Welcome to Blueprint South Dakota

Welcome to Blueprint South Dakota, a blog created by architects in South Dakota to provide a forum for public conversations with citizens, city planners, developers, property owners, designers, public office holders and others. Through these conversations, we want to participate with the public and community leaders in the creation of vibrant, prosperous, beautiful and effective places to live, work and play in South Dakota. Please join us in conversing about design and planning issues in our state.

Tips for Architects Working At Home During COVID-19

As a follow-up to the preceding post, the attached article addresses some general strategies for continuing to maintain an architectural/design workflow while working from home.  Chief among the concerns of those faced with this reality, is the difficulty of overcoming the mental partition that exists between the office and home.  In response, the article emphasizes …


An Artistic Antidote to Self-Isolation

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?tab=pop At the present moment, many individuals find themselves confined to their homes, in a collective effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 throughout their communities.  As undeniably important as this strategy is, it poses the risk of engendering an acute sense of restlessness and irritability, especially as time goes on.  To counter this tendency, …

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Axonometric Realism: “Hortus Conclusus”

“Beate Gütschow is a German contemporary artist who works primarily through photography. In her work, she analyses the complex and ever-changing relationships between perception, representation and reality.“ The bizarre and visually-perplexing nature of the images within the associated article, contain a myriad of architectural implications. The consolidation of photographic information into a unified perspectival artifice, mirrors …


Data Tools for Community and Economic Development

If you love information like I do, you are probably fascinated by the increasingly large data sets we have access to as professionals in all fields. With increasingly large amounts of data comes the challenge of analyzing and organizing it in a way that is useful. At SECOG, we provide many economic and community development …


Self-Contained Cities: Hyperdense Arcologies of Urban Fantasy & Utopian Fiction

A portmanteau of “architecture” and “ecology”, the term “arcology” reflects a vision that high density can help foster sustainability. The following article broadly outlines the origins of architectural thought as it relates to utopian conceptions of high-density urban environments…a possible inevitability, or merely an indulgent form of theoretical expression.


Shape Your Future: Be Part of the 2020 Census

Civilizations have used Census to count population dating back to the Roman Empire. The Christmas Nativity story would be much different without the Census. Accurate data collected from the Census is used by designers, developers, and planners to determine where the best places to locate projects. GIS data like the tapestry map and other demographic information is helpful when evaluating whether or not a location is ideal. Census information can even be used when applying for funding.

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Pop Quiz! Things Architects are Required to Know

There are codes that architects are required to know and be familiar with. Both building related and codified law regarding the practice of architecture. Additionally, there are standards i.e. ADA/Accessibility that designers use. Take the quiz below to see how much you know!

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State Arts Conference: Fresh ideas, learning, networking and excitement

If you make art, support the arts and want to gather with people like you—the State Arts Conference in Rapid City May 14-16 is the place to be. This year’s conference celebrates the world-class artists of South Dakota, our state’s unique cultural heritage and our incredibly diverse and vibrant arts network—so mark your calendar and plan to join in the excitement!

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What about the rural?

U.S. Census Bureau defines rural as any population, housing, or territory NOT in an urban area. So by its definition, rural is not a self-defined condition, but it is the absence of the urban. Then it goes forward to define urbanized areas as having a population of 50,000 or more. The green area on the map above (US Census) represents all the area in the US that falls under the classification of rural based on this definition.


SDSU School of Design: Director, Dr. Pat Crawford, Shares Exciting Changes Ahead

“It’s the potential of the Barn, building and sustaining accredited programs, and creating an environment for ‘what can be’ to become ‘what is’ that make administrative service worthwhile. The School of Design has creative, dedicated, talented faculty and I am looking forward to working with them to see what comes next.” -Dr. Pat Crawford


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