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Permanent Reconstruction Project in Haiti Moves Forward

Earlier this month, Architecture for Humanity, and various groups and individuals – from Former President Jimmy Carter, to architecture graduate students Amanda Pederson, Brent Suski and Emerson Stepp – celebrated around the globe an important moment in the reconstruction of Haiti. The Santo Community Development, a new planned community near Léogâne, the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake, officially broke ground on September 15, 2011. Pederson, Suski and Stepp all significantly contributed to this project through their work with Architecture for Humanity in developing the master plan for Santo. Suski continued to participate in the effort through the summer with his work with SODADE, a Haitian planning firm. "Working on the project at Santo has been an incredible experience," said Suski….

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In Memoriam: Pieter Godfrey

Pieter Godfrey (Arch, 1981-89) passed away on June 9, 2011, at the age of 53. Godfrey attended the University School of Milwaukee and the University of Minnesota, School of Architecture, with continuing education in China. His special expertise included architecture, historic preservation, building materials, urban ecology and sustainable living, as well as his love for the past and present city of Milwaukee. Godfrey served on the Board of Directors of the Layton Art Collection, Inc., and numerous neighboring communities to help strengthen and revitalize those neighborhoods.

Architecture Minnesota Magazine announces Videotect Competition

Architecture Minnesota Magazine announces Videotect, a video competition that invites people of all ages and backgrounds to assemble creative, thought-provoking commentary on the skyway and its impact on urban life.

Videotect will culminate in a screening party at the Walker Art Center where a number of the submissions will be shown, the winners will be announced, and audience members will select the winner of the Viewers’ Choice Award. The screening party will be held on March 31, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Walker Art Center Cinema.

All video submissions are due February 25, 2011. For more information and to register, go to www.architecturemn.com/videotect.

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CDes events this week — September 13, 2010

Events

Time Frames and Other Stories opening reception
Thursday, September 16, 2010, 6 p.m., Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library
Architectural plans create the pragmatic framework for a complex narrative of built space in the exhibition of work by Tom Rose. A professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, Rose links his interest in the phenomenology of place with imagery based on real places and actual photographed fragments of structures.

Making, Selling, Buying, Using: Emerging Issues in Product Design
Friday, September 17, 2010, 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library and Campus Club
A one-day symposium bringing together faculty, researchers, practitioners and leaders for a lively event devoted to product design. The day will feature fast-paced presentations from a variety of perspectives, keynotes by Andrew Blauvelt (Chief of Communications and Audience Engagement, Walker Art Center), Maggie Breslin (design researcher at Mayo Clinic’s SPARC Program) and Barry Kudrowitz (incoming U of M product design faculty), plus networking and discussion. Registration required.

Special Housing Forum: Roberta Goodman & the film “Empress Hotel”
Friday, September 17, 2010, 11:15 a.m., Honeywell Auditorium, CSOM
A social activist for nearly 40 years, Goodman’s work has spanned a wide spectrum from community activism to international human rights. In 2004, Goodman managed the Empress Hotel, a Direct Access to Housing site for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The innovative project transitions people from homelessness to subsidized permanent supportive housing. Co-sponsored by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). Registration required.

Exhibitions

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

Time Frames and Other Stories
Through October 16, 2010
Architectural plans create the pragmatic framework for a complex narrative of built space in the exhibition of work by Tom Rose (Art).

Goldstein Museum of Design

Odegard Award for Excellence in Rug Design
September 12 – September 19, 2010, GMD foyer
The Odegard Award for Excellence in Rug Design acknowledges the outstanding achievement in the field of original student rug design. The competition was created to show student designers how combining modern designs with traditional hand knotting techniques can increase awareness and respect for the legacy of textile and carpet weaving.

HGA Gallery

Andrea Cochran: Landscapes
Through October 24, 2010
Cochran’s work draws boundaries with a controlled palette of materials, creating permeable edges that blur the line between the natural and built environment.

Questions? Contact Laura Walton at 612-626-6385 or lwalton@umn.edu.

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Fall 2010 Quadrant events announced

The Design, Architecture, and Culture group of Quadrant, a joint initiative of the Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Minnesota Press, has announced its Fall 2010 schedule. Three events may be of particular interest to the College of Design community.

