Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- June 13, 2003
Poly Canyon Student Structures To Be Featured
on Discovery Channel
The student-built experimental structures in Cal Poly's Poly Canyon
will be featured Tuesday (June 17) on the Discovery Channel's "It's
Christopher Lowell" show.
The College of Architecture and Environmental Design expects a five-minute
segment on the canyon in a show titled "Follow Your Dreams"
airing initially at 2 p.m. (on channel 29 on Charter cable).
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the college's scenic Poly Canyon
outdoor lab, spread over nine acres near the end of Poly Canyon Road
on the north side of campus.
The segment was taped in the canyon in February.
The show's producer, Cal Poly alumna Carrie Olson, a 1986 journalism
graduate now working in Los Angeles, said, "It was a joy to work
with the students and faculty involved. And, as a Cal Poly broadcast
journalism alum, it was especially fun for me to come back to campus
and direct this segment. It celebrates Cal Poly's 'learn by doing' philosophy
as illustrated through Poly Canyon and the interdisciplinary creativity
of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design's very talented
An estimated 40 structures have been built in the canyon over the years;
about 20 are still visible. The newest is the Tensile Structure, completed
in October 2002 as three students' senior project.
Each spring during the university's Open House, the canyon hosts the
Design Village competition. Community college, high school and other
students design and build structures and spend the weekend living in
More information and photos of Poly Canyon are available on the World
Wide Web at www.caed.calpoly.edu/polycanyon.
Contact: Ray Ladd(805) 756-7432, firstname.lastname@example.org