Amanda Marcott and Brittany Schomaker, Bachelor of Design in Architecture (BDA) students at the College of Design's School of Architecture, have taken on the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's "10 Most Endangered Sites" list as part of their BDA heritage preservation workshop this semester. The Fergus Falls Journal featured their work this week. You can read the entire story here. The heritage preservation workshop is taught by adjunct instructor Michael Bjornberg of HGA. The BDA is directed by senior lecturer Sharon Roe. For more information on the BDA program, stop by the School of Architecture's website….Read more
Category Archives: Publications
Ross Chapin, AIA, (BArch / BED, 1979) will speak about his recent book release, Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World (Taunton Press), at Micawbers Book Store on June 6, 2011 at 7pm. Pocket neighborhoods are about nearby neighbors coming together around a shared commons. These small-scale settings can foster a sense of community among neighbors while preserving the need for privacy.
Chapin leads a planning and architecture firm near Seattle, WA. He has designed dozens of neighborhood plans for developers across the US and Canada, and has been a development partner on 6 pocket neighborhoods, several which have received national housing awards. His work and ideas have been featured in USA Today, New York Times, and more than 30 books.
Pocket Neighborhoods was released in March 2011 and includes a forward by College of Design alumna Sarah Susanka (MArch, 1983), author of The Not So Big House.
- “‘Pocket neighborhoods’ are neighborly by design” by Kim Palmer, Star Tribune
Jessica Barness (Graphic Design MFA candidate) has an essay and interactive artwork, “Common Sounds,” published in the 2011 issue of Currents in Electronic Literacy (Digital Writing and Research Lab, University of Texas at Austin).
- “Common Sounds” by Jessica Barness, Currents in Electronic Literacy
Dean Tom Fisher was interviewed by Eric Perkins from KARE 11 on April 30, 2011. Fisher discussed the release of his book The Invisible Element of Place: The Architecture of David Salmela (University of Minnesota Press). A book launch event including Fisher, David Salmela, and the book’s photographer Peter Bastianelli-Kerze was held at the American Swedish Institute on April 30, 2011.
“The Invisible Element of Place,” KARE 11
Faye Berger‘s recent book publication, Gumption, lessons on old age, loneliness, and a hotdish (North Star Press), was reviewed in the April 2011 edition of Minnesota Moments magazine. Gumption is a memoir of The Gang, her father’s old guy social network, in rural Minnesota from 1986-96.Read more
The University of Minnesota Press will host a launch event for The Invisible Element of Place: The Architecture of David Salmela by Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture) on April 30, 2011 at 6 pm at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) in Minneapolis.
In The Invisible Element of Place, Fisher explores both the beauty and the practicality of Minnesota architect David Salmela’s award-winning designs. Gorgeous images from one of the nation’s most unique architectural photographers, Peter Bastianelli-Kerze, showcase how Salmela’s designs work in concert with individual wishes, environmental concerns, and artistic understanding, and his breathtaking buildings reflect the Midwest’s culture, history, and, ideally, its future.
Festivities will begin with a reception in ASI’s Grand Hall from 6-7 p.m., with opportunities to shop in the ASI Museum Shop, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, and visit a cash bar. David Salmela, Tom Fisher, and Peter Bastianelli-Kerze will sign books during the reception. At 7 p.m., Fisher and Salmela will give a short talk and slideshow presentation on the book. The book release party is free and open to the public but reservations are requested by calling 612-871-4907.Read more
Greg Daigle (DHA) has released his new book, Gravity 2.0, which addresses implications for design of the cutting edge field of gravity modification. Gravity 2.0 is about the impacts of a technology to modify gravity and how a new discipline of “gravity design” will guide new designs in transportation, architecture, medicine, and sports.
The peer reviewed scientific studies cited are part of a growing body of work to understand the nature of gravity and analyze why general relativity is incomplete in describing our universe.Read more
William Angell‘s (Housing Studies) paper entitled “The US radon problem, policy, program and industry: achievements, challenges and strategies” is currently the top paper published in the field of radon over the past three years.
The paper documented that the number of U.S. homes with elevated radon increased about one-third over the past 20 years because the number of newly built homes elevated in indoor radon exceeded the number of elevated existing homes which were mitigated. The findings presented in the paper were cited in a U.S. Inspector General’s report critical of the lack of progress in the Environmental Protection Agency’s radon program. The findings have also supported the President’s Cancer Panel’s 2010 recommendations for expansion of renewed efforts to pass building code requirements for new residential buildings and to expand increased radon mitigation.Read more
Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture) will speak at the Design Corps’ Structures for Inclusion conference in Chicago, IL March 25-27, 2011. He will provide the closing dialogue for the conference with observations and commentary about the role of design in the public interest.
Fisher will also speak at the American Swedish Institute on April 30, 2011 with architect David Salmela for the release of his new book “The Invisible Element of Place: The Architecture of David Salmela.”Read more
Laura Musacchio‘s (Landscape Architecture) article about the scientific basis of landscape sustainability has been ranked as one of the top most cited articles that were published in Landscape Ecology in 2009. Her article for the journal received fifth place based on the number of citations listed on the ISI Web of Science.
Musacchio was also invited to write an essay about landscape sustainability for the 100th anniversary volume of the journal Landscape and Urban Planning.Read more