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Interior Design Students Reimagine the Workplace

The guest jurors announce the winners of the competition.

When designing for today’s workplace, interior designers are increasingly called upon to think beyond the traditional cubicle and create a more contemporary space. Interior design students in Abimbola Asojo and Justine Pliska’s IDES 2604 experienced this first-hand when they were asked to design a “third place work cafe” as part of a competition from Haworth. “The parameters were to design […]

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Spring 2017 Issue of Emerging Now Available

The cover for the Spring 2017 issue of Emerging magazine.

The College of Design’s spring 2017 issue of Emerging magazine is now available online. Featuring student, faculty, and alumni news, Emerging is one of the best ways to stay up to date on what’s going on at the college. Our latest issue includes stories on: Apparel design students volunteering with the nonprofit Project Diva. The Goldstein Museum of Design’s 40th anniversary. […]

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Alumni + Faculty Contribute to Walker's Artist Designed Putt-Putt

When you tee up at the Walker Art Center’s Artist Designed Mini Golf in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden this summer, keep your eyes open for two putt-putt holes designed by faculty and alumni from the University of Minnesota. The 18-hole course includes Putt-Pong, co-designed by assistant professor of product design Barry Kudrowitz and College of Design alumnus Trevor Anderson. Their course mixes the fast pace of ping-pong with the careful strategy of putt-putt (hint: Use the paddles for a bank shot to create hole-in-one winning angles). Adjunct lecturer Robin Schwartzman designed a candy-inspired playing field called Don’t Blow It. The oversized gumball machine is the last chance for a hole-in-one. “The idea is to shoot it up a ramp and over a jump into the…

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Visit Us At the Minnesota State Fair

For the next 12 days, just down the road from McNeal Hall, 1.7 million people will eat their weight in deep-fried food, use nearly half a million sticks on pronto pup and corn dogs, and if they stop by the Eco Experience, get a chance to see the Gen Y Eco House built by our architecture students. Based on surveys and research conducted last spring, the students built a house that fits the ideal millennial home: dedicated gathering spaces, energy conservation, renewable energy features, and more. The Eco Experience is located in the Progress Center on Randall Avenue.Learn more about the Gen Y Eco House We'll also be at the Design booth in the U of M building on Dan…

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Featherlight: Dirty Cities and a Desire to Be Dry

M.Arch students Rob Holley and Hank Butitta (B.S. Arch '08) are among the top ten finalists in the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge for their project, Featherlight. In addition to three teams from the US, finalists include three teams from Canada and one each from Sweden, Chile, Belgium, and Mexico. Their project started last semester in a cross-disciplinary studio Exploring Bio-Inspired Systems in Architecture co-taught by Associate Professor Marc Swackhamer (Architecture) and College of Biological Sciences Professor Neil Olszewski. In the course, students developed projects that performed like, rather than simply looked like, biological systems. Their work will be on display at the Weisman Art Museum through March, along with an installation and exhibition of several pieces by bio-inspired artist, Jason…

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Turning a Parking Wasteland Into a Neighborhood … With a New Stadium

Over the past two weeks, 160 teams from 70 universities around the U.S. and Canada have been thinking about one thing: downtown Minneapolis. Participants in this year's Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition were challenged to create a comprehensive development program for the neighborhood surrounding the site of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. College of Design students Brice Aarrestad (M.Arch), Phil Bussey (M.Arch), Jodi Refsland (MLA), Kyle Van Someren (B.S. Arch '08) and Jason Vanselow (M.Arch) are busy representing the home team. "We know this area to be a parking wasteland," said Aarrestad. "We hope to accomplish an urban design that makes living in East Downtown attractive, convenient, and full of rich experiences every day, not just Viking game days."…

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U of M Team Competes in Walt Disney ImagiNations Competition

The 2013 ImagiNations Competition finalist team from the University with their project “Cores Brasileiras.” (Left to Right)  Isaiah Bergstrom, Made Arya Adiartha, Lucas Kaeding, James Cosper. © Disney. Photographer: Gary Krueger.Disney Opens Doors For Theme Park Designers of Tomorrow Six college teams travel to Imagineering in Glendale, CA, to participate as finalists in ImagiNations Design Competition January 28-February 1, 2013 Walt Disney Imagineering has selected the top six finalist teams of its 22nd ImagiNations competition. ImagiNations is a design competition created and sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering to promote diversity and enable participants to showcase their talents and gain practical knowledge in design. At the same time, it allows Imagineers to look for the next generation of creative and innovative…

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What You Can Learn From a Mausoleum, Temporal Graffiti, and Nicaragua

The 2012 Adjunct Slam gave an audience of students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to hear 10 members of the College of Design adjunct faculty present, in five minutes or less, a look at their professional work outside the University. Audience members voted for the People's Choice award, with $500, $300, and $200 in professional development funds going to the top three winners. 1st Place: Adjunct Assistant Professor Eric Amel discussed his contributions to HGA's Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum. The project was documented in a video produced by Adjunct Professor Christian Korab, Marc Ofsthun (BDA '11), and BDA student Peter VonDeLinde. "We are exploring form and language in filmmaking as a tool for imaging the temporal, experiential and sensual aspects…

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