Tag Archives: outreach

Stepping Up with Apparel Design

Step Up students work on their garments.

Founded in 2004 by the City of Minneapolis and AchieveMpls, the Step-Up Achieve and Step-Up Discover program places Minneapolis teenagers and young adults in paid internships across the metro area. This summer, the Apparel Design Program played host to interns and taught them the ins and outs of apparel design. In this interview Lucy Dunne, director of the apparel design program, talks about how the partnership developed and how the program has been doing so far.

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Driving Change with Landscape Architecture

Longtime professor, mentor, and leader in the Twin Cities design community Joe Favour (B.L.A. ’92) began his appointment as head of the Department of Landscape Architecture this June. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on balancing teaching with practice, making design relevant to a broader audience, and identifying the most meaningful opportunities for the Department of Landscape Architecture. How […]

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Design-Build: Wargo Nature Center Heritage Lab

It’s one thing for your final project to stand up to final reviews, but quite another for it to withstand heavy outdoor use by generations of children! This spring and summer, associate professor John Comazzi (Architecture) taught a design-build graduate module in partnership with Anoka County Parks & Rec to fabricate and install learning kiosks at the Wargo Nature Center […]

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Extension Block Grants Fund Applied Research and Outreach

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016-2018 Extension Block Grants! To support and deepen the integration between University of Minnesota Extension and the College of Design, Extension funds these two-year grants for projects that collaboratively contribute to its applied research goals. The following College of Design proposals were selected for funding for the next two years: Designing Learning Environments to Foster Academic Success […]

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Rethinking Resilience

“Materials, health, equity: everyone should have a healthy place to live, regardless of income.” -James Lehnhoff, vice president of housing development at Aeon   When The Rose, an affordable housing project in South Minneapolis, opened in October 2015, it was lauded by a number of publications and professionals as the future of sustainable building. For developers at Aeon and designers […]

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Local Food, Local Grocers: Posters to Promote Eating Sustainably in Rural Minnesota

For residents of rural Minnesota, eating sustainably year-round can be a challenge. This spring, a graphic design class created posters to promote a key link in the local food chain: small grocery stores. “In some areas of rural Minnesota, just as in some parts of the city, residents—especially those with limited mobility—struggle to find and purchase healthy food ingredients. Farmers […]

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Boots on the Ground: Design Community Outreach

Update: April 28, 2016 My experience with the RA in Practice program, watching it energize people and grow to take on a life of its own, has reinforced to me the idea that collaboration inspires, empowers, and facilitates accomplishment. As a current student in the College of Design and former RA in Practice, the experiences I’ve had have been invaluable […]

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New Mappings: Emotional Cartography

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of our Department of Landscape Architecture. To celebrate, we’re highlighting work by our students, faculty, and alumni that represent the future and history of the department. In an increasingly digital world, it’s easy to lose our sense of place. Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture) works with community engagement and public art to explore connections between land, […]

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Center for Sustainable Building Research Joins National Resilience Initiative

The American Institute of Architects Foundation, along with the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, announced that they have selected our Center for Sustainable Building Research as the upper Midwest hub of the National Resilience Initiative (NRI) network. Established in 2013 as a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, the NRI network consists of six university-based […]

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