January/February 2003
Vol. 29 No. 1


Overview AIA Minnesota 2002 Honor Awards, greenwash, sustainable-design book reviews, Preservation Awards

Newsmakers CALA gala, St. Paul Central Library, sustainable projects on the boards.

President's Message AIA Minnesota's new president, Dave Dimond, AIA, intends to communicate and strengthen the value of the organization to members By Camille LeFevre

Endangered Northfield's downtown, a prime example of a viable commercial community, could face the double threats of big-box retail and gift-shop creep By Robert Roscoe

Interview John Carmody, Rick Carter, AIA, and David Eijadi, AIA, discuss how Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond (B3) will enhance Minnesota's measurement of sustainable design By Amy Nash

Technology Until a regenerative system of production and use is developed, greenwash will continue to compromise efforts to choose truly sustainable products By Rebecca Foss

Talking Point Are architects ready to move beyond sustainable efficiencies to a design philosophy with environmental concerns at its core? By Kevin Flynn, AIA

Directory of Consulting Engineering Firms

Project Credits

Advertising Index

Lost Minnesota Hagebak Family Sod House, Lac Qui Parle County (late 1800s) By Jack El-Hai


Sustainable Design Strategies: Nine Case Studies By Camille LeFevre
  • Introduction
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Tower Consolidated Headquarters (LHB Engineers & Architects)
  • American Lung Association of Minnesota Healthy Design ™ Office-Building Prototype (Perkins & Will)
  • Apple Valley City Hall (CNH Architects)
  • Rondo Houses (Cermak Rhoades Architects)
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Windom Consolidated Headquarters (Kodet Architectural Group)
  • Hennepin County - Eden Prairie Library (Bentz/Thompson/Rietow)
  • East Metro Transit Facility (BWBR Architects)
  • Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (The Weidt Group)
  • Environmental Experiment Center (Barbour/LaDouceur)

The Sustainable Quest Clients committed to sustainable design are challenging Minnesota architects to help them realize their ideals, while architects are embracing the sustainable initiatives clients bring to projects. By Barbara Knox and Camille LeFevre

Less Is More A design approach using fewer natural resources can open up new areas of practice By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

Wasted, Not! Racing the wrecking ball, the nonprofit No Name Exhibitions salvages materials from The Conservatory to refurbish its 19th-century building By Heather Beal


Environmental Experiment Center, Science Museum of Minnesota
Architect: Barbour/LaDouceur Architects, PA
Illustration: Barbour/LaDouceur Architects, PA