Letter of the Day (April 26): Bland architecture

  • Updated: April 25, 2014 - 5:38 PM

As sketch associated with housing deal near U suggests, each new building looks like any other.

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The Rollins Court condominiums, just 12 years old, will be demolished to make way for an apartment complex along 15th Avenue SE. in Minneapolis.

Photo: Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.,

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What has happened to architectural creativity? Am I the only one who has noticed that almost every new apartment/condo complex being built looks exactly the same? Same with the new student housing in the April 25 newspaper (“Complex housing deal comes together near U”); remove the caption and it could be anywhere.

Sadly, the urban landscape’s new character looks like it’s going to be made up of cookie-cutter, boxy-rectangular, warehouse-style buildings, using the same design and materials, with no distinguishing features.

Susan Kaufman, Minnetonka

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