The L4H Lab

01. Classes

Yekang Ko, Kory Russel, Jacques Abelman, Junhak Lee, Jean Yang

The University of Oregon faculty members use their classes as design laboratory and seek research funding to support the L4H work.  

Student Project Outcomes

1. Planning for Home: Landscape Approach for Resilient Housing for the Unhoused

Faculty: Yekang Ko

In Fall 2019, collaborating with the City of Eugene City Manager’s office, this studio expands this L4H approach to address the citywide housing crisis and aims to be a model planning approach for other western cities grappling with growing unhoused populations. Students develop a city-wide housing network for the unhoused and site design typologies for emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing communities. Click here for the studio report.

2. Sustainable Energy Landscapes

Faculty: Yekang Ko

This class seeks to explore landscape approaches for energy conservation and renewable energy conservation from site to landscape scales. How can we design and plan energy landscapes to meet our energy needs while addressing local extreme weather events and global climate change? In Winter 2019, students worked with the Opportunity Village to develop prototypes for flexible passive solar site design to address extreme heat risk and urban heat islands. Read a more detailed story here.

3. Food Systems

Faculty: Jaques Abelman

This seminar sets out to examine key notions and developments around food systems, urban form, and landscapes. Food and its production entails a complex web of relationships from the soil to plate. Examining these relationships asks us to engage with notions of culture, identity, ecology, spatial design and social justice. Food systems are material systems; perhaps the one human reality that cannot be dematerialized. As such, they extend through ecosystems, agricultural lands, residential areas and cities. In Winter 2019, students worked with the Opportunity Village to develop a site design for the food systems.

4. Edible Landscapes Studio

Faculty: Jaques Abelman

This studio asked the question: How could the idea of a park be re-imagined in this context, with different forms of productivity in mind? It explored the concept of the park as multifunctional infrastructure that has the potential to function at the intersection of the spatial, social, and ecological. The overarching theme is landscapes capable of different forms of productivity. In addition to analyzing and understanding the typical uses of a city park, we will seek to innovate and push the boundaries of what a park can potentially be. In Spring 2020, the studio is working with the Eugene Mission to create a landscape design for their garden space.

5. Sustainable Design Principles and Practices

Faculty: Kory Russel

Sustainable Design Principles and Practices is a team-project course that examines what it means to design sustainable systems, products and spaces. The course specifically looks at the concept of waste and how to think more holistically about closing loops. Students work in teams using human centered design techniques to propose sustainable solutions to various waste challenges. The final project results in a funding proposal for a design solution to some form of waste in society.

6. The Oregon Sequence: Prototyping Everyday Resiliency

Faculty: Jean Yang

In the 2022-23 Academic year, this studio will apply the L4H approach to a three-quarter landscape architecture studio sequence focused on Opportunity Village Eugene. The studio will focus on examining the site’s current dynamics (Fall ‘22), developing site design options (Winter ‘23) and drawing up construction documents (Spring ‘24). Through engagement, analysis, and collaboration, UO students will highlight Opportunity Village Eugene as a space of experimentation, community, creativity, and everyday resilience.

The L4H Lab
01. Classes
02. Research Grants

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