NIMBY-ism at the original shopping mall

Here's my commentary on a article in the Star Tribune about a suburban icon. This conflict exemplifies how many Americans hide their prejudices with superficial arguments. And they often come out when suburbs grow more dense. Edina leaders, residents at loggerheads on future development City weighs its evolving footprint against residents' resistance to apartment towers near … Continue reading NIMBY-ism at the original shopping mall

Not every building has to be a masterpiece

When the five-block Downtown East project opened in Minneapolis, nearly every architect I knew complained about the twin 18-story towers built for Wells Fargo.  I admired the urban design and the new district that these towers anchored. Our differing perspectives made for a promising article—and here it is.  5 reasons Downtown East works (hint: it's not because … Continue reading Not every building has to be a masterpiece

From the Archives: Optimizing wind and water in Beirut

Designed by VJAA of Minneapolis, the student center at the American University of Beirut is a brilliant response to climate, topography, and precedents in urban form.    FABRIC ARCHITECTURE  September 1st, 2012 The Charles Hostler Student Center at the American University of Beirut. By Frank Edgerton Martin In arid climate cities, the way people use … Continue reading From the Archives: Optimizing wind and water in Beirut

Design for Winter Character in Cities

  ...an expanded version of a Streetscapes article for the Star Tribune written during the winter spectacle of the Super Bowl in Minneapolis   Design for the Cold Winter Streetscapes don’t have to be Bleak—Five strategies for winter character FRANK EDGERTON MARTIN  February 17, 2018 Minnesota promotes itself as the “Bold North”. But our designs … Continue reading Design for Winter Character in Cities