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Get Your Tickets for Elements: Design Competition & Runway Show

This spring semester the Weisman Art Museum will host its third annual design competition. The museum's student group, WAM Collective, in partnership with the University of Minnesota College of Design have asked sixteen student designers to create ready-for-the-runway garments. Taking inspiration from the Weisman's exhibition, Siberia: Imagined and Reimagined, the competition will showcase designs with an emphasis on sustainability. TICKETS: Reserve your ticket now. Designs will draw upon the landscapes, materials, textures, and traditions of Siberia, while also responding to the environmental questions the region raises. Over the course of their design process, contestants will consider topics such as, sustainable design; environmental, ecological, and labor support structures in the garment industry; and how garment production exploits or depletes these systems…

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On the Runway + On Display: Align Fashion Show in Rapson Hall

The 46th annual apparel design fashion show, Align, took place on February 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm in Rapson Hall on the University of Minnesota East Bank campus. ALIGN PHOTOS: Coming SoonIf you missed the fashion show, you can still see Align: The Exhibition in the Goldstein Museum of Design's HGA Gallery. The exhibition provides a look at the designs, which include childrenswear, bridal, ready-to-wear, science fiction, and conceptual statement pieces using everything from hand dyed and hand knit pieces to digital printing and wearable technology.Align is a capstone experience for apparel design seniors who participated in a fall semester studio-based class dedicated to creating and producing the spring event. "Align represents the culmination of our…

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Nominate a Designer for the $2,000 Margot Siegel Design Award

The Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) is now accepting nominations for the second annual Margot Siegel Design Award. The Siegel Design Award honors designers who demonstrate design excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. The recipient of the Siegel Design Award will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the Twin Cities to present a public lecture and accept a $2,000 award. Nominations for the 2014 awards will be accepted by email through February 28, 2014. Eligibility and Guidelines:Nominations for the 2014 awards will be accepted by email (gmd@umn.edu) through February 28, 2014. The Siegel Design Award is given for a body of completed work, not for a specific project.Individuals from any design field are eligible. Nominees must have been…

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Camera Obscura on Northrop Plaza

A camera obscura (“dark chamber” in Latin) is an ancient optical device. In its most basic form it is, quite simply, a dark room with a small hole in one wall. On the wall opposite the hole or lens, an image is formed of whatever is outside. This image is upside-down (inverted) and back to front (laterally transposed). A lens can be used to sharpen the projected image and let more light into the room. The camera obscura was the forerunner of photography and the camera. The Black Box Camera Obscura on Northrop Plaza, part of the Pop-Up Northrop initiative, allows anyone to draw aside a black curtain and enter the small, windowless building, where they can see inverted image of…

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The Best of Sketch Off: Tooth Brushes, Refrigerators, Funny Hats and More …

If you liked Sketch Off, another event presented by the Product Design program, Eat Deaign: An Edible Design Tasting Experience, will take place on December 11. The even is $15 and open to the public. Register here.Students from any discipline at the University of Minnesota can register for Product Design: Concept Sketching and Rendering to become better at visualizing their ideas. This class concludes with the annual Sketch Off, Improv Concept Sketching Battle, where students and industry designers rapidly visualize wild product ideas with suggestions from the audience. This year participating professionals included Liz Apple, Associate Designer at Target; Kirk Morris, Associate Designer at Target; and Scott Melanson, Industrial Designer at Sportech. Here are some of our favorites from #SketchOff13:1. Bad…

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Beyond HGTV: Can Design Change People's Lives?

Interior design educator and researcher Denise Guerin will deliver the University of Minnesota’s annual Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29 in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs Cowles Auditorium. Professor Guerin’s lecture “Beyond HGTV: Can Design Change People’s Lives?” presents an overview of her imaginative, sustainable approach to interior design centered on the well-being of people. Guerin’s work has revolutionized the thinking, teaching, research and practice in the interior design field locally and globally. In many cases, Denise was the “first,” the “only,” or the “one” to pull teams together to conduct research that provides designers and architects with design knowledge that makes a difference in people’s lives in places they live,…

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On Display: Tales of Environmental Turbulence

An exhibition involving 24 artists addressing the intersection of art and science in their work will hold an opening exhibition in the University of Minnesota Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library and at Institute on the Environment on Thursday, October 17, 2013. “Tales of Environmental Turbulence: the Common Trail of Art and Science” aims to bridge multiple disciplines of environment, science, sustainability and the arts to create and inspire conversations and opportunities for participation and interpretation of critical issues in our cultural environment and beyond.   The public is invited to attend the two-part exhibition opening on October 17. The first reception will take place from 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. in the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library (Rapson Hall, 89 Church…

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Pop-Up Northrop: Emily Stover (M.L.A '12) and Chris Schlichting

Northrop held a pop-up experimental light and movement show on September 4, 2013 in collaboration with artist/designer Emily Stover (M.L.A ’12) and dancer/choreographer Chris Schlichting (College of Design student advisor). Stover and Schlichting used a software program called Glowdoodle to capture people on site “drawing with light,” which was then translated into a projection across the entire front facade of Northrop. Light Plays is part of Pop-Up Northrop: Igniting Big Ideas, a series of spontaneous pop-up events, building transformations, social objects, and an interactive online hub that together will launch Northrop’s innovative multidisciplinary programming in its revitalized facility.  More stories from the College of Design:St. Paul Urban Oasis Claims $1 Million PrizeSchool of Architecture 1913-20132013 AIA-MN Awards…

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Women in Landscape Architecture Partner with FAIR School for Park(ing) Day

Women in Landscape Architecture (WILA) is partnering with students at FAIR School to transform metered parking spots into several unique, pop-up parks around downtown Minneapolis on International Park(ing) Day, September 20th from 9am-6pm.WILA hopes the partnership with younger student will connect them to the landscape architecture profession. "[We're] also interested in making efforts towards addressing the achievement gap and lack of diversity in the design professions," explained masters of landscape architecture student Amber Hill. Preparation and design work is happening now. Interested volunteers are encouraged to contact at Hill at amberhill423@gmail.com. There is a need for help with construction, fundraising, donations, dropping off water and snacks for students.Follow their progress on ASLA-MN's Facebook page, Twitter @ASLAMN and blog. Check…

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Visit Us At the Minnesota State Fair

For the next 12 days, just down the road from McNeal Hall, 1.7 million people will eat their weight in deep-fried food, use nearly half a million sticks on pronto pup and corn dogs, and if they stop by the Eco Experience, get a chance to see the Gen Y Eco House built by our architecture students. Based on surveys and research conducted last spring, the students built a house that fits the ideal millennial home: dedicated gathering spaces, energy conservation, renewable energy features, and more. The Eco Experience is located in the Progress Center on Randall Avenue.Learn more about the Gen Y Eco House We'll also be at the Design booth in the U of M building on Dan…

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