Texas Tech University

TTU LA WreckShop 2017

TTU LA students, faculty, and alumni came together with LA industry professionals and officials from the Museum of Texas Tech on March 6 and 7 for the 2017 TTU LA Wreck Shop, a series of intensive design charrettes.

This year's Wreck Shop focused on a reimagining of the exterior spaces surrounding the museum. Collaborative teams worked to synthesize the Museum's ambitious agenda with a series of programmatic goals including

  • highlighting contextual and ecological ties to the Llano Estacado;
  • increasing ADA accessibility;
  • optimizing stormwater management;
  • connecting the museum more overtly to the Ranching and Heritage Museum; and
  • developing outdoor education and exhibition spaces.

Fostering intra-team collaboration through periodic breaks during which representatives from individual groups delivered short presentations on their progress, the Wreck Shop culminated in a short seminar. The members of each group presented their conceptualizations to their colleagues, entering into dialogue with those colleagues fueled by their commentary and questions.

Department faculty integrated the WreckShop ideations into their spring courses, supplying them to teams of first-year LA students as frameworks for those teams' creation and refinement of conceptual designs. The teams presented these conceptual designs to museum administration and staff at the end of the semester.

Landscape Architecture