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Forest Trails & Forest Tales: Exploring Place, Story, and Climate Change

A project led by a ten member interdisciplinary, advisory group including Jonee Kulman Brigham, research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research, will present a free public event, Forest Trails & Forest Tales: Exploring Place, Story, and Climate Change, at the Cloquet Forestry Center on Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. This event is part of a project called “Conversation-E: Science + Art in Service to Sustainability” sponsored by the Institute on the Environment in partnership with Green Art Together Evolving (GATE) with support from the Cloquet Forestry Center. Other members of the interdisciplinary University team include Roslye Ultan, Liberal Studies Senior Faculty, Peter Reich, Regents Professor Department of Forest Resources, and Rebecca A. Montgomery, Associate…

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Celebrating five years as CDes


Today we celebrate five years since the formation of the College of Design, and I wanted to take a moment before the holiday weekend to give my thanks and wish everyone a very "happy birthday." While we've traveled down some bumpy roads over the last five years, we've come through that experience together – and we are stronger than ever before.

During our five-year journey, perhaps without even fully recognizing it, we've grown into one of the most comprehensive design colleges in the entire country. The scholarship, the innovation, and the education we provide goes above and beyond what most design schools are now doing. We create, we engage, we act, and I'm proud and honored to be part of the college that we've built.

Please have a safe and happy holiday weekend. Thank you for your dedication and again, happy birthday.


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CDes students create solar-powered clothes

Students from the College of Design (CDes) and College of Science and Engineering (CSE) teamed up to create solar-powered clothes for the whole family. Each garment includes integrated solar panels that power electronics in the garment.

CDes and CSE project.jpgThe men’s jacket and woman’s dress light up, the dress carries a battery that can store energy, and the jacket can charge an iPhone. The little girl’s dress has a beaded flower that spins when she squeezes a soft switch in her pocket.

The project was developed for the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Show. The clothes were also modeled at the Sol Inspiration Fashion Show, an exhibit of eco-themed garments in the Twin Cities.

Student team members from CDes include Allison R. Danzl, Silvia G. Guttmann, and Sara E. Lopez Dziyana Zhyhar. CSE students include Akmal Arifin, Shan Seong Gan, Benjamin Lewiski, Yvonne Li, and Karla Simonson. Faculty advisers for the project were Rhonda Franklin, CSE, and Lucy Dunne (Apparel Design), CDes.

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CDes events this week — June 6, 2011


11th North American Masonry Conference
through Wednesday, June 8, 2011, various location on campus
The quadrennial conference showcases masonry research conducted around the globe via oral presentation of research results. Topics of the research include such diverse issues as seismic resistance and case studies of recent events, the sustainability life cycle analysis of masonry materials, and restoration of historic masonry structures.

An evening with architect and author Ross Chapin
Monday, June 6, 2011, 7 pm, Micawber’s Bookstore
Ross Chapin, AIA, (BArch / BED, 1979) will speak about his recent book release, Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World (Taunton Press), at Micawber’s Bookstore. Pocket neighborhoods are about nearby neighbors coming together around a shared commons. These small-scale settings can foster a sense of community among neighbors while preserving the need for privacy.

MERGE: Materials Methods Minds opening reception
Thursday, June 9, 2011, 5:30 pm, Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library (Rapson Hall)
A juried exhibition of University of Minnesota student and faculty work coinciding with the Surface Design Association Conference.

Beyond Peacocks and Paisleys opening reception
Friday, June 10, 2011, 6 pm, Goldstein Museum of Design (McNeal Hall)
Artisans in South Asia use a broad range of handcraft techniques to meet the apparel and home furnishing needs of consumers in India, surrounding nations, and around the world. This exhibition examines these techniques and how they have evolved over time.


MERGE: Materials Methods Minds
through June 30, 2011
Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library (Rapson Hall)
A juried exhibition of University of Minnesota student and faculty work coinciding with the Surface Design Association Conference.

Eladio Dieste: A Principled Builder
through August 1, 2011
Goldstein Museum of Design: HGA Gallery (Rapson Hall)
This exhibition explores the work of one of the lesser-known geniuses of 20th Century architecture, Eladio Dieste. Trained as an engineer he is known for his mastery of “reinforced masonry.” Dieste invented appropriate structural types that he exploited with daring.

