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Celebrating Minnesota’s Sustainable Building Leaders

This fall, the Center for Sustainable Building Research and its partners recognized Minnesota buildings that go above and beyond to meet the state’s Buildings, Benchmarking, and Beyond (B3) Guidelines. Minnesota requires that all state-funded construction and renovation projects meet B3 sustainability goals for water, energy, indoor environment, site, materials, and waste. The team designed the program to be compatible with LEED™ and […]

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Design for Minnesota > Thanks for Your Support

[Update: June 28, 2013]Our students need your help today. Big decisions are being made about their future right now. Our budget year ends on Sunday and I’m working hard with staff around the college to secure funding for our most important student projects, like the Design Duluth studio. We’re close, but we need your help to meet our goal of raising $2,000 to offset research costs that normally fall to students. Will you support Design for Minnesota?You’ve heard from Tom and Trevor about the vital work our students are doing to promote a more resilient and sustainable Minnesota. I know you care about our students and I know you stand with us. Your past support has helped us get this far. Will you…

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Design on the Road: Multi-Family Net-Zero Fieldtrip

Architecture and housing students are working together this semester on a Multi-Family Net-Zero project to learn about the nature and feasibility of affordable zero-energy multi-family homes. Lecturer Dan Handeen (Architecture) and his students in the Multi-Family Net-Zero seminar are developing a schematic design for a net-zero family home in Cottage Grove, MN. Students in a Housing Development and Management Class taught by Associate Professor Marilyn Bruin (Housing) and Professor Becky Yust (Housing) are helping inform the socio-demographic aspects of the project. Throughout the course they'll seek feedback from Habitat for Humanity – Twin Cities and the homeowners association in Cottage Grove.View photos from their recent research field trip on Facebook. The Net-Zero seminar is made possible thanks to the…

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Interdisciplinary Studio: The Future of Duluth

[Update: December 14, 2012] Students in an interdisciplinary landscape architecture and architecture graduate studio presented their final projects at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth, MN on Wednesday, December 12.More photos from DuluthDuluth Mayor Don Ness was in attendance, along with city planners, port authority workers, and design professionals from around the region. Over 100 people stopped by to see the projects during the two-hour event.The Duluth News Tribune featured the graduate studio on their front page Thursday morning, and Fox News will broadcast a story about the student presentations later next week.[Update: November 29, 2012] Architecture and landscape architecture students in the Interdisciplinary Duluth studio project will give their final presentations in Rapson Hall in Minneapolis on Monday, December 10,…

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Faculty Design Featured in Midwest Home Magazine

photographs by Andrea Rugg PhotographyA project by architecture adjunct assistant professor Kristine Anderson (M.Arch ’04) is featured in the September/October 2012 issue of Midwest Home magazine. She worked with builder Craig Johnson of Johnson Smaby Homes to “resurrect” Cabin #10 on Gull Lake, a relic of the Rocky Point Resort, which closed in 1957. In their remodel, Anderson and Johnson worked with the owner to keep the same footprint and character of the cabin, while completely modernizing it. The  owner orginally set out to make a few updates, but when they realized the cabin wasn’t structurally sound, the project evolved into a rebuild that would maintain the original structure’s charm.Anderson is an associate with Peterssen/Keller architecture. Prior to joining Peterssen/Keller,…

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Center for Changing Landscapes submits reports to the Minnesota State Legislature

The College of Design’s Center for Changing Landscapes (CCL) recently completed two reports which were submitted to the Minnesota State Legislature and will help guide investment in Minnesota’s parks and trails.

CCL was directed by the Minnesota State Legislature to create a long-range framework for an integrated statewide parks and trails system that would provide information on the natural resource-based recreational opportunities available throughout the state. The detailed framework was required to include an inventory of existing regionally and statewide significant parks and trails, respond to recreational trends and demographic changes, and identify underserved areas, overused facilities, and gaps in the current parks and trails system (Minn. Gen. Laws 64.8 § 6).

The main project staff included Mary Vogel, Principal Investigator, and Cindy Zerger (MLA/MURP 2008), Research Fellow and Project Manager. Both of the project reports can be found at http://ccl.design.umn.edu/mnpat.html.

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Architecture Minnesota Magazine announces Videotect Competition

Architecture Minnesota Magazine announces Videotect, a video competition that invites people of all ages and backgrounds to assemble creative, thought-provoking commentary on the skyway and its impact on urban life.

Videotect will culminate in a screening party at the Walker Art Center where a number of the submissions will be shown, the winners will be announced, and audience members will select the winner of the Viewers’ Choice Award. The screening party will be held on March 31, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Walker Art Center Cinema.

All video submissions are due February 25, 2011. For more information and to register, go to www.architecturemn.com/videotect.

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Murphy Warehouse Company receives 2010 Minnesota Family Business Award

For the second year running, College of Design Dean’s Advisory Board member, Richard Murphy, Jr.‘s (BLA, BED, 1975; MBA, 1986) Murphy Warehouse Company has received a Minnesota Family Business Award. The company is a 2010 Minnesota Family Business Legacy Award recipient. The awards are sponsored by Minnesota Business magazine and Hubler for Business Families.

As a Legacy Award winner, Murphy Warehouse Company was recognized as a multi-generation family business that has thrived and successfully transitioned from one generation to the next based on five criteria: Business success, family involvement in the business, positive family business structure, an active board of directors with outside advisors, and dedication to philanthropy and community service.

“The Murphy family continues to work hard to build a company worthy of future generations, and we remain dedicated partners with our customers and the community,” said Richard Murphy, Jr., Murphy Warehouse president and chief executive in a media release. “We are honored to receive this award and to be in the same company with our fellow nominees.”

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