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Inspiring Place / Landscape Architect Jerry de Gryse (BLA, 79) Win Multiple 2011 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Awards

Inspiring Place, led by Jerry de Gryse (BLA, 1979), scooped the pool at the 2011 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (Tasmania) biennial awards. Inspiring Place won an Award for Planning for its Design Guidelines for Nature Based Tourism – Victoria, an Award of Excellence in Urban Design for its Urban Design Strategy – Kangaroo Bay, and the Medal for Landscape Architecture. The Medal was given to Inspiring Place for its work at Saffire, a luxury eco-tourism resort on Tasmania's east coast. The jury commented that the project "persuasively conveys the key role of landscape architecture in fostering a deep sense of stewardship and engagement with the unique Tasmanian landscapes that support, inspire and delight both visitors and inhabitants alike."…

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Damon Farber (BLA, 71) Named AIA Minnesota 2011 Special Award Recipient

Damon Farber, FASLA, 1971 BLA grad and founder of Damon Farber Associates has been selected, along with the McKnight Foundation, as the AIA Minnesota Special Award recipients for 2011. The AIA Minnesota Special Award "seeks to encourage, stimulate and recognize exceptional contributions of individuals and organizations outside of the architectural profession that improve the quality of our physical environment." Farber is a registered landscape architect with over 30 years of professional experience. His commitment to quality, coupled with an emphasis on design integrity, has resulted in more than 45 professional planning and design awards and honors since he founded the firm in 1981. The McKnight Foundation is a Minnesota-based family foundation established in 1953 and seeks to improve the…

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Emeritus Professor Clint Hewitt Honored as First Hewitt Fellowship Awarded

Earlier this month, at the annual American Society of Landscape Architects convention in San Diego, Emeritus Professor Clint Hewitt was honored with an ASLA Fellowship – one of the highest honors ASLA bestows upon its members. The ASLA Fellowship recognizes the contributions of individuals to their profession, and the society at large, and is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. Professor Hewitt's accomplishments are almost too numerous to mention. He has contributed 30 remarkable years to the University of Minnesota as a professor and campus planner. "Clint is the embodiment of the climate of respect that underpins the everyday dignity of the University of Minnesota," said Professor Lance Neckar, head of…

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Landscape Architecture alums to interview publicly for Peavy Plaza project

The City of Minneapolis is hosting a public interview process (.pdf; 98KB) for choosing the landscape architect for the Peavy Plaza revitalization project in downtown. The interview takes place Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., in Auditorium 2 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Of the four finalist firms, three are headed by College of Design Department of Landscape Architecture alums: Bob Close (BLA, 1976) Close Landscape Architects, Tom Oslund (BLA, 1980) Oslund and Associates, and Damon Farber (BLA, 1971) Farber Associates.

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CDes events this week — September 13, 2010

Events

Time Frames and Other Stories opening reception
Thursday, September 16, 2010, 6 p.m., Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library
Architectural plans create the pragmatic framework for a complex narrative of built space in the exhibition of work by Tom Rose. A professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, Rose links his interest in the phenomenology of place with imagery based on real places and actual photographed fragments of structures.

Making, Selling, Buying, Using: Emerging Issues in Product Design
Friday, September 17, 2010, 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., 402 Walter Library and Campus Club
A one-day symposium bringing together faculty, researchers, practitioners and leaders for a lively event devoted to product design. The day will feature fast-paced presentations from a variety of perspectives, keynotes by Andrew Blauvelt (Chief of Communications and Audience Engagement, Walker Art Center), Maggie Breslin (design researcher at Mayo Clinic’s SPARC Program) and Barry Kudrowitz (incoming U of M product design faculty), plus networking and discussion. Registration required.

