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Everywhere Nowhere: Duwamish

During the fall semester 2012, students of the LA8201 graduate studio are studying paradigm change and future scenarios for dwelling and settlement in the Lower Duwamish Waterway in Seattle, WA. The lower Duwamish is an urban landscape that has experienced tremendous change. No less than 150 years ago, the river was home to Chief Seattle and the Duwamish Tribe. Fast forward to today and what was once a 19-mile river is now a 7-mile channelized "waterway" that is home to heavy industry and logistics in support of an active international port.

From the manufacture of the 20th century "war machines" by Boeing, to current Superfund contamination estimated to cost over $2 billion to remediate and return to healthy river and community function, the Duwamish persists, albeit faintly, in the mind of local residents as a river.

During the week of October 8th, 21 graduate students traveled to Seattle to visit the project site and to listen to various community stakeholders, such as the EPA, Boeing, City of Seattle, DRCC, and ECOSS so as to broaden their understanding of the complex issues surrounding the valley and its future. As part of the trip, students were required to document the emotive ephemeral and visceral qualities of the site/city and to produce a video describing their "findings," which can be found here.

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.

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.

Emily Lowery Presents at Student Sustainability Forum

Last week, MLA graduate student Emily Lowery received a second place award at the Student Sustainability Symposium for her poster presentation of Fish, Forests and Futures. The work is "a visual synopsis of the the past, present and potential future of Mfangano, Island, Kenya, the site of my capstone project," said Lowery. "While the project is in constant evolution, my objective is to investigate methods of reforestation that can replenish the forest canopy, provide incentives to curb deforestation while finding alternatives to current agricultural practices in order to assist reforestation." The Students for Design Activism also presented their work with Gordon Parks School, and MLA student Colleen O'Dell presented her capstone project based in Lowertown St. Paul.

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