Imagine Grants Fund New Research Ranging from Counterpreservation to Food Design

March 25, 2016

From emotional cartography to counterpreservation to food design, our faculty are conducting design research to enhance their teaching and advance their fields.

This spring, seventeen College of Design faculty representing eight of our academic departments received grants from the University’s Imagine Fund, which supports innovative research and scholarship in the arts, humanities, and design:

  • Abimbola Asojo (Interior Design): Multicultural Perspectives in Design using COIL: A Collaboration with sub-Saharan Africa
  • Blaine Brownell (Architecture): Cities as Laboratories for Material Innovation: A Study of Two International Building Exhibitions in Germany
  • Marilyn Bruin (Housing Studies): Understanding the Careers of Two Community Developers: Their Backgrounds, Motivations, and Accomplishments
  • Arthur Chen (Architecture): Study Swahili Public Squares
  • John Comazzi (Architecture): L’Aqua Alta: A Photography Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1966 Florence Flood
  • Brad Holschuh (Apparel Design): Exploration of Morphing Clothing and Wearable Technology Applications Using Active Materials
  • Lisa Hsieh (Architecture): The Myth of Clouds: the Readable, Playable, Edible, and Wearable Architecture of Japanese New Wave
  • Hyunjoo Im (Retail Merchandising): Retail Experience Design through Customer Journey Creation
  • Daniel Jasper (Graphic Design): Product of Our Times
  • Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture): Dakota Language Table
  • Barry Kudrowitz (Product Design): elBulli Foundation Research in Food Design
  • Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design): Stanford’s Design Program: a Visual History of Thinking and Doing
  • Laura Musacchio (Landscape Architecture): The Remaking of Urban Natures: The Culture, Ecology, and Politics of Cultivating Plants and Habitats in Yards and Neighborhoods
  • Andrzej Piotrowski (Architecture): Daylight in Architectural Monuments of South Armenia
  • Daniela Sandler (Architecture): Counterpreservation: Architectural Decay in Berlin since 1989
  • Matthew Tucker (Landscape Architecture): Urban Headwaters: Rivers and Tributaries of the Anthropocene
  • Stephanie Zollinger (Interior Design): Jack Lenor Larsen Oral History Project

This February, members of the University got to view ongoing work at the College of Design’s annual Research and Creative Scholarship Showcase.

From redesigning patient hospital gowns to creating a greenhouse for the winter months, College of Design faculty and graduate students work on the forefront of design research.

This week Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson announced the launch of phase two in the University of Minnesota’s Driving Tomorrow Initiative. The second phase of the initiative targets two of the University’s five Grand Challenges focus areas: Ensuring Clean Water and Sustainable Ecosystems and Fostering Just and Equitable Communities.