Trustees, Students, Faculty, and Staff extend to all best wishes for a restful
holiday season and peaceful new year! We are especially thankful at this
time of year for all of our alums, friends, and other supporters in the
work of finding sustainable futures. Thank you!
On December 17, 2010, a new federal law extended the "IRA Charitable Rollover" for
calendar years 2010 and 2011, including to approved institutions such as the Conway School. The law went into effective late in the year, so donors have been
allowed an extra month (through the end of January, 2011) to complete transfers
You have to be at least 70-½ years old when
you transfer the gifts from your
traditional or Roth IRA.
To make a gift to Conway or for more information contact Lynn Barclay, Conway's Associate Director for Advancement & Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, (413) 369-4044, ext 3.
- can be made without increasing your
taxable income or withholding,
- will not subject your Social Security income to higher
tax levels, and
- will count toward your minimum required distribution.
"Shameless agitator" and 1983 Conway graduate Erik van Lennep (bio here) offers up some hope for the planet. See excerpt below from his blog here.
"Like watching leaves change by seeing their reflections in a pond, we
are offered glimmers of what's emerging via reports on the 'Green
Economy' and various 'Clean Tech' start-ups. We see growth in renewable
energy, hybrid autos, 'smart' energy-saving homes and more. Throughout
the global depression, the green sector is the only place where steady
growth has continued, and this has not escaped the attention of
finance and policy. But while this emerging economic sector may have
begun with tightening the bolts and plugging the leaks in our current
systems, it goes well beyond slapping greener labels onto old cans.
This will be truly game-changing; in fact it's the stuff of paradigm
"What I see coming down the
road, is such a profound reorientation of agenda and strategies that
future historians will be plotting this onto their graphs as the third
significant revolution for humanity: first was the neolithic dawn of
agriculture, second was the industrial revolution, and our time will
produce the shift to a Living Economy."
Erik is based in Dublin, Ireland, and serves as a Conway Master Teacher, via Skype.
There is still room for alums and friends of the school
to spend a fascinating week in the Sonoran Desert. You are invited to
join us March 27 - April 2, 2011, ($950, double occupancy, all
inclusive from Tucson, Arizona) in the Sonoran Desert community of Ajo,
Arizona. Space is
limited; register today. For more details see the trip website.
The trip will combine some planning and design work (allowing more
experienced and newer alums to work side by side) with sightseeing and
Can't go on the trip this year, but still
like to support the effort? Consider sharing any excess frequent flier
mileage you may have with a student or recent grad who wants to go on
the trip. (Contact: email@example.com) You can also make a donation (click to the left, under Supporting Conway) in support of our projects there.
Transforming the Commercial Corridor Strip:
Re-development Design Strategies to Create Mixed-Use Centers
is the subject of a workshop to be given on Friday, January 14, 2011, 1-5 pm, in Northampton, Massachusetts, by planner and writer Randall Arendt.
The workshop is open to current and past students of the Conway School of Landscape Design and invited guests. Space is limited. Register early. The building location will be sent to registrants. Register by January 10, 2011 at: http://tinyurl.com/conwayworkshop
This workshop will focus on practical ways of reclaiming existing commercial corridors characterized by visual blight, traffic congestion and higher accident rates. Multiple strategies blending the twin disciplines of Conservation Design and New Urbanism are discussed for rebuilding these corridors, gradually increasing their functionality and attractiveness.
These strategies offer significant opportunities for commercial and mixed-use redevelopment, particularly in areas with existing infrastructure, thereby increasing the viability of businesses, service providers, and current /future public transit lines.
The workshop will feature illustrations of progressive approaches to transforming commercial corridors, emphasizing multi-story mixed-use buildings, affordable housing, public transit possibilities, shade tree planting, design standards, signs, native landscaping, improved circulation patterns, parking lot orientation, stormwater infiltration/ recharge, night sky protection, and solar features.
Randall Arendt is a landscape planner, site designer, author, lecturer, and an advocate of “conservation planning.” He holds an Honorary Degree from the Conway School of Landscape Design and is a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute in London, Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ Award for Collaborative Achievement.
Evaluating the existing food needs in and around the historic mining town of Ajo, Arizona, was the assignment given to three Conway students, who will start work on the project the day after Christmas. The project, which is with the International Sonoran Desert Alliance
and Pima County Community and Economic Development
, was made possible through the cooperation of Conway alum Gary Bachman '84. The student team will assess the potential for food production within the project site and in surrounding areas. After two weeks in Arizona, the students will return to Conway to complete the report.
Three Conway graduate students will head to Tuscany, Italy, at the start of the new year to work with the Spannocchia Foundation in developing a food security plan for the region surrounding Tenuta di Spannocchia, a centuries-old agricultural estate located 12 miles southwest of Siena in central Tuscany. The students will be in residence for two weeks, meeting with stakeholders and gathering data before returning to Conway to start work on the plan with the assistance of Conway faculty and input from Spannocchia trustee John O'Keefe. [Image: Spannocchia Foundation]
Aran Wiener '09, Conway's 2010-2011 David Bird International Service Fellow, has returned to the US after completing his fellowship in Bali, Indonesia. You can read his blog here and see more of his photos here.
Aran overcomes adversity to make his final presentation:
"I arrived back in Sudaji with Zanzan [contact in the village] a few hours before the final
presentation meeting to be held at his octagonal bamboo open-sided
pavilion outfitted with projector and white screen; true anachronism.
Problems, technical and supernatural, immediately ensued. A torrential
downpour made setup difficult and delayed the arrival of several key
people and prevented others from coming all together. The lone laptop
computer from the school, recently donated by the government, broke
before even the first image was projected. My computer was a good choice
for backup, but my power adapter which had been on its last legs the
entire trip, finally succumbed to fate at this exact moment recalling
dreadful memories of previous technologically-based presentation woes.
Thankfully, Gove [Depuy '02] was in attendance with his computer adapter, so we were
"Read more from Aran here.
Applications for the 2011-2012 David Bird International Service Fellow will be available after the new year at this location.