Special Housing Forum: Roberta Goodman & the film “Empress Hotel”
Friday, September 17, 2010, 11:15 a.m., Honeywell Auditorium, CSOM
A social activist for nearly 40 years, Goodman’s work has spanned a wide spectrum from community activism to international human rights. In 2004, Goodman managed the Empress Hotel, a Direct Access to Housing site for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The innovative project transitions people from homelessness to subsidized permanent supportive housing. Co-sponsored by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). Registration required.

Exhibitions

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

Time Frames and Other Stories
Through October 16, 2010
Architectural plans create the pragmatic framework for a complex narrative of built space in the exhibition of work by Tom Rose (Art).

Goldstein Museum of Design

Odegard Award for Excellence in Rug Design
September 12 – September 19, 2010, GMD foyer
The Odegard Award for Excellence in Rug Design acknowledges the outstanding achievement in the field of original student rug design. The competition was created to show student designers how combining modern designs with traditional hand knotting techniques can increase awareness and respect for the legacy of textile and carpet weaving.

HGA Gallery

Andrea Cochran: Landscapes
Through October 24, 2010
Cochran’s work draws boundaries with a controlled palette of materials, creating permeable edges that blur the line between the natural and built environment.

Questions? Contact Laura Walton at 612-626-6385 or lwalton@umn.edu.

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Ross selected to "green" grounds of US mission in Geneva

Natalie Ross, third-year Master of Landscape Architecture student, is one of eight MLA students from across the US selected for an internship to “green” the grounds of the US Mission in Geneva, Switzerland. The project, developed in partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), will demonstrate the mission’s commitment to sustainable design and showcase American design expertise. ASLA will bring this group of US landscape architecture students to Geneva for two weeks to research the site; conduct a design charrette; create a five-phase, iterative implementation plan; and oversee and participate in first steps of design implementation. The students will present their designs to the US Ambassador to Geneva at the end of the two-week charrette.

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Faculty and alumni work featured in June 2010 issue of Landscape Architecture

Carrie Ann Christensen (MLA, 2008) has written “Fair Share” for the June 2010 issue of Landscape Architecture magazine. The article features the landscape architecture commissioned by one of the owners of the former Sullivan residence on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis lakes are all publicly accessible and surrounded by a trail and parkway system called the Grand Rounds, making such projects even more challenging. Vince deBritto (Landscape Architecture) was a designer on the project.

Also featured in the June 2010 issue of the magazine is an article about the 2009 Association (ASLA) award-winning project for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Stephanie Grotta (MLA, 2002) was the principal for Coen + Partners on the project.

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Landscape Architecture faculty members present at 2009-10 CELA conference

Five faculty members of the college’s Department of Landscape Architecture presented at the annual Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) conference; Landscape Legacy: Landscape Architecture Between Art and Science, May 12-14 2010, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Laura Musacchio (Landscape Architecture) presented “Diversifying the American Corn Belt with Alternative Land Covers and Land Uses for Ecosystem Services and Green Infrastructure” as well as a session on “Translational Landscape Research and Practice as a Pedagogical Model for Design Studios.”

Kristine Miller (Landscape Architecture) presented, “Gertrude Jekyll and the King Edward VII Sanatorium.”

Lance Neckar, David Pitt, and Vince deBritto (all Landscape Architecture) presented a panel, “Critical Issues in the Advancement of Landscape Architecture: Scholarship and Practice.”

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College of Design co-sponsors Minneapolis parks lecture series

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation, the College of Design’s Metropolitan Design Center and Department of Landscape Architecture, and the Walker Art Center are co-sponsoring “The next generation of parks,” a series of lectures on parks planning and design. All of the lectures are free and open to the public.

The first lecture in the series took place on Thursday, May 13, 2010. Jamie Dean, program manager of the East London Green Grid lectured on London’s Green Grid.

The next lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 7 p.m., Cinema, Walker Art Center. Robert Hammond, co-founder and executive director of Friends of the High Line and Lisa Tziona Switkin, associate principal, James Corner Field Operations will lecture on New York’s High Line.

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