Larimer Square: Beyond the Classroom

During the fall semester of my final year at the Pennsylvania State University, I took one of the most influential studios of my entire education. Under the direction of Professor Ken Tamminga, this studio tasked a group of classmates and myself with the role of designer in a severely disadvantaged neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The opportunity to work in such a diverse community that faces the worst of conditions and still finds the passion to try and find a way forward forever altered the way I view design. The work that was done in Larimer through my class was well recognized by the community and even the regional chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture. My personal work received the Design Honor Award from ASLA PA/DE.

In addition the collective work of this studio and others run by Professor Tamminga were showcased at the national level after becoming a finalist for the 2011 C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award. I was honored with the opportunity to play a role in the illustration of the passionate work that Ken Tamminga has been guiding through Penn State.

Credits for the production of the video go to a tremendous team from the Pennsylvania State University Public Broadcasting department led by Mindy McMahon.

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