Streetscapes is a column devoted to Minnesota architecture. Each Saturday, a variety of writers will critique, explore and explain the built environment, from brand new buildings to revered older ones. Send suggestions for future topics to email@example.com or tweet @ClaudePeck.
Our take on three redesigned spaces in downtown Minneapolis.
Yes, the names of new apartment buildings are pretentious. But they've always been so.
Twin Cities housing doesn't meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population. The Netherlands may be a model.
After years of failing to make the cut, the beloved building at the University of Minnesota finally is on the shortlist for renovation funding.
Are you having trouble placing this block of old Minneapolis? It’s Marquette Avenue between 6th and 7th streets. But it’s almost impossible to recognize it…
We could improve city alleys by turning them into shared green spaces — or just by cleaning them up.
In the late 19th century, if you owned a flour mill or two in Minneapolis, the chances were quite good that you built a mansion somewhere along or near 10th Street.
Today, there's little reason to get out of your car near Park and Portland avenues in downtown Minneapolis, aside from the new Commons park. But a walkable neighborhood is worth bringing back. And that's what BKV Group hopes to do.
One of Minneapolis' most prominent public paintings is falling apart. An anonymous donor recently gave the church $1,000 to "beautify" the mural.
For the past three years, the Minnesota State Capitol has been undergoing a massive, $310 million renovation. But many of the improvements to the 1905 building won't be visible. Here's an inside look.
Built on personality rather than doctrine, the massive People's Church defied design norms for the late 19th century.
It wasn't easy, but the city of Minneapolis has landed on a design to update the aging outdoor park while maintaining its modernist integrity.
A 1960 photo survey by the Star and Tribune of the city block where City Center now stands left a remarkable account of what Minneapolis looked like at a time when the urban core was aging, but still vital.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed few buildings in Minnesota, but they proved to be essential to his career and his legacy.
Before apartment buildings sprang up by the hundreds, there was a different kind of multifamily housing.
Most of them fell into disrepair and were demolished before their unique structure gained appreciation.
Farview, Powderhorn and Loring parks were keystones in a remarkable plan for the Minneapolis park system.
The metro area's original suburban townhouse developments — including this south suburban treasure — yield design lessons for their contemporary counterparts.
There's no pirate booty hidden below the parking lots of Minneapolis and St. Paul. But for urban archaeologists, there's treasure just the same.
Minneapolis' Phoenix Building, which roosted for almost 70 years at the northwest corner of 4th Street and Marquette Avenue, was much like the mythical bird.
The Twin Cities has a history of thinking big when it comes to retail. Maybe we should be thinking small.
We all know about the hard-hats, draftsmen and architects. But is there someone else indispensable to the skyscraper-building process? Of course. The Sidewalk Superintendents.
The Art Shanty Projects reveal what it takes to make a lively public space — people, engagement and activity.
Researcher finds it's the little things — like benches and safe crosswalks — that make life better for aging Minnesotans.
Wouldn't it be nice if there were an app for the Twin Cities' skyways? There is. In fact, there are several. Let's see how they work.