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Introducing the College of Design

Students in DES 1170 on a field trip

For first year College of Design students, navigating the different design fields can be an intimidating prospect. But College of Design leadership hopes to change that with the introduction of the new topics course DES 1170: Introducing the College of Design.

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Defining Place in Dinkytown

Color and Form Prints

Located on the north side of the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus, Dinkytown is a neighborhood with close ties to the University community. This spring, students in Associate Professor James Boyd Brent’s Color and Form in Surface Design class were challenged to explore the sense of place in this unique neighborhood by designing a series of handmade screen prints. […]

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[Video] How We're Making Smart Clothing a Reality

The next installment of the Big Ten Network series, "BTN LiveB1G," will showcase University of Minnesota researchers creating fertilizer from the wind and exploring the future of wearable technology. The episode will debut Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10:30 p.m. CT, after the Minnesota men's basketball game vs. Wisconsin.The show will also air Saturday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. (after men's basketball vs. Northwestern) and Monday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. (after women's basketball at Michigan State).Smart Clothes For Professor Lucy Dunne, director of the Apparel Design Program and Wearable Technology Lab in the College of Design, clothes represent more than a fashion statement – they are potentially life-saving pieces of technology. Her team, which relies heavily on the talent…

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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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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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Introducing Architecture Professor William Conway's Book: Everyday Spaces of Healthcare

Everyday Spaces of Healthcare is a new collection of case studies by College of Design architecture Professor William F. Conway, FAIA. In the book, Professor Conway reviews problems and possibilities facing designers and clients in a select series of contemporary healthcare facilities. His case studies introduce readers to innovative approaches to four familiar territories: gardens, pathways, waiting areas, and retail environments. The research recognizes the benefits that can accrue from attention to them, and presents findings for those in the healthcare design industry. Conway is also the principal at Conway+Schulte Architects. The project was funded by a research grant from the Thomas Horty Healthcare Design and Build Fund, Conway+Schulte Architects, and the College of Design. More information on the…

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Monday Minute, October 24, 2011: Our summit with Target

Dear Colleagues, As I mentioned in my last Monday Minute, on Thursday and Friday of last week we held a two-day charette with Target to devise a better relationship between our two entities. While a mere three miles separates two of the biggest design leaders in the country, too often our work together remains ad hoc. While these relationships have been terrific, when someone gets promoted or moves, the bond that had been established breaks. We want to change that. So, with a desire to foster greater synergies between us, approximately 50 (25 from CDes & 25 from Target) got together and used some of that design thinking we teach everyday to explore new and exciting opportunities. During both…

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Now Available – The Fashion Reader: Second Edition

Linda Welters (PhD '81 Home Economics) recently published a book co-edited with Abby Lillethun titled The Fashion Reader: Second Edition, which includes the essays "Aging and Demographics: Implications for the Fashion Industry" by Claire Lacoste Kapstein (BS '01 Clothing Design, MA '04 DHA, PhD '06 DHA) and "Wearable Technology" by apparel design faculty member Lucy E. Dunne. For more on the book, visit Amazon.com here….

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Monday Minute, October 17, 2011: Advisory Board Recap

Dear Colleagues, Last week our advisory board members from across the country, and around the world, descended on our College for our biannual meeting. The feedback that we received was both reassuring and extremely helpful. They liked our updated mission, and enthusiastically supported our vision and the direction we're headed. They also heard inspiring student stories – including a presentation by M Arch students regarding Haiti – and saw first-hand the state-of-the-art DigiFabLab and upcoming virtual reality installation in Rapson courtyard. The board thinks that our direction and the investments we've made and continue to make, have put us on a course to transform design education, our disciplines, and people's perceptions of our College. Some of our board members have…

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U of M College of Design's DigiFabLab Officially Opens

Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 14, marks the official grand opening of the College of Design's Digital Fabrication Lab, or DigiFabLab – a state-of-the-art digital prototyping and fabrication facility. The DigiFabLab allows students to explore additive and subtractive prototyping and manufacturing technologies, and includes 3D printers, laser cutting systems and CNC milling equipment. It is located in Rapson Hall, on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. The Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Stratasys corporation – the inventor and world's largest manufacturer of fused deposition modeling (FDM) equipment – has generously donated over $50,000 in 3D printing equipment, including a Dimension SST 1200 printer and associated materials, for the DigiFabLab. "I'm grateful our commitment to creativity and advancing technologies is shared with terrific community…

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