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Author Archives: Brian Johnson

An NHL hockey rink finds a home on the roof of a midwestern former Macy’s (access required)

The ambitious overhaul of the former downtown St. Paul Macy’s store was rife with complexities that ran the gamut from an aggressive timeline to a constrained project site fronted by busy Wabasha Street. But arguably the most difficult and unusual ...

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Minneapolis architects create a tiny solution for a big problem (access required)

The Minneapolis-based Architects for Society has an unusual design concept for emergency housing: a small hexagon-shaped, rapidly deployable and easy-to-build dwelling for refugees and others in desperate need of shelter. The 14-member nonprofit, made up of architects from eight countries, ...

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Is the sparkle fading for ‘starchitects?’ (access required)

With dozens of design awards and industry recognitions to her credit, Joan Soranno qualifies as a star architect. But the longtime design principal in the Minneapolis office of HGA is quick to point out that good architecture isn’t a one-person ...

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National architecture billings fell in November (access required)

Dragged down by soft monthly numbers in the Midwest and Northeast, a leading national economic indicator for the building industry took a step back in November for the first time since August. The American Institute of Architects said Dec. 16 ...

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