Over the past two weeks, 160 teams from 70 universities around the U.S. and Canada have been thinking about one thing: downtown Minneapolis. Participants in this year's Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition were challenged to create a comprehensive development program for the neighborhood surrounding the site of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. College of Design students Brice Aarrestad (M.Arch), Phil Bussey (M.Arch), Jodi Refsland (MLA), Kyle Van Someren (B.S. Arch '08) and Jason Vanselow (M.Arch) are busy representing the home team. "We know this area to be a parking wasteland," said Aarrestad. "We hope to accomplish an urban design that makes living in East Downtown attractive, convenient, and full of rich experiences every day, not just Viking game days."…Read more
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Rosemary McMonigal (BArch/BED, 1981), McMonigal Architects, presented a lecture entitled “Transforming Urban Houses” at the Ontario Association of Architects annual conference in Toronto, Ontario on May 21, 2011.
While meeting energy and lifestyle changes, McMonigal Architects has been transforming urban houses since 1984. McMonigal’s lecture featured case studies of design solutions and lessons learned, with examples of healthy living, energy efficiency, and meeting budgets.Read more
Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture) is cited in an article about Target Field by Philip Langdon in New Urban News. Fisher provides a critique of the ball park:
“We can walk to the bus stop two blocks from my house [in neighboring St. Paul], and it takes us right to the bus depot next to the stadium, where we can take an escalator up to the plaza and come out to one of the great open spaces in the city, with ‘baseball bat’ light sculptures leading to the gates of the stadium….
“When we enter the stadium, the wide galleries offer views of the field from almost every angle. … When we finally arrive at our seats many stories in the air, the city skyline and the arc of the stadium open in front of us…. [S]pending hours with so many people in the midst of that urban spectacle reminds us of why we live in cities: to remember that we are all a part of something much larger than ourselves.”
Ignacio San Martin (Metropolitan Design Center) presents a public lecture on Phase I of “Toward an Urban Design Framework for the University District” to residents of Como, Marcy Holmes, Cedar Riverside, and Prospect Park neighborhoods. Phase I investigates how to restructure the district into a future model sustainable community. The lecture will take place November 8, 2010, 6 p.m. at the Bell Museum Auditorium.
On November 19, 2010, 12 p.m., San Martin presents the same lecture at a brown bag luncheon at the Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Office, Crown Roller Mill, 105 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 200, Minneapolis.Read more
Brian Stone, of the School of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will lecture on urban heat islands when he presents “Extreme Heat in Cities: Notes from the Front Lines of Climate Change” on Friday, October 8, 2010, 3 p.m., in 105 Cargill Building. Stone’s lecture will present data on warming trends in the largest US cities and consider how urban climate change strategies may differ from strategies for managing global scale change.Read more
Last week I was in Shanghai, China, for a college advisory board meeting hosted by one of our board members, XiaoWei Ma (MLA, 1998). While I was there, I met with the deans and faculty at two universities interested in partnering with us: Donghua University’s Fashion, Art Design Institute and Tongji University’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Both universities already partner with a wide range of institutions around the world, but as I spoke with their respective deans, Keling Li at Donghua, and Zhiqiang Wu at Tongji, it became clear that what we have to offer differs from that of virtually every other institution they work with: the research of our faculty. As I described the research and scholarship we have underway here, from wearable technology and world heritage to transformative materials, digital fabrication, and public health, I could see their understanding of what sets Minnesota apart and their interest in working with us grow by the minute.
It remains up to individual faculty if, or how much, you want to work with colleagues in China on issues of relevance to you, but I will do what I can to help you make those connections if interested. I have no doubt that China has already become a major player in our fields and one of the most dynamic — and at times, hair-raising — places on the planet.
To get a taste of that, I urge you to visit the upcoming exhibit at the Goldstein Museum of Design, Mao to Now: Chinese Fashion from 1949 to the Present. Curated by and based on the recent book by JuanJuan Wu (Retail Merchandising), Chinese Fashion: From Mao to Now, the show (and a related symposium in McNeal Hall on October 2-3, 2010), will convey the extent of changes that have occurred in China since the time of Mao and the degree to which that country has become a center of activity, not just in clothing design, but in all of our other disciplines as well.
Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, the New York-based firm in which Peter David Cavaluzzi (BArch, 1983) is a principal, recently won an international design competition to build one of the first urban retail and residential projects for Vanke, China’s largest real estate company. The Chinese market is under great pressure to build more diverse, mixed-use developments and where, architecturally speaking, anything is possble, the firm’s design for Vanke Beijing Minicity is a valuable example of quality place-making within an increasingly dense metropolis.Read more