April 2012 Archives

Hewitt receives President's Award for Outstanding Service

Emeritus Associate Professor, Clint Hewitt, will become a member of an elite group of faculty and staff at the University community as a 2012 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service. President Kaler expressed, "true to the mission of this great land-grant institution, you have done more than your share to make the University of Minnesota one of the preeminent institutions in the nation." Clint will be recognized by the Board of Regents at their board meeting May 10th and honored at a reception June 4th at Eastcliff.

Landscape Architecture Final Reviews

GD1 John Koepke, Matthew Tucker, and Andrea Wedul
St Paul to Hastings River Corridor
Date, Location, Time

GD2 Kristine Miller, Matthew Tucker
Juxtaposition Arts
Date, Location, Time

GD3 Capstone Studio
May 7-May 10, 9am-4pm
Rapson Courtyard
Capstone Poster

David Pitt Inducted into AICP College of Fellows

Professor David Pitt was inducted into College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners last night at the annual convention of the American Planning Institute.

Students for Design Activism Win Award

Students for Design Activism were awarded a 2012 Tony Diggs Excellence Award for outstanding professional or student group.

Plans for Frogtown Farm Move Forward

The Wilder Foundation has agreed to sell a 12-acre property in St Paul to the Trust for Public Land, bringing the shared vision of the non-profit Frogtown Gardens and Sarah Weeks (MLA 11) closer to fruition.

The mission of Frogtown Gardens is to make their neighborhood healthier and greener. The neighborhood is challenged by low incomes, high health risks, and the lack of green space. Since 2009, the group has worked to create Frogtown Farm, an urban agriculture site on the former-Wilder property in the center of their neighborhood.

Last year, Sarah Weeks worked with Frogtown Gardens to develop her capstone project. Based on her research, she though the land should be used as a teaching space to demonstrate the principles of organic gardening, along with outdoor spaces for trails, festivals, and art.

Weeks currently works as a Research Fellow for the Metropolitan Design Center where she works on projects ranging from street design to phytoremediation to rethinking school landscapes. She also assists the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum with graphics for their children's urban gardening programs.

GIS Pioneer Jack Dangermond Visits Campus

Jack Dangermond (M.Arch 68), founder of the mapping software company ESRI, was on campus this week to give a lecture at the Humphrey Institute and tour the College of Design as the first Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Institute on the Environment. During his lecture, Dangermond described how maps tell stories that motivate action. With available cloud technology in cellphones and tablets, users can now democratize spatial information. Dangermond paid tribute to his mentor at the University, Professor Emeritus Roger Martin.

Kristine Miller Presents at Walker Arts Center "Pecha Kucha"

Landscape architecture professor Kristine Miller will her work on politics and public space, at the Walker Art Center on Friday, April 13. Her presentation is part of an event featuring rapid-fire project talks by other artists and academics, including photographer Wing Young Huie. The event will be webcast live from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Professor Miller will also speak at the Midwest Great Lakes Regional Conference for the Council of Education on Thursday, April 26 about her contributions to the positive transformations of education.

Nature 3.X

Lecture by Cleveland Fellow Matthew Tucker
Monday April 9
100 Rapson Hall at 6:00pm

NATURE 3.x is an exploration of emerging patterns and processes. It considers the broad and evolving definition of "nature" and how emerging paradigms of what nature is effect both the policies and built form of urban areas. In particular, the lecture will discuss specific trends in the "nature" of contemporary, designed urban open spaces as well as derelict, abandoned, and contaminated sites.

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