Tag Archives: Research

Faculty Display Research at Annual Poster Session

Aerial view of East Bank

From redesigning patient hospital gowns to creating a better deep winter greenhouse, College of Design faculty and graduate students work on the forefront of design research. Find out more about our faculty’s recent work.

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Illuminating the Neglected History of Mobile Homes

Hilltop Mobile Park

Millions of Americans call mobile parks home, but their architectural and historical importance is often overlooked. Eduard Krakhmalnikov (MS-HP ’13, Masters of Landscape Architecture ’14) is working to change that.

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Autonomous Vehicles: Coming Sooner Than You Think

Cars driving on a freeway.

Each year, the Transportation Research Board holds an annual meeting where presenters and panelists discuss and present research on transportation topics to policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and more. This year Minnesota Design Center Director Tom Fisher took part in one of the most popular of panels at the conference “Autonomous Vehicles: Coming Sooner than you Think.”

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Improving Function, Improving Fit | Q&A with Linsey Griffin

For years, female emergency professionals have often been overlooked when it comes to providing safe and secure work equipment. But one national apparel design research group is working to change that.

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Bringing Universal Design to the Self-Checkout Counter

Universal Design Icons

The self-checkout counter. It’s a common sight in grocery stores across the nation. But what impact does it have on the design of a store and on the people who use it? Teaming up with retail merchandising faculty Hye-Young Kim, architecture student Ryan Hansen seeks to answer this question in his honors thesis research.

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Generous $1 Million Gift Elevates Apparel Design Collections

A jacket in the Goldstein Museum of Design collection.

Close friends of the College of Design have committed $1 million for an endowment to create a named faculty position. This generous gift will provide an ongoing source of funding to support a faculty member who will further the scholarship related to historic dress and curate the historic dress collection in the Goldstein Museum of Design.

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Judd Fellow Explores Different Ways to Improve Wood Durability

Pratihba Chauhan

Due to the decrease in availability of conventionally used construction wood, stricter government regulations, and increased demand for sustainable building materials, there has been a recent surge of interest in finding alternative ways of using low durability wood species for construction. For 2017 Judd Fellow Pratibha Chauhan (Architecture), this begged the question, what can be done to enhance the durability of wood and preserve the architectural wisdom embedded within this traditional building material?

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College of Design Researchers Take On Grand Challenges

UMN Campus in the Fall

As part of the work to tackle the University’s five Grand Challenge focus areas, the University has allocated $2.96 million over the next two years through the University’s Driving Tomorrow awards. This funding will support six interdisciplinary team projects and two six-member one-year Grand Challenges Research Scholar Collaboratives. Participating on the teams being funded are two College of Design faculty members Kristine Miller (Landscape Architecture) and Daniela Sandler (Architecture).

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Searching for Lost Waters

Canoeing on the Mississippi River

Below the Twin Cities’ metro area lie forgotten streams, lakes, and wetlands that once flowed freely. Buried beneath the expanding cities, these waterways still serve as crucial water conduits and are of immense importance to the metro area’s watershed, which is why the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) is determined to find them.

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Finding a Way with Interior Design | Q&A with Julie Irish

Julie Irish (Ph.D '17, Interior Design)

When Julie Irish (Ph.D ’17, Interior Design) was asked to design a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) she made the surprising discovery that there was little design research on the topic. This was the motivation she needed to conduct her own research into how to design schools that are not only friendly for children with ASD, but help children […]

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