Lynne Dearborn at the Danville Riverfront Project Presentation

For this outreach program with the Danville region, multidisciplinary teams of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning students collaborated on proposals for ecologically sustainable developments that would connect downtown urban spaces with the Vermilion River and offer places where people could interact with nature more directly. Community members offered input on their priorities as teams began drafting their ideas, and final presentations were given to an audience that included faculty members, classmates, and Mayor Scott Eisenhauer of Danville.

In the Blood

Illinois Theatre's 2016 production of In the Blood, written by Suzan-Lori Parks and based loosely on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, featured Maya Vinice Prentiss as Hester.

Photo by Darrell Hoemann.

Shozo Sato and Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman—Illinois Theatre alumnus, actor, comedian, writer, and producer best known for his roles on Parks and Recreation and Fargo—is also a carpenter and mentee of Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato. Offerman credits Sato with the discipline, mindfulness practice, and training in kabuki theatre that have enabled him to thrive as a creator and performer. In 2013 he constructed a gazebo (azumaya) on the grounds of Japan House to honor his mentor.

Landscape Architecture Class

Critiques—from both instructors and other students—play a crucial role in landscape architecture courses. This type of feedback not only helps to refine ideas but also allows students to practice how to field questions from future clients and draw up new plans that incorporate their input.

Brides

To celebrate the life of Professor Emeritus Beverly Blossom, her piece Brides was reconstructed by alumna Mei-Kuang Chen for November Dance: Attachment in 2015. This version included both male and female brides to commemorate the 2015 Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

Photo by Natalie Fiol.

Urban Data Analytics

For Urban Data Analytics—a project sponsored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy—Bev Wilson and Arnab Chakraborty created visualization tools to show which Chicago neighborhoods have people most susceptible to the adverse effects of a heat wave. They considered characteristics including age, disability, and income level and developed interactive mapping tools that allow projections to 2030 under different greenhouse gas concentrations.

In the Next Room

To accurately capture the setting of a play, costume designers, set designers, and properties masters extensively research appropriate clothing styles, materials, furniture, and accessories. Some pieces are sourced and purchased, some are created in production shops inside Krannert Center, and others are located among the thousands of items in storage.

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Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, November 2016

Photo by Darrell Hoemann

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