College of Design events this week -- October 19, 2009


Maryann Thompson: Recent Work
Monday, October 19, 2009, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
Maryann Thompson will present a selection of recent award-winning projects from her practice. Maryann Thompson Architects is a Cambridge, MA-based firm specializing in architecture that is sustainable, regionally driven, and attempts to heighten the phenomenological qualities of the sites within which they work.


Design @ noon
Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 12 p.m., 225 Rapson Hall
The School of Architecture hosts the Fall 2009 Design @ Noon lecture series on select Wednesdays this semester. This week's lecture will be given by Robert Mack, Study Abroad in Orkney, Scotland, M-Term 2009.

Greenscreen: Screening Environmental Films and Documentaries
Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 6 p.m., 225 Rapson Hall
Join Greenlight and your fellow design colleagues to watch Earthlings. Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix narrates this powerful award-winning examination of mankind's dependence on animals. The film delves into the food, entertainment, and medical industries' use of animals and links each to the world economy. Unflinching footage, some shot by hidden cameras, explores slaughterhouses, puppy mills, factory farms, and medical labs and reveals the roles they play in perpetuating society's disrespect for animals.

Art Into Fashion, Fashion Into Art: Expanding The Visual Field
Thursday, October 22, 2009, 6:30 p.m., 22 McNeal Hall
The Friends of the Goldstein Museum of Design invite you to a collection close-up exploring the intersections between art and fashion. Jean McElvain, GMD Assistant Curator, will reveal powerful patterns in apparel and accessories from the collection of GMD. As a complement, 20th century art historian Roslye Ultan will discuss the importance of patterns and repetitive imagery in pop art. FGMD members: $25; Guests: $35; Students: $10. To RSVP, contact Linda Hersom at or 612-730-6751.


Architecture 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.

Questions? Contact Laura Walton at 612-626-6385 or