Tag Archives: Twin Cities

3 Local Buildings That Get a Second Look

Dean Tom Fisher appeared on TPT-TV’s “Almanac” throughout the summer with stories about under appreciated or lesser known works of architecture around the Twin Cities. What buildings would you add to the list? Tweet @UofMDesign or share on Facebook.Southdale Center10 Southdale Center, Edina, MN Christ Church Lutheran3244 34th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN HGA’s Lakewood Cemetary Mausoleum3600 Hennepin Avenue S.,Minneapolis, MN   More stories from the College of Design:Hank Butitta (M.Arch ’13) Bought a Bus … And It Went ViralWhat Millennials Want: The Gen Y Eco House Smart Clothing, Smart Girls Learning about STEM…

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Alumni + ArtCrank 2013: Adam Turman and Ryan Carlson

Artcrank, the annual bicycle-poster hybrid show with its roots in Minneapolis returned to the city last weekend with affordable, original works of art by local artists – including illustrator and designer Adam Turman (B.S. Design Communication '99) and Twin Six co-owner Ryan Carlson (B.S. Graphic Design '01). Turman is known for his iconic vintage-style posters featuring iconic Twin City landmarks. This year his poster, "Always Take the High Road," features a cyclist crossing a bridge between the two cities. In an interview with Minnesota Public Radio, he explained that bikes are, "really complicated to draw … But that's sort of the challenge of it; that's the fun of it." Listen to Turman's MPR interview. Carlson, co-owner of the alternative cycling…

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Design Thinking Unleashes Creative Potential … With a New Website

The emerging field of Design Thinking has a growing presence (and website) at the College of Design. Spearheaded by Adjunct Assistant Professor Virajita Singh, the project is a unique resource for organizations ranging from local governments to the business sector interested in applying the tools and processes from the design disciplines to complex, system-wide problems. "Our audacious goal," explains Singh, "is to unleash the creative potential of individuals and organizations across all sectors to innovate in fulfilling their mission at the local, regional, national and international level." View photos from recent workshops. Upcoming events include workshops with the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP) to identify and rank possible design elements and portal features for the new U of M portal…

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In Memoriam: Mike "Sammy" Samuelson (B.S. Housing '94)

Mike "Sammy" Samuelson (B.S. Housing '94) died this week after battling leukemia and other physical ailments for a number of years. In a recent article Star Tribune columnist Jon Tevlin recalled how Samuelson dedicated his work to making life better for, "the poorest areas of the Twin Cities, from Elliot Park to Powderhorn to Frogtown," doing the kind of work, "where you are appreciated for a short time, then you're gone. Nobody puts up a plaque for you." A legendary Twins fan, Samuelson received a lifetime achievement award during an annual baseball banquet put on by a number of his friends last Friday."Michael was 'the' engaged student, always present and participating and he continued to stay connected after graduation," recalled…

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Metropolitan Design Center Hosts University District Alliance Workshop

On Wednesday, June 27th the Metropolitan Design Center hosted a University District Alliance lecture and workshop to present the findings from Phase II Toward an Urban Design Framework: Using Greenways and Green Infrastructure to Achieve Sustainable Communities. MDC's director Ignacio San Martin (Dayton Hudson Professor of Architecture) lead the audience with a discussion on the long-range benefits of using greenways to improve the connections among the University neighborhoods and with their principal greenway corridor, the Mississippi River. The presentation continued by challenging the University District Alliance to embrace a green Infrastructure design proposal to replace the current system of stormwater management to improve the quality-of-life of the district's communities and the overall ecological habitat and recreational opportunities of the Mississippi…

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Alchemy Architects Receive AIA Award for SPECS Optical Facade

The St. Paul architecture firm Alchemy Architects, founded by Geoffrey Warner (B.Arch '89), received a 2012 Small Project Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) during an awards ceremony on May 17 in Washington D.C. Alchemy facilitates experimentation with, and the production of, key elements that are part of larger projects, from weeHouses to lofted condos. The award was for Alchemy's work on SPECS Optical Facade, an optical shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Landscape beautification installed by the city obscured their storefront, and sign code limitations prevented the shop from using signage that would be visible behind the trees and bushes. Alchemy created a crystalline envelope of 5/8" thick greenhouse polycarbonate that "grows" out of the…

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Vote Now! – 25 Historic Twin Cities Sites, $1 million

In August, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that the Twin Cities area had been chosen for the community-based Partners in Preservation program, which provides preservation grants for local historic places. Facebook users can vote for their favorite historic site once per day, now through Oct. 12, at facebook.com/partnersinpreservation. At the end of the voting period, the winner of the popular vote is guaranteed funding. The remainder of the $1 million in grants will be given to a number of the other sites after review by American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and an advisory committee co-chaired by R.T. Rybak and Chris Coleman, mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, respectively, and comprised of 20…

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Singh to present at Solutions Volume 4

Virajita Singh (Center for Sustainable Building Research) will be speaking at Solutions Volume 4 on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 7 pm in the Capri Theater
 (2027 W Broadway Ave
 Minneapolis, MN 55411).

Solutions Twin Cities is a platform for future-positive creativity in the Twin Cities. Created by Works Progress in 2007, the event continues to gather the region’s most inspiring changemakers – from artists to economists, scientists to urban planners, community organizers to social entrepreneurs.

Using a rapid-fire visual storytelling format, presenters share their work with a live local audience, as well as globally through online social media. By making ideas and the people behind them accessible to the broader community, and to people and places around the globe, Solutions Twin Cities helps to educate and inspire the public, encouraging individuals to get involved in actively shaping their world.

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Fisher to interview John and Sage Cowles

Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture) will interview John and Sage Cowles on Thursday, December 16, 2010 in a University of Minnesota Witness to History event. The Cowles are nationally recognized for their roles in transforming the Twin Cities into a cultural destination. The arts advocates will talk about the evolution of the local arts scene and their personal experiences along the way.

The discussion is the third in a new series, the LearningLife Forum, presented by the College of Continuing Education. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at the Continuing Education and Conference Center, on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 612-624-4000 or by visiting cce.umn.edu/learninglife.

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In Memoriam: James Stageberg

Architect James Stageberg (BArch, 1952) 85, has passed away. A well-known professor in the college’s School of Architecture for decades, an an acclaimed practitioner, Stageberg had his own firm in the Twin Cities for many years. The full notice appears in the Star Tribune, Friday, July 9, 2010. The funeral will be at St. Stephens Church in Minneapolis on Monday, July 12, 2010.

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