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Lecture Series: UMN Catalyst Week 2016

18:00 - 1 March, 2016
Lecture Series: UMN Catalyst Week 2016

Architecture as Catalyst is an annual week-long event, bringing new ideas, conversations, and expertise to the school by inviting guests from around the world to run experimental workshops with graduate students and give public lectures on their work. Each year, the week before spring break, first and second year graduate architecture students engage with the guests and host faculty in intensive five-day workshops, each focused around a unique set of ideas and techniques.

How Driverless Cars Could, Should - and Shouldn't - Reshape Our Cities

10:00 - 22 January, 2016
How Driverless Cars Could, Should - and Shouldn't - Reshape Our Cities

In the race to bring driverless cars from a futuristic fantasy to a present-day reality, developers have touted a plethora of advantages, from reduced traffic congestion on roads to improved safety thanks to the elimination of human error. But the potential widespread implementation of driverless cars could also have profound impacts on the form of our urban environments, fundamentally reshaping infrastructure and land use. As recently as a year ago, this new technology was seen as decades away; however, recently Elon Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla, predicted that driverless cars will be capable of making cross-country treks within about two years, and a pilot program in the United Kingdom city of Milton Keynes plans to launch a fleet of driverless pod-taxis by 2018, matching Musk’s timeline.

The driverless car future could be just around the corner, and the normally slow-changing infrastructure of cities could be forced to apply quick fixes to adapt. At the same time, the full potential of driverless cars cannot be realized without implementing significant changes to the urban fabric. So how will driverless cars change how our cities work, and how will our cities adapt to accommodate them?

Surly Brewing MSP / HGA

09:00 - 17 September, 2015
Surly Brewing MSP / HGA, © Corey Gaffer
© Corey Gaffer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Mia Blanchett
  • Design Principal

    Steven Dwyer
  • Project Team

    Alex Terzich, Jesse Zeien, Paula Storsteen, Jennifer McMaster, Rich Firkins, Tony Staeger, Mark Johnson, Scott Lichty, Julie Hagstrom, Ross Altheimer, Erica Christenson, Kenny Horns, Chrysanthi Stockwell, Zac Poynter, Joe Wetternach, Connor Frazier, Robert Johnson Miller
  • Area

    50000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Minnesota Orchestra Hall / KPMB Architects

11:00 - 8 July, 2015
Minnesota Orchestra Hall / KPMB Architects, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nicollet Mall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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SCAPE and Rogers Partners Design New Public Gateway for Mississippi River Waterfall

01:00 - 4 December, 2014
SCAPE and Rogers Partners Design New Public Gateway for Mississippi River Waterfall, © SCAPE / Landscape Architecture + Rogers Partners
© SCAPE / Landscape Architecture + Rogers Partners

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture and Rogers Partners have envisioned a new public gateway for the Mississippi River’s “one true waterfall” - St. Anthony Falls in downtown Minneapolis. Named after being the city’s original site for its 19th-century water supply and fire-fighting pumping stations, “Water Works” is designed to “weave” together heritage ruins, local ecology, and recreational systems into a “coherent civic space” on four-acres of Central Riverfront. 

Design: A Long Term Preventative Medicine

00:00 - 15 December, 2013
Design: A Long Term Preventative Medicine, New York City's High Line. Image © Iwan Baan
New York City's High Line. Image © Iwan Baan

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism has produced a new report examining urban health in eight of the USA’s largest cities, which has been translated into a collection of meaningful findings for architects, designers, and urban planners. With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas - a statistic which is projected to grow to 70% by 2050 - the report hinges around the theory that “massive urbanization can negatively affect human and environmental health in unique ways” and that, in many cases, these affects can be addressed by architects and designers by the way we create within and build upon our cities.

Izzy’s Ice Cream Kitchen & Retail Shop / Salmela Architect

01:00 - 5 November, 2013
Izzy’s Ice Cream Kitchen & Retail Shop / Salmela Architect, © Paul Crosby
© Paul Crosby
  • Architects

  • Location

    1100 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    David Salmela
  • Design Team

    David Salmela, Malini Srivastava, David Getty, Stephanie Getty.
  • Project Architect

    Malini Srivastava
  • Area

    7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

SCAPE and Rogers Marvel Selected to Transform Waterfront District in Minneapolis

00:00 - 17 July, 2013
SCAPE and Rogers Marvel Selected to Transform Waterfront District in Minneapolis, Courtesy of Rogers Marvel
Courtesy of Rogers Marvel

SCAPE and Rogers Marvel have been unanimously selected from 27 international applicants to create a schematic design for one of the most visited destinations on the Mississippi River: Water Works in downtown Minneapolis. The SCAPE-Roger Marvel Team, which also includes New York-based James Lima Planning + Design and Minneapolis-based SRF Consulting, will be responsible for transforming the historically significant Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, within which the Water Works district exists, with a master plan based on a series of “visionary” parks and trails. 

