Category Archives: Landscape Architecture

College of Design co-sponsors Next Generation of Parks Fall 2010 lecture series

The College of Design and its Department of Landscape Architecture and Metropolitan Design Center are co-sponsors of the Next Generation of Parks lecture series. The lecture series began Tuesday, September 28, 2010, with an address by Peter Harnik, director, Center for City Parks Excellence, The Trust for Public Land.

On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7 p.m., at the McPhail Center for Music, Ed Uhlir will present “The Making of Millennium Park.” Uhlir is executive director of Chicago’s Millennium Park.

On Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7 p.m., at the Walker Art Center’s Cinema, Walter Hood will lecture on the reconstruction of urban landscapes. Hood is the founder of Oakland, California-based Hood Design.

The College of Design is also a cosponsor of the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition, addressing the upper riverfront of Minneapolis from the Stone Arch Bridge to the city limits to the north. The project builds on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) 2000 master plan for a 21st century park system.

Joe Kimball, writing for MinnPost.com, reports 12 jurors — including Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture) — have been selected for the competition. The jurors will meet October 29, 2010 to select four design teams for the competition. The jurors will select the winning design in January 2011.

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Rose exhibition at ALA Library runs through October 16, 2010

Tom Rose’s (Art) exhibition, Time Frame and Other Stories, focusing on architectural plans, links his interest in the phenomenology of place with imagery based on real places and actual photographed fragments of structures runs through October 16, 2010 in Rapson Hall’s Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library. Camille LeFevre, writing for MinnPost.com, writes, “The large-format images he’s created are almost surrealistic representations of structure, memory and image.”

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CDes events this week — October 4, 2010

Lectures

Choreographed Landscapes lecture by Andrea Cochran
Monday, October 4, 2010, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall, reception follows
Andrea Cochran will discuss how she shapes space as a landscape architect in both small gardens and larger landscapes: spare geometry applied to vibrant plant life results in sharp compositional order, yielding landscapes that convey a heightened sense of texture, light, and movement.

Events

Inside the Office of Andrea Cochran
Monday, October 4, 2010, 12 p.m., 225 Rapson Hall
Brown bag session with Andrea Cochran of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture. Cochran has been practicing landscape architecture in the San Francisco Bay area for more than 25 years. She graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and worked on the East Coast and in Europe before moving to California in 1981. After working in collaborative partnerships for more than 10 years, she established Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture in 1998, known for seamlessly integrating landscape, art, and architecture. Her work is distinguished by its careful attention to site, climate, and the choreography of experience.

Architecture Graduate School Preparation Session
Monday, October 4, 2010, 12:15 p.m., 54 Rapson Hall
Are you thinking of applying to graduate school for a professional architecture degree (ex. M.Arch)? If so, attend a preparation session to learn about the process and receive advice about preparing your portfolio, as well as other insights when choosing and applying to graduate school. Renee Cheng, head of the School of Architecture, will discuss putting together a portfolio and other steps of the application process.

Architecture and Interior Design Firm Tour
Friday, October 8, 2010, 9:30 a.m., meet in HGA Gallery, Registration is full.
Join us as we visit StudioHIVE, HGA, and BKV Group, three interior design and architecture firms. We will hear from architects and interior designers at each firm, get a tour of their work space, and her about special topics related specifically to the firm’s current projects. Students will also get a chance for a question and answer time.

Exhibitions

Goldstein Museum of Design

From Mao to Now: Chinese Fashion from 1949 to the Present
Through January 2, 2011
History of Chinese apparel from 1949 to present including works by four new Chinese fashion designers.

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

Time Frames and Other Stories
Through October 16, 2010
Architectural plans create the pragmatic framework for a complex narrative of built space in the exhibition of work by Tom Rose (Art).

HGA Gallery

Andrea Cochran: Landscapes
Through October 24, 2010
Cochran’s work draws boundaries with a controlled palette of materials, creating permeable edges that blur the line between the natural and built environment.

Questions? Contact Laura Walton at 612-626-6385 or lwalton@umn.edu

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Andrea Cochran brown bag October 4, 2010

AC 200.jpgThe Department of Landscape Architecture will host Andrea Cochran of Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture for a brown bag session entitled Inside the Office of Andrea Cochran on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 12 p.m. in 225 Rapson Hall.

Cochran (right) has been practicing landscape architecture in the San Francisco Bay area for more than 25 years. She graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and worked on the East Coast and in Europe before moving to California in 1981. After working in collaborative partnerships for more than 10 years, she established Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture in 1998, known for seamlessly integrating landscape, art, and architecture. Her work is distinguished by its careful attention to site, climate, and the choreography of experience.

Cochran will also present Choreographed Landscapes at 6 p.m. in 100 Rapson Hall on the evening of October 4, 2010 for the 2010 College of Design lecture series. Cochran will discuss how she shapes space as a landscape architect in both small gardens and larger landscapes: spare geometry applied to vibrant plant life results in sharp compositional order, yielding landscapes that convey a heightened sense of texture, light, and movement.

