Monthly Archives: September 2013

Park(ing) Day : Success!

Park(ing) Day was a huge success yesterday, and by far the most enjoyable Park(ing) Day in which I’ve participated (I’ve done three!). This was a bold new step for the MSU Planning program; not only were we trying to coordinate our first organized MAPS event, but we were also partnering with students from the Landscape Architecture Program — the first time we’ve done so since I’ve been a student here!

Despite only having a month to plan, I think we pulled it off! We were able to talk to students about who we were, the CBEIS programs, and the purpose of Park(ing) Day. Best of all, everyone walked away safely and, I think, with a few new friends!

Thanks to the SA+P for funding the purchase of some greenery, our “park” was able to attract pollinating bees and butterflies within minutes — and they didn’t want to leave! Also, thanks to Shaun Blake for pulling some strings to have Sabra Hummus come provide snacks for everyone.

Next year, we could make it even better: invite an ice cream vendor, prepare for more shade, and maybe bring some jersey walls! Thank you to everyone who helped out and participated! I had a blast and hope you did, too!

Until next time!
Megan Griffith

Special thanks to…
Our LAAR Coordinator:
Laura Stella

Our participants: Raven Thompsan (CREP), Jasmine Jones (CREP), Kathleen Hayes (LAAR), Ralph Harper (Undergrad. Arch.), Sasha Reamer (LAAR), Brian Hartwyk (LAAR), Hadley Joseph (LAAR), Paul Voos (LAAR Chair)

Assistance from: Brian Stansbury (CBEIS Woodshop) for lending us traffic cones, “countries of the world” boxes, and colorful tarps; Brent “Fig” Figlestahler (LAAR) for helping us transport those boxes to the site; Drew Rojek (LAAR) for helping us get those boxes back home; and Evan Richardson for all the suffering that we put him through!







If We Are Lucky, New Film Could Boost Landscape Architecture

Been waiting for this film! I’m ready!


In case you missed it, actor and comedian Rob Schneider of Saturday Night Live and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo played an uptight landscape architect in his recently canceled CBS sitcom, ¡Rob!, in which he marries younger Maggie (Claudia Bassols) and bumbles his way through trying to befriend her Mexican-American family. ¡Rob!’s Latino stereotypes are so thinly drawn you can practically see through them, and the show’s depiction of Rob Schneider as a landscape architect isn’t much better.

As a landscape designer, I didn’t expect there to be much design intrigue to the show (I watched all eight episodes, trust me, it’s not worth it). Although Rob does have an Eames chair, the same piece of trace paper sits on his drafting table all season and he never uses a computer. Maybe the writers at least visited a professor’s office or read the Wikipedia page about landscape architects before they…

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Park(ing) Day is September 20th!

ImageThis year, MAPS has asked LAAR students to team up with us as we participate in Park(ing) Day for the first time! What is Park(ing) Day, you ask? WTMD did a piece (featuring an embarrassing snippet from an interview with MAPS president, Megan Griffith) on the event last year, in 2012, briefly describing its purpose and potential. Park(ing) Day demonstrates the value of public space, reconsidering how we devote parking space square footage to empty cars when that space could be better utilized for people.

Participants are asked to simply enjoy the day, inviting passersby to take a load off and to become engaged with a fun/funky/green pop-up parklet. It’s DIY urbanism at its greatest! 

We do need some volunteers; we’ll need folks to help set up bright and early, to engage peers as they walk through Morgan’s campus, and to help disassemble the space in time for rush hour traffic to get by.  Please note your availability using our Park(ing) Day Doodle Poll.

Want to see how awesome Park(ing) Day is? See the cool photos below from when Megan has participated in the past!







Please download the Word Document linked below, track changes, and make any edits. When finished, please save the document with with the same file name, adding your last name at the end. Please email your edits to MAPS* at before September 30th!


*Please do not send it to the department Chair, Megan will be your main point of contact here.