Tag Archives: community engagement

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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Driving Change with Landscape Architecture

Longtime professor, mentor, and leader in the Twin Cities design community Joe Favour (B.L.A. ’92) began his appointment as head of the Department of Landscape Architecture this June. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on balancing teaching with practice, making design relevant to a broader audience, and identifying the most meaningful opportunities for the Department of Landscape Architecture. How […]

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Rethinking Resilience

“Materials, health, equity: everyone should have a healthy place to live, regardless of income.” -James Lehnhoff, vice president of housing development at Aeon   When The Rose, an affordable housing project in South Minneapolis, opened in October 2015, it was lauded by a number of publications and professionals as the future of sustainable building. For developers at Aeon and designers […]

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Local Food, Local Grocers: Posters to Promote Eating Sustainably in Rural Minnesota

For residents of rural Minnesota, eating sustainably year-round can be a challenge. This spring, a graphic design class created posters to promote a key link in the local food chain: small grocery stores. “In some areas of rural Minnesota, just as in some parts of the city, residents—especially those with limited mobility—struggle to find and purchase healthy food ingredients. Farmers […]

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Boots on the Ground: Design Community Outreach

Update: April 28, 2016 My experience with the RA in Practice program, watching it energize people and grow to take on a life of its own, has reinforced to me the idea that collaboration inspires, empowers, and facilitates accomplishment. As a current student in the College of Design and former RA in Practice, the experiences I’ve had have been invaluable […]

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New Mappings: Emotional Cartography

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of our Department of Landscape Architecture. To celebrate, we’re highlighting work by our students, faculty, and alumni that represent the future and history of the department. In an increasingly digital world, it’s easy to lose our sense of place. Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture) works with community engagement and public art to explore connections between land, […]

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Center for Sustainable Building Research Joins National Resilience Initiative

The American Institute of Architects Foundation, along with the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, announced that they have selected our Center for Sustainable Building Research as the upper Midwest hub of the National Resilience Initiative (NRI) network. Established in 2013 as a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, the NRI network consists of six university-based […]

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Greg Donofrio & Renée Cheng Win ACSA Awards

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA) honored Greg Donofrio with a Collaborative Practice Award and Renée Cheng with a Practice and Leadership Award. The ACSA Collaborative Practice Award recognizes initiatives with the potential to increase diversity in design curricula, administration, and student bodies. The Goldstein Museum exhibition “A Right to Establish a Home” was researched and developed by […]

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Design Camp: Learning, Playing, and Making a Mess

Over the summer, children filled McNeal hall with Rube Goldberg machines, paper sculptures, and piles of stones. They explored problem solving, creativity, form-making, design thinking, and innovation at Design Camp, run by PhD students Jody Lawrence (Interior Design) and Sarah Alfalah (Graphic Design). The camp was offered for ages 9 to 15 through the University Youth & Community Programs Discovering […]

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Give a Gift with Global Impact: Design Global Outreach

Update: September 3, 2015 In 36 hours, the deadline to reach our goal for Design Global Outreach will pass. Help us beat this deadline and make an impact in dozens of children’s lives. We have raised over $3,000 so far but need your help. Make a gift today and help us raise the remaining $2,000. We know you stand with […]

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