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April 10, 2008

Design for Health and the Environment - Amanda Schactner

Eating healthy and having a balanced diet play a large role in the quality of life. As people are becoming aware of America's alarming obesity rates, health and nutrition are becoming more substantial. Eating organic foods is a phenomenon which is slowly becoming more popular. Currently very popluar in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, eating organic food is not only a habit, but more of a lifestyle and culture. Minneapolis is growing to see more organic food stores, restaurants, and is joining the bandwagon to a healty lifestyle. The design of organic foods within the Twin Cities has a lot of potential. In the future, people may be eating only organic foods, and I think that it is vital to design a way in which organic foods along with preservation of the Environment can be incorporated into every day life. Also, the design of organic materails incorporated in everday material will help to secure a more environmentally friendly future. Minneapolis is a booming metropolis, and I believe that with proper design, organic lifestyles will flourish.

Term Paper Topic - Urban Vinyl: Where Artists and Collectors Meet

Two weeks ago, we went and visit Robot Love, which is a place where Urban Vinyl are sold as well as many individual's pop arts are shown. Urban vinyl has appeared only in the last decade that would merge art and design. Not only does the artists create urban vinyl for artists, but for collectors in general. There are so many people in the world who collects figures, and with urban vinyl as a new 'hot-toys,' there's already impacts of social change and pop culture awareness. Urban Vinyl has shift the idea of sculpture/molded figures and 2D images into one, thus creating another new original art and design that would impress everyone.

Robot LOVE Link: http://robotlove.biz/Robot_Love_index.php

Local Design-Michaela Ostertag

The IDS tower is the tallest building in downtown Minneapolis with 57 floors. It was designed by Philip Johnson and his firm Johnson/Burgee Architects. Construction began in 1968 and finished in 1972. It is located at 80 8th Street South. The IDS tower is made out of steel and glass, and is known most for Crystal Court, a plaza located on ground level off of Nicollet Mall. This is a great plaza, not only do you feel welcome, but it is absolutely gorgeous. Water falling from the ceiling (105ft) in one portion of the plaza muffles the noise for those sitting at nearby benches. The water is caught in a large circular basin that is central to the planters with greenery and lights. There used to be an observation deck, but was closed to the public in 1994. The building is a prime example of strong stable modernistic design. It is what defines the Minneapolis skyline at night.

The IDS Tower (above)

Crystal Court (below)
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Local Design-Lindsay Offermann

The original Guthrie Theater, built in 1963, was once an example of unique design in the Twin Cities. The theater was conceptualized by Ralph Rapson, a leading architect that influenced the modern movement. The Guthrie Theater featured a thrust stage that was designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch. The distinctively designed stage had 7 sides and allowed the audience a more involved experience with the actors. The seating radiated from the center of the theater and vaulted upward to just under the ceiling-hung acoustical panels. Sadly in 2006 the original Guthrie Theater was demolished and in its place is a park and land used for part of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. A new Guthrie Theater was built in 2006 along the Mississippi River and was designed by architect Jean Nouvel.

April 9, 2008

Local Design

Bamboo Design is a very successful Graphic Design firm in Minneapolis. The desingers for Bamboo have done work for a wide variety of companies such as 3M and Target. All of their designs include bright colors, geometrical lines, and bold words that are easy to read. From looking at the client list, you can tell that this graphic design company is well distinguished in the whole Twin Cities area. They have also done a lot of work for local companies, such as restaurants around the Minneapolis area.

here is an example of some work they have done for the Target corporation,
it is a campaign that Target is using for Mother's Day.

Local Design- Kari Haugen

SInce the beginning of the museum in 1934, the Weisman Art Museum has been a teaching museum for the University of Minnesota. Frederick R. Weisman, a Minneapolis native, and noted philanthropist, gave generous amounts of money to fund the creation of the building. Architect Frank O. Gehry designed the museum’s structure along the Mississippi River. Home to the museum since 1993, this important architectural achievement has become a landmark for the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities.



Mattamy Homes is a Minnesota home builder that started in 1978 and now builds homes all across North America. Each home is built based on one of the specific designs by both Homes by Chase and Mattamy Homes. Each house design is unique, and as the company grows, they have been adding more neighborhoods and customers. The designs of each house are altered slightly for each family to fit the needs of them individually. The designs of these houses stood out to me, because they seem to all be "cookie cutter" houses, or something you would find in a magazine.

April 6, 2008

Local Design

The ING ReliaStar Building is in downtown Minneapolis on the corner of Washington Avenue South and Marquette Avenue. ING is a global financial services company which provides banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services. The company that designed this building is Minoru Yamasaki and Associates. Minoru Yamasaki is a Japanese-American who was an enthusiastic "modernist�?. Most of his designs reflect the post-WWII era in the United States. The most famous buildings designed by Minoru Yamasaki and Associates were the World Trade Centers in New York. Many aspects of design that they used in the ING ReliaStar building could have been found in the World Trade Centers. The construction of this building was completed in 1964. This surprised me because this building seems like it could have been built about 5 years ago. This building contains 21 columns on the east and west sides of the building, and 9 columns on the north and south sides of the building. The reason that I chose to write about the ING ReliaStar Building is because I go downtown quite a bit and this building has always looked appealing to me. It was cool to finally find out what this building was used for and the history behind it.