The culture of home

Tasoulla Hadjiyanni (Interior Design) and her family were forced to flee their home in Cyprus during the 1974 Turkish invasion. The experience informs Hadjiyanni's research of housing needs of Minnesota's immigrants. "The Twin Cities has three times the national average of refugees," Hadjiyanni tells the Star Tribune's Kim Palmer. "I started to study how living in a typical American home can impact refugees' adjustment." As a result, Hadjiyani challenged her students to design homes to meet immigrant needs. The students' designs will be part of the "Building Ties '09: Culturally Sensitive Housing Design for Mexican and Somali" exhibition opening next week at the Hennepin History Museum. The exhibition runs February 8-March 8, 2009. An opening reception will be held February 8, 2009, 1-3 p.m.