Category Archives: From the Dean

Design for Minnesota > Thanks for Your Support

[Update: June 28, 2013]Our students need your help today. Big decisions are being made about their future right now. Our budget year ends on Sunday and I’m working hard with staff around the college to secure funding for our most important student projects, like the Design Duluth studio. We’re close, but we need your help to meet our goal of raising $2,000 to offset research costs that normally fall to students. Will you support Design for Minnesota?You’ve heard from Tom and Trevor about the vital work our students are doing to promote a more resilient and sustainable Minnesota. I know you care about our students and I know you stand with us. Your past support has helped us get this far. Will you…

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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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Dean Fisher Shares Southdale's Story in the "10 Buildings that Changed America"

A new PBS documentary, "10 Buildings that Changed America," turns the spotlight on Edina's Southdale Center, built in 1959 by Austrian-born architect Victor Gruen. "And no, it's not because of the food court," quips the Star Tribune in a preview this week. The documentary includes an interview between College of Design dean Tom Fisher and WTTW host Geoffrey Baer on location, talking about the early days of the mall, when men wore suits and women got dressed up with high heels and pearls. In the early days, Southdale's Garden Court was a conservatory with birds and ponds, and the building was air conditioned in the summer using water from Lake Corneila. "Southdale's model of turning the shopping center inward…

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