The Magazine of AIA Minnesota
July - August 2007
Vol. 33 No. 4
July/August 2007 Press Release
25 Livability 101
Across the state, architects, planners, city officials, community organizations, and active citizens are working together to create more livable communities. These four projects in particular caught our attention.
Dream Boulevard: A New Vision for Minneapolis’ Washington Avenue page 26
By Camille LeFevre
Build It and They Will Come: Minneapolis’ Midtown Greenway page 30
By Camille LeFevre
Stream of Ideas: Conservation Design along Duluth’s Upper Amity Creek page 38
By Christopher Hudson
Town at a Crossroads: Revitalizing Downtown Willmar page 40
By Frank Edgerton Martin
43 10 on 10
Introduction by E. Tim Carl, AIA
For this, our Livable Communities issue, we asked 10 Minnesota thought leaders to each take one of AIA’s 10 Principles for Livable Communities and run with it. And run with it they did, in words and photographs. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman muses on Saturday mornings at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market. Guthrie Director Joe Dowling enjoys the view from a truly distinctive public space, while Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin calls for “restoring transit to its former role as a guiding investment tool for entire communities and regions.” With great verve, our 10 contributors celebrate what we love about life in Minnesota—and chart the challenges that lie ahead.
Departments & Directories
5 Editor’s Note
9 Culture Crawl compiled by Emily Dowd
Hog Jogs, car shows, fishing contests, and cannon salutes. Minnesota Independence Day celebrations have it all.
13 Speed Reading by Glenn Gordon
Create your own architecture tours this summer with Larry Millett’s highly engaging AIA Guide to the Twin Cities.
15 Notebook by Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA
17 Citizen Architect by Emily Dowd
Mohammed Lawal, AIA, and Jennifer Anderson-Tuttle mine urban high schools for the next generation of architects.
21 Platform by Susan Andre, Allied AIA
Road trip! Pack the car, roll down the windows, and set out for Franconia Sculpture Park, where the art is larger than life.
23 Variables by Lance Neckar
Our expert panel weighs in on redevelopment scenarios swirling around St. Paul’s Ford Assembly Plant, scheduled to close in 2008.
Photographer Glenn Gordon lingers to capture a wistful moment at the closing of the Minnesota State Fair.
63 Directory of Renovation, Remodeling, Restoration
67 Advertising Index
On the Cover
Mill City Farmers Market, Minneapolis
Photographer: Paul Crosby
Architecture Minnesota, the primary public outreach tool of the American Institute of Architects Minnesota, is published to inform the public about architecture designed by AIA Minnesota members and to communicate the spirit and value of quality architecture to both the public and the membership.