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The university’s Twin Cities campus will serve as “living laboratory” to explore sustainable landscape design strategies.

Spring awakening: U of M students to design campus demonstration garden this week

Contacts: Jeff Falk, University News Service, jfalk@umn.edu, (612) 626-1720

March 22, 2011

A group of University of Minnesota students will use the university’s Twin Cities campus this spring and summer as a “living laboratory” to explore sustainable landscape design strategies.

The process kicks off with presentations by Twin Cities landscape design professionals at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the College of Design’s Rapson Hall, room 100, 89 Church St., Minneapolis.

On Saturday, March 26, the students will then gather at 9 a.m. in the Rapson Hall courtyard for a “design charrette” (consisting of an intense period of design activity) to design an educational and ecologically harmonious garden. This activity will culminate in design presentations and discussion at 3:30 p.m. The most compelling garden designs will be installed by students this summer.

Students interested in learning more and participating in the design process may contact Elizabeth Turner at turne457@umn.edu.

The project is sponsored by the student groups Students for Design Activism and Greenlight in collaboration with the university’s Salovich Zero+ Campus Design Project. For more information, visit http://zeropluscampus.umn.edu/news.

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