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September | October 2010 Rise of the
Creative Class

Vol. 36 No. 5
Press Release


Leave it to advertising agencies and architecture firms to have the coolest, most ingenious workspaces in town.

Recycle Reuse Redesign: Carmichael Lynch
page 24
By Amy Goetzman

Back to the Future: Modern Climate
page 28
By Amy Goetzman

In the Black: BLACK Design
page 32
By Camille LeFevre

Flex Space: Ellerbe Becket
page 36
By Linda Mack

Time-Tested: Landmark Center
page 40
By Bill Beyer, FAIA

By Linda Mack
A spring 2010 competition to design sustainable, affordable, and flexible artist housing for Minneapolis’ Willard Homewood neighborhood draws 48 submissions from across the country. The winning entry and others receiving citations set conventional thinking about affordable housing on its ear with airy interiors, floor-to-ceiling windows, highly contemporary façades, green driveways, and rain gardens.

By Sarah Bremer, Assoc. AIA
“Residential architects have the unique ability to create spaces that resonate with and reflect their owners, and the Homes by Architects Tour offers a rare opportunity to see the finished results,” writes Sarah Bremer in our annual tour preview. “Encompassing new construction, additions, and renovations, the roster of dwellings has plenty to satiate both traditionalists and those craving modern details.”



Departments & Directories

5 Editor’s Note

11 Post It
Threshold visits an intriguing Taliesen West imitator in Litchfield, Minnesota, and the first building recognized by the USGBC as carbon-neutral in operation.

13 Culture Crawl by Matthew and Jen Kreilich
Local talent gets the spotlight at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Rochester Art Center.

15 Speed Reading by Phillip Glenn Koski, AIA
You know the buildings, but do you know their Minnesota architects? You will now, thanks to a long-wished-for new reference book.

17 Platform by Wynne Yelland, AIA
Photographer Wing Young Huie and Public Art Saint Paul turn six miles of University Avenue into an unforgettable art experience.

19 Conundra by Camille LeFevre
Architecture firms will continue to face brutally tough market conditions into 2011. What can they do to survive?

21 Studio by Heather Beal
The studio that Paulsen Architects designed for itself in Mankato tells you everything you need to know about the firm’s core values.

60 Directories of Interior Architecture and Interior Design Firms
70 Credits
71 Advertising Index

On the Cover

Modern Climate
Minneapolis, Minnesota

“20 Below explored dimensions of time and space at Modern Climate,” says photographer Michelle Litvin. “So did I, staking out vantage points that showed the tension of oppositional forces such as movement and stillness, lines and curves. Here, a body appears to float in this wacky world of fun, games, and Ouija boards.”


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