The Nexus Studio: Creating a Synergy between a Research Project and a Studio
Students with an active role as researchers within a Landscape Planning studio become engaged through topics pertinent to an active project energizing the broader community and encouraging inquiry-based learning. The purpose of this project is to integrate landscape architecture and planning education with a research project addressing socio-ecological issues for a landscape. The studio evokes stakeholder-defined key issues addressed within a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project in Idaho's Magic Valley. Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS) is an interdisciplinary research initiative seeking to address issues concerning drought, water demand, water quality, and food security by using Geodesign. This studio course applies student research through a Geodesign framework and evaluates key competencies relevant for planning students. It evaluates student learning by analyzing evidence of learning concerning planning at the landscape scale. The results aim to inform scenario development, generate student interest and awareness of Geodesign research, and equip educators in Landscape Planning for a process for course instruction and revision.