Category Archives: Publications

Fall 2016 Issue of Emerging Now Available

Emerging Fall 2016

Get a look at what College of Design students, faculty, and alumni are up to in the Fall 2016 issue of Emerging magazine. Our latest edition celebrates our 10th anniversary and showcases the amazing creations and innovations that we continue to see within our college. This issue includes stories on: The Wargo Nature Heritage Center student-design build project. Our new Product […]

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Interior Design and Architecture Programs Earn Top Marks in DesignIntelligence Survey

DesignIntelligence (DI) magazine’s 2016–17 report on the best architecture and design schools in America ranks the College of Design’s undergraduate interior design program among the top 20 in the nation. The program was also selected by hiring professionals as one that best prepares students for a future in their professions. In addition, the college’s graduate interior design program was named […]

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[Video] The (Design) Failure of Bridges and Economies

Things May Happen, a new documentary video series exploring culture, the future, and the human condition, interviewed Dean Fisher earlier this year on the topic of fracture-critical systems. Dean Fisher’s new book, Designing to Avoid Disaster: the Nature of Fracture-Critical Design, is a call for architects, engineers, planners, and citizens to recognize the error in our thinking and to understand how design thinking provides us with a way to anticipate unintended failures and increase the resiliency of the world in which we live. Follow him at @MNDesignDean and in the Huffington Post. More stories from the College of DesignThese Boots Were Made for … NASA?Design Studio On the Road: Visiting San FranciscoDon Ganje (BLA ’73) Named ASLA Fellow…

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Faculty Design Featured in Midwest Home Magazine

photographs by Andrea Rugg PhotographyA project by architecture adjunct assistant professor Kristine Anderson (M.Arch ’04) is featured in the September/October 2012 issue of Midwest Home magazine. She worked with builder Craig Johnson of Johnson Smaby Homes to “resurrect” Cabin #10 on Gull Lake, a relic of the Rocky Point Resort, which closed in 1957. In their remodel, Anderson and Johnson worked with the owner to keep the same footprint and character of the cabin, while completely modernizing it. The  owner orginally set out to make a few updates, but when they realized the cabin wasn’t structurally sound, the project evolved into a rebuild that would maintain the original structure’s charm.Anderson is an associate with Peterssen/Keller architecture. Prior to joining Peterssen/Keller,…

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Apparel Alumni Showcased in Emerging Fashion Anthology

(left) design, Hilary Hubanks; materials: wool tweed, plastic boning, eyelets, cotton lining, ostrich feathers, beads, shoelace strings; photograph, Valerie Gallagher, (right) design, Niki English; materials: window screen strips layered over tulle, LED lights; photograph, Cody Lidtke.Garments by apparel design alumni Niki English (B.S. Clothing Design '11) and Hilary Hubanks (B.S. Clothing Design '11) appear in the latest anthology of Emerging Fashion Designers 3 (Schiffer Publishing). The publication showcases work ranging from evening wear to sportswear to children's wear created by recent graduates from 16 fashion design programs in the United States. Hubanks submitted the design she created during a semester at the London College of Fashion where she took a corsetry class. "I was very inspired by English culture," recalls…

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Metropolitan Design Center: Rethinking St. Paul's Central High School Landscape

A new report by the Metropolitan Design Center (MDC) proposes design alternatives to the current landscape surrounding the entrance to St. Paul's Central High School. The project was initiated by school administrators, a group of motivated parents, and several students who felt dissatisfied with the current space. The MDC developed their redesign around the philosophical model of Rodney H. Matsuoka, who believes the presence of an attractive and welcoming landscape surrounding institutions of learning has been connected with higher graduation rates and test scores and an increased percentage of students planning to attend College. BEFOREAFTERThe MDC conducted field survey work over the course of several days, observing site conditions, the flow of surface water, student behavior and movement patterns….

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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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Yale School of Architecture Publishes Essay by Architecture Head Renee Cheng

A new book out by the Yale School of Architecture, BIM in Academia, features an essay by the College of Design's School of Architecture Head, Professor Renee Cheng. The collection includes essays by educators and practitioners weighing in on the debate over how Building Information Modeling (BIM) should be taught in architecture schools in the United States. Professor Cheng's essay, "Facing the Fact of BIM: Architectural Curricula Past, Present and Future," argues that tools like BIM are helpful in practice but often in conflict with historically used pedagogical approaches towards architectural education. "Identifying the most valuable aspects of current and past educational models will help us as we develop a positive future education for architects," explains Cheng, who was…

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Introducing Architecture Adjunct Professor Dewey Thorbeck's book – Rural Design: A New Design Discipline

Dewey Thorbeck, Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Founder and Director of the Center for Rural Design at the University of Minnesota, and leading expert in the field, is the author of Rural Design: A New Design Discipline – set to hit bookshelves worldwide in January. Rural areas around the globe are undergoing profound change creating considerable challenges and stress for its residents and on the ecosystems upon which they depend. Rural design brings design thinking and the problem-solving process of design to rural issues, and Thorbeck's book is the first step along the path for rural design to emerge as an important new design discipline. Thorbeck's book is oriented toward students, academics and design professionals involved with rural design at…

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