College of Design events this week -- February 15, 2010


Why parks and natural areas are "need to haves" as the Twin Cities grows
Jenna Fletcher, program director, Embrace Open Space, Saint Paul
Monday, February 15, 2010, 6 p.m., 100 Rapson Hall
Intuitively we know -- and study after study confirms -- that parks, natural areas, and trails are among citizens' most valued community amenities. In this challenging economic climate, however, funding is often cut because they are perceived as "nice to haves." Fletcher will look at why parks, natural areas, and trails should be considered "need to haves" due to their economic and community development impact.


Greenscreen film screening of Crude Impact
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 6 p.m., 225 Rapson Hall

Curators' talk
Shaping Office Culture: Secretaries and Design, From Miss Remington to Mad Men

With exhibit curators Kate Solomonson and Midori Green
Thursday, February 18, 2010, 6 p.m., 33 McNeal Hall
Exploring changes in office design, technology, and visual representation through the lens of women clerical workers who contributed to radical transformation of the workplace.

Retail Merchandising company tour
Friday, February 19, 2010, 10:45 a.m.
Join us as we visit Christopher and Banks to hear about the retail and apparel industry from a variety of people who have a part in each piece of the retail process. This tour is a great opportunity to hear about different career paths in the field of retail merchandising. Space is limited to 25 students so sign up quickly. Contact Lucy Reile at


HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall

Andrea Palladio -- 500 years
January 16-February 28, 2010
Opening reception Saturday, January 16, 6-9 p.m.
This exhibition was organized in conjunction with the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the birth of "the most imitated architect in history" and whose "influence on the development of English and American architecture probably has been greater than that of all Renaissance architects combined." The show consists of photographs displaying Palladio's architectural projects for private residences in the Veneto Region, provided by the Istituto Regionale Ville Venete and highlights the stylistic evolution of the architect's more than forty years of activity.

Goldstein Museum of Design, McNeal Hall

How Secretaries Changed the 20th-Century Office: Design, Image, and Culture
February 6 - May 23, 2010
During the 20th century women poured into offices all over the U.S. to work as "typewriter girls," stenographers, and secretaries. New spaces, furnishings, and clothing emerged to meet their needs, while popular culture glamorized them. The exhibition explores transformations in the workplace and women's lives and features office equipment, furniture, fashions, magazines, and much more.

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

Native Viewpoints: Paintings and drawings by John Koepke
February 12 - May 14, 2010. Opening event Friday, Feb. 12, 5-7 p.m.
The drawings and illustrations on exhibit in the Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library span more than a decade of Koepke's work, featuring his newest watercolors and illustrations. The playful display of the work expresses Koepke's affinity for nature and appropriately integrates the inventive character of his work with real elements from the landscape.

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