AD Architecture School Guide: University of Minnesota

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For most schools, receiving an M.Arch requires 2 to 3 years, and, according to NCARB, IDP towards licensure takes an average of slightly over 5 years, excluding the time to take the exams themselves.

The University of Minnesota School of Architecture is offering two degrees that will significantly reduce IDP requirements—pending approval by NCARB— and thus reduce the time it takes to attain one’s architecture license. Two M.S. programs, an M.S. in Architecture Research Practices and an M.S. in Architecture Metropolitan Design are designed as additional year-long degrees attained while students pursue their M.Arch’s. Even better, both are structured to not only help students attain up to 930 IDP hours toward completing the degree, but to defray tuition while doing it.

Arado weeHouse / Alchemy Architects

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Architects: Alchemy Architects
Location: , USA
Architect In Charge: Geoffrey Warner,
Area: 336 sqm
Year: 2003
Photographs: Courtesy of Alchemy Architects, Doug Fogelson

ULI Announces Finalist Teams for 2013 Student Urban Design Competition

“Connec+ Minneapolis” / Harvard University

The () has selected the finalist teams in the eleventh annual 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.

A $50,000 prize will be awarded to the winning team; and each of the remaining three finalist teams will receive $10,000. This year, applications were submitted from 158 teams representing 70 universities in the United States and Canada, with 790 students participating in total.

13th Annual Structures for Inclusion Conference

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The thirteenth annual Structures for Inclusion conference (SFI-13) will be held March 23-24 at the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis Campus. The conference is preceded by the Public Interest Design Institute, a training program sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, that will be held at the same location on March 21-22. These are two major events that help compose the inaugural Public Interest Design Week, March 19-24.

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 Credits: Peter VonDeLinde, Christian M Korab, Marc Ofsthun, Pete Sieger, Tom Dolan, Rob McIntosh

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 magazine.

AD Classics: St. John’s Abbey Church / Marcel Breuer

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Saint John’s Abbey Church was designed by the renowned Hungarian architect . This cast-in-place concrete marvel is a stepping-stone in modern design of religious architecture in the . One must admire the great concrete trees that support the ceiling and the dominant bell banner that shields the church. More after the break.

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

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EE&K, a Perkins Eastman Company, and Knutson Construction were recently selected by Hennepin County for their design for ‘The Interchange’ in Downtown . 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.

Blue Cube / Ahti Westphal

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Architect: Ahti Westphal
Location: , Rainy Lake, Minnesota, USA
Client: Private
Project year: 2005
Contractor: Burkham Built LLC
Steel Fabrication: Rudy Imhoff
Suppliers: Albany International, Paper Machine Clothing and Engineered Fabrics
Area: 240 sqt
Photograph: Courtesy of Ahti Westphal

UMD Swenson Civil Engineering Building / Ross-Barney Architects

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Architect: Ross-Barney Architects
Location: Duluth, Minnesota,
Project Lead Designer: Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
Project Team: Michael Ross, (principal in-charge); Monica Chadha (project manager); Jonathan Graves (project architect); Kimberley Patten, (sustainable design and interiors); Marc Anderson; Ricardo Nabholz
Architect of Record: SJA Architects
Project Area: 35,300 sqf
Photographs: Kate Joyce Studios

Minneapolis Riverfront Competition Finalist / StossLU

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Historically, rivers have served as the ecological and commercial backbones of the communities that boarder them. With the deindustrialization of American cities, these lifelines have been unclaimed for civic use. They lay cluttered; remnants of their past serve as barriers to their potential re-use. This proposal by StossLU seeks to claim the Mississippi River and envision its transformation into park space as a spectacle in its own right within the city of .

   

Black Bear Casino Resort / Walsh Bishop

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Architects: Walsh Bishop
Location: , Minnesota, USA
Head of Entertainment and Hospitality: Keith O’Brien
Project Team: Ian Scott, Dennis Walsh, Roger Santelman, Joe Wagner, David Serrano, Ed Wilms , Ryan Radamacher, Suzanne Illten, Ann Farniock, Meghan Thorpe, Ross Anderson, Buck Gronberg, Gene Weringa, Dave Collins, Byron Kermeen , Jaime Brunotte
Photographs: Albert Vecerka, Esto Photographics, Walsh Bishop

AD Classics: Willey House / Frank Lloyd Wright

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Completed in 1934, the Willey House by is often described as the fusion of his two greater known styles, the Prairie School and the Usonian style. From it’s exterior it possess many of the same visual qualities of his older designs, but also other implications of his newer and developing style. More on Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Willey House after the break.

