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School of Architecture & Planning Designing and Building Exhibit for Artscape 2013

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Baltimore – Students and faculty from the School of Architecture and Planning have been invited for the third straight year to participate and exhibit an environmental installation for Artscape.  The project, titled Destination 1 is a music pavilion and DJ dome inspired by the visionary ideas of Buckminster Fuller.  A forefather of the modern sustainability movement, Fuller sought ways to help humanity better understand the inherent connections of Earth’s living systems that bind us all together.  Melding with Artscape’s 2013 theme “No Passport Required,” Destination 1 seeks to celebrate the oneness of the human race regardless of nationality, ethnic, geographic, cultural or financial boundaries.  Working with reclaimed / re-purposed materials, Destination 1 seeks to deconstruct those boundaries.  Thus, by promoting a global “oneness” and encouraging visitors to think holistically about our planet, we can encourage all to be better stewards of the planet we share, our “Spaceship Earth.”

Led by faculty members Brian Grieb, AIA and Brian Stansbury, Destination 1 will be a centerpiece of the festival along the Charles Street promenade.  The team has collaborated with local DJ’s and artists who will help activate the space with music performances.  Throughout the three-day event, DJ’s will be spinning found records for a local salvage company.  On Saturday evening, the sounds of Kinetic Light Instruments designed by artists McCormack and Figg, will help bring the first ever “Artscape After Dark” event to life.

“We are excited to once again be selected by Artscape and the Baltimore Office and Promotion & the Arts,” said Brian Grieb, faculty advisor for Destination 1.  “The event provides a fantastic environment for our students to display their talents and creative energy, while creating a vibrant and thought provoking space for festival attendees.”

“Working on Destination 1 is extremely rewarding to see our concepts and models become physical structures,” said team member Courtney Morgan, a junior in the architecture program at Morgan State University.  “It’s hard work, but at the end of day when you walk past all the things we have built, it definitely puts a smile on my face seeing what we have accomplished.”

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[divide style=”3″]ABOUT ARTSCAPE

Artscape is America’s largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography and the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages that is available throughout the festival site. Artscape’s total economic impact on Baltimore City is $25.97 million.

Dates:  Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21
Hours:  Friday: 11am-9pm, Saturday: 11am-9pm, Sunday: 11am-8pm

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For over 25-years the School of Architecture & Planning (SA+P) has provided students the opportunity to preview and experience the makings of the built and natural environment in the broader perspective of interdisciplinary learning headed toward responsible leadership.  The School’s graduate and undergraduate degree programs introduce and promote the sense of interconnectedness between a built form, human behavior, forces of nature, political and economic dynamics characteristic of an urban context.  Within the school three graduate programs (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City & Regional Planning) as well as two undergraduate programs offering a B.S in Architecture & Environmental Design and a B.S. in Construction management are offered.  Learn more at:


Founded in 1867, Morgan State University is the premier public urban research university in Maryland, known for its excellence in teaching, intensive research, effective public service and community engagement.  The 140- acre campus is located in a pleasant residential neighborhood, nestled among rolling hills in the Northeast section of Baltimore City.  The University awards more bachelor’s degrees to African-American students than any campus in Maryland.  While Morgan is a historically black institution, it has served students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Its mission today is to enroll a student body that is diverse in its socioeconomic and academic status and to provide the full-range of experiences and services that permits it to successfully serve students with a wide variety of goals and needs.   Learn more at:

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