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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Pickard Chilton Named Innovator of the Year by the Connecticut Business News Journal

William D. Chilton (MArch '80), is a principal of the firm Pickard Chilton, which the Connecticut Business News Journal named Innovator of the Year for 2011/2012. In an article this week announcing the honor, Chilton advises those interested in becoming architects that a design eye is at the heart of it all, but there are many paths to explore including management of a firm, project management, and the technical side of imagining a building. The firm Pickard Chilton has completed or is currently designing projects for clients worldwide with a construction value of more than $12 billion, resulting in the creation of more than 25 million square feet of LEED-Gold certified commercial, residential and institutional buildings in design, under…

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