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July | August 2010 Summer in the City
Vol. 36 No. 4
Press Release



With the wildly cheered arrival of outdoor baseball in Minneapolis, downtown and the Warehouse District will never be the same. We take you through Target Field, on top of one of the largest green roofs in the world, and on a tour around the ballpark’s historic neighborhood.

Quality Start: Target Field

page 24

By Linda Mack

Beyond the Bleachers: A Guide to Ballpark Area Architecture

page 32

By Larry Millett

Urban Prairie: Target Center Green Roof

page 38

By Adam Regn Arvidson

Time-Tested: Itasca Lofts

page 40

By David Dimond, AIA


By Linda Mack

Minneapolis’ Conway+Schulte Architects wins another national award for its work in Arkansas, this time for an innovative plan to make Little Rock’s 33-acre MacArthur Park the heart of a green network linking neighborhoods and schools.


By Heather Beal

When Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood enlisted CityDeskStudio to help create a master plan for East Franklin Avenue, the firm proposed “a more organic process,” says Christian Dean, AIA. “Seward is among the most diverse, environmentally conscious, and artsy neighborhoods in Minneapolis. The people who live and work there understand best the experience of being on Franklin Avenue. We wanted to make sure their values and vision were documented and could be tested in a tangible way.”

5 Editor’s Note

9 Post It

Threshold bloggers praise the Prius, cite the siting of St. Paul's St. Anthony Park Library, and find Mayo Clinic's urban design to be in excellent health.

13 Culture Crawl by Matthew and Jen Kreilich

Minneapolis is one big summer art gallery, thanks to muralists like Broken Crow and the adventurous building owners who provide the canvases.

15 Why It Works by Adam Regn Arvidson

The Zumbro Riverwalk in downtown Rochester offers a richly varied experience of the river and the notable buildings that line it.

17 Town Talk Interview by Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA

Architecture Minnesota speaks with Kit Richardson, one of our region’s most preservation-minded urban developers.

19 Conundra by Thomas Meyer, FAIA

How best to steward the Mississippi’s urban stretches? The architect of the Mill City Museum shares his thoughts after fishing the river in a small boat.

21 Wayfarer by Lucie Marusin

In Berlin, a mesmerizing public space blurs the line between indoors and out.

64 Place by George Heinrich

A photographer goes back to the wall—not to catch a deep fly ball, but to capture Target Plaza’s most thrilling feature.


57 Directory of Renovation, Remodeling, Restoration

62 Credits

63 Advertising Index

On the Cover

Target Plaza and Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota

“After 28 seasons of climate-controlled baseball, the Twins and their fans have the outdoor exposure they’ve been waiting for,” says photographer Paul Crosby.“The change of scenery has certainly inspired photographers as well, with the city skyline as a backdrop and the well-designed common areas creating a festive mood. Play ball!”

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