Kansas, Stone and the Konza Prairie

The week of Sept. 21st saw Elin and I in the Sunflower State on the Konza Prairie. Kansas State University’s College of Architecture invited me to instruct three days of dry stone walling workshops and lecture on the subject of creative inspiration as part of the competition, “A Place of Repose”. Students worked under clear skies restoring stone walls once part of a pioneer homestead. We also toured a limestone quarry and fabrication facility – fascinating! Mid-western hospitality is alive and well. We were made most welcome by faculty, students and residents of Manhattan, Kansas.
With many thanks to our sponsors – the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University and to U.S. Stone Industries, Prairie Village. We’d like to extend a special thanks to Alan and Janelle Harshbarger, Peter Magyar, Bob Condia, Katie Kingery-Page, Dan Donelin, and the faculty of the Schools of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the staff at the Konza Prairie, Lorn Clement and Lynn Ewanow, Wendy Ornelas, Lindsay Smith, and Dennis and Linda Law for their gracious and generous hospitality – and for sharing their beautiful – and sunny – part of the world with us.
Thanks also for the delicious food and great company enjoyed with you all at the beautiful Ashland Farm, on the bus to Cottonwood Quarry, and at Della Voce, 4 Olives, Harry’s Uptown. Also thanks to Kevin of the Bluestem Bistro for a great cup of tea and espresso to jumpstart our busy – and fun – days!
And last but not least – our reason for being in Kansas – many thanks to the 10 students of Landscape Architecture – Christie, Luke, Aaron, John, Russell, Chuck, Elise, Kent, Anthony and Ian – and the 80 students of Architecture – who taught us so much while out on the the Konza.

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3 Responses to Kansas, Stone and the Konza Prairie

  1. Katie Kingery-Page November 25, 2008 at 2:24 am #

    Dan and Elin,
    The experience at the Konza was wonderful. I especially enjoyed ‘tending’ with Elin.

    We hope to draw you back to the Flint Hills again.

  2. Dan Snow October 3, 2008 at 3:03 pm #

    The KSU landscape architecture students that participated in the three days of workshop were a great group and wonderful individuals. I enjoyed my time with them very much. Thanks for your and Lynn’s warm hospitality, and especially for the loan of your excellent pike pole!

  3. Lorn Clement October 2, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    Dan and Elin,

    Lynn and I enjoyed your company at our farm in Ashland Bottoms very much. Our students in landscape architecture came away from the experience with you absolutely inspired. They are now a little stronger physically and mentally, too. Thank you for making the trip out here.

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