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Additions, Transformations, and Tear Downs: New Life in the City

Date: 07/08/2013

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center

Cost: $125


This one-day immersion is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


Do you love your inner-city neighborhood but find that you've outgrown your house? Are you having trouble deciding whether to remodel, add on, tear down, or move? Led by an award-winning architect who has been at the helm of numerous urban remodels, add-ons, and tear downs (including his own!), this one-day immersion will guide you through the pertinent factors to consider when in such a dilemma, and explore the possibilities for revitalizing a house and its neighborhood. 

The day will begin with a presentation that introduces the general pros and cons of each architectural solution, including the different methods of construction inherent in each choice, their relative costs, and impact on the neighborhood and your life. Sustainable materials and methods, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of getting a project certified by MN Greenstar or LEED for Homes, also will be discussed.

These discussions will continue as you board an air conditioned bus and embark on a tour of five Minneapolis homes that illustrate adding on, transforming, and tearing down. The homes represent different styles, from traditional to contemporary to eclectic, and you'll be able to see what was (the before), and then walk through and around what is today (the after).

This immersion represents a rare opportunity to experience, firsthand, the architectural potential to be found in urban dwellings, and the instructor promises to "answer question after question in this murky realm." Get on the bus!

Tuition includes transportation, meals, and refreshments.

Eric Odor (AIA, LEED AP) MArch, University of Minnesota, is a managing partner at SALA Architects where he has worked since 1997. In addition to his body of residential work in both urban and rural settings, Odor also has extensive experience in commercial, corporate, and institutional arenas. The recipient of many awards, he is a registered architect in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Montana, Florida, North Carolina, and Oregon. His work has been published in such books and magazines as Architecture, Fine Homebuilding, Interiors, Cottage Living, and The Not So Big House and Home by Design: Transforming Your House Into Home, written by former SALA partner, Sarah Susanka.  


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LearningLife is a program of the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Established in 1913, the College provides high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.


  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

More information: http://z.umn.edu/dct

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at 612-624-4000 or at cceinfo@umn.edu.

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