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Elizabeth (Lisl) Close (1912-2011): A Pioneer of Modern Architecture

Elizabeth (Lisl) Close, a pioneering woman in the field of modern architecture, would have celebrated her 100th birthday today. She died of pneumonia in November 2011. Close developed an interest in architecture that took her from the University of Vienna to MIT in the 1930's, where she received both a B.Arch and M.Arch degree. She and her husband, Winston Close (B.Arch '27), established their firm, Close Associates, in Minneapolis in 1938, which became known for its modernist approach to design. She designed some of the first modern houses to be built in the Twin Cities and left her mark on the University of Minnesota, designing the music school as well as laying out the West Bank, Duluth and Waseca campuses….

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Beining home restoration profiled by Star Tribune

Ronald Beining (BLA, 1993) was profiled by the Star Tribune about the restoration of his historic Kenwood mansion. The home was originally built in 1906 and designed by the the architecture firm Kees and Colburn for Lawrence Donaldson of the Donaldsons department store chain. Beining has spent the last ten years restoring and living in the home.

Homegazing on a Kenwood mansion,” by Jim Buchta, Star Tribune

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Wokasch interviewed by Star Tribune about NYC Fashion Week

Glassman at the Star Tribune about her recent trip to New York City for Fashion Week. Wokasch worked behind the scenes for designer Rachel Antonoff during the showing of Antonoff’s Fall 2011 collection.

Wokasch also attended a book signing for Emerging Fashion Designers (Schiffer Books) by Sally Congdon-Martin. Wokasch is included in the book as well as College of Design graduates Lauren Koehne (BS Clothing Design and Retail Merchandising, 2009), Laura Musekamp (BS Clothing Design and Retail Merchandising, 2009), and Elyse Olson (BS Clothing Design, 2009).

Minnesotan gets true N.Y. experience” by Sara Glassman, Star Tribune

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Star Tribune notes publication of Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion

Sara Glassman, writing for the Star Tribune, notes the publication of the ten-volume Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (2010, Oxford University Press) of which Joanne Eicher (Regents professor emerita, Apparel Design) is the editor-in-chief. Glassman notes that Eicher has been working on the project since 2003.

“Sometimes there are still people who like to look at fashion as superficial. It’s such a narrow point of view,” Eicher tells Glassman. “Everywhere around the world, people dress themselves, use body modifications and body supplements. It’s not just an encyclopedia of clothing.”

A publication presentation and celebration with Eicher and Kathryn Earle, managing director of Berg Publishers, will take place on Friday, October 22, 2010, 4:30-6:30 p.m., in 33 McNeal Hall. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Free sewing kits will be given away while supplies last.

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Fisher, Martin quoted in Star Tribune

Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture) and Caren Martin (Interior Design) are quoted in Kim Palmer’s article for the Star Tribune, “Living (not so) large?” The article, about the emerging smaller aesthetic in housing, reports the average size of new single-family homes in 2009 averaged 2,438 square feet, down about 100 square feet from two years earlier. Fisher tells Palmer, “We were bloated. It made architects cringe, there was so much wasted space. There’s a shift back to ‘What do I really need?’ vs. ‘What will impress my neighbors?'”

When it comes to home furnishings, however, bigger is still better. “People are just bigger,” according to Fisher. “Americans are getting fatter as houses get smaller, and this is a problem. It makes a house seem smaller than it is. It’s two trends going in opposite directions.”

Caren Martin notes that only a generation ago a double bed was standard, “Looking at this stuff in retail showrooms, it doesn’t look too big, then you get it home. Sometimes you can’t even get it into your home — you need a three-foot entry door — and older houses don’t have that.”

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Star Tribune covers Imagining the Mississippi exhibition

“We thought some of the ideas were crazy. We know some of them are,” Architecture undergraduate Daniel Carlson tells Jenna Ross, writing for the Star Tribune. “But the more we designed them, the more they took root and really felt like they belonged there, to us.” Carlson is referring to the design visions he and three of his fellow students have for the Mississippi riverfront — everything from a steam plant spa to terraces that lead to the water’s edge. Those design visions are compiled in Imagining the Mississippi: 30 Ways to Transform the Riverfront, a book and exhibition currently on display at the Mill City Museum.

Architecture undergraduate Daniel Carlson (photograph by Star Tribune)
Architecture undergraduate Daniel Carlson (photograph by Star Tribune).

“The four architecture students had seen enough uninspired ‘master plans,'” writes Ross. “They wanted their vision of the Mississippi riverfront to take more chances, going beyond better signs and brighter lights.”

Ross also cites Pat Nunnally (River Life program), who advised the students after Carlson came back from a trip to northern Europe to study 10 accessible waterfronts. “He came back and asked, ‘Why can’t we do some of this stuff here?'” Nunally recalls for Ross. “If you unlock yourself from the traces of institutional thinking, you say, ‘Hey, why not?'”

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Star Tribune covers Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain

Mapping the joy and pain of individuals across a map of the Twin Cities is the focus of a new public art project by Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture, entitled Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain. Krinke tells Kristin Tillotson who covered Krinke’s installation for the Star Tribune that everyone favors the Mississippi River but not the local freeways. “The whole length of the river got covered in gold, and the city lakes, too,” Krinke tells Tillotson. “But the spot where 394 meets 94 is very gray.”

Participants mark sites tied to pain or pleasure in Unseen/Seen (photo by Rebecca Krinke for Star Tribune)
Participants mark sites tied to pain or pleasure in Unseen/Seen (photo by Rebecca Krinke for Star Tribune).

Tillotson reports Krinke’s map “seems to be a catalyst for emotional release.” A young man starts to break down upon realizing how many times he’s moved in his life. Krinke tells Tillotson that one of the most appealing aspects of the mapping installation is “the layer of privacy it affords.” None of the participants are asked to verbalize why they’re placing joy or pain pins on the map. “Yet most people think out loud.”

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Star Tribune reviews Goldstein's Flights of Fancy

The Star Tribune reviewed the Goldstein Museum of Design’s most recent exhibition, Flights of Fancy: A History of Feathers in Fashion. Gregory J. Scott, writer for the Star Tribune, called the exhibition, “delightful, if brief, tour of the 150-year fascination the fashion world has had with plumage.” Scott acknowledges the two sides to the exhibition reflecting on the use of the feathers in Western fashion as well as the politics of animal cruelty and preservation.

Flights of Fancy: A History of Feathers in Fashion runs from June 12-September 12, 2010 at the Goldstein Museum of Design in McNeal Hall.

Additional Coverage:
The Curated Object
River from the Cold Lights

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