Greenhouse Terrace and Garden Temple University Ambler
Continuing the tradition of hands-on education, the design build studio in spring 2001 took on the task to design and build a welcoming entrance garden for the newly finished greenhouse on Ambler Campus. The goal was to create a sense of identify and arrival for the greenhouse.
The design creates a formal circular terrace at the main entrance and an informal garden along the main pedestrian walkway to the campus. The formal entrance features a stone retaining wall that defines a circular terrace featuring a raised round planter as the focal point. The bluestone terrace with decorative lighting and cobblestone edging provides a pleasant outdoor gathering area that is used for holding campus events.
The gently contoured informal garden, with a rich variety of herbaceous plantings around an open lawn area, serves as a counterpoint to the formal terrace.
Vernon Park Children's Play Area
Community outreach projects, located in inner city neighborhoods, offer "real world" community based learning experience for the students, create a catalyst for revitalization of marginalized neighborhoods with limited resources and educates the public about the role and contribution of our profession to the larger society. It also adds another level of complexity to the process of teaching, design, coordination and implementation. The most recent effort was part of ASLA's 100 Years-100 Parks program.
Vernon Park, located in the heart of Germantown, an urban neighborhood in Philadelphia, was selected as a demonstration project for this program. With local ASLA chapter and Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, Temple initiated a yearlong planning and design process that resulted in the construction of a children's playground.
The children's play area features a pavilion and a gateway made from recycled wood, brick retaining walls, stone steps and porous paved areas. Preserving existing trees was one of the main objectives in the creation of this focal point for the seven-acre historic park. As the coordinating Temple faculty, Professor Lamba initiated planning and consultations with the community groups and professional organizations to lay the groundwork for this project months before the start of the semester.
Class of 1990 Courtyard Temple University Ambler
Campus landscape improvements through the construction of numerous thematic gardens, design/build projects have transformed the campus landscape over the last fifteen years.
The first campus improvements project undertaken by the design build studio is the Class of 1990 Courtyard a design featuring a multilevel fountain integrated into the change of grades, an entrance trellis and benches serves as an intimate outdoor room for relaxation and study.
The design techniques, such as precast curbing and porous paving were carefully designed to facilitate rainwater recharge and minimize disturbance to two mature existing specimen trees. Besides creating special destinations for the campus community, these projects enhance the visibility for the department providing tangible expressions of the department's design philosophy. They are a source of pride for the alumni and an inspiration for the prospective students.