January – February 2006
Vol. 32 No. 1

Projects: Pro Bono Publico
20 Wave of Hope The Minnesota chapter of Architecture for Humanity designs a new village center for a Sri Lankan community ravaged by the 2004 tsunami By Dorothy Rand

24 Fitting In, Standing Out Cermak Rhoades Architects’ Clare Apartments offers attractive and affordable supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA

27 Let It Snow When organizers of the Mora Vasaloppet asked David Salmela to design a Nordic ski center for the annual event, they got more than they bargained for By Glenn Gordon

30 Showcase on a Shoestring Two energetic young designers hit their mark with an elegant redesign of the Theatre de la Jeune Lune lobby By Camille LeFevre

34 Inspired Infrastructure Shelter Architecture’s “Clean Hub,” a self-contained unit able to supply electricity, clean water, and sanitation, could improve the lives of tens of millions of people around the world By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

36 Barkitecture Ultra-hip doghouses designed by UrbanWorks Architecture and DJR Architecture benefit two great causes By Camille LeFevre

Features
38 Arrested Development Ralph Rapson envisioned the award-winning Cedar Square West as a progressive, socially and economically diverse residential and commercial community. Can that vision be restored? By Nancy A. Miller

44 Not the Same Old Song and Dance A brand new charter school in downtown St. Paul partners with the city’s premier performing-arts centers By Christopher Hudson

Departments
5 Editor’s Note Service Above and Beyond

7 Overview Architecture Minnesota wins three Publishing Excellence Awards; AIA Minnesota 2005 Honor and Divine Detail Awards; 2005 Minnesota Preservation Awards

13 Newsmakers Three courses at the University of Minnesota’s College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture tackle the problem of homelessness By Bette Hammel

15 Endangered Pro bono preservation work aids building owners with limited resources and offers young architects and designers career-building opportunities By Robert Roscoe

17 Practice In the wake of 2005, a year of unthinkable natural disasters, is the architectural profession prepared to address large-scale threats to public health in the built environment? By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

19 Talking Point AIA Minnesota’s Minnesota Design Team and Volunteer Clearinghouse serve local communities while enriching the professional lives of volunteer architects By Bill Beyer, FAIA

59 Directory of Consulting Engineering Firms

70 Project Credits

71 Advertising Index

72 Fast Forward The American Swedish Institute Addition and Renovation, by B. Aaron Parker & Associates | Metropeligo, Minneapolis

Cover
Members of the Minnesota chapter of Architecture for Humanity (left to right): Pei-Ling Ko, Nick Woodard, Tu-Anh Bui, Maureen Ness, Jeffrey Swainhart, and Cassie Neu
Location: Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Photographer: Don F. Wong

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.