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Baird designs in final round of $5M Knight Cities Challenge

Timothy Baird, professor of landscape architecture, has two finalist submissions vying for a spot among 26 winners of the Knight Cities Challenge. These two proposals, developed through two of Baird’s design studios, are amoung 126 that have advanced from an original pool of over 7,000.

Sponsored by the John E. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight Cities Challenge charged applicants to “make the 26 communities where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work,” and has promised access to grant funding to implement the selected concepts. 

Both centered in Philadelphia, Baird’s proposals came from ideas developed within the studio environment and resulted from collaboration with the City Parks Association of Philadelphia. He also collaborated with Penn State alumnus Matt Langan (BLA ‘06) of Sasaki Associates in Watertown, Massachusetts on the “Urban Arboreta: Tree Nurseries that Transform Vacant Lands” submission.

The other submission, “Recreation Centers as Hubs of Community Stewardship,” revitalizes the concept of a recreation center reimagines the center into “idea and education hubs for city sustainability,” providing residents with the opportunity to access training in green infrastructure, food production, and soil manufacturing.

The winners will be announced before April 1, 2015. If one or both proposals are chosen, Baird sees an opportunity to continue the studio connection to bringing the proposals to life.

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Computer rendering of people walking and playing in proposed park space.