Judd Fellow Explores Different Ways to Improve Wood Durability

Pratihba Chauhan

Due to the decrease in availability of conventionally used construction wood, stricter government regulations, and increased demand for sustainable building materials, there has been a recent surge of interest in finding alternative ways of using low durability wood species for construction. For 2017 Judd Fellow Pratibha Chauhan (Architecture), this begged the question, what can be done to enhance the durability of wood and preserve the architectural wisdom embedded within this traditional building material?

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Design U Designs For You

Roohi Katarya and Maia Peterson

On Friday, December 8th, interdisciplinary student group Design U will host an end of the semester showcase of the work they’ve completed so far this year. Founded in 2015 by Ryan Hedblom, Design U works with local companies to create design solutions for everything from prototyping to the design of web or mobile applications. Design U’s executive directors Roohi Katarya (Product Design) and Maia Peterson (Architecture) discuss the group’s work and what they’ve accomplished so far in this interview.

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Mother-Daughter Teams Co-Design Culturally Appropriate Activewear

Mother-Daughter pairs examine potential design options for active wear.

Two years ago Professor Elizabeth Bye (Apparel Design) received an Extension Block Grant to research the physical activity of mother-daughter pairs in East African communities. “The project grew out of research I did with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sports a few years ago. We had created culturally appropriate activewear for girls in the Twin Cities’ East African community and we received a lot of feedback from the mothers whose daughters participated in the project that they wanted similar athletic wear for themselves.”

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Retail Assistance Program Connects Students with Rural Retailers

Opening weekend at Berg's Country Barn

This November, Retail Merchandising researchers launched the Joint Retail Assistance Program and invited Amanda Phillips (Retail Merchandising) to act as the lead design student for the first trial run of the program: helping small-business owner Anita Berg create Berg’s Country Barn, a holiday pop-up store.

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Design Students Get a Sneak Peek at Pixar’s Latest Film

Promotional poster for Pixar's CoCo

Students in the College of Design got a sneak peek at Disney Pixar’s latest release, “Coco” more than a week before its Thanksgiving release. As part of Disney’s Artist Tour, Sets Supervisor Chris Bernardi visited McNeal Hall to share clips from the movie and describe the process behind the design and development of the film.

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New Student Group Introduced in School of Architecture

Students from the School of Architecture at the National NOMA conference.

Founded in 1971, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) was created to empower, mentor, and support minority architects. Starting this semester, students in the School of Architecture can get more involved in NOMA’s work thanks to the creation of a new student chapter, NOMAS.

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University Alumni Association Launches New Alumni Market

Drinking glasses created by design alumnus Adam Turman

On November 14th the University of Minnesota Alumni Association launched the Minnesota Alumni Market, an online store selling products created by alumni-owned businesses. The new market includes products created by four College of Design alumni.

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New Graduate Assistant for International Student Initiatives Joins College

A new collaborative project between the College of Design (CDes) and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources (CFANS) and funded through the International Student Academic Services Fee shines a spotlight on supporting international students. Starting this semester, Veronica Quillien will act as the new graduate assistant for international student initiatives across both colleges.

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#UMNFirst: A Guest Post by Aalayha Robb

Today marks the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration day. To celebrate, the University of Minnesota and colleges around the nation are sharing the experiences of first-generation college students, staff, and faculty. In recognition of this day, Aalayha Robb (Architecture) shares her own journey to becoming a first-generation college student here at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design.

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Student Collaboration Turns into Small Business

Way_Logo_Variation

What started as a collaboration between two apparel design students has turned into a small business for College of Design alumni Heidi Woelfle (B.S. ‘16, Apparel Design), Regena Yu (B.S. ‘16, Apparel Design) and Abby Zamis (B.F.A. ‘16, Graphic Design). Launched last April, WAY the label is a new clothing line that focuses on creating classic, minimalist clothing for women without sacrificing sustainability.

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