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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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New Report Highlights Positive Impact Interior Design has on Public Health, Safety and Welfare

Based on research led by internationally renowned Interior Design Professors Denise Guerin and Caren Martin, six leading interior design organizations (ASID, CIDA, IDC, IDEC, IIDA, NCIDQ) released "a seminal industry research report" last week that "highlights a growing body of evidence that supports the positive impact of interior design on public health, safety and welfare." The entire comprehensive report also includes a series of recommendations and a roadmap for advancing the interior design profession. To read the announcement, please click here. For more information about the report, visit the Interior Design Profession's Body of Knowledge website at www.idbok.org. Rooted in their latest book, The State of the Interior Design Profession, last week Guerin and Martin also participated in an event…

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Introducing Architecture Professor William Conway's Book: Everyday Spaces of Healthcare

Everyday Spaces of Healthcare is a new collection of case studies by College of Design architecture Professor William F. Conway, FAIA. In the book, Professor Conway reviews problems and possibilities facing designers and clients in a select series of contemporary healthcare facilities. His case studies introduce readers to innovative approaches to four familiar territories: gardens, pathways, waiting areas, and retail environments. The research recognizes the benefits that can accrue from attention to them, and presents findings for those in the healthcare design industry. Conway is also the principal at Conway+Schulte Architects. The project was funded by a research grant from the Thomas Horty Healthcare Design and Build Fund, Conway+Schulte Architects, and the College of Design. More information on the…

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Now Available – The Fashion Reader: Second Edition

Linda Welters (PhD '81 Home Economics) recently published a book co-edited with Abby Lillethun titled The Fashion Reader: Second Edition, which includes the essays "Aging and Demographics: Implications for the Fashion Industry" by Claire Lacoste Kapstein (BS '01 Clothing Design, MA '04 DHA, PhD '06 DHA) and "Wearable Technology" by apparel design faculty member Lucy E. Dunne. For more on the book, visit Amazon.com here….

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Krista Skoglund (BA Arch, 2011) Receives Housing Education & Research Award

The Housing Education and Research Association announced at their annual conference in Baton Rouge that Krista Skoglund (BA Arch, 2011) received the Tessie Agan Outstanding Undergraduate Student Paper Award. Her paper, titled, "Grandfamilies and Potential Housing Concerns," was originally completed as a course assignment for HSG 4467W, Housing and the Social Environment, taught by Prof. Becky Yust during the Fall 2010 semester. HSG 4467W looks at housing choices in the context of the social environment. The class emphasizes special needs of elderly, disabled, minorities, large families, female-headed households, and low-income households. More information on the Housing Studies program can be found at housing.design.umn.edu….

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College of Design's 'Emerging' Magazine Now Available

The College of Design's Emerging magazine is now available online. Our latest issue of Emerging highlights our five years as a college, as well as some new faces at both the college and University level, as we kick off year six. There are stories featuring our efforts in Haiti and our work with Habitat for Humanity here in Minnesota. You'll note on our cover, and within Emerging, our tribute to Professor Emeritus Leonard Parker. We also have new partnerships and new technologies here at the college. Please be sure to read page three on how you'll be able to find Emerging in the future. For the latest on everything here at the College of Design, stay tuned to our blog,…

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MADE Design Magazine Profiles Product Design Professor Kudrowitz

While the interview took place when he was still at MIT, the latest edition of the UK magazine MADE features a profile of College of Design Assistant Professor Barry Kudrowitz. In the article, Kudrowitz discusses teaching methods, divergent thinking and how toy design and technology could lead to an extensive market for adults. "With the development of apps and computer games, it is now OK for adults to play games in public," says product design Professor Kudrowitz. Last week, Kudrowitz and his partner launched a new app called 'Word Bounce.' More information on 'Word Bounce' can be found here. To read the entire MADE profile, check out page 42 (electronic page 44) here. More information on Professor Kudrowitz can…

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Architecture Head Renee Cheng's Sketches Showcased in Upcoming Book on Saint John's Abbey Church

As the Abbey Church celebrates its 50th Anniversary this October, a book by Father Hilary Timmesh, detailing his experiences with world-renowned architect Marcel Breuer, features sketches by the College of Design's School of Architecture Head, Professor Renee Cheng. "We have been hosting our graduate student orientation on St. John's campus for the past 8 years, so each year I have a chance to spend several days sketching and working with our students," said Cheng. "Every year I find new aspects of the Abbey Church to draw, and I expect I will never grow tired of the rich spatial experiences to be found in and around the church. It was a pleasure to have my sketches shared in Father Timmesh's…

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Product Design Professor Kudrowitz Launches "Word Bounce" Game App

Assistant Professor Barry Kudrowitz, along with his partner Lane Phillips, a PhD student in the computer science department at the U, unveiled a new app this week called Word Bounce. "Word Bounce is somewhat of a mash-up between Tetris and Boggle; you have to make words from bouncing letter balls before the screen fills up," said Kudrowitz. "This is a new interdepartmental direction for product design and it shows that it doesn't take much effort to get a good idea off the ground and in the hands of many users." Through this partnership, Kudrowitz is currently in the process of developing sketching games and software as part of his research. You can read more about Professor Kudrowitz on his profile…

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