January – February 2005
Vol. 31 No. 1

Projects: Public Spaces

Shimmer and Shine Hammel, Green and Abrahamson’s lustrous Rochester Art Center is an artwork unto itself By Linda Shapiro

Pastoral Panorama Rolling rural landscape inspires a nostalgic design for Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Architects’ St. Francis de Sales Church By Christopher Hudson

Solar Flare SJA Architects designs Hartley Nature Center to a higher environmental standard, with the help of a committed client By Dorothy Rand

Civic Modern Rozeboom Miller Architects’ New Ulm Civic Center takes its cue from German modernism By Barbara Knox


Design in Transit The Hiawatha Light Rail Transit line, with its string of individually designed stations, has changed the way we look at public transportation By Camille LeFevre, with an introduction by Christopher Hudson

Civic Centennial For 100 years, citizens have gathered at the Cass Gilbert–designed Minnesota State Capitol to mourn, protest, and celebrate By Nancy A. Miller


Editor’s Note Heavy Trash

Overview “Embodied Energy,” 2004 Honor and Divine Detail Awards, 2004 Minnesota Preservation Awards, Setting the Agenda

Newsmakers Barbour LaDouceur’s condominium tower on Nicollet Mall, MS&R’s Head House and Sack House conversion in St. Paul, and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. By Bette Hammel

Endangered Danebod Gym Hall in Tyler, Minnesota, requires structural repairs if it is to continue hosting Danish cultural programs and other community events By Robert Roscoe

Citizen Architect The Minnesota State Capitol, our most treasured public building, is in need of interior restoration and repair, and now is the time for action By Phillip Glenn Koski

Talking Point At a recent symposium on ethics and public spaces, participants enjoyed a spirited debate over what is good and right in design By Kristine F. Miller

Directory of Consulting Engineer Firms

Project Credits

Advertising Index

Fast Forward Glass House Conservatory, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen; Ralph Rapson & Associates, Minneapolis


Downtown East LRT Station and Plaza
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Architect: Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc.
Artist: Andrew Leicester
Photographer: George Heinrich

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