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From Textiles to Trees

Abby Sue Fisher (Ph.D ‘92 Textiles & Clothing) never planned to work for the National Park Service (NPS). But a few days after submitting her dissertation on racial identity and appearance in colonial Mexico, she accepted a job as a regional museum specialist in the NPS midwest office. While she wasn’t working with textiles, she drew from experience with historic preservation […]

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From Mainframe Computers to Virtual Reality: Q&A with Lee Anderson

In 1980, Lee Anderson (Architecture) was deep into his MArch thesis on fractals and design when he realized that in in order to generate graphics to represent his ideas, he’d need to learn computer programming. Anderson taught himself as much as he could, then reached out University of Minnesota experts in computer science, fine arts, and IT. His resulting thesis was […]

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Minions, Ghouls, and Jellyfish: #NotJack2015

Humans domesticated gourds over 10,000 years ago, and we’ve been carving them into lanterns for centuries. This Halloween, an interdisciplinary team of College of Design faculty, staff, and students challenged University of Minnesota to think beyond the classic crooked grin at our inaugural non-traditional pumpkin carving contest: Not Jack. PHOTOS: #NotJack2015 Students with majors ranging from Animal Science to Apparel […]

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DSAB Welcomes New Members

The College of Design Design Student and Alumni Board (DSAB) brings together designers at all stages of their education and careers to plan events, develop programs, and build relationships. This fall, DSAB welcomed a number of new members, including the alumni below.   Cassandra Willms (BS Clothing Design ’04) Senior Designer, Target “After moving back from NYC 2 years ago, […]

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Golf Meets Design: AIAS Minnesota at the Skyway Open

The 8th Annual U.S. Bank Skyway Open Golf Tournament taking place this weekend will feature 19 one-of-a-kind miniature golf holes designed by local groups, including the University of Minnesota American Institute of Architect's student group (AIAS MN). You can see their design in action in the IDS Center Crystal Court Friday, February 21 – Sunday, February 23. The event expects to draw over a 1,000 people.PHOTOS: Meet the students behind the AIAS MN mini golf courseWATCH: AIAS President Nate McKewon on KARE-11 (3:25) More stories from the College of Design:Yes, We're Biased: Vote For Our Videotect AlumniTwo U of M Monuments Men: Walter Huchthausen and Ralph Hammett Tune In: Dean Fisher + James Corner on the Nicollet Mall Redesign…

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AIAS-MN Freedom by Design Honored For Impacting Lives With Design

The University of Minnesota American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Freedom by Design program received the very first 2013 AIAS National Freedom by Design Honor Award. AIAS is a student led community service program at the U whose aim is to positively impact the lives of people in their community through modest design and construction solutions.The Freedom by Design Honor Award recognizes chapters that make efforts to achieve the mission of AIAS to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; show an exemplary level of engagement from students with the client, architect, contractor and community; and have a clear understanding of the practical impact of architecture and design. The Freedom by Design Honor Award is the highest award bestowed upon…

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Haglund elected vice president of NFRC executive committee

Kerry Haglund (Center for Sustainable Building Research) has been elected vice president of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) executive committee. She had previously served as the treasurer. NFRC is a non-profit organization that administers the only uniform, independent rating and labeling system for the energy performance of windows, doors, skylights, and attachment products.

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Dunne's smart clothing work profiled by The Line

Lucy Dunne‘s (Apparel Design) smart clothing work is profiled by Dan Haugen, writing for The Line. Dunne tells Haugen that integrating technology for monitoring body function into clothing requires sensors close to the body, presenting a design challenge. “I was originally a clothing designer, and in clothing design you can’t ask the consumer to make those kinds of compromises, where they’re uncomfortable or they feel like they look weird,” Dunne tells Haugen. “So my interest is in translating those sensing techniques into everyday clothing.”

Haugen notes that Dunne received a Lectra Innovation Award for Faculty Research for her study on “Joint Sensing in Everyday Clothing: Analysis of Garment Ease and Signal Noise in a Garment-Integrated Optical Bend Sensor.”

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Carmody and Strong awarded for work on green building policy by City of Saint Paul

John Carmody and Rich Strong (both Center for Sustainable Building Research) were recognized by the City of Saint Paul for their work on green building policy. Carmody and Strong were part of a two-year public and private sector collaboration and were among those receiving the 2010 Sustainable Saint Paul Award in the Public/Private Initiative Award category. Carmody and Strong helped craft the City of Saint Paul Sustainable Building Policy in 2009. The policy supports cost efficient sustainable energy “green building” guidelines included in projects where city investment are made.

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