CDes events this week -- November 8, 2010


The Word as Image: Experimental Typographies and Visual Poetics
Monday, November 8, 2010, 5:30 pm pre-reception, 6 pm lecture, 33 McNeal Hall
Will Hill, typography scholar and graphic design lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art, United Kingdom
Hill will discuss experimental typographic work across multiple contexts including sculpture, literature, and site-specific installation within the development of graphic communication and the need to develop new critical perspectives to encompass these convergent areas of practice.

The Making of Millennium Park
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7 pm, McPhail Center for Music, reception follows lecture
Ed Uhlir, Executive Director, Millennium Park, Chicago
The creation of Chicago's Millennium Park, which opened in 2004, was a complex and difficult undertaking. Through an unprecedented public/private partnership an extraordinary cultural venue was created by some of the best architects, landscape designers and artists in the world. Ed Uhlir will describe how the project design evolved over its six year gestation, how $220 million was raised from the private sector and how the park and its programming have had an enormous economic and social impact on Chicago.

How Architecture Shapes Behavior
Thursday, November 11, 2010, 6 pm, 100 Rapson Hall, reception follows lecture
Kim Herforth Nielsen, MAA RIBA, principal architect at 3XN, Denmark
Architecture can get people talking. It can calm children in the classroom, make passive people more active, and shape corporate culture. It can also encourage people to find new paths and discover new aspects of their city--and of themselves.


Housing Alumni Gala
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 5:30 pm, 274 McNeal Hall
The annual Housing Alumni Gala is a gathering of current students and alumni of the housing studies program. Guests will hear the latest information about the University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education (UMore) Park. We will also allow extra time to have alumni share what they are currently doing and to talk and network with students.

Rendezvous with the U
Thursday, November 11, 2010, Rapson Hall

College of Design Outreach Slam
Friday, November 12, 2010, 10 am, 33 McNeal Hall
Each participant will have five minutes to present their current outreach effort such as presentations to community groups, design work for non-profits, consulting with communities, or other efforts within a broad definition of "outreach". At the end of the presentations, those attending will select the best presentation; the author of that presentation will receive $1,000 in professional development funds, and the presenter receiving the second best vote total will receive $500.

Company Tour at ShopNBC
Friday, November 12, 2010, 10:35 am, meet in McNeal Hall atrium
Join us as we tour ShopNBC. We will hear from merchandisers, buyers, and others about the many opportunities at the company. The tour can accommodate 25 students so register early!


From Mao to Now: Chinese Fashion from 1949 to the Present
through January 2, 2011, Goldstein Museum of Design
History of Chinese apparel from 1949 to present including works by four new Chinese fashion designers.

The Importance of Drawing: Ralph Rapson's Legacy
November 11, 2010 - January 9, 2011, HGA Gallery & Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library
Opening reception: Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7-9 pm, HGA Gallery
The influence of Ralph Rapson on architecture is profound. One of his most admired skills--besides designing outstanding, humanistic architecture--was his exceptional ability to draw. This exhibition features examples of Rapson's work in addition to that of many of his Minnesota colleagues and students.

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