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Biomimicry, Biophilia, and Regenerative Design: an Architecture-Biology Collaboration

What happens when you invite biology students into the architecture studio? This spring, students in an MArch biomimicry module expanded their knowledge, vocabulary, and design toolkits by collaborating with graduate students from the College of Biological Sciences. Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer have taught the seven-week Hypernatural studio in past semesters, but this spring was the first time they invited […]

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New Mappings: Emotional Cartography

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of our Department of Landscape Architecture. To celebrate, we’re highlighting work by our students, faculty, and alumni that represent the future and history of the department. In an increasingly digital world, it’s easy to lose our sense of place. Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture) works with community engagement and public art to explore connections between land, […]

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A Cloudy Display for the WAM Shop

Evgenia Hutson, Nicole Johnson, Morgan Jensen, and Jaemin Hyun (all Retail Merchandising) created a window display for the WAM Shop that shows off the shop’s local merchandise while referencing the latest Weisman exhibition, Clouds, Temporarily Visible. “We wanted to inspire and encourage passers by to come into the museum after seeing the window display,” Hutson and Jensen explained. Their suspended […]

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Imagine Grants Fund New Research Ranging from Counterpreservation to Food Design

From emotional cartography to counterpreservation to food design, our faculty are conducting design research to enhance their teaching and advance their fields. This spring, seventeen College of Design faculty representing eight of our academic departments received grants from the University’s Imagine Fund, which supports innovative research and scholarship in the arts, humanities, and design: Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design): Multicultural Perspectives […]

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Haworth Challenges Interior Studios to Imagine the Future of the Workplace

Haworth guest critic Lindsey Rain (Interior Design ‘92) gave Tina Patel and Abi Asojo’s Interior Design studios a very contemporary challenge: design a flexible work café that can accommodate a range of work styles and functions. The assignment was an preview of the type of commercial projects interior students can expect to tackle after graduation. As Rain explained, “more and more […]

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A Hug for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder

Wearable Technology Lab graduate research assistant Julia Duvall (Apparel Design ‘15) and undergraduate research assistant Nicholas Schleif (Electrical Engineering & Product Design) won the student design competition at the 2016 Augmented Human conference in Geneva, Switzerland with their deep pressure vest that “hugs” children with sensory processing disorder. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder often shy away from physical touch even […]

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Q&A with Zane Thimmesch-Gill

Hiding in Plain Sight: A Street Kid’s Journey from Female to Male, by PhD candidate Zane Thimmesch-Gill (Human Factors and Ergonomics), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in the Transgender Nonfiction category. In this interview, he describes design’s potential to address trans inequality. How did the experiences you describe in Hiding in Plain Sight influence your decision to pursue […]

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Center for Sustainable Building Research Joins National Resilience Initiative

The American Institute of Architects Foundation, along with the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, announced that they have selected our Center for Sustainable Building Research as the upper Midwest hub of the National Resilience Initiative (NRI) network. Established in 2013 as a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, the NRI network consists of six university-based […]

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Designing a Smarter Compression Garment

Wearable technology has scores of potential health applications beyond fitness trackers. Brad Holschuh and Lucy Dunne (both Apparel Design) are paving the way to their development. This spring, Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, a research collaborative between the U, Mayo Clinic, and the State of Minnesota, awarded Holschuh and Dunne a grant to develop a smart compression garment. […]

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Kathryn Sterner Sieve (Apparel Design ‘11) is Taking her Studio on the Road

Kathryn Sterner Sieve (Apparel Design ‘11) founded Wisome Goods with an emphasis on sustainability, craftsmanship, and connecting people to story behind their clothes. Now she’s taking her studio on the road. With the support of hundreds of Kickstarter backers, she’s transforming an Airstream trailer into the Winsome Mobile Studio to bring her design process and limited-run collections across the continent. […]

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