College of Design Spring 2011 events schedule


Distortion: 43rd Annual Fashion Show
Saturday, February 19, 5 and 8 PM
Rapson Hall courtyard
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Presents the work of 18 senior apparel design students in a runway event incorporating a wide variety of styles. An exhibition of work by the sophomore class and pre-runway show from the junior class will also be included.

General seating $20 advance, $25 day of show
Standing room $10 advance, $12 day of show
VIP $50 (advance purchase only)

The Founders: A Discussion about the Evolution of the Department of Landscape Architecture
Presented by the ASLA-MN Legacy Project and the Department of Landscape Architecture
Thursday, March 3, 6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall
Reception follows in HGA Gallery
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Panel discussion with Herb Baldwin, Roger Martin, Roger Clemence, and Peter Olin on the early days of the Department of Landscape Architecture and reflections on the impact landscape architects have had on shaping the Minnesota environment.

For more information, or 612-250-1320.

Sponsored by Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Fund, administered by the Minnesota Historical Society

Second Annual Design Intersections Symposium
Vital Signs: Design Thinking for Healthcare Innovation
Thursday, March 31
11:30 AM-6 PM, reception follows
Coffman Memorial Union

More and more, healthcare organizations include the word innovation in their mission statements, but many fail to deliver. Design Intersections 2011 explores the role of design in healthcare innovation, including application of design thinking and methodologies as tools to improve, and in some cases, reinvent healthcare systems, delivery, environments, and experiences--small and large scale. Presentations will also include exploration of human factors and behavioral research, small- and large-scale systems, and more.

Presented by the College of Design, sponsored by Larsen.

Interactive Lecture: A Playful Product Design Process
Barry Kudrowitz, assistant professor of product design, College of Design, University of Minnesota

Ellerbe Becket/AECOM Lecture on Healthcare Innovation and Design
Closing Lecture: The Infrastructure of Design
Chris McCarthy, director of Innovation Learning Network, Kaiser Permanente Innovation Consultancy
Presented by the Center for Spirituality and Healing, University of Minnesota, McCarthy identifies five key components of infrastructure design (people, methods, spaces, tools, and networks) and outlines a practical approach to building the continuous innovation infrastructure within healthcare organizations.

Optional Preconference Exhibition Tour
Smart House, Livable Community, Your Future
10AM, Goldstein Museum of Design, McNeal Hall

Symposium (noon-4 PM)
Early registration $80 until Feb. 28
Registration $100, UMAA members $95,
U faculty/staff $50, U students $25
Includes light lunch, snack, and closing reception.
Closing keynote and reception only (4:30-6 PM), free, but advance registration is required.

Certificates documenting participation for continuing professional education available.

Questions: Laura Walton, or 612-626-6385.

Design in 7: 7 Stories, 7 Minutes
Thursday, April 14, 6:30 PM
Reception follows program
Coffman Memorial Union Campus Club-West Wing
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Listen in during the second annual D7 as seven professionals from the fields of architecture, apparel, graphic, interior design, housing, landscape architecture, and retail share inspiring, and sometimes curious, tales from the trenches--in seven minutes. Curious? Register early--this event sold out last spring.

General admission $20, UMAA member $15, Students $5

Presented by the Design Student and Alumni Board

Remix Alumni Reunion, Exhibitions Reception and Great Idea! Exchange
Friday, April 15
100 Rapson Hall courtyard and auditorium
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5-7 PM, Alumni reunion and exhibition reception
7-8 PM, Alumni and Student Great Idea! Exchange
8-8:30 PM, Great Idea! award voting and announcement

A celebration of students' collaborative work and potential for art and design to build equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities. Seven ReMix alumni will make seven-minute presentations about their current Great Ideas! design and community building projects. Attendees will vote on their favorite. The winner receives $200.
Cosponsored by College of Design, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Juxtaposition Arts, and Nexus Community Partners

Graduating Student Work Exhibitions

Product Development Open House
Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 3:30 pm, 322 McNeal Hall
Apparel Design and Retail Merchandising seniors will display their product development projects in an Open House on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The projects were developed by students in ADES 4215 for Target Corporate.

Sixth Annual Light Fair
Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 11 am, 233 McNeal Hall
Students from lighting design course present their work in the Sixth Annual Light Fair. See how they turn your dream automobile into a light.

Interior Design Senior Thesis Exhibit
Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 4 pm, 233 McNeal Hall
Interior Design students present their evidence-based design solutions for the new Rising Cedar Health and Wellness Center. The Center will provide 40 residential units that are staffed for supportive services 24 hours a day for residents with serious and persistent mental illnesses.

Toy Product Design PLAYsentations
Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 8pm, 100 Rapson Hall
Student teams present and demonstrate four new toy concepts that they designed and prototyped this semester in Toy Product Design.

Functional Clothing Design exhibit
Thursday, May 5, 2011, 10-11:30 am, 2nd floor McNeal Hall
Students showcase designs including thermal garments for Nike athletes and protective apparel for disaster-relief workers.

Landscape Architecture Capstone Presentations
May 9-12, 2011, Rapson Hall Courtyard

Architecture Thesis Presentations
May 10, 2011, 1-4 pm, Rapson Hall

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