The Come Alive Outside Design Challenge creates the opportunity for teams of college and high school students to work together with landscape professionals to design and build engaging outdoor learning environments at schools and childcare facilities. In partnership with Come Alive Outside and The Kitchen Community, Michael Hatcher and Associates hosted the 2015-2016 Design Challenge and brought top college Landscape Architecture and Landscape Management students to Memphis to participate in the program. On October 1st-3rd, students from Auburn University, Hinds Community College, Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University visited Memphis Catholic Middle and High School and worked with the students and teachers there to create initial ideas for the new space.

The designs below are the final submissions from each of the four colleges teams. We are proud to announce Mississippi State University as winners of the Design Challenge.  The designs were voted on by the Memphis Catholic community and judged by a professional panel based on the following criteria:

  1. The design encourages interaction with the space using all five senses.
  2. The design integrates the creative input of the students and teachers who will use it.
  3. The design creates a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
  4. The design effectively manages and utilizes rainwater.
  5. The initial phase of the design can be built on a budget of $10,000.

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Mississippi State University

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Auburn University

 

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Hinds Community College

 

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Louisiana State University

 

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