Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Ahrentzen to speak at UM on June 19
Sherry Ahrentzen, Arizona State University professor, will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming symposium on affordable housing at the University of Minnesota. For the last 20 years, Ahrentzen’s research has focused on new forms of housing to better accommodate the social and economic diversity of U.S. households and families. She will deliver her speech, “How Housing Matters: Towards an Evidence-Based Design Practice in Affordable Housing,” at 6:30 p.m. June 19 in room 33 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul.

Ahrentzen's speech is part of a conference at the University of Minnesota's College of Design. Minnesota Affordable Housing Symposium: Celebrating, Designing, Innovating for the Future will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 and 20.

The symposium will explore the past, present and future of affordable housing in Minnesota. Panelists will review the individuals, organizations, policies and programs that brought Minnesota to the forefront of affordable housing. Building on that information, participants will have conversations to design creative solutions to the affordable housing crisis. Those solutions will be shared in the symposium’s closing session. The symposium is from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 19 and from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20 in room 135, Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Ave., St. Paul campus.

To register, go to click here or call (612) 626-9068.

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