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Envisioned as a pilgrimage point, the building is situated near the Minnesota River bluffs. It serves a dual purpose: an aviary for migratory hawks and an assembly/pow-wow place for the Dakota people. As the Minnesota river is an important migration route, the building serves as a stop-over point and place of refuge for the birds. The cultural center offers spaces for cultural and arts-related workshops, gallery space, cafeteria and store. The form of the building follows two concurrent conceptual principals - study of the tectonic culture of the Dakota People, and notions of emergent form latent in the surrounding environment.
University of Minnesota - TC
School of Architecture
Minneapolis, United States
Visiting Professor Richard Kroeker
Saint Paul, United States