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    Architecture Design and Building in Minnesota, USA - 01
    Architecture Design and Building in Minnesota, USA

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    STUDY IN ENGINEERING

    Architecture as a teaching tool is a very old idea. Think about those cathedrals whose stained glass and sculpture indoctrinated their congregations on the lessons of Christianity. And when Thomas Jefferson was planning the University of Virginia, it is said that he intended the architecture to function partially as text; he had designed the pavilions along the great lawn in different architectural styles to instruct students on Western architecture's greatest achievements. — Published 2011.0824

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    MINNESOTA AIA AWARDS

    The house on Bert Hodus and Donna Brogan's farm takes design cues from a farm icon. With its south facade "warped" by design, the couple's new home evokes the graceful sag of many aging 19th- and 20th-century American barns.

    The Blair, Wisconsin, house is wrapped in rainscreen siding of locally harvested, rough-sawn white oak, evocative of the clients' own turn-of-the-20th-century red barn nearby. And the window and door openings are few and large. — Published 2011.0202

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    POSTCARD FROM MAPLE GROVE

    Dear ArchitectureWeek,

    Inside and outside, this building comes across initially as nice, but seemingly a bit buttoned down, handsome yet perhaps a bit conventional in affect. — Published 2009.0805

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    POSTCARD FROM ST. ANTHONY FALLS

    Dear ArchitectureWeek,

    We pause this week in remembrance of the thirteen Minnesotans who were killed and the dozens injured in the catastrophic failure of the I-35W bridge across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota. — Published 2008.0730

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    L-HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE

    In the 19th century, the great majority of the houses of western Minnesota were cheap, plain, awkward, and unlovely. Harmony and unity emerged from the mundane clutter, however, in the form of the classic L-house, which became representative of much of the farming way of life in the Midwest. — Published 2007.1114

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    OF GLASS AND WARMTH AND WOOD

    When a theological seminary commissioned a worship space that would be timeless, spiritually uplifting, and ecumenical, architect Joan Soranno returned to first principles, posing to herself the question: "what is each individual's relationship to God?" In a striking play of form and material, her answer offers a fresh take on religious architecture. — Published 2006.0201

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    HOLL ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL AT MINNESOTA

    Steven Holl has described the task of designing an architecture school as one of the most difficult of architectural commissions. "Aspiring to design a building which can add to the educational experience of architecture," he says, "is comparable to the problem of a brain surgeon operating on his own brain." — Published 2003.0416

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    NEW ADDITIONS

    Homeowners get the urge to change their houses for many reasons: families grow and shrink, old structures decay, and architectural fashions change. Sometimes the first impulse is to destroy all traces of the old and replace them with something entirely new. The authors have found examples of architects who have rejected that impulse, and demonstrated ingenuity through additions and renovations. Editor — Published 2001.1219

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    AQUARIUM AS LAKESIDE LANDSCAPE

    The shore of Lake Superior, which forms part of the border between the United States and Canada, is a rugged, elemental landscape of rock, trees, and water. This vast region is unique in its geological, historical, natural, and cultural significance.

    An award-winning aquarium and science center, conceived by architects Holt Hinshaw, and realized by Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. (HGA), celebrates the magnificence of this region. — Published 2001.1031

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