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The Room Fitness Monitor

The Room Fitness Monitor

How can sensor data directly inform the experience of everyday building occupants? The last three decades have seen a proliferation of sensors and network connectivity in objects ranging from the everyday to the one-of-a-kind. This rapidly increasing digital neural network, often referred to as  the “Internet of Things” (IoT), is poised to completely restructure the..
Starting Small

Starting Small

In urban development, the key to making big strides lies in the little things. “Fond du Lac is…” This was the phrase that residents of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin were prompted to answer using stencils and spray-paint on a sunny Saturday morning this past September. Assisted by a team of Cuningham Group designers, community members..
Minneapolis Office Remodel: Design for Collaboration

Minneapolis Office Remodel: Design for Collaboration

This video is the second of a four-part series about the design process and philosophy for the remodel of our Minneapolis office. Design for Collaboration The essence of Cuningham Group’s culture can be stated in one word: Collaboration. So naturally, it was a key component in the redesign of our Minneapolis office. By utilizing acoustical,..
Bird Safe Glazing

Bird Safe Glazing

There are four general types of threats the built environment poses to birds. These threats, which can result in fatal collisions, are reflectivity, transparency, a beacon effect and interior illumination. However, by adjusting a structure’s glazing and its interior and exterior lighting features, these threats can be mitigated. This post highlights some of the common..
Minneapolis Office Remodel: Design for Transformation

Minneapolis Office Remodel: Design for Transformation

This video is the first of a four-part series about the remodel of our Minneapolis office. Design for Transformation Over the past 20 years, changes in technology have dramatically altered the way in which architecture firms operate. As part of a unifying branding effort across all Cuningham Group offices, our Minneapolis location was redesigned in..
Imagining the Future: Master Planning at the MN State Fair

Imagining the Future: Master Planning at the MN State Fair

An extended version of this story was originally published in the July/August 2018 edition of “Fairs and Expos Magazine.” The Minnesota State Fair, a celebration of agriculture, craft foods and community, is one of the largest fairs in the country and a popular regional tourist destination, attracting nearly 2 million guests annually. A tradition for..
Sagrado Corazon: Goodwill Meets Good Design

Sagrado Corazon: Goodwill Meets Good Design

If you were to visit Sagrado Corazon y Santa Maria Guadalupe Catholic Church 10 years ago, you wouldn’t find much in the way of a traditional worship space. For many years, the Sagrado Corazon parish, located in Cudahy, a blue-collar neighborhood south of Los Angeles, had gathered in a small, semi-outdoor, tin-roof chapel. Overcrowding and..