Category Archives: The Media

Mayor 101: Is Crowd Surfing on the Final?

KMSP-TV Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is back – back in school and back in the news – after suffering a major heart attack last month. This spring he’s teaching a joint course on Monday nights called Mayor 101, while he serves as a distinguished visiting member of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Design. MORE: Is Crowd Surfing on the Final?Yesterday was the first official class, but Rybak joined a handful of students for an impromptu discuss at the Kitty Cat Klub last Monday (the original first day of class) when the University closed campus due to the extreme cold.  Why I love RT Rybak! “@R_T_Rybak: Cold didn’t stop office hours at Kitty Cat Klub for @RT_Mayor101…

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Vote Today for the 2014 Creative City Challenge

The Creative City Challenge is a competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install at the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) Plaza a temporary, destination artwork. The artwork acts as a sociable and participatory platform for summer-long onsite programming, and encourages a sense of connectedness to the city as a whole and its rich cultural and natural offerings. Public voting for the 2014 Creative City Challenge will take place Monday, February 3 through Friday, February 28. The winning project will be announced in late March and will receive a $75,000 commission to create the project and debut at the MCC Plaza on June 14, 2014 as part…

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Tiffani Navratil (MLA '12) Uncovers the Hobart Rivulet

Tiffani Navratil (MLA ’12) traveled to the Tasmanian city of Hobart to fix a missing link. The Hobart Rivulet flowing through the city’s central business district funneled into a concrete channel-with little or no vegetation- before emptying into a cove. “Buildings built over much of the rivulet did not allow any sunlight to reach those portions of the stream,” explains Navratil. She saw an opportunity to improve social spaces around the rivulet, reduce pollution, lower traffic congestion, and bring pedestrians back into the area. She also saw a compelling topic for her senior capstone thesis. >> Listen: An interview with Navratil on the rivulet in Hobart “It’s a small city with a lovely waterfront and spectacular natural surroundings, but the linkages between them through the city…

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A Design Twist on the Local Foodie Movement

In a classroom on the first floor of McNeal Hall, students wait patiently with plastic spoons.They are inaugural participants in the first Food and Design class, a hands-on, edible experimentation course that teaches basic design principles through food. Today their assignment was to develop an innovative flavor and texture pairing in one spoon-sized bite. The bite-sized hors d'oeuvres on display, which needed to highlight a seasonal fruit or vegetable, range from caramelized sweet potatoes with crispy bacon to green tea Jell-O with maple cranberry apple sauce."I have always been interested in looking at food as a designed project," says instructor Barry Kudrowitz, assistant professor and the director of the product design program. "If you view food as something that you…

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[Video] How We're Making Smart Clothing a Reality

The next installment of the Big Ten Network series, "BTN LiveB1G," will showcase University of Minnesota researchers creating fertilizer from the wind and exploring the future of wearable technology. The episode will debut Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10:30 p.m. CT, after the Minnesota men's basketball game vs. Wisconsin.The show will also air Saturday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. (after men's basketball vs. Northwestern) and Monday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. (after women's basketball at Michigan State).Smart Clothes For Professor Lucy Dunne, director of the Apparel Design Program and Wearable Technology Lab in the College of Design, clothes represent more than a fashion statement – they are potentially life-saving pieces of technology. Her team, which relies heavily on the talent…

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3D Printers In Every Public School?

MakerBot wants a 3D printer in every public school by the end of 2013. The company made the announcement this week after launching an initiative through DonorsChoose.org. The crowdsourcing site for teachers will offer discounted MakerBot 3D printers, which individuals and organizations can help fund. It’s estimated that it would take $250 million to purchase enough 3D printers for each of the nation’s 100,00 public schools.WCCO-TV toured the University of Minnesota College of Design’s DigiFabLab yesterday with Dean Tom Fisher to learn more about MakerBot’s plan, which is owned by Minnesota-based Stratasys, and what it means for the future of the classroom. More stories from the College of Design:Students Win Best in Show at Fusion+FashionWindow Display Honors Campus LeadersRybak to Teach at the College of Design…

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Students Win Best in Show at Fusion+Fashion

IIDA Northland hosted its 8th annual Fusion+Fashion Show on Friday, November 8th. A portion of the proceeds benefit the local homeless shelter, People Serving People. This non-traditional runway show combines fashion and charity by challenging participants to create a couture ensemble inspired by our built environment.Fusion+Fashion coverage on Fox 9  This year IIDA invited participants to create a runway fashion look inspired by an original photograph of Minnesota architecture and design. Fusion+Fashion coverage on WCCOA team of University of Minnesota interior design students – Lise Rubins, Lauren Rath, Dustin Dorris, Carol Erklouts, Brittney Just and Kenzie Jordheim – won Best of Show for their design (pictured above) inspired by the U’s Walking Bridge. More stories from the College of Design:Looking Through the Weisman Windows Rybak to Teach at the U’s…

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Rybak to Teach at the U's Humphrey School and College of Design

The University of Minnesota announced today that outgoing Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will become a distinguished visiting practitioner, with a joint appointment at both the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Design.Rybak will teach one course this spring, titled Mayor 101, in which he will explore the political, administrative, design and bureaucratic challenges of running one of the largest and most dynamic cities in the United States. The course will be open to both undergraduate and graduate students. "I'm excited to teach 'Mayor 101' in the Humphrey School and the College of Design," Rybak said. "My goal is to blend my practical experience as mayor with the intelligence, curiosity and idealism of the U's great students, in…

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Architecture Centennial Celebration: October 25-26, 2013

Welcome back to campus all of the alumni and friends helping us celebrate our School of Architecture Centennial this weekend. You can find information about class gatherings, architecture tours, and more at arch100.design.umn.edu. Follow the College of Design on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for photos and more.    Registration Information: Online registration closes on Wednesday, October 23 at midnight. After that, registration is available on site only. If you have questions about registration, please contact U of M Tickets and Events at 612-624-2345 or umntix@umn.edu.Since 1913, the University of Minnesota School of Architecture has been building a vibrant legacy. Over its first century, the collective impact and achievements from this program in the College of Design have been both significant and extensive.Join classmates…

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3 Local Buildings That Get a Second Look

Dean Tom Fisher appeared on TPT-TV’s “Almanac” throughout the summer with stories about under appreciated or lesser known works of architecture around the Twin Cities. What buildings would you add to the list? Tweet @UofMDesign or share on Facebook.Southdale Center10 Southdale Center, Edina, MN Christ Church Lutheran3244 34th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN HGA’s Lakewood Cemetary Mausoleum3600 Hennepin Avenue S.,Minneapolis, MN   More stories from the College of Design:Hank Butitta (M.Arch ’13) Bought a Bus … And It Went ViralWhat Millennials Want: The Gen Y Eco House Smart Clothing, Smart Girls Learning about STEM…

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