Tag Archives: University of Minnesota

[Video] How We're Making Smart Clothing a Reality

The next installment of the Big Ten Network series, "BTN LiveB1G," will showcase University of Minnesota researchers creating fertilizer from the wind and exploring the future of wearable technology. The episode will debut Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 10:30 p.m. CT, after the Minnesota men's basketball game vs. Wisconsin.The show will also air Saturday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. (after men's basketball vs. Northwestern) and Monday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. (after women's basketball at Michigan State).Smart Clothes For Professor Lucy Dunne, director of the Apparel Design Program and Wearable Technology Lab in the College of Design, clothes represent more than a fashion statement – they are potentially life-saving pieces of technology. Her team, which relies heavily on the talent…

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Forest Trails & Forest Tales: Exploring Place, Story, and Climate Change

A project led by a ten member interdisciplinary, advisory group including Jonee Kulman Brigham, research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research, will present a free public event, Forest Trails & Forest Tales: Exploring Place, Story, and Climate Change, at the Cloquet Forestry Center on Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. This event is part of a project called “Conversation-E: Science + Art in Service to Sustainability” sponsored by the Institute on the Environment in partnership with Green Art Together Evolving (GATE) with support from the Cloquet Forestry Center. Other members of the interdisciplinary University team include Roslye Ultan, Liberal Studies Senior Faculty, Peter Reich, Regents Professor Department of Forest Resources, and Rebecca A. Montgomery, Associate…

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Design Studio On the Road: Visiting San Francisco

Graduate students in the Arch 8255 Urban Design studio led by Professor Ignacio San Martin traveled to San Francisco in October to visit the new Medical Campus at Mission Bay being constructed by the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. Associate Director for Facilities Sandra Beck met with students throughout a two hour presentation that included visiting the new laboratories, residential units for new Faculty and Post-doctoral research fellows and recreational facilities. The Mission Bay site was previously the location of an abandoned large Southern Pacific rail yard that has been completely transformed into a bustling new biotechnology hub. The trip also included a visit to the extensive bioremediation installation work at Crissy Field designed by the landscape…

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Photos + Video from 2012 College of Design Commencement

"Public interest design starts with a belief in the power of design to transform lives. It's a belief that everyone deserves good design and, in fact, it's a belief that every human being needs good design in order to live their best lives." John Cary (BA Arch '99), 2012 College of Design commencement address Congratulations to our Apparel Design, Architecture, Graphic Design, Housing Studies, Interior Design, Landscape Design and Planning, and Retail Merchandising undergraduate students, along with our Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Design graduate students who received their degrees during commencement on May 12, 2012. 2012 College of Design Commencement College of Design Dean Tom Fisher with commencement speaker John Cary (BA Arch '99)Kate Maple, Assistant Dean of Student Services;…

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Introducing Architecture Professor William Conway's Book: Everyday Spaces of Healthcare

Everyday Spaces of Healthcare is a new collection of case studies by College of Design architecture Professor William F. Conway, FAIA. In the book, Professor Conway reviews problems and possibilities facing designers and clients in a select series of contemporary healthcare facilities. His case studies introduce readers to innovative approaches to four familiar territories: gardens, pathways, waiting areas, and retail environments. The research recognizes the benefits that can accrue from attention to them, and presents findings for those in the healthcare design industry. Conway is also the principal at Conway+Schulte Architects. The project was funded by a research grant from the Thomas Horty Healthcare Design and Build Fund, Conway+Schulte Architects, and the College of Design. More information on the…

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Monday Minute, October 24, 2011: Our summit with Target

Dear Colleagues, As I mentioned in my last Monday Minute, on Thursday and Friday of last week we held a two-day charette with Target to devise a better relationship between our two entities. While a mere three miles separates two of the biggest design leaders in the country, too often our work together remains ad hoc. While these relationships have been terrific, when someone gets promoted or moves, the bond that had been established breaks. We want to change that. So, with a desire to foster greater synergies between us, approximately 50 (25 from CDes & 25 from Target) got together and used some of that design thinking we teach everyday to explore new and exciting opportunities. During both…

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Now Available – The Fashion Reader: Second Edition

Linda Welters (PhD '81 Home Economics) recently published a book co-edited with Abby Lillethun titled The Fashion Reader: Second Edition, which includes the essays "Aging and Demographics: Implications for the Fashion Industry" by Claire Lacoste Kapstein (BS '01 Clothing Design, MA '04 DHA, PhD '06 DHA) and "Wearable Technology" by apparel design faculty member Lucy E. Dunne. For more on the book, visit Amazon.com here….

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U of M College of Design's DigiFabLab Officially Opens

Tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 14, marks the official grand opening of the College of Design's Digital Fabrication Lab, or DigiFabLab – a state-of-the-art digital prototyping and fabrication facility. The DigiFabLab allows students to explore additive and subtractive prototyping and manufacturing technologies, and includes 3D printers, laser cutting systems and CNC milling equipment. It is located in Rapson Hall, on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. The Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Stratasys corporation – the inventor and world's largest manufacturer of fused deposition modeling (FDM) equipment – has generously donated over $50,000 in 3D printing equipment, including a Dimension SST 1200 printer and associated materials, for the DigiFabLab. "I'm grateful our commitment to creativity and advancing technologies is shared with terrific community…

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Monday Minute, May 9, 2011


The Provost has completed his review of our promotion and tenure cases, and has decided to promote six of our associate professors to the rank of full professor effective in the fall. Please join me in congratulating:

  • Missy Bye, Apparel Design
  • Mary Guzowski, Architecture
  • John Koepke, Landscape Architecture
  • Rebecca Krinke, Landscape Architecture
  • Kristine Miller, Landscape Architecture
  • Ann Ziebarth, Housing Studies

I am also pleased to announce that Abimbola (Abi) Asojo, currently an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, will join our Interior Design program this fall. She holds a MS in Architecture from Obafemi Awaolo University in Nigeria and an MS in Architecture: Computing and Design from the University of East London, and she is completing her Ph.D. in Interior Design at the University of Oklahoma. Abi’s design work includes retail environments, museums, and spaces for disabled children, ranging from Kuwait to Nigeria to the United States. A 2010 DesignIntelligence “Most Admired Educator,” with expertise that spans multiple disciplines in the college, Abi will enhance the college’s diversity and intellectual synergies.

Finally don’t forget that our commencement will occur this Saturday at 3pm in Mariucci Arena. Mauro Porcini, head of global design at 3M, will speak about the importance of design thinking and creativity in the global economy. I want to thank all of the staff who have volunteered to help; lunch for you will be available at noon in the Club Room on the third floor of Mariucci. For faculty members participating, I will see you at 2:15 in the lower level of Mariucci, and if you have ordered regalia, it will be waiting for you there.

Have a great finals week.


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