Category Archives: Housing Studies

In Memoriam: Mike "Sammy" Samuelson (B.S. Housing '94)

Mike "Sammy" Samuelson (B.S. Housing '94) died this week after battling leukemia and other physical ailments for a number of years. In a recent article Star Tribune columnist Jon Tevlin recalled how Samuelson dedicated his work to making life better for, "the poorest areas of the Twin Cities, from Elliot Park to Powderhorn to Frogtown," doing the kind of work, "where you are appreciated for a short time, then you're gone. Nobody puts up a plaque for you." A legendary Twins fan, Samuelson received a lifetime achievement award during an annual baseball banquet put on by a number of his friends last Friday."Michael was 'the' engaged student, always present and participating and he continued to stay connected after graduation," recalled…

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Students, Faculty, and Staff Attend 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is an annual event that inspires students and other citizens to become active participants in peacemaking efforts around the world. For 23 years it has been the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s only such program or academic affiliation outside of Norway. The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum took place March 1-3 in Minneapolis, on the campuses of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. What did attendees from the College of Design have to say about their experience? “The event granted me the opportunity to look at the world outside my community and reflect how I can promote peace, prosperity, and human dignity through my actions in my own community.”  Jim Pankratz, Housing Studies undergraduate “I was…

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Photos + Video from 2012 College of Design Commencement

"Public interest design starts with a belief in the power of design to transform lives. It's a belief that everyone deserves good design and, in fact, it's a belief that every human being needs good design in order to live their best lives." John Cary (BA Arch '99), 2012 College of Design commencement address Congratulations to our Apparel Design, Architecture, Graphic Design, Housing Studies, Interior Design, Landscape Design and Planning, and Retail Merchandising undergraduate students, along with our Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Design graduate students who received their degrees during commencement on May 12, 2012. 2012 College of Design Commencement College of Design Dean Tom Fisher with commencement speaker John Cary (BA Arch '99)Kate Maple, Assistant Dean of Student Services;…

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Ricardo Rebolledo (Housing Studies) Receives Fellowship to Study Portuguese

Ricardo Rebolledo (Housing Studies) received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to study Portuguese. He'll use the award to prepare for his eventual study abroad researching favelas (poor shanty towns) in Brazil. Rebolledo, who also has minors in Latin American Studies and Spanish, will pursue the fellowship during the 2012-2013 school year."I want to learn Portuguese so that I can eventually learn more about [Brazil's] ongoing destruction of the favelas (or poor shanty towns) in preparation for the Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016," says Rebolledo. "This is an immediately pressing human rights issue about housing policy: the poor are being evicted from their homes so that the growing economy of Brazil can…

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Jeff Crump (Housing Studies) Presents at the Association of American Geographers

Jeff Crump, Associate Professor of Housing Studies, presented "The Scandalous Alleys of Capitalism: Engels and the U.S. Housing Crisis" at the recent Association of American Geographers meeting in New York City. His work was part of a series of sessions celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Fredrich Engels article on "The Housing Question". The Housing Studies program teaches students about shelter and its multiple dimensions, focusing on skills that will allow students to contribute to the housing field. Coursework in the program includes the social and behavioral sciences, public policy, planning, economics, and technology.You can find more information about the program here….

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What do the Netherlands, Istanbul, and Japan have in common?

Students, do you want to travel this summer? You can earn credit for school living in Europe's largest port city, sketching buildings in the former capital of the Roman Empire, or participating in a traveling design studio across Japan. There are no language prerequisites for our design-based programs in the Netherlands, Istanbul, and Japan. Detailed program information (including cost) is available on the University's Learning Abroad Center website. Sustainable Urban Design in Rotterdam, Netherlands May 13 to June 2 Where: Based in Rotterdam, Netherlands with visits to Utrecht, Amsterdam Docklands, and Biesbosch National Park What: A course focused on climate change and sustainable urban design Who: Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Urban and Regional Planning students Info: Detailed…

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Joyce Feller (Housing Studies '96) Promoted to Federal Veterans Administration

Joyce Feller (Housing Studies '96) had been working for the Department of Defense as a Program Analyst (Civilian), at the Wisconsin Joint Force Headquarters in the Manpower Directorate. Her education in Housing Policy transferred to other governmental and policy areas. For her work as a civilian she was awarded a commendation from the Department of Military Affairs. In December, Joyce was promoted to the Federal Veterans Administration at the William S. Middleton VA Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. She is an Executive Management and Program Analyst in the Nursing Division. Joyce has worked with county, state (Minnesota and Wisconsin) and Federal governments to include the IRS, Department of Defense and HUD. She has developed policy in the areas of Affordable…

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Your Gift of Shelter, Their Mission Continues

Thank you for your support! Because of your generosity, we surpassed our $10,000 goal to help extend our initiatives with local Habitat for Humanity projects. Your gifts, in large and small amounts, will provide funding to continue developing projects like our Zero-Energy Home – researched, designed, refined, and developed by two College of Design architecture classes – and Habitat's Restores, which involves our retail merchandising students. We also have two housing studies faculty serving as advisors for the University's Student Habitat for Humanity Chapter. Your gift will provide additional hands-on, real-world experiences for our student and furthers our mission to address and solve real-world problems, while adhering to socially responsible, sustainable, and collaborative design thinking. To continue giving the…

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Beth Loraine Bowman (Housing Studies '08) to Showcase Work at Fox Tax Gallery in NE Minneapolis

A showcase of work by alumna Beth Loraine Bowman (Housing Studies '08) will appear at the Gallery at Fox Tax in NE Minneapolis this December. The group show "ENTANGLEMENT | A Group Exhibition of Collage" will feature local artists who utilize the technique of collage using mediums such as found objects, magazine clippings, trash, and photography. Bowman, who currently serves on the College of Design Student and Alumni Board, has shown her work throughout the United States and Europe, including three solo shows. Her mixed media images, informed by French Post-war Modernist painting (Tachisme/L'Art Informel), have explored the subjects of memory, place, color experience, shelter/architecture, maternity, and forgiveness. ENTAGLEMENT opens on December 17th from 6-9 pm. Artists will be…

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Ashley Grzywa Awarded Fibiger Prize

This semester's Fibiger Prize for Research has been awarded to third-year architecture student Ashley Grzywa. The $1000 award is given every semester to the University of Minnesota College of Design student whose Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) project is ranked #1 among all of the College's applicants and proposals for that semester. The Fibiger Prize is made possible by the generosity of the John A. & Barbara M. Fibiger Endowment. Grzywa's project, Affordable Housing Alternatives: Analysis of Community Land Trusts (CLTs), compares two CLTs in the Mid-West to identify the methods used by each to create and ensure affordable housing options to homeowners. Specifically her research identifies the programmatic elements of each CLT in order to assess the most…

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