Category Archives: The Media

Dean Fisher on the Contingent Workforce and Public Decison Making

A new article by Dean Tom Fisher in the Public Sector Digest makes a case for adapting public policies to the changing needs of the workforce. "The Contingent Workforce and Public Decision Making" addresses rethinking zoning laws, K-12 education, and the role played by retail. With a growing number of contingent workers in mind (self-employed, freelancers, or accidental entrepreneurs laid off from full-time positions) who are predicted to become a majority of the workforce by 2030, Fisher suggests visiting a Starbucks and looking at the number of working, because, he points out, "The next economy, of course, is not next: it's already here…So how do we embed that fact into day-to-day public decision-making?" You can download a complete PDF of…

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Public Interest Design @ the Social Impact Design Summit

On Monday, roughly sixty foundation representatives and public interest design leaders joined forces for the "Social Impact Design Summit" at the Rockefeller Foundation headquarters in New York. Dean Tom Fisher and John Cary, the public interest design research fellow at the College of Design, presented the infographic below. Already recognized internationally for its efforts in public interest design and engagement, the college is investigating this area of study as a potential new major and working on a case study (due later this month) detailing the national 'lay of the land' in the field, what's already happening at the university in this area, and how our College can take advantage of the opportunity moving forward. To learn more about public interest…

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In Memoriam: Margaret Bubolz

Dr Margaret M. (Jacobson) Bubolz Ph.D. November 9, 1925 – February 4, 2012 Margaret (Peg) Bubolz (BS '47 Home Economics) died February 4, 2012 in Lansing, Michigan. After graduating from the University, she taught public school home economics, then entered the Minnesota Cooperative Extension Service. Margaret earned an MA degree at Cornell and PhD at Purdue in sociology. She worked at Pennsylvania State University, then Michigan State in the Cooperative Extension Service where she was Assistant and Associate Professor, then professor and chairperson of the Department of Family and Child Sciences from 1969-1974. She received the Distinguished Faculty and Honorary Alumni Award at Michigan State. Until her retirement in 1991, she taught and conducted research on quality of life….

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Graphic Design Professor Featured in Highpoint Exhibition

An intaglio (etching, drypoint, engraving, and aquatint) by Professor of Graphic Design James Boyd Brent was selected for the national juried show Stand Out Prints. The exhibition is taking place at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis February 24 through April 14. Highpoint received nearly 800 entries from 42 states. Brent's piece, titled "Boats, Laocoön, and Animals," was one of 57 works selected by jurors Susan Inglett and Mark Pascale. An opening reception will take place at Highpoint on Friday, February 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. You can find more information about the exhibit on Highpoint's website. For more information about the graphic design program visit their website….

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Architecture Professor Blaine Brownell Publishes Material Strategies

Blaine Brownell, assistant professor at the School of Architecture, has published a new book discussing the history, current application, and larger affects of emergent materials in architecture. Material Strategies: Innovative Applications in Architecture includes case studies featuring detailed illustrations of buildings from today's most forward-thinking architectural firms and chapters. It also shows architects how creative applications of emergent materials have the potential to transform our built environment. Along with being a leading scholar in the area of advanced materials for architecture and design, Brownell is an architect, sustainable building advisor, educator, and former Fulbright scholar. He is also the author of the popular book series, Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine Our Physical Environment. At the end of…

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Landscape Architecture Students Work with Frogtown to Create Pop-Up Tree Nursery

University of Minnesota landscape architecture students are collaborating with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department, Frogtown residents, and the Frogtown Neighborhood Association to create a temporary nursery for 4-6 months during 2012. The pop-up tree nursery will be located on the corner of Dale and Lafond avenues for one growing season and include a mix of shade, fruit, and nut-bearing trees. The project aims to inform Frogtown residents and the city about the tree canopy deficit in their neighborhood, introduce arboriculture to Frogtown, educate residents about the role of trees in the urban environment and in the world, and provide free trees or trees at a reduced cost to Frogtown residents to plant in their yards. The overall goal…

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Apparel Design Students Participate in the Boston Scientific Hearts for Fashion Show at the Mall of America

On Saturday, February 4th, students in the Apparel Design program will participate in the Boston Scientific Hearts for Fashion Show at the Best Buy Rotunda in the Mall of America. The event is a celebration of the Go Red for Women National Wear Red Day. The annual event aims to educate the public about heart disease and heart-healthy lifestyles for women of all ages. Shows will take place from 12:00-1:00 PM and 2:00-3:00 PM. Professional and student designers were asked to create unique designs that make a heart difference while expressing how they have been affected by heart disease in their own lives. The free event will feature 11 designs by 8 apparel design students from the college. Survivors…

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Center for Sustainable Building Research Launches CommercialWindows.org

Today, the Center for Sustainable Research (CSBR), in conjunction with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the Alliance to Save Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy, officially launched www.CommercialWindows.org – a state-of-the-art website that provides critical information and performance data on the energy efficiency, interior environment, and technical considerations that influence commercial window design decisions. According to LBNL research, it is estimated that windows are responsible for 39% of commercial heating energy use and 28% of commercial cooling energy use – almost 1.5% of all total U.S. energy consumed. CommercialWindows.org features a number of comprehensive resources including a first-of-its-kind Façade Design Tool – an interactive, online tool that allows users to choose, early in the design process, various…

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2012 Imagine Fund Annual Award and Special Events Winners Announced

The University of Minnesota has chosen the more than 150 recipients of its 2012 Imagine Fund Annual Awards and Special Events Grants. Supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, the Imagine Fund is a unique systemwide program that supports projects in the arts, humanities and design at the University of Minnesota. "These disciplines at the University of Minnesota advance rigorous ways of thinking about the changing world, and on behalf of the entire Imagine Fund committee, I want to thank all of the applicants, as well as the university and outgoing Provost Tom Sullivan, for their steadfast commitment to the arts, humanities and design," said professor Renee Cheng, chair of the U of M Imagine Fund Awards Committee…

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Yale School of Architecture Publishes Essay by Architecture Head Renee Cheng

A new book out by the Yale School of Architecture, BIM in Academia, features an essay by the College of Design's School of Architecture Head, Professor Renee Cheng. The collection includes essays by educators and practitioners weighing in on the debate over how Building Information Modeling (BIM) should be taught in architecture schools in the United States. Professor Cheng's essay, "Facing the Fact of BIM: Architectural Curricula Past, Present and Future," argues that tools like BIM are helpful in practice but often in conflict with historically used pedagogical approaches towards architectural education. "Identifying the most valuable aspects of current and past educational models will help us as we develop a positive future education for architects," explains Cheng, who was…

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