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By Mount Vernon News
April 5, 2013 9:28 am EDT


GAMBIER — Passion for design in rural settings drives professor Dewey Thorbeck. The award-winning architect is founder and director of the Center for Rural Design at the University of Minnesota. His address last night at the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater was a highlight of Rural by Design, Kenyon College’s weeklong exploration of rural sustainability in Knox County and worldwide.


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Thorbeck’s delivery was casual and his style unassuming, but when Howard Sacks of Kenyon’s Rural Life Center introduced him as a pioneer in his field, there was no exaggeration involved. Thorbeck literally wrote the book on the subject. His “Rural Design: A New Discipline,” is a definitive source on the topic, as illustrated by a book review in Choice magazine.





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