Nine months after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, severe human needs remain. In July, the New York Times reported that only 28,000 of the 1.5 million Haitians displaced by the earthquake have moved into new homes. Full story
In 2009, when Wosen Kifle, a Minneapolis resident and native of Ethiopia, asked the College of Design for assistance in designing an elementary school and clinic complex on his family's land in Furi, outside of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 2010 MArch graduate Andrew Blaisdell was presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Full story
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Using 3D modeling to tour virtual buildings
Lee Anderson seems affable, but he could make you walk off of a roof.
That is, the associate professor in the School of Architecture works with virtual reality through the Digital Design Consortium (DDC), an interdisciplinary unit that Anderson helped create in 2004. Anderson's focus is three-dimensional (3D) modeling, and through his work he can guide someone through a house that has yet to be built, through a commercial building that is still in design, or even across a roof and down into a garden below. Full story