Fall 2017 CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grant

Micah Stanek, 4562 Enright Butterfly Garden design, 2017.

Posted by Liz Kramer December 5, 2017


The Sam Fox School awarded lecturer Micah Stanek a CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grant to encourage community-engaged teaching in his spring 2018 course, Research in the Landscape: Methods and Practices.

Stanek's proposal represents a mutually beneficial collaboration with the Enright Neighborhood Association and the Public Programs team at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and builds on an existing set of relationships and projects. A jury of faculty and community engagement staff selected this proposal to receive up to $2,000 in support.

In this course, landscape architecture students will cultivate research methods that are essential to the field. Students will engage with a variety of research activities including archival research, textual and visual interpretation, on-site environmental analysis, and social survey.

The course grant funding will allow for collaboration with the Enright Neighbors, a group of residents on the 4500 block of Enright Avenue who have worked with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation to carefully stage the demolition of a vacant building, and are now seeking to create a butterfly garden on the 3,750-square-foot lot. Stanek has served as a design consultant for the project, connecting with residents to develop and implement a proposal—one that is part butterfly garden, part demolished house, and part oak savanna. Students will engage with the residents, as well as the neighborhood "land stewards" tasked with managing the site, to develop a final planting plan for native restoration efficacy and butterfly-human encounter, with the stewardship model at its center. Students may design test plots, engage with residents, and explore methods of marking.

About CityStudioSTL

CityStudioSTL is an initiative inspired by Design for Excellence, the Sam Fox School's 10-year strategic plan. Originally offered in partnership with Washington University's Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Gina and Bill Wischmeyer, BA69/MArch71, this program has supported a series of community engagement and outreach projects in the city of St. Louis over the past several years. More information is available here>>

About CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grants

CityStudioSTL Faculty Course Grants are open to all teaching faculty affiliated with the Sam Fox School. Funding may support existing community-engaged courses, adding a component of community-engaged teaching to an existing course, or developing and executing a new community-engaged course. Students must be involved in socially engaged and collaborative work with a St. Louis-based partner. Grant applications are due in the mid-fall and mid-spring semesters. More information is available here>>