Category Archives: Presentations

Laura Musacchio Presents at Helsinki University Centre for Environment Conference in Finland

Laura Musacchio, an associate professor in the department of Landscape Architecture, recently spoke at the University of Helsinki, Finland during HENVI Science Days 2012, a conference hosted by the Helsinki University Centre for Environment (HENVI). The event aimed to bring up the concept of ecosystem services in the context of urban sustainability, enhance science-policy interface and support dialogue between science and society. Musacchio spoke on the second day of the conference about cultivating our own deep nature and deep care, and the role of knowledge broker in the cultural dimension of ecosystem services. Visit Musacchio's websiteLearn more about our Landscape Architecture program…

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Monday Minute, April 16, 2012: Spatial University

Colleagues, Some of the many events of the past week seem to have had a common theme that bodes well for our college. Jack Dangermond, an alumnus and CEO of the largest Geographical Information Systems company in the world (ESRI), visited the University on Tuesday and told President Kaler at breakfast the next day that we have the potential of becoming the world's leading "Spatial University" because of the breadth of our disciplines and research mission, and the number of faculty involved in geospatial and geodesign activities. I am working with colleagues across the university to develop this idea further for discussion with the president and provost, and it promises to have a key roll for our college, in which…

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Toy Product Design Featured on Discovery Channel Canada

Product Design Assistant Professor Barry Kudrowitz developed his course on Toy Product Design to show graduate and undergraduate students how to take their product ideas from concept to functional prototype. Last spring, Jesse Purvey, Annice Larkin, Colin Nelson, and James Cosper developed a toy that will be part of a permanent exhibit at the Works Museum in Bloomington, MN. The musical toy (above) was featured on the Canadian Discovery Channel’s show Daily Planet this spring. You can watch the Daily Planet clip here. Throughout the hands-on course, offered in the Spring semester, students in PDES 3711 bring their projects to Play Testing events at the Minnesota Children’s Museum and involve kids in the design process.  At the end of the…

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Photos + Presentations from Design Intersections 2012

On Thursday, March 29, leaders in business, government, education, healthcare and the nonprofit sector met to discuss design thinking and what it demands during Design Intersections, a symposium, hosted by the College of Design and sponsored by the design firm LarsenPresenters for the day included Simon Kavanagh, head of International Development and Education Design for KaosPilots; Pieter Spinder, Tribe Leader and Initiator for Knowmads; John Foley, Executive Director of 4Front, Franziska C.E. Kr├╝ger, a business designer and Knowmads graduate, and Dean Thomas Fisher.You can see more photos from the event here. If you didn't attend Design Intersections, you can download a PDF of Simon Kavanagh's presentation here and Pieter Spinder's presentation here. Videos of the presentations will be available soon…

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Kristine Miller Discusses New York's Public Spaces at the Walker Art Museum

Landscape architecture professor Kristine Miller will discuss her book, Designs on the Public: The Private Lives of New York's Public Spaces, at the Walker Art Center on Friday, April 13. Her presentation is part of an event featuring rapid-fire project talks by other artists and academics, including photographer Wing Young Huie and Aaron Westre (M Arch '09) [read about Westre's current AOV3 exhibition here]. The free event will be webcast live from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.Miller will also speak at the Midwest Great Lakes Regional Conference for the Council of Educational on Thursday, April 26 about her contributions to the positive transformations of education.For more information about the landscape architecture program, please visit their website….

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Architecture and Apparel Design Students Present at National Conference

Pictured left to right: Misty Karges, apparel design; Amanda Marcott, BDA in Architecture; Brenna Hoisington, B.S. in Architecture; Sebastian Marques, B.S. in Architecture, and Kate Maple, Assistant Dean for Student Services. Four students from the College of Design traveled to Ogden, Utah for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Weber State University last week: Misty Karges, apparel design; Amanda Marcott, BDA in Architecture; Brenna Hoisington, B.S. in Architecture; and Sebastian Marques, B.S. in Architecture. The annual conference gives undergraduate scholars in all fields and from all types of institutions of higher learning a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances, and works of art. The students will be accompanied by Kate Maple, Assistant…

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GIS Creator Jack Dangermond (M.Arch '68) to Speak at the Humphrey

Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute), will give a public lecture titled: "Mapping and Geographic Analysis Supports Collaboration and Decision Making" on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, beginning at 4:30 p.m., at Cowles Auditorium, in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S, on the Minneapolis campus.Dangermond earned his M.Arch degree from the University of Minnesota in 1968, with a focus on landscape architecture and urban planning. In 2008, he was presented an Honorary Doctor of Science degree for his pioneering geographic information system (GIS) research and work.Esri was founded in 1969 by Dangermond, and his wife Laura, as a small research group in Redlands, CA, focused on land use planning and decision-making….

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Joel H. Goodman (B Arch '66) Presents at Solar Thermal Conference

Joel H. Goodman (B Arch '66) hosted a break out session at the Solar Thermal 2011 National Solar Heating and Cooling Conference in Milwaukee, WI. His presentation on emerging technology, "Building Interior Evacuated Tubes and Reflectors (BIETR)," was an American Institute of Architects (AIA) recommended research project. The goal of the annual conference is to speed solar thermal market transformation by "connecting the dots" across the industry. Goodman is a former assistant professor at the School of Architecture. You can see images of his work on Flickr. For more information about the School of Architecture visit their website….

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Public Interest Design @ the Social Impact Design Summit

On Monday, roughly sixty foundation representatives and public interest design leaders joined forces for the "Social Impact Design Summit" at the Rockefeller Foundation headquarters in New York. Dean Tom Fisher and John Cary, the public interest design research fellow at the College of Design, presented the infographic below. Already recognized internationally for its efforts in public interest design and engagement, the college is investigating this area of study as a potential new major and working on a case study (due later this month) detailing the national 'lay of the land' in the field, what's already happening at the university in this area, and how our College can take advantage of the opportunity moving forward. To learn more about public interest…

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Videotect 2 at the Walker Art Center

A free screening at the Walker Art Center tonight will showcase submissions to Videotect 2, an annual video competition organized by Architecture Minnesota to bring more voices and more creativity into public debates about key built-environment issues. This year’s issue was sustainable transportation and its enhancement through design. An online vote for the competition took place February 1-10. The top vote-getters will be screened and voted on again tonight (March 1), with the winner taking home the $2,000 Viewers’ Choice Award. Entries will also be judged tonight by Minnesota Public Radio arts reporter Marianne Combs, Minneapolis transit-development director David Frank, Walker Art Center film and video curator Sheryl Mousley, and architect Jeffrey Scherer, FAIA, of Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle…

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