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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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Ryan Companies' work in DT East includes two office towers (right) for Wells Fargo, courtesy Ryan Co

A Long Way From Surface Parking Lots: Downtown East's Rapid Transformation

Downtown East could soon become the national face of MSP; quite a step up for a neighborhood that barely existed a decade ago.

The Centennial Chromagraph, fabricated in the DigiFab Lab to celebrate the U of M School of Architecture's history

Why MSP is Leading the New DigiFab (Third Industrial) Revolution

We're experiencing the third industrial revolution in which MSP’s digital fabricators are innovatively building the future, one pixel at a time.  

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An L.A. Native and Her Husband Embrace the Pedal-Powered Lifestyle

Janis LaDouceur relocated to The North in the late 1980s and began a two-decade process of disengaging from car culture.Today, LaDouceur and her husband, Sean Burns, live an almost totally car-free lifestyle.

Light Blox at work, courtesy Laser Classroom

An (Almost) One-Woman STEM Revolution Brings Photonics to Light

Colette DeHarpporte is on a mission. The CEO of Laser Classroom designs, builds and markets educational light, laser and optics tools for schoolchildren.    

Water Works Park, rendering courtesy of SCAPE

10 Development Projects That Will Transform MSP in 2015

Enjoy this roundup of 10 exciting architectural and development additions to Minneapolis and St. Paul that promise to transform neighborhoods, enrich our quality of life and add to the roster of “must see” attractions for out-of-town guests.
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