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      Dewey Thorbeck standing in a field

      ‘Design is a problem-solving process’

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      By Allison Campbell-Jensen Architect Dewey Thorbeck faced an issue about 10 years ago when moving his office from Minneapolis’s Loring Park neighborhood to his home...
      Photo- Weiming Lu stands at the center of a group of people, acting as host to an international delegation inspecting the dramatic transformations in Lowertown, St. Paul Weiming Lu papers, N279, Northwest Architectural Archives

      Welcome, Weiming Lu!

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      Weiming Lu is an internationally recognized urban planner known for his design work in America and global consulting practices. With his intercultural background, he has dedicated his life to promoting a better understanding and relationship between the United States and China, and to advancing peace and prosperity around the world.
      Cover the Millet's book showing a midcentury modern home.

      A Year in Review (2015)

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      By Alli Mertins Assistant Archivist, Northwest Architectural Archives Another year came and went – here are the 2015 highlights from the Northwest Architectural Archives. Publications by our dedicated researchers Minnesota...
      Advertisement for a cabinet fridge showing a woman with mid-century modern style cabinet refrigerator.

      Mid-Century Modern Exhibit

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      The Northwest Architectural Archives at the University of Minnesota is showcasing materials from various collections that show the diverse range of architectural elements that have come to define the Mid-Century Modern style. This exhibit includes trade catalogs, stock plan books, photos and renderings from the 1940’s to the 1960’s.

      “Discovering Treasures: Materials found in collections that are in process or have been recently...

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      by Christine Avery, Archives Assistant and Kate Hujda, Assistant Archivist/Processor As spring slowly makes its way to Minnesota, the Manuscripts Division decided it was time to take down our...

      Ralph Rapson, Architect (1914 – 2008)

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      Long before he died in 2008, the architect Ralph Rapson began working with the then-Curator of the Northwest Architectural Archives (NAA), Professor Al Lathrop,...

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