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Spring 2007 - Redesign

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Student wins opportunity to redesign a campus landmark

By Elizabeth Gawronski

A leaking steam pipe found under the historic Purdue University Horticulture Garden meant the beautiful facility had to be demolished. But that destruction created an opportunity for landscape architecture students, forming a blank canvas for a new design.

"To have a piece in something that stays at Purdue is exciting," said Andrew ten Brink, a senior landscape architecture major from Bowling Green, Ohio, and winner of a class competition to redesign the garden. Ten Brink's design beat out 30 other students' designs in a class taught by Paul Siciliano Jr., professor of landscape architecture.

"Competition encourages the best work," Siciliano said. But the garden is more than just a beautiful landscape.

"It's an outdoor living classroom," said Mary Lou Hayden, special projects coordinator for the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

Students normally maintain the garden as part of class projects. Instead of working on the plants in the garden, Siciliano's class worked on the garden itself. The challenge for the students was to create a design that the department could use to host classroom activities, educate visitors and provide a calming space for the community.

"We wanted the garden to be a special place," said ten Brink. "We wanted to use the garden to bring the campus together."