CEDAR COFFEESCAPE, is a placemaking initiative that will transform The Cedar’s outdoor patio into a neighborhood gathering space. The project consists of a lit modular landscape and coffee stand, which will be staffed by local youth. The Coffeescape is entirely custom and made from a resin-based sheet material embedded with a traditional Somali textile. At night the modules are lit and will stack and cluster to accomodate different gathering conditions. The project will activate The Cedar’s public space with community activity, build intercultural appreciation, and bridge the generation gap between elders and youth in the neighborhood. The Cedar Coffeescape cultivates Cedar patrons, supports job training for youth, and fosters youth leadership. The project was designed and built by Molly Reichert with Sean Higgins and Jonathan Leck.
The Cedar Cultural Center, (also known as the Cedar) is a highly eclectic music venue located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The venue is known for hosting a wide variety of global roots, folk, indie, experimental, jazz, and blues artists, as well as films, spoken word performances, comedy, dances, and community events. The Cedar is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operated by a small professional staff in conjunction with the Board of Directors, and with assistance from a large pool of volunteers.
The Cedar’s mission is to promote inter-cultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music and dance. The Cedar is committed to artistic excellence and integrity, diversity of programming, support for emerging artists, and community outreach. www.thecedar.org/
Molly Reichert, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Associate AIA. She incorporates technology in both research and design practice with computational design and fabrication, and has a unique skill set of design+build practice, with several years of experience in rough and finished carpentry. Her practice engages in an interdisciplinary form, moving fluidly between the disciplines of architecture, art, design, urbanism and our relationships to each of these. She was educated at Smith College and UC Berkeley and has taught digital design and fabrication courses at UC Berkeley, San Jose State, and the University of Minnesota. www.mollyreichert.com
Sean Higgins, Designer, Associate AIA. A recent graduate from the University of Minnesota’s Masters of Architecture program, Sean has experience in community based design studios, such as the award winning studio Design Duluth, as well as significant study in architectural theory and representation.