design projects during the second week of the course, based off the information, documentation and research gathered while in Terrebonne, Oregon.

1 Western juniper in Eastern Oregon: Research Report and Recommendations for Further Inquiry. June 8, 2013. The Western juniper 6: Chris Cox, Dominique Forrest, Logan Lamb, Tatyana Moshchenkov, Paula Terry, Marina Zurkow

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