The Magazine of AIA Minnesota
March - April 2008
Vol. 34 No. 2
26 2007 AIA MINNESOTA HONOR AWARDS
Introduction by Renee Cheng, AIA
A bumper crop of Honor Awards submissions and a discerning, demanding jury yielded seven winners that can truly be described as the best of the best. This year, the university campus is where it’s at, as four of the winners call college home.
28 Tulane University Lavin-Bernick Center
By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA
32 Plymouth Public Safety Building & City Hall
By Linda Mack
36 Ramsey County Library, Maplewood Branch
By Nancy A. Miller
40 The Clure Project
By The Clure Project
44 University of Minnesota Wall of Discovery
By Camille LeFevre
46 The Petters Pavilion, St. John’s Abbey and University
By Christopher Hudson
47 University of Wisconsin Porter Boathouse
By Nancy A. Miller
48 STORM, FORM & FUNCTION
By Adam Regn Arvidson
Landscape architects are leading the effort to solve the water-quality and environmental problems caused by stormwater runoff. What’s the trick? “Designers are finding that complex urban environments present a bevy of variables for stormwater management, and a deep toolbox is necessary,” writes Adam Regn Arvidson. Lucky for us, Minnesota landscape architects and engineers are using that toolbox to do some of the most innovative stormwater design in the country.
Departments & Directories
7 Editor’s Note
13 Culture Crawl by Frank Edgerton Martin
The sometimes maligned, always expanding suburbs get a closer look in a new exhibition at the Walker Art Center.
15 Speed Reading by Adam Regn Arvidson
Take it from the English: Even the smallest garden, if it’s well designed, can transform an outdoor living space.
17 Platform by Mason Riddle
Kinji Akagawa, the McKnight Foundation’s 2007 Distinguished Artist, creates serene outdoor gathering spaces that stir the mind.
21 Picture Perfect by Emily Dowd
Is it a photograph or a Les Chylinski architectural rendering? The distinction is often difficult to make.
23 Conundra by Frank Edgerton Martin
Designs for the new I-35W bridge and renovation of a bare-bones arts facility raise an interesting question: When is less more?
25 Wayfarer by Tollefson, FAIA
Camera in hand, a St. Paul architect visits Tadao Ando’s Yumebutai Conference Center on an island near Kobe, Japan.
Glenn Gordon photographs the slow dismantling of the Globe Elevator complex in Superior, Wisconsin—the largest grain elevators ever built of wood.
64 Directory of Landscape Architecture Firms
71 Advertising Index
On the Cover
Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, Tulane University
Photographer comment: “Tulane survived Katrina’s wrath better than did most other parts of the city,” says Paul Crosby, “and the new student center has served as a venue for numerous civic events. A short walk from campus reveals signs of the destruction but also the sights and sounds of repair. The optimism in the voices of the people I met was infectious.”
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.