Monday Minute, February 6, 2012: Moving Forward

Dear Colleagues, You may have already heard that we received notice last week indicating that, while we made a compelling argument for our coming together as a college on one campus, the University decided that it has more urgent facilities needs and that the renovation of the Armory for our use will not be on the University's next three capital requests to the legislature through 2018. This was disappointing news. However, I also view this as a chance to rethink our current space needs and how we might use technology and other avenues to bring our disciplines closer together even with our college remaining on two campuses for the foreseeable future. I am scheduled to meet with Vice President…

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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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Design Students Compete To Launch Environmental Social Ventures

Three students from the College of Design, Sara Saboonian (architecture), Allyson Czechowicz (landscape architecture), and Indira Manandha (architecture in sustainable design) are competing on separate teams for international scholarships from the Acara program. Acara, a program of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, will award up to eight scholarships to the Acara Summer Institute in Bangalore, India, where winning teams can continue working on ventures they developed last fall. The 2011 topic focused on creating businesses that improve food security and/or the environment in India The St. Paul-based competition finals event is from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at CoCo, 213 4th St. E., and is open to the public. Five teams of U.S. and…

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