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Dean Fisher Shares Southdale's Story in the "10 Buildings that Changed America"

A new PBS documentary, "10 Buildings that Changed America," turns the spotlight on Edina's Southdale Center, built in 1959 by Austrian-born architect Victor Gruen. "And no, it's not because of the food court," quips the Star Tribune in a preview this week. The documentary includes an interview between College of Design dean Tom Fisher and WTTW host Geoffrey Baer on location, talking about the early days of the mall, when men wore suits and women got dressed up with high heels and pearls. In the early days, Southdale's Garden Court was a conservatory with birds and ponds, and the building was air conditioned in the summer using water from Lake Corneila. "Southdale's model of turning the shopping center inward…

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Earn Your Degree in 3 Years? Let's Try It

President Eric Kaler announced Friday that the College of Design will pilot a year-round plan for undergraduate students in the graphic design and retail merchandising programs.  The proposed plan will give students in those programs enrolling in the fall of 2014 an option to compete their studies in three years, instead of four years, by taking full credit loads during the summer.”I have long felt that we have, frankly, all this capacity in the summer that’s under-utilized,” Dean Fisher said in an interview with the Star Tribune. “We’ll see where the student demand goes. Some want to get through in three years, while others like the idea of staggered terms.” On Monday, WCCO-TV interviewed students in a graphic design…

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