Carl O. Graffunder (B.Arch ’42), an esteemed Minnesota architect, passed away on August 27, 2013, at age 94 from a brief illness with pneumonia. Graffunder received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with distinction from the University of Minnesota in 1942, entered the Navy where he worked as a naval architect, and received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University in 1948. In 1946-47 Graffunder was chief draftsman for Antonin Raymond, who was regarded as the father of modern architecture in Japan and New York City. Graffunder returned to Minnesota after graduating from Harvard and became a design critic for the School of Architecture under the leadership of former dean Ralph Rapson. In addition to teaching until 1986, Graffunder ran his…Read more
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Anissa Stocks, writing for Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), reports that college students have spent months trying to sell their prize-winning entry in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. The 550 square-foot house is currently on display as part of the Bell Museum’s Sustainable Shelter — Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature exhibition which runs through May 15, 2011. Stocks quotes Dan Handeen (Center for Sustainable Building Research and assistant project manager for the project) as saying, “It’d be a waste of [the team’s] talent, effort, and ingenuity if it wasn’t sold or on display.”Read more
The ICON solar house, the University of Minnesota’s 2009 Solar Decathlon entry, is being reconstructed in front of the Armory as part of a Bell Museum of Natural History exhibit entitled Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling within the Forces of Nature. The exhibit shows the many ways that animals and humans create shelter, and explains how shelters relate to the environment. The ICON House will be open for visitors during Bell Museum hours as an example of some of the techniques and technologies that are presented in the exhibit. Sustainable Shelter opens October 16, 2010, and a grand opening takes place November 11, 2010 concurrent with the AIA Rendezvous in Rapson Hall and the opening of the Ralph Rapson exhibition in the HGA Gallery.
- “Solar house to be shown at Bell Museum exhibit” by Frank Bi, Minnesota Daily