Last year, we asked students to submit content describing how bollards contribute to the safety and aesthetic design of urban environments. Participants could submit their content in any form they liked—including video, written narratives/reports, infographics or anything else they came up with. As it turned out, video presentations were by far the most popular form of submission. All three of last year's winners were video entries—originating from Last Vegas, Nevada, Victoria, British Columbia and Fort Worth, Texas.
Last year's videos offered detailed accounts on how bollards offer preventative measures for traffic control to keep people out of harm's way—while also providing effective means for enhancing architectural design. The videos presented an impressive array of cityscapes using both original and found footage—while also making good use of diverse camera approaches, inspirational music and crushing statistics.
With our Bollards in My Community Scholarship Contest well underway, we thought we'd catch up with last year's grand-prize winner, Brandon Hill, to see how his last year of studies have been going, and how the grant money has helped. Brandon is currently in his sophomore year at the University of Utah.
Brandon Hill in his 2014 scholarship video
Q: What can you tell me about your studies at the University of Utah?
BH: I'm studying business—doing a double major in finance and entrepreneurship. My business and professional communication class has been the most fun and beneficial. You learn how to write resumes and give speeches—business letters and things like that. Very useful. I like it a lot, and it's been going really well. The scholarship definitely helped me—paying for things like textbooks and all of that.
Q: Where do you see yourself after graduation?
BH: With my entrepreneurship degree, I'd like to get some sort of start-up going, or with my finance degree I could see myself working at a bank or financial institution. I'm still pretty open.
How has Reliance Foundry's scholarship money helped this past year?
BH: I had some other scholarships as well, but I still had a lot of tuition I had to pay. I don't ask my parents to pay for my tuition. I try to do it all on my own. I live on my own in a fraternity house on campus. With the scholarship, it definitely prevented me from having to take out a loan, and it helped reduce a lot of stress.
Q: I understand you did the entire video on your phone. What was this process like?
BH: Yeah. I didn't have a high-quality camera—nothing professional. But I had my phone, which had a decent camera and an editing app. It wasn't too bad. It was convenient to use my phone for filming and the editing app wasn't too hard to use at all.
When I saw the scholarship, I knew I'd seen bollards everywhere. We went out, and it only took two hours of filming. I just visited downtown Las Vegas and the Strip. The bollards were everywhere, so it wasn't hard finding them. I had my friend with me. He helped out at some parts—where I'd be driving and he would film. It was a good time.
Q: Do you have any advice for this year's participants?
BH: I'd say, emphasize the importance bollards have—not just their function. Look at the cause and effect of having and not-having them. What could happen if they weren't there? That's what I tried to emphasize in my video. I'd also say these scholarships aren't a hassle to do. They're actually a lot of fun to make—and pretty easy to make, too. For what you get out of them, they're definitely worth the time put in.
About Bollards in My Community
The Bollards in My Community Scholarship supports future architects, planners and urban designers in their studies toward building better urban spaces. Reliance Foundry will award $4,000 in bursaries to support dedicated students and promote learning and innovation within a growing industry. We hope our contribution encourages ongoing development in creating safe neighborhoods and comprehensive design for vibrant communities.