Fall 2008 College of Design events and lectures


Michael Speaks
professor and dean, College of Design, University of Kentucky
Design Thinking
Monday, September 15, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
Cass Gilbert Lecture

As the limits of what can and what cannot be built are daily pushed to new extremes by an insatiable, market driven appetite for more and ever more complex and formally exotic buildings, the architect and the structural engineer have become a close, if not inextricably linked, pair... As a result, cutting edge architects are beginning to understand the significance of innovation for their designs and for their design practices and, with cutting edge engineers, they are entering into new collaborations that call into question, once and for all, the line between the design and its engineering.

Speaks is professor and dean of the College of Design at the University of Kentucky. He has published and lectured internationally on contemporary art, architecture, urban design, and scenario planning. Former director of the graduate program and founding director of the Metropolitan Research and Design Post Graduate Program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, Speaks has also taught in the graphic design department at the Yale School of Art, and in the architecture programs at Harvard University, Columbia University, The University of Michigan, The Berlage Institute, UCLA, TU Delft in the Netherlands, and the Art Center College of Design. Speaks is founding editor of the cultural journal Polygraph and former editor at Any in New York, and is currently a contributing editor for Architectural Record.

Important note: This lecture was postponed and will likely be rescheduled for the Spring 2009 semester.

Franco Mancuso
faculty of architecture, Universita IUAV di Venezia, Venice
Squares of Europe
Wednesday, October 8, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall

Mancuso speaks on the historical significance of public spaces; research and analysis of urban case studies; and application of planning principles for contemporary urban design.

Patricia Campbell Warner
author, When the Girls Came Out to Play: The Birth of American Sportswear
Dress and Sport for Women
Friday, October 10, 4 p.m., 33 McNeal Hall

A Conversation With Balthazar Korab
photographer and architect
with John Comazzi, assistant professor of architecture, School of Architecture, College of Design
Friday, October 10, 7 p.m., Bell Museum of Natural History
Reception in Rapson Hall, 8:30 p.m.
Rendezvous with the U
Co-sponsored by AIA-Minneapolis

To open the Saarinen symposium weekend, John Comazzi, assistant professor of architecture, converses with noted architect and photographer Balthazar Korab on issues, ideas, and experiences arising from Korab's work in Eero Saarinen's office as a designer and photographer.

Korab worked with Le Corbusier before coming to the United States in 1955 to join Eero Saarinen and Associates, where he began experimenting with the use of photography as part of the design development process. In 1964 Korab received the prestigious AIA medal for architectural photography, recognizing his worldwide coverage of architects such as Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe.

Sanford Kwinter
Thursday, October 16
Francois Roche
Friday, October 17
For details, see Conferences: ACADIA 2008--Silicon + Skin, below

Francesco Calzolaio
urban designer and architect; adjunct associate professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Design
Cathedrals of Production by the Sea: European Heritage Industrial Landscapes
Monday, October 13, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
H.W.S. Cleveland Lecture

Calzolaio describes his activity as an urban designer, architect, researcher, and professor; trying to look at four issues as faces of the same idea. The title refers to his first and last books; with one about places for disabled and elderly people: Mobility Housing, Housing for People with Limited Mobility and the other about places of abandoned industry: Cathedrals of the Coastal Industrial Patrimony in Italy. Calzolaio's professional activities are devoted to combine the needs of the natural and built landscapes with the people living in these places.

Calzolaio is an architect who develops projects and applied researche for accessible and sustainable territory. He designs housing for a broad spectrum of users including the elderly and disabled: he's in the process of building a hotel in Tuscany for the Italian Multiple Sclerosis Association (AISM). Calzolaio is an expert on industrial archaeology landscapes: he's currently designing an artisan's consortium seat in the Venice Arsenal. He designs museums and temporary and traveling exhibitions and is working on the Ecomuseum of the Venice Lagoon.

Calzolaio has taught at the International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design (ILAUD), directed by Giancarlo De Carlo. Since 1999 he's taught at the Venetian Workshop of the College of Design, where he's adjunct associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture. He's been appointed by the University of Cagliari as responsible for the international networks of the Geo-mining Environmental and Historical Park of Sardinia.

David Hulse
Philip H. Knight professor and former chair in landscape architecture, University of Oregon
Envisioning Alternatives: Working With People To Conceive And Map Future Land And Water Use
Monday, October 27, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
H.W.S. Cleveland Lecture

Life teaches us early that today's choices affect tomorrow's opportunities. Scenario-based alternative futures studies are ways to explore plausible options for the future of a place, an organization, or a community, and to see what effects each option has on things people care about. These types of studies are being used in a widening array of situations in which people seek choice in their future and evidence that the future they are achieving is one they will want when it arrives. These approaches offer the promise (but less so the proof) of policies and patterns that are sufficiently robust against future surprise that they can seize unexpected opportunities, adapt when things go wrong, and provide new avenues in forging consensus regarding the facts and values that steer landscape change. Where the focus is on anticipating trajectories of change caused by human use of land and water, scenario-based approaches provide a framework for effectively incorporating science into a community-based decision-making process and for fostering a more sophisticated dialogue of the facts and values that underpin informed landscape change.

