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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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Dean Fisher Envisions the Future of Healthcare Design at Transform 2012

Dean Tom Fisher will discuss how research and development at the College of Design is impacting the field of healthcare during the Mayo Clinic Transform Symposium on Tuesday, September 11. The annual event brings together innovators, leaders, designers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and business thinkers to talk about how innovation and design solutions are transforming the experience and delivery of health care.At the College of Design, health – human health, environmental health, community health – are common areas of focus across most of its 8 academic units and 10 research centers. A few examples include:The Metropolitan Design Center and Center for Changing Landscapes work with urban and rural communities to create environments that improve people's health.In the Wearable Product Design…

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Designing to Avoid Disaster: the Nature of Fracture-Critical Design

Dean Fisher discussed fracture-critical design at the 2012 TedxUMN conference.A new book by Dean Thomas Fisher, Designing to Avoid Disaster, draws a connection between recent catastrophic events like the collapse of the I-35W bridge and the flooding of New Orleans, and fracture-critical designs: structures that are susceptible to complete and sudden collapse should one part not perform as intended. In New Orleans, the failure of the levees during Hurricane Katrina illustrate why a system lacking redundancy–a duplication of critical components–turned a minor failure into a major catastrophe: "While Hurricane Katrina certainly stressed that system with high winds and waves," writes Fisher, "the flooding of the city came after the hurricane had begun to subside. The levees, weakened by the…

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What's Happening Around Interior Design?

What's happening in the interior design program? Working in teams, seniors in Interior Design Studio VII worked for five weeks last semester developing a 50,000 cubic foot multi-story lobby for a prototypical children's theater. Design practitioners and code officials critiqued their designs. You can view examples of their work on page 6 in the Spring 2012 issue of Emerging. Pictured left to right: Alissa Wylie, Katie Radcliffe, and Liana Zastoupil. In December, Caren S. Martin (DHA) and Denise A. Guerin (DHA) met with a panel of local interior designer to discuss their recent book, The State of the Interior Design Profession. The Interior Design Bachelor of Science program is a professional program that is accredited by the Council for…

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Master of Landscape Architecture Student Erica Shearer Remaking Detroit by Design

The population of Detroit fell by 25% between 2000 and 2010. While the Motor City make news for its growing number of vacant lots and abandoned homes, community groups are working hard to revitalize their city. Their efforts attracted the attention of Master of Landscape Architecture student Erica Shearer, who is working on a project exploring the role designers can play in community building. "While the city has been struggling for decades, the people have adapted. Amazing things are happening," saysShearer, who has been conducting a series of interviews and focus group with residents to understand how landscape architects can benefit from adapting the models of engagement used by successful community groups around Detroit. "I have listened to the…

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Monday Minute, February 13, 2012: Compact Feedback

Dear Colleagues, I'll keep this week's email short. As I noted in last week's Monday Minute, a draft of our FY13 compact is available for comment (you'll need your x500 login to view the document.) It is due into the Provost's office on Friday. If you have any feedback, please be sure to send it my way no later than 4pm Wednesday. Our formal presentation in next Wednesday, the 22nd. Thanks for your interest and thoughts. I look forward to reporting back on these and other conversations during the next Faculty Assembly. Have a good week. Tom…

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Andrew Haas (BS Architecture '09) Takes Design to Beijing, China

In 2009, Andrew Haas (BS Architecture '09) graduated from the College of Design and moved to Beijing, China. He read several books about the rapid growth of urbanization in China and was intrigued by the work available for architectural designers. "I originally intended to stay for a year," said Haas. "The opportunities that were presented to me were just too great [in China] to go back to the United States." He spent two and half years working as a researcher and designer for Dynamic City Foundation, an internationally recognized research collective that focused on the burgeoning expansion of urban China. In 2011, Haas moved away from urban research and refocused his work towards parametric and non-linear architecture as an…

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Can Design Change Food Safety Behavior?

Can design change food safety behavior? Students on a team from TERI University in Delhi, India and the University of Minnesota, including Master of Landscape Architecture student Allyson Czechowicz, asked questions like these during Acara's multi-disciplinary course last fall. Acara is a program through the Institute on the Environment that prepares young leaders to take on environmental challenges facing the world. The program's annual Acara Challenge brings together international teams of students from around the United States and India to develop entrepreneurial solutions to specific sustainable development challenges. In 2011 the theme for the Acara Challenge was food security. At the end of the semester, Czechowicz and her teammates presented their business idea for a food safety consulting and…

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