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Defining Place in Dinkytown

Color and Form Prints

Located on the north side of the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus, Dinkytown is a neighborhood with close ties to the University community. This spring, students in Associate Professor James Boyd Brent’s Color and Form in Surface Design class were challenged to explore the sense of place in this unique neighborhood by designing a series of handmade screen prints. […]

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Hank Butitta (M.Arch '13) Bought a Bus … And It Went Viral

Most architecture projects don't start with rusted floors and four wheels. But when Hank Butitta (M.Arch '13) found a bus on Craigslist for $3,000, he saw beyond the disrepair. He converted it into a tiny home space for his final masters project and gave it the ultimate test: a cross-country road trip from Minneapolis to Seattle, down to San Francisco, with pit stops in Las Vegas and Kansas City, and then back to Minnesota.You can follow the story on his blog.In The Media:Minnesota Public RadioNew York Daily NewsGizmodoGristDesign BoomTiny House DesignThe Coolistand more …More stories about architecture:Dean Fisher Shares Southdale's Story in the "10 Buildings that Changed America"[Video] Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry, Meet 3D TechnologyRoald Gundersen (B.Arch, BED '89) Receives Margot…

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NEA Grant Adds to Growing Partnership with Juxtaposition Arts

The Regents of the University of Minnesota received a grant of $35,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that will support the development of design curricula and educational programming targeted to high school students. This project is a partnership between the College of Design, the Department of Landscape Architecture, and Juxtaposition Arts, a youth design education organization. It will include as many as five courses taught in an underserved North Minneapolis neighborhood and will introduce approximately 150 youth to new pathways for college and design professions. Congrats to @uofmdesign and Juxtaposition Arts on your @neaarts Design grant.The work you're doing for and with kids is astounding!– Jason Schupbach (@JasonSchupbach) April 24, 2013 "The NEA is proud to support…

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2013 Imagine Fund Faculty Awards

The Annual Imagine Fund Faculty Awards at the University of Minnesota support innovative research in the arts, design, and humanities. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the following College of Design faculty were awarded up to $5,000 for their project proposals.Assistant Professor Blaine Brownell (Architecture) – Architectural Frontiers in ChinaAssociate Professor Arthur Chen (Architecture) – Typological Study of Swahili Public SquaresProfessor Renee Cheng (Architecture, Head) – Architecture in Modern China: Lost Art or Strong Tradition?Assistant Professor Greg Donofrio (Architecture) – Market Forces: The History Behind the Infrastructure of What We Eat Associate Professor Tasoulla Hadjiyanni (Interior) – When Places Speak – A Photography exhibit Professor Brad Hokanson (Graphic, Associate Dean for Research and Outreach) – Xul Solar and Joaquin Torres-Garcia: Pioneers in design…

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Graphic Design Student Project in Mailboxes Now

As Give to the Max kicks-off this morning, alumni may have noticed a project by a graphic design student appear in their mailbox in recent days. This year, Adjunct Professor Ange Wang's section of GDes 2351: GD1-Text & Image, partnered with the U's Foundation to create designs for their annual fall alumni fundraising appeal. Eighteen students worked individually to create designs for the envelope and letterhead, and then presented their projects to representatives from the Foundation. All of the designs were also reviewed by classmates, alumni, and staff, and third-year graphic design student Bailey Sears had her design chosen to be sent to the 260,000 alumni throughout the country, and around the world, from each University of Minnesota campus….

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Brigham's Downstream / Upstream project receives IonE mini grant

Jonee Kulman Brigham (CSBR) has been awarded a mini grant from the Institute on the Environment for her work “Art, Story and Infrastructure: A Model for Experiential Interconnection in Environmental Education.” The proposal gathers an interdisciplinary team of University faculty and community partners to develop a curriculum model based on the Downstream/Upstream demonstration project. The topic will focus on how to use place-based interaction with infrastructure, interpreted through art, story, and science to create an experiential
and informed sense of interconnection between our points of resource use and the engineering and natural systems through which they flow. The project specifically addresses developing an urban water cycle curriculum model for preK-12 students.

Institute on the Environment News: “New IonE Mini Grants Fund Spectrum of Environment and Sustainability Projects

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Krinke announces new public art project: Visitation

Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture) has created a new public art project entitled Visitation which explores memory and forgetting. Visitation includes three components: a sculptural installation, a performance and four weekly “excursions” — public outreach events open to all.

Krinke says a trip to Alcatraz in April 2010 was inspirational for the Visitation installation. In particular an area at the prison called “visitation,” which was for prisoners to talk with visitors, via small, heavy glassed “portholes” in a pink wall.

The sculptural installation and performance will be held at Rosalux Gallery where the exhibition runs February 3-26, 2011. The performance will be included in the opening reception on February 4, 2011.

For more information about Visitation, go to http://visitation.posterous.com.

UMNews media advisory: “U of M professor’s new public art project explores memory and forgetting

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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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Greenlight charrette 2011: Call for collaborators and ideas

The annual Greenlight charrette is an opportunity for students to collaborate on a meaningful project with community members, faculty, and local professionals.

Students are encouraged to contact the group (grnlight@umn.edu) for more information or with suggestions for projects within the community that would benefit from design assistance.

Greenlight Charrette 2010
Members of the Greenlight charrette, 2010.

Greenlight members creatively explore ecological and social sustainability issues, geared towards reducing our impact on the planet by actively demonstrating change on both personal and community levels.

Previous workshops have dealt with regenerative community designs for Cold Spring and St. Paul neighborhoods, as well as building specific interventions for groups such as Brave New Workshop. Urban trash was the focus for 2008 when Hennepin County approached the College of Design about brainstorming options for their Hennepin Energy Recovery Center next to the new Twins Ballpark. The community partner also funded four summer research assistantships to continue developing ideas generated over the weekend.

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Furi School Project update

Ever wonder if what you do in school will actually make a difference? Andrew Blaisdell (MArch, 2010) is leading the design for a school and clinic complex outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Furi School Project seeks to ensure that the buildings be sustainable, replicable, prepared for worldwide information empowerment, and financially and environmentally self-sufficient.

Currently in Furi, safe drinking water, electricity, and medical care are a 45-minute walk away and the existing school is a 15-foot by 10-foot mud structure. The proposed complex will serve as many as 300 students from neighboring communities during the day, and function as an adult education facility at night. Surrounding communities will have the benefit of safe drinking water, local medical attention, and educational resources on agriculture, horticulture, and human health.

Wosen Kifle, a Minneapolis resident and native of Ethiopia, contacted the College of Design for assistance with this project. Ozayr Saloojee (Architecture) mentioned the topic to Blaisdell who explored how some of the Furi Project goals can be realized on the site for his final master’s project.

As the design moves forward, the Furi School Project needs further funding and research assistance, particularly with regard to human-centric sustainable technologies that are appropriate for the community and region.

A benefit dinner for the Furi School Project will be held on November 7, 2010 in the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hotel Minneapolis.

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