Tag Archives: outreach

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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Outreach Slam scheduled for Friday, November 12, 2010

The College of Design’s Outreach Slam is scheduled for Friday, November 12, 2010, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., in 33 McNeal Hall. [Note: room has been changed to 10 McNeal Hall.] An award for best presentation will be made by popular vote and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event.

“The Outreach Slam highlights the importance of our work to the people of the State of Minnesota, it demonstrates to the University the depth and breadth of the investigations that the College undertakes, and it shares and connects the work of individuals to their colleagues, opening doors to innovation and collaboration,” said Associate Dean for Research and Outreach Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design). “In reality, it is a celebration of the work of the college and it reveals an often hidden, yet critical component, of our University mission. This work changes the lives of people in the state. Work presented will range from projects that digitize the museum collections to the guiding of legislation dealing with mortgage foreclosures.”

Representative participants and topics include:

  • Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla (Architecture): The cloud
  • Tasoulla Hadjiyanni (Interior Design): Toward culturally sensitive housing
  • Eunice Haugen (Goldstein Museum of Design): Museum digitization project
  • Virajita Singh (Center for Sustainable Building Research): Sustainable design in the community
  • Becky Yust and Lyn Bruin (both Housing Studies): Healthy homes in Hennepin County

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All-college Outreach Slam November 12, 2010

The College of Design is presenting an all-college Outreach Slam on Friday, November 12, 2010, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 33 McNeal Hall. Eighteen participants are being sought for the event, which will be followed by a reception. Each participant will have five minutes (strictly enforced) to present their current outreach effort. A single project or effort should be presented, and can include presentations to community groups, design work for non-profits, consulting with communities, or other efforts within a broad definition of “outreach.” If you would like to participate, please indicate your interest to Paige Rohman (612-625-8261; prohman@umn.edu) by November 6, 2010. All staff, adjunct, and full-time faculty are eligible to participate. In an effort to encourage interaction and collaboration within the college, we would like to include presentations from all departments and centers. At the end of the presentations, those attending will select the best presentation; the author of that presentation will receive $1000 in professional development funds, and the presenter receiving the second best vote total will receive $500.

“Outreach” is broadly defined; in general, outreach activities are conducted away from campus and are for the benefit of some community or organization. In most cases, outreach work is connected to the teaching or scholarship of the faculty member.

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