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Search for Shelter Design Charrette, 20th Year
February 9-11, 2007




The AIA Minnesota Housing Advocacy Committee hosted its Search For Shelter Design Charrette the weekend of February 9th on the University of Minnesota Campus.

This year, seven housing or multi-use projects were submitted by local nonprofit organizations and around 50 architects, landscape architects, interior designers and students volunteered their time and talents to provide design services. The charrette began on Friday evening at Rapson Hall with dinner, an opening program and guest speaker Cathy ten Broeke, coordinator for the Minneapolis/Hennepin county commission to end homelessness. Each organization gave an overview of its project and then met with their team individually. The multi-disciplinary teams visited project sites on Saturday morning and returned to Rapson Hall, home of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, to spend the rest of the day designing, discussing and drawing. The teams presented the project proposals during the closing program on Sunday, which wrapped up an intense weekend. Thank you to all of the volunteers! You did a fantastic job!




Audubon Neighborhood Association
The ANA, through it's Central Avenue Area Task Force (CAATE) is exploring development opportunities and seeking partnerships in revitalization. Missions of both ANA and CAATE include fostering improvements to property.

Project 1
CAATE has identified a need for senior housing, including mixed-use retail space at the street level along Central Avenue.

Team Boards (PDF) (1.9 Mb)


Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
Their mission is to build affordable housing, serving 30-50% of area median income for first time home ownership. They will use volunteers and fair trades with some donated materials to control costs and families provide between 300-500 hours of sweat equity.

Project 2
Development of two 4-unit townhomes with creative solutions to best develop site with appealing look to neighbors. The location site is 1611 Case Avenue, St. Paul, MN.

Team Boards (PDF) (3.5 Mb)


Kingfield Neighborhood Association
Kingfield strives to be a safe and vital neighborhood that: is home to residents from diverse backgrounds; offers affordable, viable housing and a pleasing environment; promotes stable businesses appropriate to community needs; has an infrastructure which supports and is responsive to the neighborhood, and has a positive identity within the neighborhood and throughout the metro area.

Project 3
Kingfield would like to see a high-density, mixed-use project that: promotes a safe and friendly pedestrian commercial environment; addresses the ecological impact of the site and becomes a showcase for environmentally-sensitive design and construction; begins to replenish the affordable housing stock; makes Nicollet corridor more vibrant and more of a destination and respects the identity, scale and goals of Kingfield. The location site is 3700 Nicollet Avenue South.

Team Boards (PDF) (2 Mb)


Neighborhood Development Alliance + Casa Guadalupana + St. Matthew's Catholic Church
To provide a peaceful, faith-filled environment that offers immigrant women and families the time and space for discovering and nurturing opportunities, which lead them to increased person empowerment and more sustainable self-sufficiency.

Project 4
To develop a new home that could serve 5-30 women and 40-50 children in a year. The location site is 507 Hall Avenue, St. Paul, MN.

Team Boards (PDF) (4 Mb)


North Country Cooperative Foundation
NCF's purpose is to help preserve manufactured home parks by forming resident-owned cooperatives. They are looking to transform a timed, worn out mobile home park into a vibrant resident-owned community.

Project 5
The project is a group of low-income, manufactured home park residents who have incorporated themselves as Bennett Park Cooperative, Moorhead, MN. A previously disenfranchised community is looking for the opportunity of a fresh start with new and creative ideas and solutions.

Team Boards (PDF) (3.4 Mb)


Open Arms of Minnesota
Since 1986, Open Arms has provided nutritious, free meals, throughout the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area, to people living with HIV/AIDS, women undergoing treatment for breast cancer as well as people with multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Open Arms has outgrown their current facility.

Project 6
To develop a new building with a space that is welcoming to all who enter the building, designed to encourage interaction between people and with food and preparation being the focal point of the building. The location site is 25th Street and Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.

Team Boards (PDF) (2.4 Mb)


Urban Homeworks, Inc.
Urban Homeworks is a christian, faith-based non-profit organization that focuses on community development in innovative ways. They seek to provide dignified housing for low-income families and provide ownership options to moderate-to-low income families.

Project 7
To redevelop an arson-burned home at 2130 Bryant Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN. Urban Homeworks would like to consider two options for this site: 1. Design of community house that could be occupied by 5-6 people and 2. Redesign of a single family home.

