The Magazine of AIA Minnesota
Urban Design Opportunities
November - December 2007
Vol. 33 No. 6
33 THE CITY EDITION
Urban design opportunities are sprouting up all around us. In this issue, we take a closer look at several important, ongoing urban-design story lines in the Twin Cities and beyond. How these stories play out will shape our urban experience for decades to come.
34 A River Runs Through Them
By Adam Regn Arvidson
The Minneapolis and St. Paul riverfronts, both celebrated, have little in common but the river itself. Why the difference?
42 A Walk to the Park
By Linda Mack
The tight urban site for the new Twins ballpark makes generous, well-designed pedestrian channels an absolute must.
48 Building Blocks
By Heather Beal
AIA St. Paul organizes a series of block-specific design workshops to help Central Corridor property owners prepare for LRT.
54 A Tale of Two Bridges
By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA
The I-35W bridge and the Guthrie Theater’s “endless bridge” reveal a shift in how we invest in our urban public spaces.
56 On the Right Track
By Nancy A. Miller
A university studio course led by Minneapolis architect William Conway, AIA, examines the impact a light-rail line would have on Northwest Arkansas.
60 Hard Wired
By Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA
Form—an elegantly engineered form—meets function in Minneapolis’ Midtown Greenway Bridge. Enjoy the view.
Departments & Directories
9 Editor’s Note
15 Culture Crawl compiled by Emily Dowd
Looking for alternatives to the usual holiday events and activities? Our eclectic Museum Roundup is for you.
17 Speed Reading by Glenn Gordon
Photographer Chris Faust’s new collection of nighttime panoramas stays with you long after you’ve closed the book.
21 Platform by Glenn Gordon
The napkin sketch is an age-old architectural pastime. A recent gallery exhibit showed how elaborate the drawings can get.
23 Fiction by Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA
Our resident storyteller is back, with a tale of a cosmopolitan young woman adjusting to life in an upper midwestern city..
27 Citizen Architect by Adam Regn Arvidson
On a cool September day, local architects and landscape architects gave a whole new meaning to the term parking spot.
29 Wayfarer by Heather Beal
One of our writers recently returned from London with a photograph of a dynamic urban environment. We had to share it.
Designer and photographer Brandon Stengel, Assoc. AIA, finds comfort in the industrial character of an urban railroad bridge.
78 Directory of General Contractors
and Interior Design Firms
83 Advertising Index
On the Cover
St. Paul riverfront
Photographer comment: “Ignoring the drivers speeding past (someone always honks) and the multitude of spiders making a living at those windy heights, Chris Hudson and I camped out on the High Bridge waiting for dusk,” says Don Wong. “The forecast called for clear skies, a surefire guarantee for the heavy overcast we got.”
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