Category Archives: Architecture

The Cloud: A summer design-build project

This past summer Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla (Architecture) led two Architecture students, Joshua Grenier and Kirk Mazzeo, in a design-build project. The Cloud is a temporary pavilion constructed in Saint Anthony’s Silverwood Park for the purpose of providing a shelter in which to teach children about arts and nature.

Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla, Joshua Grenier, and Kirk Mazzeo design-build project, summer 2010
Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla, Joshua Grenier, and Kirk Mazzeo design-build project, summer 2010
Benjamin Ibarra-Sevilla, Joshua Grenier, and Kirk Mazzeo design-build project, summer 2010

The prototype was entirely hand crafted. All the structure members are made of half-inch polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes. The fabric was manufactured according to specifications forming the complex geometry, which is generated by parabolas and circumferences.

An opening will be held at Silverwood Park on Friday, September 17, 2010, 5:00-7:30 p.m. Brick oven pizza and drinks will be provided.

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Finance & Commerce covers college's efforts in Haiti

Efforts by faculty members of the College of Design’s School of Architecture to deliver short-term shelter and design for long-term reconstruction to victims of the Haitian earthquake are profiled by Mark Anderson, writing for Finance & Commerce. Architecture faculty members John Comazzi, Leslie Van Duzer, and Ozayr Saloojee were invited into the project by Daniel Wordsworth, executive director of the American Refugee Committee, a Minneapolis-based provider of first-round disaster relief.

John Carmody (Center for Sustainable Building Research) travels to Haiti this week to continue the work. Carmody and Saloojee will present a project status report on October 13, 2010. Next semester, Comazzi will teach a seminar on Haiti and redevelopment tools. “The outcome will be a “field guide” to be sent along with another faculty colleague, John Lutz, and a team of students who will spend the second half of semester in Haiti,” Anderson writes.

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Blaisdell helps design Ethiopian school and Tanzanian clinic

Andrew Blaisdell (MArch, 2010) realized a unique opportunity when Wosen Kifle, a native of Ethiopia and current Minneapolis resident asked the College of Design in 2009 for help designing an elementary school and clinic complex on his family’s land in Furi, outside of Addis Adaba, Ethiopia. Blaisdell took on the project and is advised by Ozayr Saloojee (Architecture). Last spring, Blaisdell was sponsored by the School of Architecture and the college’s dean’s office to visit Furi to assess socio-cultural and material conditions. He wrote his master’s thesis on the topic of technology and its influence on the design of education spaces.

“The primary results of my research were that students of all kinds learn best through curiosity, not compulsion, and that they are capable of teaching themselves an incredible amount through small peer groups if the teacher changes his/her role from captain to co-conspirator,” Blaisdell told the University News Service. “The design for the Furi School attempts to allow for this hands-on learning through a number of loosely connected and easily transformable spaces within a cohesive structure.”

Blaisdell continues to be involved in the design of the Furi School and is also involved with a second design project in Africa, working on preliminary designs for a new cancer treatment center at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center outside Moshi, Tanzania.

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Hadjiyanni and Zollinger publish article; Zollinger presents at oral history conference

Tasoulla Hadjiyanni‘s and Stephanie Zollinger‘s (both Interior Design) article, “Stimulating Student Interest in Design History Classes,” has been published in Archnet-IJAR International Journal of Architectural Research.

Zollinger presented “Stories from the Jack Lenor Larsen Studio: Process, Product, and Innovation” at the Oral History in Art, Craft and Design Conference in July 2010. The conference was held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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