Category: In the Media

Dig It! Turning the U.S. Mission in Geneva Green – Podcast

Podcast from Hester MacDonald’s “Dig It” Show on World Radio Switzerland. The U.S. State Department has chosen the U.S. Mission in Geneva as its flagship post for energy and sustainability. A huge amount of work has already been done on effective water usage and solar energy. The Mission has now turned its attentions to the exterior of the building, specifically the gardens. The American Society of Landscape Architects was asked to help bring together a group of landscape architecture students from across the country on a two week assignment working on the project.

From the Minnesota Daily: Architecture student selected to aid in Geneva

To some, working in a foreign country, staying with an American ambassador and designing a project that could benefit an entire nation may sound too good to be true.

But for University of Minnesota graduate student Natalie Ross, it’s a reality. Ross, who is seeking a master’s degree in landscape architecture, is one of eight students selected to intern at the U.S. Mission in Geneva, Switzerland. The interns, chosen from a pool of 150 applicants, will spend the first two weeks of August designing a five-year plan to make the grounds of the Mission greener.

Ames Tribune Article: ISU student to work on U.N. architecture project

An Iowa State University landscape architecture student departed Saturday for a two-week stint in Geneva, Switzerland, where he will work on a landscape design for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Damon Sanchez, a 24-year-old from Glenview, Ill., was selected from among 130 student applicants nationwide, and said he was relieved to be chosen.

ESF Helps Green Up U.S. Mission in Switzerland

Nine U.S. landscape architecture students, including one from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), will work with three faculty advisors in Switzerland next month to help craft a design to green the grounds of the United States…

The American greening of Geneva: Switch Flipped for Magnetic Levitation Cooling

The Mission’s new air conditioning system gives the US an opportunity to showcase cutting edge technology, an air cooling chiller system that uses no lubrication oil and a minimal amount of refrigerant in comparison to typical chilling systems. It is a long-awaited commercial application of a solution to a decades-old engineering dilemma of how to maintain a magnetic levitation motor shaft within microscopic tolerances. Magnetic levitation dates back to the 1940s, but nanotechnology was required for this step.