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MSU landscape architecture students take on Tennessee Williams home for project

 

Ryan Poe

 

Mississippi State University landscape architecture students wandered Columbus on Wednesday, scouting the area for design ideas. 

 

As a class project, the 40 seniors and juniors are teaming up in groups of four to come up with a landscape design for the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center on Main Street, the new Convention and Visitors Bureau building next door and a planned art park nearby. 

 

The 11 teams have until Oct. 22 to finish their designs, which will be reviewed by a a group of judges and professionals at the old Elks Club building across Main Street from the Tennessee Williams Home, from 1 to 3 p.m. 

 

The groups'' designs will be on public display and will be accompanied by a short slide-show presentation. 

 

Although the designs will not necessarily be used by the architect, who will be chosen at the CVB meeting Monday, the designs will be gleaned for ideas, said Assistant MSU Extension Professor Robert F. Brzuszek. 

 

Brzuszek, along with three other MSU teachers, will oversee the class project, which began Oct. 8 when students began reading "The Glass Menagerie," by Williams. 

 

The class was in Columbus to look over the site and hear a lecture on Williams'' history Wednesday. 

 

The projects, which count as 5 percent of students'' class grades, require groups to create a master plan, a concept statement and other designs of the project from different perspectives. 

 

"As an instructor, (I see) this as a rich opportunity for students," Brzuszek said.

 

 

 

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