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The Twin Cities design community is every bit as diverse, skilled, and distinguished as its artistic community. Our architectural heritage stretches back to Cass Gilbert and keeps producing innovative and iconoclastic builders, from Ralph Rapson to Sarah Susanka. Graphic design, on its own and allied with our legendary advertising community, has given our towns a whole range of sophisticated visual identities, from large ad campaigns to extremely cool band posters. Web design is currently building on that graphic legacy and taking it in amazing new directions. And a rich heritage of crafts, including distinguished pottery traditions, has made the Twin Cities a national center of the practical arts.

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Designers: The New and Expanded Edition

In the coming years, communities, businesses and nonprofits will increasingly look to architects for design solutions that extend well beyond buildings.  

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So Artists Can Celebrate Themselves: Artspace's Remarkable Work with Cultural Communities

Artspace enjoys a long history of working with culturally distinct groups in the development of affordable artist live/work housing and community spaces. From El Barrio in NY to Honolulu, HI, these projects allow artists to celebrate themselves.

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Flower Plots and Food Forests: Community Gardens as Living Examples of Neighborhood Commitment

The Bancroft Meridian Garden, founded in 1996 on a lot along 38th Street in South Minneapolis, began as a flower garden. But communities change. So do their gardens. Now it's a food forest for the neighborhood.

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A Dingy Foursquare in St. Paul Finds New Life as a Modern Urban Farmhouse

Designer David Strand looked beyond the brown asphalt shingles on a drab St. Paul foursquare and found an urban farmhouse ready for a light and airy modernization.      

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Q+A: Olga Viso discusses the Walker Art Center's plans for a more artfully integrated campus

A new campus renovation announced this past spring will better connect the Walker Art Center with the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, reinvigorating a longstanding city and art center partnership.
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