Led by Austin Dunn, Landscape Architecture

This studio course will explore trail & greenway design at multiple scales. The Great American Rail-Trail project is transcontinental in scope. A path of this magnitude transects a great diversity of cultural and ecological contexts. Mapping is how we situate the trail within the larger landscape; folksongs are expressions of place and time.

Central to this studio is the idea that a trail corridor can be more than a recreational path. A multifunctional trail corridor can play a catalytic role in reshaping urban fabric and rural landscape alike. A multifunctional trail corridor can create new relationships — economic, cultural, and ecological — within and between communities.

The studio will build on research in the fields of landscape ecology, active transportation, & placemaking. We’ll travel to and engage with communities in Boone County, where the Great American follows the High Trestle Trail. A field trip to Washington DC will examine trail-oriented design in multiple contexts.

Course credits:6
Meeting days and times:Monday / Wednesday / Friday, 1:10 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Variable course fee:$25 – $750
Field trips:Washington, D.C. (TBD)
Maximum enrollment:18
Enrollment open to:All seniors and graduate students in all Iowa State University majors

  • Good health and well-being
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Life on land

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