The Magazine of AIA Minnesota
September - October 2006
Vol. 32 No. 5
23 INTERIOR MOTIVE
These captivating library and museum interiors in Minneapolis and flood-devastated New Orleans were designed with one goal in mind: bringing people together.
Good Day Sunshine: Minneapolis Central Library page 28
By Mason Riddle
Flow: Minneapolis Institute of Arts Expansion page 36
By Mason Riddle
Something to Come Back To: Alvar Street Branch, New Orleans Public Library page 42
By Camille LeFevre
Turning the Page: Franklin and Sumner Community Libraries page 46
By Nancy A. Miller
50 Is an Architect an Artist? By Mike Reed
Well, is she? Architecture Minnesota asked four prominent Minnesota architects—Milo Thompson, Martha Yunker, Ken Johnson, and Jennifer Yoos—to discuss their work and careers from an artistic perspective, and their responses were enlightening and sometimes even surprising. Our conclusion? The essential modesty of these four individuals aside, we think it’s safe to say that architects may, if they choose, declare themselves artists without blushing.
Departments & Directories
5 Editor’s Note
11 Culture Crawl compiled by Emily Dowd
September is here, and it’s back to school for architecture enthusiasts in Rochester, Stillwater, and the Twin Cities.
13 Speed Reading by Nancy A. Miller
In 1961, Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities rocked the architecture and planning establishment.
15 Studio by Paul Neuhaus, AIA
Local designer Tom Oliphant shapes a variety of custom furnishings “to gracefully fit the human body.”
19 Platform by Susan Andre, Allied AIA
A public art installation at the new Minneapolis Central Library turns up the heat on censorship.
23 Citizen Architect by Paul Neuhaus, AIA
It’s Mr. Dean Goes to St. Paul as an architect is elected to public office and works to shape policy affecting the built environment.
25 Variables by Frank Edgerton Martin
Far more ephemeral than landmark buildings, historic cultural landscapes pose complex preservation questions.
Photographer Mike Melman lowers the curtains with a quiet image of Sebeka’s timeless village hall.
70 Directory of AIA Minnesota Firms
83 Advertising Index
On the Cover
Minneapolis Central Library
Architects: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Architectural Alliance
Photographer: Paul Crosby, Crosby Studio
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.