College of Design events this week -- September 28, 2009


Architecture graduate school preparation session
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 12:15-1:00 p.m., 43 Rapson Hall
For students thinking of applying to an architecture professional graduate program, either at the U of M or elsewhere. Preparation session will provide information about program options, application and portfolio advice, and other insights into the process. Renee Cheng, School of Architecture department head, will talk through suggestions and recommendations of compiling a portfolio for admission.

Resilience in the (Designed) Environment
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 12-1 p.m., 380 VoTech
Dean Tom Fisher will present "Resilience in the (Designed) Environment" as part of the Institute on the Environment's Frontiers in the Environment lecture series.

Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Cars and Renewable Energy: A Critical Marriage
Friday, October 2, 2009 7 p.m. program (vehicles on display at 5 p.m.), 100 Rapson Hall
In cooperation with the University of Minnesota's College of Design, the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) will present the in-depth program, "Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Cars and Renewable Energy: A Critical Marriage." This event will feature a speech by Marc Geller -- co-founder of Plug In America, and a California solar installer -- followed by a panel discussion including Geller, Minnesota State Senator Scott Dibble, Fresh Energy Executive Director Michael Noble, and Eric Jensen, energy coordinator for the Isaak Walton League. There will be a display of electric and hybrid vehicles outside Rapson Hall beforehand, starting at 5 p.m.

College of Design homecoming reception and stadium tours
Sunday, October 4, 2009 12:30-2:00 p.m., Station 19 (2001 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis)
Reconnect with alumni and friends, catch up on news from the college, learn more about design features of the new TCF Bank Stadium. Registration is requested for the reception by October 1, 2009. After the reception, walk across the street for a closer look at the stadium during the University's TCF Bank Stadium Tours and University Open House (1-4 p.m.).


Architcture And Landscape Architecture Library

Dewey Thorbeck Travel Sketches: An Architect's Recordings of Natural and Human Landscapes
September 25-December 27, 2009
Architects who draw and record their travels have a special way of seeing the world. It is a methodology where images are engraved in their mind rather than on film. A photograph or sketch is a snapshot of a moment in time. The photograph shows you reality as seen through the camera lens, while the sketch records the emotion and character of place as seen through the eyes and hands of the artist.

Goldstein Museum Of Design, Mcneal Hall

Intersections: Where Art Meets Fashion
July 11-November 1, 2009
An unprecedented exhibition for the GMD through the pairing of important works of art with significant designer fashion from the collection. Inspired by journalist and Friends of the Goldstein founder Margot Siegel and her immersion in both fashion and art, this exhibition celebrates the fluid relationship between the two worlds and celebrates the exuberance of art, fashion, and popular culture.

HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall

Contemporary Architecture in Warsaw
September 8-October 26, 2009
This exhibition presents twenty works of recently built architecture -- public, commercial, and residential -- that are a confirmation of Warsaw's European aspirations. Reaction to these buildings ranges from respect and admiration to controversy and stormy debate. The exhibition features buildings financed through public as well as private funding. Most of the designs for public buildings were the result of architectural competitions -- a practice deeply rooted in the architectural tradition of Europe. Cosponsored by the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota.

Design Indaba 10X10 Low Cost Housing: "The Sandbag House"
September 8-October 26, 2009
MMA Architects' contribution to the 2008 Indaba Expo was the Design Indaba 10x10 Low Cost House. MMA and nine other firms were commissioned by Design Indaba to design low cost houses for the families in the Freedom Park community in the township of Mitchells Plein, Cape Town. The result was a sandbag house which is constructed with an Ecobeam timber frame structure, filled with sandbags, and then plastered.

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