Category Archives: The Media

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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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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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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Barry Kudrowitz on WCCO-AM: Food, Space, and 3D Printing

Listen to the interview here. This week NASA announced plans to construct a 3D food printer that will eventually provide food for astronauts in space. The obvious prototype of choice? Pizza. Assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz, director of our Product Design program, will speak with WCCO's John Hines on Thursday, May 23 at 10:10 a.m. about how 3D printing is changing the way we think about everything from food to design and beyond. Hint: NASA isn't the first to try 3D food. A former roommate of Kudrowitz at MIT, Marcelo Coelho, created the prototype and concept designs for a food 3D printer called the Cornucopia four years ago.More stories from the College of Design:Cities On Water: Landscape Architecure AbroadMinnesota Vikings…

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Minnesota Vikings Stadium Design Revealed

Hundreds of people were at the Guthrie Theater on Monday night when officials unveiled the proposed design for the $975 million Vikings stadium. Dean Fisher, co-chair of the new Minnesota Viking stadium’s Design Implementation Committee, spoke with Twin Cities Business, Minnesota Public Radio, MinnPost, Finance and Commerce, and the Star Tribune about the space, which will span 1.6 million square feet and seat over 65,000 people for NFL games and 73,00 for special events. According to the ESPN, it will have the largest transparent roof in the world.  Tonight on #tptalmanac:Tom Fisher @mndesigndean talks about dramatic new @vikings stadium design 7pm @tpt#vikings– tpt Almanac (@tptAlmanac) May 17, 2013 More stories from the College of Design: ASLA-MN’s Top Award Goes to…

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Alumni + ArtCrank 2013: Adam Turman and Ryan Carlson

Artcrank, the annual bicycle-poster hybrid show with its roots in Minneapolis returned to the city last weekend with affordable, original works of art by local artists – including illustrator and designer Adam Turman (B.S. Design Communication '99) and Twin Six co-owner Ryan Carlson (B.S. Graphic Design '01). Turman is known for his iconic vintage-style posters featuring iconic Twin City landmarks. This year his poster, "Always Take the High Road," features a cyclist crossing a bridge between the two cities. In an interview with Minnesota Public Radio, he explained that bikes are, "really complicated to draw … But that's sort of the challenge of it; that's the fun of it." Listen to Turman's MPR interview. Carlson, co-owner of the alternative cycling…

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[Photos] Public Interest Design Week

Design professionals from around the country met at the College of Design for Public Interest Design Week March 19-24. In classrooms, workshops, and keynote lectures, the discussion was about the intersection of design and the future. "We see this field representing a new kind of partnership between research universities and practitioners in the field," explained Dean Fisher (pictured right), "and a new kind of career path in which those who pursue it can make a good living doing good."View more photos on our Facebook page.Workshops considered the environmental, social and economical factors of urban design. Meanwhile, public interest design forums revealed how diversity, of people and thoughts, becomes a tool to serve the unique needs of communities. The headline event…

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