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Metropolitan Design Center: Rethinking St. Paul's Central High School Landscape

A new report by the Metropolitan Design Center (MDC) proposes design alternatives to the current landscape surrounding the entrance to St. Paul's Central High School. The project was initiated by school administrators, a group of motivated parents, and several students who felt dissatisfied with the current space. The MDC developed their redesign around the philosophical model of Rodney H. Matsuoka, who believes the presence of an attractive and welcoming landscape surrounding institutions of learning has been connected with higher graduation rates and test scores and an increased percentage of students planning to attend College. BEFOREAFTERThe MDC conducted field survey work over the course of several days, observing site conditions, the flow of surface water, student behavior and movement patterns….

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Images from 2010 Welcome Week yarn event

Associate Dean Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) has collected images from the Welcome Week yarn event in the Rapson Hall courtyard. More than 200 first-year College of Design students participated in the community- and creativity-building events on Thursday, September 2, 2010. At 2:30 p.m., students gathered in the courtyard for discussions about the academic experience that are “drawn” with yarn, a technique that balances the conversation visually. The students then fill the entire courtyard with yarn. About about 4 p.m., the students gathered in the Rapson Hall auditorium to create the sounds of rain and a thunderstorm using only their hands. “These activities help demonstrate to students the connections that a university experience provides, and, more importantly, that even an impossible task can be accomplished with some creativity and your peers,” said Hokanson.

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