Category Archives: Landscape Architecture

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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Master of Landscape Architecture Student Erica Shearer Remaking Detroit by Design

The population of Detroit fell by 25% between 2000 and 2010. While the Motor City make news for its growing number of vacant lots and abandoned homes, community groups are working hard to revitalize their city. Their efforts attracted the attention of Master of Landscape Architecture student Erica Shearer, who is working on a project exploring the role designers can play in community building. "While the city has been struggling for decades, the people have adapted. Amazing things are happening," saysShearer, who has been conducting a series of interviews and focus group with residents to understand how landscape architects can benefit from adapting the models of engagement used by successful community groups around Detroit. "I have listened to the…

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Can Design Change Food Safety Behavior?

Can design change food safety behavior? Students on a team from TERI University in Delhi, India and the University of Minnesota, including Master of Landscape Architecture student Allyson Czechowicz, asked questions like these during Acara's multi-disciplinary course last fall. Acara is a program through the Institute on the Environment that prepares young leaders to take on environmental challenges facing the world. The program's annual Acara Challenge brings together international teams of students from around the United States and India to develop entrepreneurial solutions to specific sustainable development challenges. In 2011 the theme for the Acara Challenge was food security. At the end of the semester, Czechowicz and her teammates presented their business idea for a food safety consulting and…

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