Using geographical information systems and related tools, the Pacific Northwest Ecosystem Research Consortium depicted Historical (pre-EuroAmerican settlement, ca. 1850), current (ca. 1990) and three alternative future (ca. 2050) landscapes for western Oregon's Willamette River Basin. During a thirty month period, Hulse worked with lay and professional citizen groups to create, map, and refine a set of value-based assumptions about future policy in three scenarios concerning land and water use. This presentation shares lessons learned in the process of working with people to map and evaluate future patterns of land and water use.

Hulse is a founding member of the University of Oregon's Institute for a Sustainable Environment. His expertise is in the area of geographic information systems and the use of computer-based tools for facilitating land use planning and natural resource decision-making. He has worked extensively as a landscape planner in the US and abroad. Current efforts include work with colleagues at the US E.P.A., the National Science Foundation and Oregon State University on development of spatial decision support systems for creating and evaluating alternative land and water use futures in the Willamette River Basin and elsewhere in Oregon. Hulse is a graduate of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, a Fulbright Scholar, and a recipient of the US Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology's Distinguished Landscape Practitioner award.

Mark W. Johnson, FASLA
founding principal and president, Civitas, Inc., landscape architects and urban designers, Denver
Rebuilding Civitas: the Regeneration of Place in Urban Design
Monday, November 10, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
H.W.S. Cleveland Lecture
Reception following lecture

Civitas has been involved in a range of regeneration projects that have created major urban transformations. This lecture presents theory and practice illustrated through applied research and projects in Los Angeles, Miami, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Denver. The core proposition of Civitas is that designers can impact the shape and future of cities through landscape architecture as applied through the lenses of law, politics, economics, sustainability, social equity, and justice.

Ignacio San Martin
director, Metropolitan Design Center, College of Design
The Future of Metropolitan Design
Friday, November 14, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall

Join the new director of the College of Design's Metropolitan Design Center in his first public presentation. San Martin will also join the School of Architecture as a professor. He comes to the University from the University of Arizona. His work bridges architecture, landscape architecture, and planning, and he is highly regarded not only in the US, but in Latin America and Europe as well.



From Sportswear to Streetwear: American Innovation
August 16-November 2, 2008
Why do we call it sportswear? Using the Goldstein Museum's extensive collection of dress, visitors will trace the 20th century's influence on and integration of women's apparel designed for athletic pursuits into mainstream fashion.

Dolores DeFore, volunteer curatorial specialist in fashion
Marilyn DeLong, associate dean for research and outreach, CDes
Kelly Gage and Erin Jedlicka, graduate students in apparel studies

Sum of the Parts: Surface Design Association Membership Exhibition
November 22-January 18, 2009
Surface design is the coloring, patterning, designing, and transformation of fabrics, fibers, and other materials of art and design. This exhibition will include 100 works each measuring 52" h x 18" w by members of the Surface Design Association.

Toured by Smith Kramer. Juried by Kyoung Ae Cho, associate professor of art, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Jan Myers-Newbury, quilt artist and DHA alumnus


Richard Knight: Photographing Saarinen
September 215-October 12, 2008
HGA Gallery and Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, Rapson Hall
Richard Knight's photographs offer a glimpse behind the scenes at the architectural practice and office of Eero Saarinen and Associates from 1957 to Saarinen's death in 1961. During this time, Saarinen was working on iconic projects such as the Dulles International Airport Terminal, the former TWA Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Working as Saarinen's "house photographer," Knight documented both the professional process and personal dynamics of this celebrated office.

Installations by Phillipe Rahm and Amid [Cero9]
ACADIA 2008: Silicon + Skin

October 16-December 15, 2008
The work of Phillipe Rahm examines how flows of nature might interact with buildings to reassemble the structure of social and cultural life. Cristina Diaz Moreno and Efran Garcia Grinda, working as  Amid [Cero 9], examine the capacity for architectural programs to produce new forms of nature. Rahm and Amid [Cero9] will construct an installation in conjunction with the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) national conference, ACADIA 2008: Silicon + Skin.


