Category Archives: Students

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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Landscape Architecture Students Work with Frogtown to Create Pop-Up Tree Nursery

University of Minnesota landscape architecture students are collaborating with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department, Frogtown residents, and the Frogtown Neighborhood Association to create a temporary nursery for 4-6 months during 2012. The pop-up tree nursery will be located on the corner of Dale and Lafond avenues for one growing season and include a mix of shade, fruit, and nut-bearing trees. The project aims to inform Frogtown residents and the city about the tree canopy deficit in their neighborhood, introduce arboriculture to Frogtown, educate residents about the role of trees in the urban environment and in the world, and provide free trees or trees at a reduced cost to Frogtown residents to plant in their yards. The overall goal…

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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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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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Jenny Parker Helps Design The 1968 Exhibit at the Minnesota History Center

During her first semester at the College of Design, Jenny Parker (graphic design, museum studies) took a special topics course called Exhibit Design with Lonnie Broden. The class worked with the Minnesota History Center on The 1968 Exhibit (open now through February 20th), which looks at how the experiences of 1968 fueled a persistent, if often contradictory, sense of identity for the people who experienced it. When the semester ended, Parker approached the History Center about a summer internship. They brought her onto their team and she began working on a set of banners for the Homeplace Minnesota lobby. She worked as one of two graphic designers for the 1968 exhibit until it opened last October and continues to…

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Monday Minute, January 23, 2012: Collaborative Workspaces

Dear Colleagues, Last Friday, I joined a group of our students on a tour (put together by our College to Career Coordinator, Lucy Reile) of CoCo, a collaborative workspace in the former trading room of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, beautifully restored by adjunct professor Bob Mack. It offers a glimpse of how many of us will work in the future. In comparison to today's office, the CoCo space shows how we will interact with colleagues (more collaboratively), communicate with each other (more digitally), dress in the office (more informally), and arrange and occupy workspace (more flexibly and fluidly). With research suggesting that the self-employed may constitute as much as 40 to 45% of all workers by 2020, we need…

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Turning Suburban Blights into Community Hubs

Natalie Ross (MLA '11) was shortlisted for her project "Combat Concrete" in the Strip Appeal ideas design competition. An online vote is taking place now through January 16th to decide the Public Choice winner. Architects, creatives and the general public were asked to propose innovative ideas for the aesthetic reinvention and adaptive reuse of small-scale strip malls in their local neighborhoods. Ross submitted work inspired by an Urban Design Studio class where she investigated a strip mall located in North Minneapolis along Broadway Avenue. Ross worked with Juxtaposition Arts – a local non-profit promoting art and entrepreneurship among youth in North Minneapolis – to understand the space better. Juxtaposition's concern about the lack of fresh food in their neighborhood,…

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College of Design Students Driven To Discover

College of Design students are competing for scholarships with 30-second videos illustrating what they're driven to discover. The competition, open to all undergraduate students and majors, asked participants to explain how the University influenced their search for knowledge and self-discovery. All submitted videos are posted on the University of Minnesota's Facebook page. Voting runs now through January 17th. A total of 16 scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $1,000 will be awarded to the videos with the most "Likes" on Facebook. Good luck to participating students from the College: Caitlin Dippo Marilena Mihai Oana Mihai Hannah J Preble Jordana M Reece Kiley J Schmidt Joel Valdez Sondra Vine Nathan S Wong Yichu Wu Learn what inspires them here!…

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Landscape Architecture Students Reinvigorate University Avenue with the Starling Project

The project's name is a metaphor: starlings are birds that use existing nests. In an effort to revitalize vacant storefronts along the Central Corridor light rail line, students in the Landscape Architecture program are playing matchmaker. The Starling Project aims to bring property owners and local community organizations together for month-to-month opportunities while University Ave is under construction. "The economic downturn has led to a surge of entrepreneurial thinking in all fields," says co-founder Ben Shardlow in a press release. "Many individuals and groups are nimble and flexible enough to benefit from having a space month at an attractive price, and new enough to prefer that to a longer contract." The project organizers, including Landscape Architecture student Kristen Murray…

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Apparel Design Students Support Haitian Kids One Stitch at a Time

The December 2010 earthquake left thousands of Haitians without basic needs like clean water, food, or clothing. To alleviate these difficult living conditions, students in Sherri Gahring's Apparel Design class partnered with U of M alumna Karen Moen to assemble over 80 garments for children at the Grace Village orphanage in Titanyean, Haiti. "The apparel design students gained experience using their beginning assembly and design skills to make a difference in the lives of others less fortunate," explained Gahring, "27 students created 42 sundress and 43 jam shorts…which were delivered [to Haiti] by Karen Moen and her team in late November." The project started in late 2010 when Gahring met Moen to brainstorm service learning and outreach projects. When…

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