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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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Interior Design Students Rethink K-8 Science Lab

Associate Professor Abimbola Asojo (Interior) and interior design students Carol Erklouts and Tawana Terrell recently completed an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) project redesigning the lighting and interior of a science lab for St. John the Baptist, a K-8 school in New Brighton, MN. Erklouts and Terrell worked with this school, in part, because Dr. Asojo's son attends class there and and the principal had mentioned different design ideas for the science lab. The UROP proposal incorporated research about designing for educational facilities, as well as using their interior design skills from class. Terrel is interested in sustainability and universal design, and Erklouts is interested in lighting design, both areas they focused on while researching and designing the science…

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Design on the Road: Multi-Family Net-Zero Fieldtrip

Architecture and housing students are working together this semester on a Multi-Family Net-Zero project to learn about the nature and feasibility of affordable zero-energy multi-family homes. Lecturer Dan Handeen (Architecture) and his students in the Multi-Family Net-Zero seminar are developing a schematic design for a net-zero family home in Cottage Grove, MN. Students in a Housing Development and Management Class taught by Associate Professor Marilyn Bruin (Housing) and Professor Becky Yust (Housing) are helping inform the socio-demographic aspects of the project. Throughout the course they'll seek feedback from Habitat for Humanity – Twin Cities and the homeowners association in Cottage Grove.View photos from their recent research field trip on Facebook. The Net-Zero seminar is made possible thanks to the…

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Students and Faculty Collaborate on Redesign for Cleveland Park

Last semester Ariah Fine of the Cleveland Neighborhood Association partnered with a team of faculty and students from the Landscape Architecture Department to encourage community members who use Cleveland Park in Minneapolis to envision a new design for the space. Professor Kristine Miller (Landscape Architecture, Head) and MLA students Amber Hill and Coal Dorius worked to engage the community around this vision. While working as a Center for Urban and Regional Affairs research assistant, Hill also produced a booklet with research and findings about the process and outcomes of the project. The first stage of the process involved studying current constraints and opportunities offered by the park space. During the second stage, three parties were hosted for community members at…

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