Badger Hole, Pyramids, and How They Are Still Around Today

The Black Hills are home to several historic buildings, each with their own unique story to share with visitors and residents. Badger Hole in Custer State Park is one of these buildings that is still around today, despite the hail, snow, and passing time.   Badger Hole was home to South Dakota’s first poet laureate, …

Building Innovative Partnerships for Projects in Rural Areas, Part 2: Yes! House

Miranda Moen Due to its length, this article has been formatted into a two-part series. Begin reading Building Innovative Partnerships for Projects in Rural Areas, Part 1: Spring Grove Heritage House. Secondly, because of its unique partnership and mission, I want to share the Yes! House project I am undertaking at the moment in Granite …

Building Innovative Partnerships for Projects in Rural Areas, Part 1: Spring Grove Heritage House

Miranda Moen Growing up in rural southeast Minnesota, I never knew I wanted to become an architect until I was introduced to the idea by a school counselor in high school. In my mind, as an architect I could connect the two things I love most in life – my fascination with people and an …

Our Vernacular

Ali Rausch Vernacular architecture: local, logical, and functional, no guidance from the intellectualized architect who is trained in design. Vernacular architecture is a direct reflection of the individual and the use of its context. And in South Dakota our vernacular is just that, practical and humble in nature. It’s the corn crib that has been …

Sanford Lab moves forward with Maintenance Support Facility

Constance Walter, Communications Director, Sanford Underground Research Facility In early spring 2019, crews began preparing for the removal of the old machine shops at Sanford Underground Research Facility. The three buildings—Machine Shop, Motor Shop and Iron House—were used during mining operations. However, since 2002, the shops have been largely empty and were used as cold …

The Cost of Change

As cities and countries continue to declare climate emergency, they are now faced with the economic burden that it takes to switch over to more energy efficient systems. However, in their article, Climate change: real estate worth billions could become obsolete – unless owners act now, Kevin Muldoon-Smith and Paul Michael Greenhalgh, professors at Northumbria …

Scale

Eirik Heikes, PLA / President of TerraSite Design I visited the Nelson Adkins Museum of Art in Kansas City this spring.  A most impressive collection populated the facility, and the architecture was well executed.  Light permeated the structure in areas where it should and it allowed for movement of masses of visitors in comfortable proximity …

Zoned Out

Last Sunday, the state of Oregon followed Minneapolis’ lead on zoning for single-family housing.  Sioux Falls, and much of South Dakota, is facing serious housing challenges.  This state-wide effort would allow duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and attached townhomes in any Oregon community above 25,000 people that is currently zoned as single-family (and to a lesser degree …