We had to make a grocery run so Damon and I hitched a ride down to the Coop with the three French students in their cool car. After having a small hunt for all of the ingredients, we finally checked out and headed back to the house. The French students brought over some wine and cheese which we enjoyed while attempting to cook dinner. Surprisingly, the fajitas were good!
Green Landscape Journal: On Tuesday our group visited the site of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, or the IUCN. I was excited to hear that we’d be visiting the IUCN because it is an immense coalition of nonprofit organizations that has been the major player in the conservation of biodiversity, especially in Europe. I remember researching the organization’s work when designing an exhibition about biodiversity as an undergraduate.
Green Landscape Journal: Through the course of the past week, there has been so much activity to get our ideas down to present. We also have had the pleasure of working with some students from HEPIA- Haute École du Paysage, d’Ingénierie et d’Architecture; a Geneva technical school for landscape architecture, engineering, and architecture. The three students have given us so much insight into the local ecosystems that having them on board has been nothing short of excellent. They have also been fantastic in giving critiques to designs. The projects that we presented today would be not nearly as rich had we not had their participation.
Excerpt: The US Mission to the UN in Geneva has begun a project with a group of nine American and three Swiss university landscape students to help “green” the grounds of the Mission. The students, selected by the American Society…
The hedgehog is a symbol of biodiversity and connectivity between individual properties in Geneva. Bertrand von Arx, conservationist for the city of Geneva, came the to the mission to help us understand conservation and biodiversity issues in the region as well as to tour us and mission staff members about the mission grounds. While we’d thought we had understood the site pretty well based upon our own site inventory and analysis, Mr. Von Arx pointed out a number of things that we just couldn’t have known, or just hadn’t thought about.
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.