Category Archives: Presentations

What's Happening Around Interior Design?

What's happening in the interior design program? Working in teams, seniors in Interior Design Studio VII worked for five weeks last semester developing a 50,000 cubic foot multi-story lobby for a prototypical children's theater. Design practitioners and code officials critiqued their designs. You can view examples of their work on page 6 in the Spring 2012 issue of Emerging. Pictured left to right: Alissa Wylie, Katie Radcliffe, and Liana Zastoupil. In December, Caren S. Martin (DHA) and Denise A. Guerin (DHA) met with a panel of local interior designer to discuss their recent book, The State of the Interior Design Profession. The Interior Design Bachelor of Science program is a professional program that is accredited by the Council for…

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Architecture Professor Blaine Brownell Publishes Material Strategies

Blaine Brownell, assistant professor at the School of Architecture, has published a new book discussing the history, current application, and larger affects of emergent materials in architecture. Material Strategies: Innovative Applications in Architecture includes case studies featuring detailed illustrations of buildings from today's most forward-thinking architectural firms and chapters. It also shows architects how creative applications of emergent materials have the potential to transform our built environment. Along with being a leading scholar in the area of advanced materials for architecture and design, Brownell is an architect, sustainable building advisor, educator, and former Fulbright scholar. He is also the author of the popular book series, Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine Our Physical Environment. At the end of…

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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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Namdi Alexander (BS Arch '11, M Arch) and Buying Istanbul

In May 2010, Namdi Alexander (BS Arch '11, M.Arch) arrived in Istanbul, Turkey with architecture professor Ozayr Saloojee and a handful of other students. "It is difficult to succinctly summarize how eye-opening and influential this trip was," said Alexander, a nontraditional student who completed his liberal arts degree at Minneapolis Community and Technical College before entering the architecture program at the College of Design. Before leaving on the May study abroad program, Alexander was curious about how an ancient city like Istanbul adapts itself to the modern world. What does it lose or gain by being straddled with so much history? He decided to develop an independent research project based around these questions. "When we left for Istanbul I…

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Design Students Compete To Launch Environmental Social Ventures

Three students from the College of Design, Sara Saboonian (architecture), Allyson Czechowicz (landscape architecture), and Indira Manandha (architecture in sustainable design) are competing on separate teams for international scholarships from the Acara program. Acara, a program of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, will award up to eight scholarships to the Acara Summer Institute in Bangalore, India, where winning teams can continue working on ventures they developed last fall. The 2011 topic focused on creating businesses that improve food security and/or the environment in India The St. Paul-based competition finals event is from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at CoCo, 213 4th St. E., and is open to the public. Five teams of U.S. and…

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Apparel Design Students Participate in the Boston Scientific Hearts for Fashion Show at the Mall of America

On Saturday, February 4th, students in the Apparel Design program will participate in the Boston Scientific Hearts for Fashion Show at the Best Buy Rotunda in the Mall of America. The event is a celebration of the Go Red for Women National Wear Red Day. The annual event aims to educate the public about heart disease and heart-healthy lifestyles for women of all ages. Shows will take place from 12:00-1:00 PM and 2:00-3:00 PM. Professional and student designers were asked to create unique designs that make a heart difference while expressing how they have been affected by heart disease in their own lives. The free event will feature 11 designs by 8 apparel design students from the college. Survivors…

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Fifth Graders Take College Course in Design

This December, Terry Wiley's fifth grade class at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul, MN took their first college course in design. As part of a new initiative at the college to keep creativity vibrant in children, the Student Services team, led by Lori Swenson and Nikki Mumma, at the College of Design "adopted" the entire class. Last Wednesday's gathering was the first of many planned for the future to help the students learn first-hand about the College of Design and how thinking like designers can help them with problem-solving. The first exercise of the morning was orchestrated by Tex Ostvig, coordinator of Kids on Campus. Ostvig jumped in with the kids and talked about the importance of…

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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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