Plans for 30 miles of protected bike lanes in downtown Minneapolis put bike plans in your city to shame

A bike lane on the University of Minnesota campus. (Dan Reed via Flickr)

A bike lane on the University of Minnesota campus. (Dan Reed via Flickr)

A plan to add 30.7 miles of protected bike lanes to city streets by 2020 goes before Minneapolis City Council this month, potentially bringing the total of dedicated bikeways to 44 miles over the next five years.

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Kansas City’s Union Station hires Burns & McDonnell for $7.5 million renovation of public spaces

Preliminary renderings show Kansas City's rail hub could have a new landscape design by 2017. (Burns & McDonnell)

Preliminary renderings show Kansas City’s rail hub could have a new landscape design by 2017. (Burns & McDonnell)

Kansas City‘s main rail station will get a $7.5 million expansion and streetscape improvement, local officials announced this week, including a new bridge designed to improve circulation between the terminal’s “front and back yards.”

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Video> Michael Adlerstein & John Gering on retrofitting the United Nations Secretariat Building

The United Nations Headquarters site in Manhattan (seen here in 1985) covers approximately sixteen acres from 42nd to 48th Streets between First Avenue and the East River. Among the buildings on the premises are the marble-framed 39-storey Secretariat (to the left); the General Assembly building topped with a shallow dome; the Dag Hammarskjöld Library (to the left of the Secretariat); and the building housing the Council Chambers and Conference Rooms which lies on the river's edge. (UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata.)

The United Nations Headquarters site in Manhattan (seen here in 1985) covers approximately sixteen acres from 42nd to 48th Streets between First Avenue and the East River. (UN Photo/Yutaka Nagata.)

In addition to being AN‘s Midwest Editor, I was the special media correspondent for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 2014, interviewing tall building designers, developers, and other experts at the skyscraper think tank’s Shanghai conference, and its annual CTBUH Awards ceremony in Chicago.

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Biomimicry guides the design of Shanghai’s new nautilus-shaped museum of natural history

Shanghai Natural History Museum (©Steinkamp Photography)

Shanghai Natural History Museum. (Steinkamp Photography)

This weekend a Shanghai museum got a new home, and its design takes a major cue from nature. The Shanghai Natural History Museum wraps 479,180 square feet of exhibition space with facades inspired by the elements, natural phenomena, and the biological structure of cells.

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Orphaned segment of Minneapolis skyway destined for art installation, modernist lakeside home

(Dream the Combine)

(Dream the Combine)

In February, a Twin Cities design firm advertised an unusual yard sale of sorts. CityDeskStudio offered to pay $5,000 to whomever could haul away and repurpose an 84-foot long section of Minneapolis‘ famous skyway system that once spanned South 5th Street. The skyway segment is now headed to a private residence in Brainerd, Minnesota—but not before playing host to a contemplative art installation that examines the philosophical dimensions of this defunct piece of pedestrian infrastructure.

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Jeanne Gang, Wanda Group unveil new renderings for supertall Wanda Vista tower in Chicago

(Studio Gang Architects)

(Studio Gang Architects)

Studio Gang’s Wanda Tower may climb even higher than originally planned. New renderings revealed Monday night show the tower topping out at 93 stories instead of the previous 88. At 1,144 feet, the tower, whose development is being bankrolled by Beijing-based Wanda Group, would be the third-tallest tower in Chicago (provided it fits the standards of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, who arbitrate such matters.)

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Here are the 60 designers exhibiting at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago, photographed by Iwan Baan for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Chicago, photographed by Iwan Baan for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial.

More than 60 design firms across four continents will contribute to a new festival of design that aims to become the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America, co-artistic directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda announced Tuesday.

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Populous unveils a swooping new arena, downtown entertainment district for the Milwaukee Bucks

Conceptual renderings of the Milwaukee Bucks new arena, and the surrounding entertainment district, were release April 8. (Populous, HNTB, Eppstein Uhen, Milwaukee Bucks)

Conceptual renderings of the Milwaukee Bucks new arena, and the surrounding entertainment district, were release April 8. (Populous, HNTB, Eppstein Uhen, Milwaukee Bucks)

Fans of Milwaukee‘s premier basketball franchise got a glimpse Wednesday of ambitious plans to develop up to 30 acres of land around a “futuristic” new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Detroit breaks ground on Motor City’s first protected bike lanes

(Jefferson East Inc.)

(Jefferson East Inc.)

Work is underway on Detroit‘s first protected bike lanes, which will shelter cyclists with buffer zones and bollards along Jefferson Avenue in the historic Jefferson-Chalmers business district.

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This purr-worthy, $7 million cat shelter in Chicago includes a “catfé”

Architecture, Midwest, News
Monday, April 6, 2015
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Tree House Humane Society's new no-kill cat shelter. (Dobbins Group, Tree House Humane Society)

Tree House Humane Society’s new no-kill cat shelter. (Dobbins Group, Tree House Humane Society)

Chicago-area cats unlucky enough to see the inside of an animal shelter can rest a little easier starting next year, when Tree House Humane Society‘s $7 million rescue and care facility is expected to open, “catfé” and all.

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On View> Architecture students to fill Museum of Contemporary Art St. Louis with plastic bubble clouds

Art, Dean's List, Midwest, On View
Friday, April 3, 2015
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(Washington University)

(Courtesy Washington University)

Graduate students at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts of Washington University in St. Louis are bringing to life a cloud of plastic bubbles in a show they’re designing, building, and calling ACCUMULUS—a portmanteau of the words ‘Accumulation, Cummulus, and Us.’

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Chicago’s Harrington College of Design to close its doors, merge with Columbia College

Art, Dean's List, Design, Midwest, News
Thursday, April 2, 2015
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(Harrington College of Design)

(Harrington College of Design)

Chicago’s Harrington College of Design on Wednesday abruptly announced it will merge with Columbia College.

Jim McCoy, Harrington’s vice president of operations, told AN the school will no longer accept new students, but won’t shut the door on its existing student body.

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