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Judd Fellow Explores Different Ways to Improve Wood Durability

Pratihba Chauhan

Due to the decrease in availability of conventionally used construction wood, stricter government regulations, and increased demand for sustainable building materials, there has been a recent surge of interest in finding alternative ways of using low durability wood species for construction. For 2017 Judd Fellow Pratibha Chauhan (Architecture), this begged the question, what can be done to enhance the durability of wood and preserve the architectural wisdom embedded within this traditional building material?

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What Millennials Want: The Gen Y Eco House

The Gen Y Eco House, constructed this summer by College of Design students and their instructor, James Garrett Junior, will be exhibited at the Eco Experience during the Minnesota State Fair, August 22 – September 2. While conducting preliminary research, students surveyed millennials about their approach to home ownership and discovered Gen Y consider home ownership to be very important but wants their house to fit their lifestyle with a majority of their area dedicated to gathering spaces.Students also learned that the millennials consider the dining room the least utilized space (possibly because survey respondents reported cooking just three or four meals at home per week). Generation Y is also concerned with energy conservation and renewable energy, so the class designed…

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