The lecture will be followed by an exhibition and reception for Andrea Cochran: Landscapes currently on display in the HGA Gallery (Rapson Hall) through October 24, 2010.

Stone Edge Farm 450.jpgStone Edge Farm, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture

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Two CDes students nominated as 2010 Homecoming King candidates

College of Design students Eric Olsen, a fourth-year in the Accelerated Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture Program, and Ben VandenWymelenberg, a third-year BS Architecture student, were nominated as 2010 Homecoming King candidates.

Eric.jpg Olsen (left) is an Admissions Team Lead for Admissions Ambassadors on campus as well as a member of the Minnesota Association of Student Landscape Architects. Olsen is honored to be a member of the Homecoming court and is excited to be an advocate and ambassador for the University in any way he can.

VandenWymelenberg (below) is a leader in community home building organizations like Freedom by Design, a group that remodels homes for handicapped and disabled families. He is also involvedBen.jpg in the University Honors Program, the Community Engagement Scholars program, and a member of the Spirit Squad’s Co-Ed Cheerleading team. VandenWymelenberg is excited to represent the U and the achieving students and alumni in a leadership position on Homecoming court.

Crowning of the Homecoming royalty will take place during the Homecoming Pep Fest at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 1, 2010 at the Gateway Plaza.

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MLA information session October 20, 2010

An informational session for those interested in learning more about the Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) will be held Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 4:00-5:30 p.m., in 145T Rapson Hall. Kristine Miller (Landscape Architecture; and director, graduate studies), will give an overview of the program, answer questions about the application process, and give a tour of the facilities.

Please RSVP to Miller at mille407@umn.edu by October 15, 2010 if you plan to attend.

A similar informational session will be held in November. Contact Miller for more information.

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Landscape Architecture students participate in PARK(ing) Day

The Students for Design Activism group of the College of Design’s Landscape Architecture department turn a parking spot into a temporary park on Friday, September 17, 2010, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in conjunction with PARK(ing) Day. PARK(ing) Day is an annual international event in which urbanites are encouraged to reclaim their city by transforming metered parking spots into temporary parks for the public good.

Park(ing) Day in San Francisco

Image credit: PARK(ing) Day in San Francisco, 2010; courtesy of Students for Design Activism.

The Students for Design Activism group’s installation demonstrates the effective use of plants in treating urban runoff before pollution enters waterways. The PARK(ing) Day installation is on Pillsbury Drive SE, near the Field House.

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City of Minneapolis calls for landscape architecture design for Peavy Plaza

The City of Minneapolis, in cooperation with the Minnesota Orchestral Association (MOA), is calling for Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) for landscape architecture design services for the revitalization of Peavey Plaza, on Nicollet Mall, in downtown Minneapolis.

Peavey Plaza has suffered from a lack of investment over the years and modifications that have compromised the original design. Because of features inherent to its original design, including the large below-grade area and walls and fountains that obscure sight lines, the plaza presents unique challenges in terms of accessibility and public safety.

The MOA was awarded $16 million in bond funding from the Minnesota State Legislature during the 2010 session; $2 million of the funding is earmarked for Peavey Plaza. Estimated project cost is $5-$6 million. The City and MOA will be working together to secure the remaining funds for the development.

More information can be found on the City of Minneapolis website (.pdf; 373KB); qualifications are due on or before Friday, August 20, 2010, 2:30 p.m.

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Hat Habitats exhibit at Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

“Off the Top of My Head: Hat Habitats” in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library gallery features the work of artists Ryan Haro and Cynthia Rapacz. The work is a melange of artistry including photography, design, fashion, and architecture that become fanciful vignettes of the life of the hat. This summer exhibition is on display through August 13, 2010.

Twin Cities native, Ryan Haro, is an architect and photographer. By age 13 he was using a Nikon 35mm film camera “and things took off with my interest in capturing the moments”. Haro subsequently spent hours experimenting with image content. By 2005, he began working with a digital camera that would completely replace his shooting with film cameras. Haro has focused on capturing the work of performance artists. He is currently interested in portfolio concept pieces for artists and performers, as well as live event documentary.

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Image from Off the Top of My Head: Hat Habitats exhibition

Minneapolis based artist, Cynthia Rapacz, is a graduate student at Hamline University. While pursuing her studies, Rapacz continues to create multimedia artworks that focus on culture and the integration of old and new imagery. Her studies abroad for almost five years in South Korea, Italy, China and Japan serve as a platform for art. Rapacz began working with hats in 1999, the inspiration in part from her grandmother’s collection. As her grandmother discarded old hats she began to rework and redesign the pieces, often using just the bones of the hat to make a new creation on an old frame.

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Image from Off the Top of My Head: Hat Habitats exhibition

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Image from Off the Top of My Head: Hat Habitats exhibition

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