Beyond Peacocks and Paisleys: Handcrafted Textiles of India and its Neighbors

June 11, 2011 – September 26, 2011
Goldstein Museum of Design: GMD Gallery (McNeal Hall)
Explore the broad variety of surface design and weaving techniques employed in South Asia. This exhibition will also reveal the connections of South Asian textiles to American fashion and American handcraft of the studio arts and DIY movements.

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

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Architecture students design Habitat for Humanity Zero Energy Home

College of Design architecture students partnered with engineering students at the College of Science and Engineering to design a prototype Zero Energy Home (ZEH) for Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota.

Two net-zero homes were designed and developed by the students. The first home, coined the Princeton Prefab, will be built the summer of 2011 by Habitat. The shell and structure will be assembled June 21-26, 2011 by volunteers at the International Episcopal Youth Event held at Bethel University. The house will then be moved to Princeton, MN for completion.

The second home, called the Core House, will become a prototype Habitat for Humanity Zero Energy Home. Habitat will be using the Core House design, collaboration process, and results as a case study for sharing with other Habitat affiliates nationwide.

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CDes welcomes new web specialist, Paul Jarvis

The College of Design welcomes Paul Jarvis (External Relations) as the new Web Specialist. Jarvis will support the technical aspects of the web: maintain college web sites, create templates, style sheets, support Abobe Contribute, provide training and develop documentation. He has a BFA in Digital Art from Bowling Green State University and is currently working on a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Computer Animation. Jarvis will be located in 32 McNeal Hall and can be reached at 612-625-1797 or by email at pcjarvis@umn.edu.

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CDes alumni and staff to teach Curiosity Camps

The University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education will offer Curiosity Camps throughout summer 2011. College of Design alumni and staff will instruct several courses which include:

For a complete list of classes or to register, go to the Curiosity Camps website.

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CDes representatives to the U of M Faculty Senate for 2011-2012

The College of Design representatives to the University of Minnesota Faculty Senate for 2011-2012 include:

Julia Robinson (Architecture), 3-year term ending June 2012
Daniel Jasper (Graphic Design), 2-year term ending June 2013
Cynthia Jara (Architecture), 3-year term ending June 2014

Alternates serving a one-year term ending June 2012 include:
Ritu Bhatt (Architecutre)
Pat Hemmis (DHA)
Hye-Young Kim (Retail Merchandising)

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CDes events this week — March 7, 2011


School of Architecture Catalyst Lecture Series
Monday, March 7 – Friday, March 11, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 11 am, 100 Murphy Hall
When the Unimaginable Becomes the Routine: How ICT’s Enable Resilience in Environmental Crises
Gloria Mark, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 5 pm, 100 Rapson Hall
Efficient and Causeless Solutions in the History of Stereotomy
Enrique Rabasa-Diaz, Polytechnic University of Madrid

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 5 pm, 100 Rapson Hall
Local and International Urban Design: 10 Principles of Public Spaces
John Cuningham, Cuningham Group, Minneapolis

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 5 pm, 100 Rapson Hall
Lighting Design on a World Stage and Emerging Trends in Daylighting
Bryan Stacey, ARUP, New York

Friday, March 11, 2011, 2 pm, 100 Rapson Hall
Advanced Digital Model and Digital Fabrication
Gil Akos and Ronnie Parsons, Studio Mode, New York


ALA Library (Rapson Hall)

Layering Time and Motion: Paintings and Installation by Joonja Lee Mornes
through April 29, 2011
“…the allusive nature of her well-crafted meditations [are] able to effortlessly shrink and expand scale, radiate and absorb light, and mark and move time.” -Garth Rockcastle

HGA Gallery (Rapson Hall)

small architecture BIG LANDSCAPES
through March 6, 2011
One billion leftover people – typically called squatters or self-builders or homeless (it’s a big category) – claim leftover spaces in cities and live in unauthorized dwellings made of scavenged, leftover materials. Each of the works in this show is a beginning point for rethinking our attitudes about who and what we typically see as having no value while suggesting that our leftover human beings, building materials, and spaces can be seen–must be seen–as someone or something with potential. Curated by Wes Janz, professor of architecture at Ball State University and founder, onesmallproject.org.

Goldstein Museum of Design (McNeal Hall)

Smart House, Livable Community, Your Future
through May 23, 2011
Where do you want to live when you grow older? For many people the answer is “at home.” This exhibition explores the housing trend of aging in place by developing products and adaptive technologies that allow people to stay in their homes. Curated by Marilyn Bruin (Housing Studies) and graduate student Jodene Riha. Made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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

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