Goldstein Museum of Design Celebrates 40 Years

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD). In celebration of this landmark event, the museum is displaying Seeing 40/40: Forty Years of Collecting at GMD, now through January 8th. This unique exhibit showcases 40 of the over 34,000 pieces in the museum’s collection. In this interview, Lin Nelson-Mayson, director of GMD, and Jean McElvain, […]

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Driving Change with Landscape Architecture

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Longtime professor, mentor, and leader in the Twin Cities design community Joe Favour (B.L.A. ’92) began his appointment as head of the Department of Landscape Architecture this June. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on balancing teaching with practice, making design relevant to a broader audience, and identifying the most meaningful opportunities for the Department of Landscape Architecture.   […]

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Design-Build: Wargo Nature Center Heritage Lab

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It’s one thing for your final project to stand up to final reviews, but quite another for it to withstand heavy outdoor use by generations of children! This spring and summer, associate professor John Comazzi (Architecture) taught a design-build graduate module in partnership with Anoka County Parks & Rec to fabricate and install learning kiosks at the Wargo Nature Center […]

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Extension Block Grants Fund Applied Research and Outreach

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2016-2018 Extension Block Grants! To support and deepen the integration between University of Minnesota Extension and the College of Design, Extension funds these two-year grants for projects that collaboratively contribute to its applied research goals. The following College of Design proposals were selected for funding for the next two years: Designing Learning Environments to Foster Academic Success […]

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From Textiles to Trees

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Abby Sue Fisher (Ph.D ‘92 Textiles & Clothing) never planned to work for the National Park Service (NPS). But a few days after submitting her dissertation on racial identity and appearance in colonial Mexico, she accepted a job as a regional museum specialist in the NPS midwest office. While she wasn’t working with textiles, she drew from experience with historic preservation […]

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Welcoming the Class of 2020

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Earlier this month, we hosted the class of 2020 for undergraduate orientation. Recent graduate Peter Matheson (Architecture ‘16) doesn’t remember too many details about his own freshman orientation, but he still has the shirt. And when this fall’s entering undergraduates participate in their own Welcome Week, they’ll be wearing t-shirts he designed. His shirt represents a variety of design disciplines and […]

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Imagining Totalscape: May Term in Japan

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A group of architecture and landscape architecture students spent May session exploring how their disciplines intersect along the Tokaido corridor. Led by Blaine Brownell (Architecture) and Rebecca Krinke (Landscape), the traveling studio analyzed the “totalscapes” of eastern Japan through site visits, photography, sketches, and cultural immersion. Read on for observations and reflections by students on the trip; or explore the full archive on […]

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Design Alumnae Serve on UMAA Collegiate Council

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Three College of Design alumnae—Janice Linster (BS ’83 Interior Design), Maureen Kostial (BS ’71 Costume Design), and Betsy Vohs (M.Arch ’04)—have been appointed to the University of Minnesota Alumni Association Collegiate Alumni Council. Members of the collegiate council advise the UMAA board on alumni engagement and advocate for the needs of the alumni societies they represent. Thanks to our alumnae […]

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Rethinking Resilience

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“Materials, health, equity: everyone should have a healthy place to live, regardless of income.” -James Lehnhoff, vice president of housing development at Aeon   When The Rose, an affordable housing project in South Minneapolis, opened in October 2015, it was lauded by a number of publications and professionals as the future of sustainable building. For developers at Aeon and designers […]

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Solving Problems, Riding Bikes: Q&A with Ryan Carlson (Graphic Design ‘01)

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Ryan Carlson (Graphic Design ‘01) was never formally trained in wicking fabrics, business best practices, or bicycle engineering; but since its launch in 2005, his company Twin Six has expanded from on-trend cycling apparel to a full line of accessories and gear—most recently, a line of bicycles. In this interview, Carlson shares lessons learned from running a business without a business […]

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