Great Spaces, Great Places: 1 Great Year, 100 Great Posts.

Blueprint South Dakota

A little over a year ago, a group of AIA South Dakota members banded together to create a virtual space for public outreach to “build strong South Dakota communities and to connect ideas and expertise to address challenges in our state.” As the AIA South Dakota Communications board liaison, I wanted to take a moment …

Creative Community Collaboration – Levitt at the Falls

Rose Ann Hofland, Director of Communications and Community Engagement for Levitt at the Falls “For every element of the Levitt Shell, I think about the people who came together to make it possible.  Everyone played their part, and I am so incredibly proud of the Sioux Falls community for coming together to make this mission …

Why did a gerontologist attend Design in the Hills?

Leacey Brown – SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist Design in the Hills is an event that typically attracts architects, designers, engineers, and other professionals in the building industry so why would a gerontologist attend?  For the benefit of readers not familiar with gerontology, it is the study of aging. In contrast, geriatrics is a medical …

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 …