Architecture Professor Blaine Brownell Publishes Material Strategies

Blaine Brownell, assistant professor at the School of Architecture, has published a new book discussing the history, current application, and larger affects of emergent materials in architecture. Material Strategies: Innovative Applications in Architecture includes case studies featuring detailed illustrations of buildings from today's most forward-thinking architectural firms and chapters. It also shows architects how creative applications of emergent materials have the potential to transform our built environment. Along with being a leading scholar in the area of advanced materials for architecture and design, Brownell is an architect, sustainable building advisor, educator, and former Fulbright scholar. He is also the author of the popular book series, Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine Our Physical Environment. At the end of…

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Monday Minute, February 20, 2012: Investing in Our Future

Dear Colleagues, Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal to our college-wide RFP for investments in our vision, visibility and vitality. The response was overwhelming and I was extremely grateful for each idea that was put forth to help build our college for the future. Although we had proposals totaling over $350,000, we had approximately $160,000 available, and have decided to move forward with those outlined in no particular order below. As a reminder, the College RFP specifically for research and outreach funds is due on March 1. More information on that is available here. Hope to see you at Friday's assembly. Have a good week. – Tom Pat Nunnally – The River Runs Through All of Us: Expanding…

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Master of Landscape Architecture Student Erica Shearer Remaking Detroit by Design

The population of Detroit fell by 25% between 2000 and 2010. While the Motor City make news for its growing number of vacant lots and abandoned homes, community groups are working hard to revitalize their city. Their efforts attracted the attention of Master of Landscape Architecture student Erica Shearer, who is working on a project exploring the role designers can play in community building. "While the city has been struggling for decades, the people have adapted. Amazing things are happening," saysShearer, who has been conducting a series of interviews and focus group with residents to understand how landscape architects can benefit from adapting the models of engagement used by successful community groups around Detroit. "I have listened to the…

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