Team Boards (PDF) (.8 Mb)



Search for Shelter Design Charrette, 19th Year
February 3-5, 2006



The AIA Minnesota Housing Advocacy Committee hosted its Search For Shelter Design Charrette the weekend of February 3rd on the University of Minnesota campus.
This year, six housing or multi-use projects were submitted by local nonprofit organizations and around 50 architects, landscape architects, interior designers and students volunteered their time and talents to provide design services. The charrette began on Friday evening at the Weisman Art Museum with dinner and an opening program. AIA Minnesota President Mark Swenson, AIA gave the opening remarks and welcomed volunteers and representatives from the participating organizations.  Each organization gave an overview of its project and then meet with their team individually. The multi-disciplinary teams visited project sites on Saturday morning and returned to Rapson Hall, home of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, to spend the rest of the day designing, discussing, and drawing.  The teams presented the project proposals during the closing program on Sunday, which wrapped up an intense weekend.  Thank you to all of the volunteers!  You did a fantastic job!



Central Community Housing Trust
A nonprofit developer providing housing options for people with low or moderate incomes.  Its mission is to create and sustain quality affordable housing that strengthens lives and communities.

Project 1
Redevelopment of small cabins and 45 mobile homes on a heavily wooded site in Maplewood, Minnesota.  The site is located within a broader master planning initiative for redevelopment proposed by the City of Maplewood.

Team 1 Boards
Board 1 (PDF)
Board 2 (PDF)
Board 3 (PDF)
Board 4 (PDF)
Board 5 (PDF)
Board 6 (PDF)
Board 7 (PDF)


Project 2
Re-configuring an existing apartment complex for easier facility management and to foster community.  Substantial remodeling of existing structures required and some demolition and new construction possible. 

Team 2 Boards

Board 1 (PDF)
Board 2 (PDF)
Board 3 (PDF)
Board 4 (PDF)
Board 5 (PDF)
Board 6 (PDF)


Mayflower Community Congregational Church, Ministry of Outreach
This group’s mission is to work mindfully towards addressing a series of social issues, including affordable housing, affordable healthcare, and anti-racism initiatives.

Project 3
Development of a multi-unit affordable housing facility and sufficient underground parking for both the tenants and the church.  The project site includes an existing parking lot and two residential lots, one with an existing house.

Team 3 Boards

Board 1 (PDF)
Board 2 (PDF)
Board 3 (PDF)
Board 4 (PDF)
Board 5 (PDF)


Asian Media Access
An organization that works with communities to engage, educate, connect, and mediate within and on behalf of Asian American and Pacific Islander peoples.

Project 4
Development of a mixed-use complex with affordable housing and services for Asian American and Pacific Islander seniors and/or runaway girls.  The site is located in Minneapolis and the organization has the goal of integrating the core values of Asian culture into the design of the structure.

Team 4 Boards

Board 1 (PDF)
Board 2 (PDF)
Board 3 (PDF)
Board 4 (PDF)
Board 5 (PDF)
Board 6 (PDF)


West Bank CDC
This agency works to improve the Cedar Riverside neighborhood by providing quality affordable housing and economic development.

Project 5
The project is to create a vision for the development of an infill site in the commercial district of the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.  The site is where the historic Dania Hall used to stand. 

Team 5 Boards

Board 1 (PDF)
Board 2 (PDF)
Board 3 (PDF)
Board 4 (PDF)
Board 5 (PDF)
Board 6 (PDF)


American Indian Community Development Corporation
A nonprofit corporation whose mission is to strengthen American Indian communities and improve their quality of life through education, technical assistance and the promotion and development of safe and decent housing.

Project 6
A 200,000 square foot former school building located at 24th Street and Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis to be converted to independent-living, assisted-living, and nursing home to service elders living in the Twin Cities American Indian communities.

Team 6 Boards

Board 1 (PDF)
Board 2 (PDF)
Board 3 (PDF)
Board 4 (PDF)
Board 5 (PDF)
Board 6 (PDF)


Thank you to our event sponsors and partners! Weisman Art Museum
University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
ERS Digital
PENCO
Resource Supply
Bruegger’s Bagels