HKS Unveils New $975 Million Minneapolis Stadium / HKS

01:00 - 25 May, 2013
HKS Unveils New $975 Million Minneapolis Stadium / HKS, Courtesy of HKS
Courtesy of HKS

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), the Minnesota Vikings and HKS Sports & Entertainment Group together unveiled the design of the state’s new $975 million multi-purpose stadium in Minneapolis.

ULI Announces Finalist Teams for 2013 Student Urban Design Competition

00:00 - 27 February, 2013
ULI Announces Finalist Teams for 2013 Student Urban Design Competition, “Connec+ Minneapolis” / Harvard University
“Connec+ Minneapolis” / Harvard University

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected the finalist teams in the eleventh annual ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. Graduate-level student teams representing Harvard University, Yale University, a joint team from Ball State University and Purdue University, as well as another join team from Kansas State University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the University of Kansas are all advancing to the final round of competition, scheduled to take place in March and April. This year’s finalists were charged with proposing a long-term development plan for downtown Minneapolis that creates value for property owners, city residents, and the greater Twin Cities region.

Seattle Leads the Way in Tracking Building Energy Use

00:00 - 24 February, 2013
Seattle Leads the Way in Tracking Building Energy Use, Courtesy of designbuildsource.com.au
Courtesy of designbuildsource.com.au

Enthusiasm for water and energy data collection for commercial and residential buildings has been growing strong across the U.S. in major cities such as Austin, New York, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. It's no surprise to learn that Earth-friendly Seattle is ahead of the game when it comes to tracking its buildings; reports show that the city is receiving data for a whopping 87% of its commercial and multi-residential buildings over 50,000 square feet, which totals to 1,160 individual properties covering over 200 million square feet of the city.

Video: Lakewood Garden Mausoleum / HGA

11:00 - 6 February, 2013

Serving as the foremost resting place for Minnesota’s distinguished citizens, the Lakewood Garden Mausoleum, designed by HGA, is a treasured landmark and community asset in the city’s neighborhood. The video above captures its pastoral quality and embraces the landscape while offering a contemplative interior experience. It also highlights the design’s relationship between natural light and nature, which strengthens the connection between the spiritual and the earth-bound.

Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum / HGA Architects and Engineers

01:00 - 1 February, 2013
Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum / HGA Architects and Engineers, © Paul Crosby Photography
© Paul Crosby Photography

© Paul Crosby Photography © Paul Crosby Photography © Paul Crosby Photography © Paul Crosby Photography +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    3600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408, United States
  • Principal

    Dan Avchen, FAIA
  • Project Manager

    Steve Fiskum, AIA
  • Design Principal

    Joan M. Soranno, FAIA
  • Project Architect

    John Cook, FAIA
  • Area

    0.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Nelson Cultural Center / HGA

01:00 - 14 December, 2012
Nelson Cultural Center / HGA, © Paul Crosby
© Paul Crosby
  • Architects

  • Location

    Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Design Team

    Nancy Blankfard, Andy Weyenberg
  • Area

    47,038 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby © Paul Crosby +16

‘The Interchange’ in Downtown Minneapolis / EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company + Knutson Construction

07:00 - 3 July, 2012
Courtesy of EE&K + Knutson Construction
Courtesy of EE&K + Knutson Construction

EE&K, a Perkins Eastman Company, and Knutson Construction were recently selected by Hennepin County for their design for ‘The Interchange’ in Downtown Minneapolis. The design-build contract for the $79.3 million transportation hub, which is expected to be completed by 2014, will connect transit with culture. Led by architect Peter Cavaluzzi FAIA, the multidisciplinary team envisions a state-of-the-art transit station with complementary mixed-used development and year-round activated public space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

INFILL / John Dwyer Architect

01:00 - 29 May, 2012
INFILL / John Dwyer Architect, Courtesy of  john dwyer architect
Courtesy of john dwyer architect
  • Architects

  • Location

    Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of john dwyer architect

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VJAA receives 2012 AIA Architecture Firm Award

15:00 - 10 December, 2011
Courtesy of VJAA
Courtesy of VJAA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board of Directors (BOD) selected Minneapolis based firm VJAA for the 2012 AIA Architecture Firm Award. The internationally recognized design firm was noted for their “research into material innovations and digital practice tools.”

AD Classics: Willey House / Frank Lloyd Wright

01:00 - 25 April, 2011
AD Classics: Willey House / Frank Lloyd Wright, Courtesy of Willey House Website
Courtesy of Willey House Website
  • Architects

  • Location

    Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • Architect

    Frank Lloyd Wright
  • References

    Bruce Pfieffer, Lewis Mumford
  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Willey House Website

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