Architecture Minnesota
The Magazine of AIA Minnesota
Sustainability Comes Home
May - June 2008
Vol. 34 No. 3
May/June 2008 Press Release

Introduction by William Weber
As more and more homeowners learn about and embrace sustainable design and construction, the greener and greener the houses become. Will the trend continue? If these four new cutting-edge projects are any indication, the answer is an emphatic Yes.
34       EResponsible: E2 City Homes
By Linda Mack
38       A Perfect Example: EcoDEEP Haus
By Heather Beal
42       Widely Read & Green: Hammond Residence
By Adam Regn Arvidson
46       A-HA: MiNN HA House
By Adam Regn Arvidson

By Ken Potts, AIA, LEED AP
Planning officials, developers, and architects have a new tool in their endeavor to apply sustainable planning principles to larger projects: the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System. We take a closer look at the program and pilot projects Excelsior & Grand in St. Louis Park and Library Green in Moorhead.

By Camille LeFevre
Like most things in life, home shows on HGTV and other channels have their pluses and minuses. On the plus side, they generate interest in design and introduce viewers to architects. But for homeowners undertaking a major project, say architects, neatly wrapped home transformations on TV can create unrealistic expectations in a number of areas.

Departments & Directories
9         Editor’s Note

15         Culture Crawl by Camille LeFevre
A summer-long exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis showcases products designed for those who need them most.
17        Speed Reading by Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA
Two new books offer proof that small and simple buildings can pack a big aesthetic punch.
21        Insight by Tom DeAngelo, FAIA  
For architects on a creative journey with their clients, riding shotgun is a pretty enviable position.

23        Why It Works by Adam Regn Arvidson
What is it about the design of St. Paul’s Irvine Park that makes it such a great outdoor space? We break it down.
27        Picture Perfect by Emily Dowd
Jerry Ohm’s “conceptual yet highly detailed” watercolor renderings are like a good pair of chinos—they’ll never go out of style.
29        Wayfarer by Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA
A traveler likens the architecture of the Greek Islands to the gods “playing jacks with Platonic solids, extruded triangles, pyramids, and spheres.”

154        Place
Photographer Pete Sieger, AIA, captures the changing face of urban living in Northeast Minneapolis.

90      Directory of AIA Minnesota Firms

134      Index of Firms by Building Type

139      Consultants Directory

152      Credits

153      Advertising Index

On the Cover
Sustainable Houses (see Editor’s Note)

So many homes, just one cover.
Typically the cover of our annual residential issue features one beautiful photograph of a stunning home. This year, with the number of sustainable residential projects on the rise, the designers at Tilka Design and editor Christopher Hudson chose to share the visual bounty of green AIA architect–designed homes. Enjoy this feast for your eyes and source of inspiration.

Mission Statement
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.