The Magazine of AIA Minnesota
Inspiration, Past & Present
July - August 2008
Vol. 35 No. 4
29 INSIDE TRACK
From Minneapolis to Menomonie, and from advertising to the arts, we’ve got the goods on five new architectural interiors that are destined for success.
30 Period Drama: Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
By Glenn Gordon
34 Ad Venture: Barrie D’Rozario Murphy
By Camille LeFevre
38 Open to the Future: Washington Middle School
By Linda Mack
40 Raising the Bar: Bowman and Brooke
By Camille LeFevre
44 Grand Alliance: Alliance Bank
46 THE GREAT CONVERGENCE
By David Eijadi, FAIA
Buildings are getting smarter and smarter. That’s because building technologies are not only advancing but also integrating to form networks able to respond to occupant needs and environmental conditions with great precision. The New York Times Building in Manhattan and Convia Headquarters in suburban Chicago illustrate the dramatic impact converging technologies can have on user comfort and energy efficiency.
52 HOMES BY ARCHITECTS
By Christopher Hudson
We’ve been waiting a long time for a home tour of exclusively architect-designed homes, and it’s finally here. For everything you need to know about this can’t-miss two-day event, check out our illustrated preview.
Departments & Directories
7 Editor’s Note
13 Culture Crawl compiled by Tim Carl, AIA
The first major museum retrospective of the work of Eero Saarinen reaches the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
15 Speed Reading by Frank Edgerton Martin
Thomas Fisher’s new book mines wisdom from the past for the daunting ethical and design challenges that lie ahead.
19 Notebook by Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA
An Architecture Minnesota scribe winds through stone quarries, waterfalls, and wind turbines on a summer road trip.
21 Conundra by Frank Edgerton Martin
Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis, now in the equivalent of its awkward adolescent years, is increasingly endangered.
25 Platform by Brandon Stengel, Assoc. AIA
A Minneapolis glassblower has a great story about how he came to design chandeliers for the Walker Art Center.
27 Wayfarer by George Heinrich
A photographer travels to Cuba to deliver medical supplies and returns with an indelible image of the Havana coastline.
82 Place by Paul Crosby
In the wake of the I-35W bridge tragedy, a towering new structure nears completion.
67 Directories of Interior Architecture and Interior Design Firms
81 Advertising Index
On the Cover
Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, Menomonie, Wisconsin
Photographer comment: “They don’t make them like that anymore,” says photographer Jill Greer of the Mabel Tainter. “I have photographed many magnificent buildings, but this project ranks right up there. The sensitivity to the original architectural intent is extraordinary. I was blown away by the richness and warmth of the environment.”
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.