Washington State Magazine

Summer 2004

Summer 2004

In This Issue...


Short Shakespeareans :: Sherry Schreck has built her life and reputation on her love of children and Shakespeare and her unbridled imagination.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Photos of the young Shakespeareans }

All that Remains :: Nearly two-thirds of the Lewis and Clark Trail is under man-made reservoirs. Another one-quarter is buried under subdivisions, streets, parks, banks, and other modern amenities. Almost none of the original landscape is intact. No one appreciates this contrast like author and historian Martin Plamondon II, who has reconciled the explorers' maps with the modern landscape.

Full Circle :: Steve Jones and Tim Murray want to make the immense area of eastern Washington, or at least a good chunk of it, less prone to blow, less often bare, even more unchanging. The way they'll do this is to convince a plant that is content to die after it sets seed in late summer that it actually wants to live.

Listening to His Heart :: As a student at WSU in the late '60s, Ken Alhadeff questioned authority with zeal. "I was part of a group of folks that marched down the streets of Pullman to President Terrell's house with torches, demanding that the Black Studies Program not be eliminated. It was a war between us and those insensitive, bureaucratic regents," says Alhadeff...who is now a regent.


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: Where the Lilacs Grow :: A short story by Pamela Smith Hill}

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: Cattle & Women :: An essay by Laurie Winn Carlson}


:: SEASONS/SPORTS: WSU hall of fame adds five

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Music: Music in response to tragedy :: Bill Morelock plays music discussed in his article "Winter was hard"}


Cover: Perennial wheat is not a new idea. But its development on top of increasing input costs and environmental concerns could help secure agriculture's future in eastern Washington. See story, page 33. Photograph by Robert Hubner.


Students to build a complete solar home

by | © Washington State University

A group of students from the School of Architecture and Construction Management at Washington State University will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. Over the next two years, the students will design and construct a small, energy-independent home as their entry.

Sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the competition gives students two years to plan and build a 500- to 800-square-foot house that receives all of its energy needs from the sun. The competition aims to increase public awareness of solar energy and inspire innovative solutions in ecological design. As part of the competition, students have to provide a home with all the modern conveniences, including heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, hot water, lighting, appliances, and communications. The homes are judged on their energy production, efficiency, and design. The event is called a decathlon because the homes are judged in 10 separate areas.

The homes will be transported to Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2005 for display and judging on the Washington Mall. Last year's display drew an average of 25,000 visitors per day. Of the 20 participating teams from throughout the world, WSU's is the only competitor from the Northwest.

"Our students are always interested in building real projects,'' says Matthew Taylor, assistant professor of architecture, who will oversee the project.

The biggest challenge, says Taylor, will be gathering support, money, and materials for the project. The group plans to use state-of-the-art, wood-plastic composite materials from the Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory. They also hope to enlist support from alumni in the building and construction industries. Transporting the building across the country also promises to be a challenge, says Taylor.

In September, three students will attend a three-day seminar to learn about the project. Taylor is also teaching a course on ecological design this fall that will incorporate discussion of solar-home design and the decathlon project.

Categories: Architecture and design | Tags: Energy, Solar power, Construction

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