This spring, 11 University of Georgia landscape architect students will be working with the Cities of Oxford and Newborn. Their class lives in Covington, works out of the Center, and immerses itself in Newton County for 10 weeks. As they approach the end of their first month, let’s give them a chance to introduce themselves and their class.
Where do the UGA students call home?
From Alexis Wakely Chamberlin:
This semester, the eleven UGA participants in the Covington Metropolitan studio are very diverse. Four students have Asian origins, ranging from Vietnam, South Korea, China and Laos. Several other students are also from Mexico. With the one exception being from Washington D.C., however, we all consider Georgia to be our home and look forward to finding a sense of community with everyone in Covington.
What is life like for the students while they’re in Newton County?
From Alex Tidwell:
Here at the Covington Metropolitan Studio, we are staying in a fairly newly developed part of the historical section of town. In the neighborhood, Clark’s Grove, there is a small variety of business and living options. The student living place is in a mixed use building above a salon, a café, and other small businesses. In the townhome there is a large living space with a kitchen large enough to accommodate our large group. The kitchen was well stocked with plates, cups, pots and pans for the students to use. The living space also has a large dining table and two sofas. On the top floor of the living space are two large bedrooms with five bunk beds in each room. Both rooms have a bathroom with two sinks, two showers and six closet spaces for the students. The room did seem to shrink a little once everyone moved in but the space is efficient for the 11 students staying at the Covington studio for the 10 weeks.
What do they hope get out of their time in Newton County?
From Stephanie Rattanog:
I have personally have never had the experience outside of school as a landscape designer and I am thrilled to be working with actual people who take seriously the future of planning and the visions they have in mind for future generations. So far the L.A. field is complementary to the emergence of programs related to sustainability that the opportunities to enhance the environment are endless. As we the 2012 Covington interns take part in understanding how critical the environment is to economic development, one of our many tasks is to educate the public and inform them of issues related to environment. We hope to communicate our best ideas having considered all possible creative solutions for enhancing the town.