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MANITOBA EARTHSHIP
A couple weeks ago, 4th year Interiors’ students went on a site visit to the Manitoba Earthship.
For those who don’t know what an Earthship is, it is not a spaceship! (Which is what many of us actually thought when we first heard the term.
"Earthships are sustainable housing solutions created from recycled materials and powered by renewable energy sources. The principle of the Earthship is such that it can be designed to suit any climate in the world, be economical and self-sustaining. Globally there are over 1000 Earthships in operation." (https://sites.google.com/site/earthshipmanitoba/project-definition)
The Manitoba Earthship will be the first Earthship to be built in Manitoba, an off-the-grid house relying on rain/snow water collection, a natural ventilation system, photovoltaic panels, and thermal mass construction for temperature control. It is to be primarily constructed of rubber tires rammed with earth (dirt), and pop cans. During the day this mass will absorb heat. As the temperature decreases at night, the collected heat will be radiated back into the interior. The windows and solar panels will be positioned for maximum exposure to the sun in the winter.
https://sites.google.com/site/earthshipmanitoba/ for more information about the Manitoba Earthship.

MANITOBA EARTHSHIP

A couple weeks ago, 4th year Interiors’ students went on a site visit to the Manitoba Earthship.

For those who don’t know what an Earthship is, it is not a spaceship! (Which is what many of us actually thought when we first heard the term.

"Earthships are sustainable housing solutions created from recycled materials and powered by renewable energy sources. The principle of the Earthship is such that it can be designed to suit any climate in the world, be economical and self-sustaining. Globally there are over 1000 Earthships in operation." (https://sites.google.com/site/earthshipmanitoba/project-definition)

The Manitoba Earthship will be the first Earthship to be built in Manitoba, an off-the-grid house relying on rain/snow water collection, a natural ventilation system, photovoltaic panels, and thermal mass construction for temperature control. It is to be primarily constructed of rubber tires rammed with earth (dirt), and pop cans. During the day this mass will absorb heat. As the temperature decreases at night, the collected heat will be radiated back into the interior. The windows and solar panels will be positioned for maximum exposure to the sun in the winter.

https://sites.google.com/site/earthshipmanitoba/ for more information about the Manitoba Earthship.

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Jean-Christophe Quinton, speaking through a translator, explaining several of his projects in France.

Jean-Christophe Quinton, speaking through a translator, explaining several of his projects in France.

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Cultural Events Abound in September

September 11  |  Food for Thought  |  Kasper Magnuseen & Karen Knudsen

The Still Life Project

Gamborg & Magnussen wish to form a new architectural language based on object’s importance, attributes, relations and interactions. The overall project consists of many subprojects which collectively examines the potential of an architecture build up on and drawn on the meaning of the object and its inherent desires. The individual projects are often linked to or arise from each other. The projects relate specifically to a place and a social interaction and allow things to change meaning depending how they are presented and in which relation they appear.

During summer 2012 Gamborg & Magnussen has worked as Visiting Researchers at University of Manitoba - Faculty of Architecture and C. A.S.T to develop their current project The Tablecloth.

Gamborg & Magnussen work in the field in-between architecture and fine art. By dissecting the ideas contained in the still life painting they aim to create beautiful and significant architecture.

Karen Gamborg Knudsen and Kasper Magnussen founded Gamborg & Magnussen in 2008.   They are based in Copenhagen and Zürich. They graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in 2005/2006.

September 12  |  Dean’s Lecture Series  |  Donald Worster  | Facing Limits: From the Age of Abundance to the Age of Equilibrium

Since 1989 Donald Worster has held the Hall Distinguished Professorship Chair in American History at the University of Kansas. Earlier, he taught at the University of Hawaii and Brandeis University, after earning a Ph.D. in American history and literature at Yale University in 1971. His principal areas of research and teaching include North American and world environmental history and the history of the American West.    

Professor Worster’s publications include two recent prize-winning biographies, A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir (2008), A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell (2001), along with eight other books, including:  Rivers of Empire, which deals with the development of water resources in the West; Dust Bowl (1979), a study of the Southern Plains in the “dirty thirties,” and Nature’s Economy (1994, second edition), which traces the development of ecology from the eighteenth century to the present.  His books have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Swedish, Korean, and Japanese.  In addition, he has published shorter pieces in the Journal of American History, Agricultural History, the Western Historical Quarterly, the Pacific Historical Review, the Ecologist, Environmental History, Foreign Affairs, and others.    

As one of the pioneers of environmental history, Professor Worster has been particularly active in building and promoting this field.  He has served as president of the American Society for Environmental History, sits on a number of editorial boards, and is advisory editor for the Cambridge University monograph series, “Studies in Environment and History.”  He has lectured throughout the United States and in Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada, Central America, New Zealand, and Australia.  He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians and has held numerous fellowships and research grants.  Most recently, he was named the Strachan Donnelley Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Yale University and a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany.

September 20  |  Food for Thought  |  Arm Chair Discussion with Arhtur Schafer and Peter Marcuse

Peter Marcuse, a planner and lawyer, is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at Columbia University in New York City. He has a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph. D in planning from the University of California at Berkeley. He practiced law in Waterbury, CT, for twenty years, specializing in labor and civil rights law, and was majority leader of its Board of Aldermen, chaired its anti-poverty agency, and was a member of its City Planning commission. . He was thereafter Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA, and President of the Los Angeles Planning Commission and member of Community Board 9M in New York City… His fields of research include city planning, housing, the use of public space, the right to the city, social justice in the city, globalization, and urban history, with some focus New York City. He has taught in both West and East Germany, Australia, the Union of South Africa, Canada, Austria, Spain, Canada, and Brazil, and written extensively in both professional journals and the popular press.

His most recent books include, co-edited with Ronald van Kempen, Globalizing Cities: A New Spatial Order?, Blackwell, 1999, and Of States and Cities: The Partitioning of Urban Space, 2002, Oxford University Press, a co-edited volume, Searching for the Just City, Routledge, 2009, and most recently,  a co-edited volume, Cities for People, Not for Profit: Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City, Routledge, 2011.

His current projects include a historically-grounded political history of urban planning, the formulation of a theory of critical planning, including the attempt to make critical urban theory useful to the U.S. Right to the City Alliance, and an analysis and proposals to deal with the subprime mortgage foreclosure crisis in the United States.

Arthur Schafer is Director of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics, at the University of Manitoba.  He is also a Full Professor in the Department of Philosophy and an Ethics Consultant for the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.  For ten years he was Head of the Section of Bio-Medical Ethics in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Manitoba and has also served as Visiting Scholar Green College, Oxford.  

September 20  | Cultural Events   |  Peter Marcuse  | 6 PM

September 24  |  Cultural Events  |  Lois Weinthal  | First Impressions: revealing the subtle and minuscule in the interior | 6 PM

September 26  |  Cultural Events  |  Jean-Christophe Quinton  | 6 PM

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Italy Trip

The ED3 Architecture students recently arrived back from a studio trip to Italy. The trip was a northern tour of Italy with numerous stops including towns/cities: Rome, Assissi, Urbino, Padua, Vincenza, Verona, Mantova, Sienna, Florence, and Bagnoregio.

The trip took place from January 4th to January 16th.

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