WAAC Mini-golf Exhibit
(College of Architecture and Urban Studies)
When the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., decided to explore design of the built world with an unprecedented interactive exhibition -- an indoor miniature one-of-a-kind golf course -- it invited firms and individuals to sponsor, design, and construct a hole for the course with a building-related theme inspired by an actual building, bridge, landscape, or monument. Or they could opt for a completely fanciful one. Some of the leading architects, landscape architects, and contractors in the Washington, D.C., area responded and the 12-hole course located in one of the museum's air-conditioned galleries is now open to players, ages four and up, through Labor Day, September 3, 2012.
Two of the holes feature work emanating from Virginia Tech's Washington Alexandria Architecture Center. Rebecca May of Alexandria, Va., and Luke Van Bellegham of Washington, D.C., recent graduates of the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) Program, and Seth Estep of Alexandria, a current student in the MLA program, designed and built the seventh hole in the museum's mini-golf course, "Take Back the Streets," sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). When the project was announced by the National Building Museum, Terry Poltrack, director of public relations and communications at ASLA, sought landscape architecture students who would be interested in participating and May, Van Bellegham and Estep responded affirmatively.