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Architecture and Advocacy: An Interview with Robert T. Coles, FAIA

Robert T. Coles, FAIA Photo by David R. Gordon.

When Robert T. Coles (B.A. ’51, Architecture; B.Arch ’53) was in high school, a teacher discouraged him from pursuing a career in architecture, telling him that “there are no black architects.” But Coles was undeterred. Instead, the young design student resolved to not only become an architect but one of the best. In this interview, Coles discusses his journey to […]

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Apparel Alumni Showcased in Emerging Fashion Anthology

(left) design, Hilary Hubanks; materials: wool tweed, plastic boning, eyelets, cotton lining, ostrich feathers, beads, shoelace strings; photograph, Valerie Gallagher, (right) design, Niki English; materials: window screen strips layered over tulle, LED lights; photograph, Cody Lidtke.Garments by apparel design alumni Niki English (B.S. Clothing Design '11) and Hilary Hubanks (B.S. Clothing Design '11) appear in the latest anthology of Emerging Fashion Designers 3 (Schiffer Publishing). The publication showcases work ranging from evening wear to sportswear to children's wear created by recent graduates from 16 fashion design programs in the United States. Hubanks submitted the design she created during a semester at the London College of Fashion where she took a corsetry class. "I was very inspired by English culture," recalls…

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Designing to Avoid Disaster: the Nature of Fracture-Critical Design

Dean Fisher discussed fracture-critical design at the 2012 TedxUMN conference.A new book by Dean Thomas Fisher, Designing to Avoid Disaster, draws a connection between recent catastrophic events like the collapse of the I-35W bridge and the flooding of New Orleans, and fracture-critical designs: structures that are susceptible to complete and sudden collapse should one part not perform as intended. In New Orleans, the failure of the levees during Hurricane Katrina illustrate why a system lacking redundancy–a duplication of critical components–turned a minor failure into a major catastrophe: "While Hurricane Katrina certainly stressed that system with high winds and waves," writes Fisher, "the flooding of the city came after the hurricane had begun to subside. The levees, weakened by the…

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