Architecture City Guide: Minneapolis

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed to the city stars fall on. With a few notable exceptions, one can hardly be called a starchitect if s/he hasn’t designed something in . Since 2005 the starchitects that have fallen on this “City of Lakes” include , Herzog & de Mueron, César Pelli, Michael Graves, Steven Holl, and Frank Gehry. This is a surprising number for a city just north of 380,000 people. Few cities of this size could boast as much. What’s more our list of 12 is far from complete. There are many wonderful historic and contemporary buildings mixed in with the explosion of starchitecture. Please leave comments of buildings one should not miss when visiting Minneapolis.

Architecture City Guide: Minneapolis list and corresponding map after the break!

AD Classics: R.W. Lindholm Service Station / Frank Lloyd Wright

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An architect with upwards of 500 built projects, was also recognized for his proposed Utopian vision of a new urban landscape, known as Broadacre City, which he developed throughout most of his life and described in his book The Disappearing City in 1932.

This proposition stood as both a planning statement and a socio-political scheme, in which each U.S. family would receive an acre of land from the federal lands reserves. Wright unveiled a detailed twelve by twelve foot scaled model that represented a four square mile section of the hypothetical community. The is the only part of his Broadacre designs that was realized.

More on Frank Lloyd Wright‘s R.W. Lindholm Service Station after the break.

KNOCK Inc. / Julie Snow Architects

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The renovation of a neglected 1960’s food distribution center on the edge of downtown Minneapolis into a gleaming new headquarters for the creative innovators at KNOCK Inc. is both a fresh and welcomed presence on the underrated stretch of Glenwood Avenue just west of International Market Square.  The project’s inventiveness lies in the sustainable transformation of a potential “tear down” structure into a high performance building.

Architects: Julie Snow Architects, Inc.
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Design Principal: Matthew Kreilich, , LEED AP
Project Manager/Designer: Pauv Thouk
Project Team: Tamara Wibowo
Client: KNOCK Inc.
Project Area: 10,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Paul Crosby

College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UMINN / Steven Holl Architects

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An inspiration to all, the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the stands as an intriguing building that glows during the late-night working hours of its inhabitants. Completed by Steven Holl Architects in 2002, the building has received much recognition for it’s enlightening and unifying qualities, an example being the Progressive Architecture Award in 1990.

More on the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and after the break.

U.S. Land Port of Entry / Julie Snow Architects

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Designed by Julie Snow Architects, the U.S. Land Port of Entry is recipient of a 2011 National Institute Honor Award for Architecture. Located in Warroad, the facility supports the mission-driven demands of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the federal agency responsible for securing the nation’s borders and promoting legal trade and travel. Conceived as a specific response to the vast open landscape along the -Canadian border, its form reiterates the dominant horizon of the landscape while making reference to the East-West border. Inflected building forms facilitate intuitive use by visitors, the officers’ ability to survey the entire site, and vehicle access to secondary and commercial inspection areas.

Architects: Julie Snow Architects, Inc.
Location: Warroad, Minnesota, USA
Principal: Julie Snow, FAIA
Project Lead Designer: Matthew Kreilich, AIA, LEED AP
Project Manager: Connie Lindor, Tyson Mcelvain, AIA, LEED AP
Project Architects: Tyson Mcelvain, AIA
Project Team: Jim Larson, Dan Winden, Pauv Thouk
Interior Designer: Julie Snow Architects, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Sebesta Blomberg
Structural Engineer: Meyer, Borgman, Johnson
Electrical Engineer: Sebesta Blomberg
Civil engineer: Jacobs Engineering
Geotechnical engineer: Key Engineering
Construction Manager: Kraus Anderson Construction
General Contractor: Kraus Anderson Construction
Landscape Architect: coen + partners
Client/Owner: U.S. General Services Administration
Lighting designer: Sebesta Blomberg
Project Area: 40,108 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Paul Crosby