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Minnesota Orchestra Hall / KPMB Architects

  • Architects: KPMB Architects
  • Location: Nicollet Mall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nic Lehoux

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

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

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

  • Architects: Salmela Architect
  • 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: Paul Crosby

SCAPE and Rogers Marvel Selected to Transform Waterfront District in Minneapolis

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

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

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

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

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.

Video: Weisman Art Museum

Peter VonDeLinde, Marc Ofsthun, and Christian Korab, an architectural film studio team based out of Minneapolis, recently created an amazing short film on Frank Gehry‘s newly expanded Weisman Art Museum. Gehry’s 11,000 sq.ft. expansion showcases his sculptural talent featuring its stainless steel facade curving out from the entrance. This video was produced in conjunction with the Weisman featured in the January/February 2012 issue of Architecture Minnesota magazine.

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

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

  • Architects: John Dwyer Architect
  • Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Photographs: Courtesy of john dwyer architect

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VJAA receives 2012 AIA Architecture Firm Award

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.” “VJAA creates a place and purpose-specific architecture founded on broad societal, technological, and artistic values. Their work eloquently demonstrates the creative possibilities of joining environmental innovation, material exploration, and a thoughtful and economical response to site and program,” stated Andrea Leers, FAIA, of 2007 Firm Award recipient Leers Weinzapfel Associates in her recommendation letter. The AIA highlighted VJAA’s Charles Hostler Student Center in Beirut, Lebanon and Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life at Tulane University in New Orleans. Leers continues to describe, “In an era frequently characterized by architectural indulgence and excess, VJAA is creating architecture of refinement and restraint.” Along with AIA Gold Medal winner Steven Holl, VJAA will also be awarded in May at the 2012 AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C. Reference: AIA

Minneapolis Riverfront Competition Finalist / StossLU

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AD Classics: Willey House / Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Architects: Frank Lloyd Wright
  • 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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Architecture City Guide: Minneapolis

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Bobak Ha'Eri
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Bobak Ha'Eri