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Academy’s Urban Habitat at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show

Academy of Art University’s School of Landscape Architecture will showcase a stunning "Urban Habitat" garden to introduce the new program and show off the talents of their first crop of students at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show March 21 through 25. This event will showcase 20 landscaped spaces created by leading designers, nurseries, horticulturists and university programs.

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The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show is the oldest and largest show of its kind on the West Coast. This year the theme is: Gardens for Green Earth. The goal is to display green living at its best: gorgeous display gardens, pop-up parklets, edible gardens and new products designed to help planet Earth thrive. The show will also include edible gardening workshops, cooking demos, seminars on design and horticulture.

This event will take place at the San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA on March 21 through 25. Wednesday through Saturday the show is open 10am to 7pm, and Sunday 10am to 6pm. This show has attracted tens of thousands of visitors in years past and an even larger turnout is anticipated this year.

School of Landscape Architecture’s undergraduate students took up the challenge of designing a space display for the show in their first art studio class, with instructor Yasmine Farazian last Fall. Each student presented a model and drawings for review and Emanuel Gonzales' design was chosen. The concept driving his scheme is "Urban Habitat" which uses dumpsters, debris bins, recycled wood, glass, metal fences and other re-used materials to cultivate this urban oasis. All plants are drought tolerant and many are indigenous to California. The entire garden covers approximately 650 square feet.In order to get a better sense of the scale and work out some of the construction details, the students staged a full scale mock-up in the parking lot to prepare for the big event.

Kelsey Wai, a team member of the Urban Habitat, said, " We thought we had it all figured out on paper, but when we got all of those debris boxes and dumpsters out in the parking lot, we realized how small our site really was! We sure got a lot of strange looks from people as we pushed the dumpsters into position!"

Emanuel has been working hard this semester as team leader in organizing his fellow Academy students into a very loyal and hard-working team. Students have been given individual tasks and research projects to help bring this display to fruition. Students from the School of Interior Architecture and Design and School of Architecture are also lending their talents to the project, making it a truly interdisciplinary venture. On top of that, the entire process has been documented by students from the School of Multimedia Communications.

Come out to San Mateo Event Center and support fellow Academy students display their inventive urban design at the San Francisco Flower and Garden show March 21 through 25!

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