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5th Graders Take Their First Design Course

On December 5th, Terry Wiley's fifth grade class at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul took their first college course in design. As part of a new initiative at the college to empower youth, the Student Services staff in partnership with the John Comazzi, Brad Hokanson, and Director of the U of M Kids on Campus program, Tex Ostvig, "adopted" the entire class. This week's gathering was the second year of the "adoption" program, whose goal is to help elementary school students learn first-hand about college and how thinking like designers can help them with problem-solving. The first exercise of the morning was orchestrated by Tex Ostvig, coordinator of Kids on Campus. Ostvig jumped in with the kids and…

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Interdisciplinary Studio: The Future of Duluth

[Update: December 14, 2012] Students in an interdisciplinary landscape architecture and architecture graduate studio presented their final projects at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, MN on Wednesday, December 12.More photos from DuluthDuluth Mayor Don Ness was in attendance, along with city planners, port authority workers, and design professionals from around the region. Over 100 people stopped by to see the projects during the two-hour event.The Duluth News Tribune featured the graduate studio on their front page Thursday morning, and Fox News will broadcast a story about the student presentations later next week.[Update: November 29, 2012] Architecture and landscape architecture students in the Interdisciplinary Duluth studio project will give their final presentations in Rapson Hall in Minneapolis on Monday, December 10,…

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Design Studio On the Road: Visiting San Francisco

Graduate students in the Arch 8255 Urban Design studio led by Professor Ignacio San Martin traveled to San Francisco in October to visit the new Medical Campus at Mission Bay being constructed by the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. Associate Director for Facilities Sandra Beck met with students throughout a two hour presentation that included visiting the new laboratories, residential units for new Faculty and Post-doctoral research fellows and recreational facilities. The Mission Bay site was previously the location of an abandoned large Southern Pacific rail yard that has been completely transformed into a bustling new biotechnology hub. The trip also included a visit to the extensive bioremediation installation work at Crissy Field designed by the landscape…

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Contested Terrain: A Lecture with Eyal Weizman at the Walker

Can architecture be a form of political intervention? This question is central to the work of Eyal Weizman, a writer, architect, and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Weizman will speak at the Walker Art Center Cinema on Wednesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. as part of the Global Practices in Architecture Lecture at the College of Design.He'll discuss his approach to architecture as a research-led collaborative practice. Often working with an interdisciplinary team–artists, urbanists, forensic scientists, archaeologists, human rights advocates–he analyzes vacated buildings, maps, satellite imagery, and other spatial artifacts to unravel the contested politics in sites of conflict and violence, including Palestine, the Former Yugoslavia, and Guatemala, among others.Weizman directs the…

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John Comazzi Publishes Balthazar Korab Biography

Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography was named a top architecture book of 2012 by The Guardian. It was also named a 2013 Michigan Notable Book by the State Library of Michigan.  A new illustrated biography by architecture faculty member John Comazzi, Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography, tells the story of Balthazar Korab, one of the mid-twentieth century’s most celebrated architecture photographers. It’s the first book dedicated solely to Korab’s life and career, with a portfolio of more than two hundred images from Korab’s professionally commissioned architecture photography as well as close examinations of Saarinen’s TWA Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana. An exhibit featuring Korab’s work will be on…

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In Memoriam: George Dennison 'Dennie' Neilson

George Dennison ‘Dennie’ Neilson (B.Arch ’67) died January 31, 2012. He was a resident of University City, MO and North Redington Beach, FL. Born February 10, 1940, in St. Louis, he was the son of Dr. Arthur Wright and Janet Neilson. He attended St. Louis Country Day School and graduated from Clayton High School, Westminster College, Washington University with a BS in Architecture, and the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He was an associate at many St. Louis architectural firms throughout his career notably Claybour Associates, HOK, & William B. Ittner working on diverse projects from the Tuntex 85 Sky Tower in Taiwan to the rehab of the Fox Theatre and Plaza Frontenac. He was active…

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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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Andrew Haas (BS Architecture '09) Takes Design to Beijing, China

In 2009, Andrew Haas (BS Architecture '09) graduated from the College of Design and moved to Beijing, China. He read several books about the rapid growth of urbanization in China and was intrigued by the work available for architectural designers. "I originally intended to stay for a year," said Haas. "The opportunities that were presented to me were just too great [in China] to go back to the United States." He spent two and half years working as a researcher and designer for Dynamic City Foundation, an internationally recognized research collective that focused on the burgeoning expansion of urban China. In 2011, Haas moved away from urban research and refocused his work towards parametric and non-linear architecture as an…

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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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Center for Sustainable Building Research Launches CommercialWindows.org

Today, the Center for Sustainable Research (CSBR), in conjunction with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the Alliance to Save Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy, officially launched www.CommercialWindows.org – a state-of-the-art website that provides critical information and performance data on the energy efficiency, interior environment, and technical considerations that influence commercial window design decisions. According to LBNL research, it is estimated that windows are responsible for 39% of commercial heating energy use and 28% of commercial cooling energy use – almost 1.5% of all total U.S. energy consumed. CommercialWindows.org features a number of comprehensive resources including a first-of-its-kind Fa├žade Design Tool – an interactive, online tool that allows users to choose, early in the design process, various…

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