Squares Of Europe
September 15-October 13, 2008
A series of case study analyses of public squares throughout Europe focusing on their historical, social, cultural, and material developments. The exhibition assembles both historical and contemporary public spaces presented through photographs, diagrams, drawings, and written descriptions. A public lecture by chief curator Franco Mancuso will be delivered on October 8. (See Lectures)


Roger Clemence, Roger Martin, and Winston Close: Drawings and Photographs
October 20--December 19, 2008
Most architects and landscape architects love to travel, but also love to document what they see by drawing and photographing. For them, the sketchbook and the camera are constant companions in their traveler's bag. The exhibition features selected on-site travel sketches, drawings, and watercolor paintings by Roger Martin, FASLA, and landscape architecture professor emeritus, and Winston Close (1906-1997), FAIA and architecture professor emeritus, while they traveled overseas via car, train, or bicycle, and photographs by Roger Clemence, FASLA and landscape architecture professor emeritus, who captured the seasons and settings of his tiny farm in Wilson, Wisconsin.


Eero Saarinen: Beyond The Measly Abc
In conjunction with the exhibition Eero Saarinen: Shaping The Future

Fri., Oct. 10, 7 p.m., A Conversation with Balthazar Korab, Bell Museum of Natural History. Free and open to the public (See Lectures)

Sat., Oct. 11, 8:30 a.m., View exhibits at Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center

Sun., Oct. 12, 2 p.m., Tour of Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis

College of Design presenters include Tom Fisher, Nancy Miller, and Ozayr Saloojee

Admission for Sat. and Sun. events $40; $25 for WAC, MIA, and AIA members. Online registration is available. Registration required. Contact Paige Rohman, 612-625-8261, prohman@umn.edu. Limited free seats to College of Design students, faculty, and staff.

Related events: Richard Knight (Exhibitions) and
The Saarinen Legacy: Photographs by Balthazar Korab, October 7-November 23, Minneapolis Central Library, Hennepin County Library, 300 Nicollet Mall.

Korab photos from the Cranbrook Academy (both Eliel and Eero) as well as several images of Eero's TWA terminal at JFK, Dulles Airport, and the St. Louis Arch, to deliver an expansive view of the Saarinen legacy. The location of this exhibition, the Central Public Library, was designed by Cesar Pelli, who first met Korab while they worked together in the Saarinen office 50+ years ago.

Dress And Sport For Women with Patricia Campbell Warner
Fri., Oct. 10, 4 p.m. Lecture, 33 McNeal Hall. Free and open to the public (See Lectures). Reception following lecture
Sat., Oct. 11, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Conference, 10 McNeal Hall
Sun., Oct. 12, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Conference, 10 McNeal Hall
Admission for Sat. and Sun. events $60. Online registration is available. Registration required. Contact Sandy Symons, 612-625-2131 or symonss@umn.edu.

In the 21st century, we take sportswear for granted. But why "sports" wear? What do sports have to do with the clothing that defines American life? What struggles did women face to play sports and wear clothing that allowed them freedom of movement?

Patricia Campbell Warner, author of When the Girls Came Out to Play: The Birth of American Sportswear, will explore this American innovation in dress.

Related event: From Sportswear to Streetwear (Exhibitions)

Silicon + Skin: Biological Processes and Computation

October 16-19, 2008, University of Minnesota
"Silicon + Skin" fosters design work and research from the worlds of practice and academia which lie at the intersection between design, biology, and computation. This conference seeks to identify and examine current trends in digital design technologies developed and applied in the framework of biologically inspired processes and digitally assisted sustainable design.

Keynote speakers, free and open to the public:

Sanford Kwinter, associate professor of architecture, Rice University
What Is Life: A Discourse On Method
Thursday, October 16, 6 p.m., Bell Museum

Since the rise of modern biology the problems of form and the theory of life have been inseparable. Information theory and later, computation, provided powerful languages for merging these two streams of thought. Together these became integrated into architectural thought throughout the 20th century. But understanding did not always go hand in hand with practice.

Kwinter is a New York-based writer, designer, and philosopher. He is cofounder and editor of Zone and Zone Books. He has written widely on philosophical issues of design, architecture and urbanism. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and is associate professor at Rice University in Houston and currently teaches at MIT.

Francois Roche, cofounder/director, R&Sie(n) architects, Paris
BIO[re]BO[o]T: Ecosophical Apparatus & Skizoid Machines
Friday, October 17, 6:00 p.m., Bell Museum Auditorium

Sponsored by: Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), and the U of M's Digital Design Consortium, housed in the School of Architecture and Department of Computer Science.
Conference details at

Related event: Acadia Biomimicry (Exhibitions)

Ralph Rapson Hall is located at 89 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis 55455 (East Bank)

McNeal Hall is located at 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul 55108

Parking in Gortner Ave. Ramp, 1395 Gortner Ave. (St. Paul)

Parking in Church St. Garage, 80 Church St. S.E. (Mpls.)

For disability accommodations, please call 612-626-9068.

All lectures and exhibitions are free and open to the public, except where noted.