Becky Heavner, MLA Blog


Installation, “Evolutionary Birds,” Republic Plaza, Denver, Co. papier mache and Japanese paper, variable dimensions to 20″, curated by Andra Archer

CU Denver, BFA Thesis Installation

Annabelle Huffman, Marisa Volino, 2018 graduates

CU Denver Illustration students, Annabelle Huffman and Marisa Volino take a break from senior thesis installation at Redline

Tyrus Wong Film + Discussion

I participated with Assistant Professor Yang Wang in a discussion of the film on Tyrus Wong, I presented the book, “Water to Paper, Paint to Sky” , CU Denver Auraria Library Discovery Wall

Denver Nature + Science Drawing Session

I take drawing and illustration students so they can experience first hand observational drawing of birds, insects and animals. This “behind the scenes” offers opportunities to draw skeletons, and specimens in the collection.

“The Agency of Landscape and Metaphor in Conceptual Illustration”

Paper presentation:”The Agency of Landscape and Metaphor in Conceptual Illustration”

Shaping the View: Understanding Landscape through Illustration
7th International Illustration Research/ Journal of Illustration Symposium
Edinburgh College of Art

CELA Review Committee

CELA 2017 Abstract/Paper Review Committee. Topic: Communication & Visualization

Spatial Models, Center for Faculty Development

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Center of Faculty Development, 14th and Lawrence Street, University of Colorado, Denver through the fall of 2017.

CELA Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Visualization and Communication abstract reviewer. CELA’s intent is to publish a peer-reviewed, thematically organized conference proceedings, Landscape Research Record.

Flex-it, San Diego

Flex-it, My Body My Temple: one day installation event on March 21, 2015 at the Jacobs Center in San Diego. Collaboration with Bryan Leister.

My Body My Temple

becky_bryan_posingmodelTracing a cross-functional team’s design process, this paper focuses on the development of a mobile Augmented Reality game (AR) app and the corresponding sculptural markers located in Centennial Park, on the grounds of the Parthenon Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Designed primarily for children, the game Pygmalion’s Challenge, by Bryan Leister and the author, Rebecca Heavner, is based on the treasure of the Delian League, a fifth century association of Greek city-states who met in the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece. To unlock the central treasure, players must move in and around the grounds between sculptural markers and the Parthenon to collect coins. Those who score higher will burn more calories. Using a virtual key, animated characters are unlocked from each sculptural marker and players have the opportunity to pose with the virtual characters and share photos with friends on social media. Combining a software design process with a landscape design process, the designers investigate the critical relationship between the body and landscape through the use of media and the landscape. In the design process the capabilities of the media influence design and contribute to the experience of gameplay and place. What factors play a role in the analytics of this game? How can development methodologies, first used in software engineering and in this process, add discourse to landscape design thinking?
Keywords: Augmented Reality, Landscape Design Process, Agile Development, and Gaming Analytics

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