Tag Archives: Rapson Hall

Product Design Students Put Toys On The Market

There's a new toy on the market-and it started in Rapson Hall. Adam Poetter (B.D.A. '11) was a teaching assistant for the inaugural Toy Product Design course taught by assistant professor Barry Kudrowitz in spring 2011. "I think all of the TAs felt like we were getting into something bigger than ourselves," said Poetter, who also received a B.S. in bioproducts and biosystems engineering. "[It was] a new way of doing things and a new way to approach engineering and design." The class introduces the product design process with a focus on designing for play, from initial brainstorms to testing to a final event for the public every spring called PLAYsentations. At the end of the semester Manhattan Toy sponsored…

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Learn about Landscape Design and Planning

On May 3, students and faculty in the Landscape Architecture department invited mentors, family members, and their "Littles" from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities (BBBS) to Rapson Hall for an event to learn about unique academic paths and careers related to Landscape Design and Planning.The young participants ranged from toddlers to high school students. During the event Brad Agee and Tony Chevalier (Landscape Architecture), along with Landscape Design and Planning students, Coal Dorius, Melanie Schroeder, and Sarah Sularz guided participants through a space making project. The "Littles" were challenged to craft an interpretation of their neighborhoods by defining streets, building lots, and zones with wooden blocks. The completed models abstract represented how each team defined…

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Photos + Video from TWELVE | Senior Fashion Show

It happened Saturday night. Eleven senior apparel design students showcased their work on the runway during their 44th annual fashion show. After years of cutting, stitching, piecing, and creating, the soon-to-be graduate designers brought their collections to life. Over a thousand people turned out to see garments ranging from 'fashionably reused' recycled vintage clothing to elegant bridal wear to a line inspired by scuba and aquatic creatures. Sophomore and junior students also displayed their work. Designs by Gabby Goetz. Models (not in order): Ellen Wunderlich, Megan Uelner, Alyssa Robinson, and Anna Brost Designs by Silvia Guttmann. Models (not in order): Alex Sertic, Twee Nguyen, Casey Moore, Bjorn Briel, and Cana Potter Designs by Carol Fallabeck. Models (not in order):…

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Monday Minute, May 23, 2011


Two events last week show the remarkable range and reach of this college. Friday evening, the Goldstein Museum of Design hosted a garden party, called “Dig Design,” around an Indian theme, complete with Ragamala dance, henna painting, and sari draping. Held in the HGA gallery in Rapson Hall, the event enlivened the spare space that Steven Holl designed with the bright colors of traditional Indian apparel and decorative arts, serving as a reminder of the underlying compatibility of ancient and modern aesthetics.

Meanwhile, last Thursday and Friday, the college co-hosted with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and AIGA Minnesota the second annual See Change conference (www.seechangeconference.org/). Among the extraordinary designers from across the country who spoke there, one of them, Matthew Atkatz, outlined five digital technologies that he saw having the greatest impact on our lives:

1. Social indexing, in which the digital world will deliver customized information to each of us based on our preferences

2. Cloud computing, in which smaller, cheaper, and lighter mobile devices will link to a common computer network

3. Gestural interfaces, in which digital images will have a three-dimensional quality, creating more immersive experiences

4. Near-field technology, in which cellular phones will replace a range of other item such as car keys, wallets, and business cards

5. Natural language processing, in which computers will be able to listen, analyze, and respond to spoken languages

Such trends will affect more than just communication design. As you can see in this YouTube video by Corning Glass (www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38), these technologies will affect every field in our college in some way. And yet, as the video also shows, the basic needs and aspirations of human life will remain essentially the same, as recognizable to the people of ancient India as to us in the modern world.


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MERGE exhibition opening June 1, 2011

The MERGE: Materials, Methods, Minds exhibition will open at the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library (Rapson Hall) on June 1, 2011. The exhibition will be on display through June 30, 2011 and features University of Minnesota student and faculty surface design work. The opening reception will take place on June 9, 2011 from 5:30-7:30 pm to coincide with the 2011 International Surface Design Association Conference held on the University of Minnesota campus.

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CDes events this week — May 9, 2011


School of Architecture Master’s Final Project Presentations
Monday, May 9 – Tuesday, May 10, 2011, Rapson Hall Courtyard

Landscape Architecture Capstone Presentations
Monday, May 9 – Thursday, May 12, 2011, Rapson Hall Courtyard

Interior Design Portfolio Preparation
Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 4pm, 475 McNeal Hall
Ryan Ellena, a recent Interior Design alum who is working at StudioHive, will give a presentation on portfolio preparation. Ellena will share his process for portfolio development and how he put his “brand” together.

Greenscreen: A student grown film night
Thursday, May 12, 2011, 7pm, Bell Museum Auditorium
A collection of the best environmentally focused films skillfully crafted by students at the University of Minnesota. The filmmakers will be present and will answer questions after the screenings.

AIA National Convention Alumni Reception
Thursday, May 12, 2011, 6pm, Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Join University of Minnesota College of Design Dean Tom Fisher and AIA Minnesota President Steve Fiskum (B.Arch ’73), AIA, for a Minnesota reception during the AIA National Convention in New Orleans.

College of Design Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 14, 2011, 3pm, Mariucci Arena

Shifting Gears: 2011 Graphic Design Senior Show
Sunday, May 15, 2011, 12pm, Clockwork
Calibrate your schedule for the University of Minnesota’s Graphic Design Senior Show, Shifting Gears. Come enjoy cold drinks, tasty snacks, and fine-tuned portfolios all afternoon.


Goldstein Museum of Design: GMD Gallery (McNeal Hall)

Smart House, Livable Community, Your Future
through May 22, 2011
Where do you want to live when you grow older? For many people the answer is “at home.” This exhibition explores the housing trend of aging in place by developing products and adaptive technologies that allow people to stay in their homes. Curated by Marilyn Bruin (Housing Studies) and graduate student Jodene Riha. Made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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