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Alpha Rho Chi, A Butterfly House, and the Power of Design

Last summer, the newly reinstated Alpha Rho Chi (APX) Mnesicles Chapter at the University of Minnesota collaborated with YMCA Camp Streefland in Lakeville, MN to teach children ages 6-14 the value of design education. Their project was twofold: constructing a Butterfly House and instilling campers with design thinking values. "The Butterfly House … became a great opportunity for students to see a project from inception to completion," explained Drew Heller, current president of the APX chapter. "Up until this point, many of our members had limited experience in constructing anything, let alone something of this scale." The group worked with Madi Goodrich, arts and crafts director at Camp Streefland, to decide the needs, layout, and design of the building. It…

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Shopping Center Design Named Best-of-the-Best

A shopping center designed by David Rogers (M.Arch '71) was chosen by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) as a VIVA Best-of-the-Best Award winner in the Design and Development category for 2013. This award honors and recognizes the most outstanding examples of shopping center design and development, sustainability, marketing, and community service worldwide. Santa Monica Place, located in Santa Monica, California, was transformed by Rogers from a traditional enclosed mall into an open-air destination that celebrates the cultural and geographic openness of Santa Monica. "This center is an exceptional representation of the best in the industry for state of the art practices, setting it apart from the rest of the retail real estate industry," said Michael P. Kercheval, president…

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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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NEA Grant Adds to Growing Partnership with Juxtaposition Arts

The Regents of the University of Minnesota received a grant of $35,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that will support the development of design curricula and educational programming targeted to high school students. This project is a partnership between the College of Design, the Department of Landscape Architecture, and Juxtaposition Arts, a youth design education organization. It will include as many as five courses taught in an underserved North Minneapolis neighborhood and will introduce approximately 150 youth to new pathways for college and design professions. Congrats to @uofmdesign and Juxtaposition Arts on your @neaarts Design grant.The work you're doing for and with kids is astounding!– Jason Schupbach (@JasonSchupbach) April 24, 2013 "The NEA is proud to support…

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Roald Gundersen (B.Arch, BED '89) Receives Margot Siegel Design Award

The Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD) announced the winner of the first annual Margot Siegel Design Award. Roald Gundersen (B.Arch, BED '89) was nominated and selected to receive the award which honors designers who demonstrate design excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. Gundersen has been exploring and experimenting for the past 20 years with natural building and the architecture of small-diameter round timber. He founded WholeTrees in 2007, a company that re-brands round timber for urban and commercial environments in place of steel. The presentation of the award and recognition of philanthropist Margot Siegel will take place in Miami, Florida. Gundersen will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Florida and accept the $2,000 award on May 29th.Margot Siegel…

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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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Redefining, Redesigning Fashion at the Goldstein Museum of Design

The Goldstein Museum of Design  is hosting a new exhibition called Redefining, Redesigning Fashion: Designs for Sustainability. Now through May 26, you can see work on display by designers from the U.S.A., Australia, Europe, and Asia. The final designs on display were chosen by a jury of Anna Carlson, Anna Lee, and York Hu, each of whom have examples of their own work in the exhibition. All garments are a 21st century design that incorporates recycling, repurposing, and reclaiming that redefines sustainable fashion. The exhibition explores how designers can create clothing and accessories with consideration to the environmental, economic, and social impacts. The fashion industry has many creative and cultural aspects, but the negative features such as textile waste, water…

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5th Graders Take Their First Design Course

On December 5th, Terry Wiley's fifth grade class at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul took their first college course in design. As part of a new initiative at the college to empower youth, the Student Services staff in partnership with the John Comazzi, Brad Hokanson, and Director of the U of M Kids on Campus program, Tex Ostvig, "adopted" the entire class. This week's gathering was the second year of the "adoption" program, whose goal is to help elementary school students learn first-hand about college and how thinking like designers can help them with problem-solving. The first exercise of the morning was orchestrated by Tex Ostvig, coordinator of Kids on Campus. Ostvig jumped in with the kids and…

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Architecture Students Envision Dream Cabins for National Competition

The October 2012 issue of Cabin Life  magazine features work by students from the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota and North Carolina State University. They were challenged to meet with “clients” and create livable floor plans, sample renderings, and models that transformed an existing property into a cabin oasis.  Over 5,000 people voted on the ten finalists selected by architecture professor Dale Mulfinger from the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, and architecture professor Georgia Bizios from the North Carolina State University School of Architecture Holly Engle (B.S. Arch ’12) took second place in the competition with 24% of the votes. Her model, The Crow’s Nest (pictured below), was designed to embrace the changing of the seasons…

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Monday Minute, October 1, 2012: Design and Business

Colleagues,I wanted to take the time this week to bring you all up to speed on some of the conversations the College has had regarding the intersection of design and business.As set forth in our vision, we need to ensure our students fully understand the triple-bottom-line (people, planet, profit) aspect of their work.  We do an excellent job with the people and planet side, but the profit part probably needs more work. We have talked about this in our leadership discussions over the last year – specifically our retreat this summer – and I look forward to telling you more about this during the college assembly later this week. Over the last week alone, in conversations I and others…

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