Jeremy Bryson of Syracuse University presents “The Nature of Gentrification” on Thursday, September 30, 2010, 4 p.m., in 125 Nolte.

Kelly K. Erby of Emory University presents “Public Appetite: Dining Out in Nineteenth-Century Boston” on Thursday, October 28, 2010, 4 p.m., in 125 Nolte.

Clayton C. Howard of the University of Michigan, presents “The Closet and the Cul de Sac: Sexual Politics and Suburbanization in Postwar California” on Thursday, November 4, 2010, 4 p.m., in 125 Nolte.

All of the Quadrant events are free of charge and open to the public.

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Ito inaugurates Global Practices in Architecture Lecture Series

Kaori Ito, associate professor of urban planning and design at Tokyo University of Science inaugurates the Global Practices in Architecture Lecture Series on Thursday, August 26, 2010, 6 p.m., in 100 Rapson Hall. Ito’s lecture, “Tokyo: Small Urban Spaces in the World’s Largest Urban Area,” explores Tokyo’s urban form and life through the lens of her work including the short animated film PopulouSCAPE and Tokyo Picnic Club projects, which draw together creators from the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape, illustration, photography, food, and more to develop creative projects in public spaces.

Kaori Ito's Tokyo Picnic Club
Kaori Ito’s Tokyo Picnic Club

Ito studied architecture at the University of Tokyo and earned a doctor of engineering degree in 2001. She did research in urban analysis and spatial information science as a 1999-2002 JSPS Research Fellow and as assistant professor in the Center for Spatial Information Science at the University of Tokyo 2002-05. She was appointed junior associate professor of urban planning and design at the Tokyo University of Science in 2005, and has been associate professor since 2008. She published Civic Pride: Designing Communication of Cities (in Japanese) with design journalist Nobuko Shimuta in 2008. She founded Tokyo Picnic Club (TPC) with architect Hiroshi Ota in 2002. TPC consists of creators from various fields such as architecture, urbanism, landscape, graphic design, illustration, photography, food coordination, and curating. Their creative projects on public spaces have been delivered in Japan, Korea, and the United Kingdom.

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In Memoriam: James Stageberg

Architect James Stageberg (BArch, 1952) 85, has passed away. A well-known professor in the college’s School of Architecture for decades, an an acclaimed practitioner, Stageberg had his own firm in the Twin Cities for many years. The full notice appears in the Star Tribune, Friday, July 9, 2010. The funeral will be at St. Stephens Church in Minneapolis on Monday, July 12, 2010.

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Legacy of Donald Wexler explored in film, book, and exhibition

A film about the life and career of Don Wexler (BArch ’50), “Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler,” won the audience award for art, architecture and design at the 11th Annual Northport Beach Film Festival, April 29. 2010.

Wexler’s legacy as a pioneering mid-century modern architect will also be explored in an upcoming exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum in January 2011. Wexler’s own drawings, models and photographs will be augmented by new models of his work built by Cal Poly students.

The film’s companion book, Donald Wexler: Redefining Modernism by Patrick McGrew (Palm Springs Preservation Foundation) notes that although in the late 1940s, when Wexler attended the U of M, most architecture schools still taught Beaux Arts design principles, “the University of Minnesota had already supplanted this traditional architectural curriculum with modernism,” and that the library here introduced Wexler to the works of modern masters like Richard Neutra, under whom Wexler later worked.

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation also honored Wexler by declaring Jan. 22-24, 2010, “Wexler Weekend,” which included tours of Wexler-designed properties in Palm Springs.

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College of Design students participate in Gopher Ranger program

College of Design undergraduate Architecture students Julia Hill, Kevin Lang, and Andy Cleven are featured in “Going with the flow,” a UMNews feature by Rick Moore about the University’s new Gopher Ranger program. Begun this spring, the Gopher Ranger program connects undergraduates to educational and experiential opportunities within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA) — the National Park Service entity that includes portions of the river flowing through the Twin Cities campus. Hill, Lang, and Cleven are working on an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) project under the direction of Leslie Van Duzer (Architecture) and Pat Nunnally (Landscape Architecture; Institute on the Environment) to visually connect the area between the Mississippi River and the Mill City Museum near St. Anthony Falls.

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