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(Hennepin Avenue Bridge)

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(Ford Parkway Mississippi River Crossing)

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Recent River News

On the Shoulders of Giants

From River Talk:

None of us works alone, and none of us is the first person ever to think and act to rejuvenate a riverfront.  Those of us fortunate to work on the future of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis truly stand "on the shoulders of giants."

We lost one of those giants last month, when Betsy Doermann, former secretary of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board and staff at the Minnesota Historical Society, died at 79.


Winner Announced in Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition

From The Journal:

TLS/KVA, a design coalition led by California-based Tom Leader Studio and Maryland-based Kennedy & Violich Architecture, has beat out 54 teams from around the globe to win the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition.

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Winner of Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition Announced

From Mill City Times:

TLS/KVA was named the winner of the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition today during a press conference at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.  View the presentation and detailed proposal below:

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Minneapolis Riverfront Design Team Picked

From the Star Tribune:

The selection is part of a Minneapolis effort to provide more parks, recreation and jobs along the Mississippi River north of the Stone Arch Bridge.

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OnEarth - Artists Design New Links to the Mississippi River

From OnEarth Magazine:

The finalists have names like City of the River and Streamlines. They're all visions for reconnecting the city of Minneapolis to the Mississippi riverfront.

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River Talk - What Should the Future Minneapolis Riverfront Be? Ask the Public!

From River Talk:

Public participation in planning/design projects is a funny thing.  Everyone talks about it; lots of people do something that they think of as "public engagement"; few practitioners really take it seriously; fewer still make public participation central to the project itself.

This isn't the time or venue for a full-blown treatise on public engagement for riverfront projects, but let me say that the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition has employed three strategies in particular that are noteworthy:  youth involvement through a design imagination exercise, a "designer ask" survey, and collection of comments regarding the four finalists' proposals.

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River Talk - The Next Generation of Parks 4: Turenscape

From River Talk:

The Turenscape team, headed by a firm in Beijing, presented the "Resilient River" plan. I will remind you that I am addressing these plans alphabetically by lead team; no slight is intended by discussing this proposal last.

Resilience is a concept particularly apt in discussions of urban rivers. Most urban systems have a degree of resilience, although many could be more so, or could have their resilience in more diverse spheres. Resilience is an important concept in ecological and sustainability thinking; bringing those discussions to bear in planning and design of the urban river is an idea whose time has come.

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TreeHugger - Finalists Present Their Projects in Competition to Redesign Minneapolis' Riverfront


Minneapolis, already named the country's most bike-friendly city, is about to get quite a makeover. In September, the city's Park and Recreation Board announced a design competition to create a new image of the Upper Mississippi Riverfront. In November, four finalists out of a pool of 55 were announced, each presenting a design for the 220 acres of parkland, neighborhoods and business districts on both sides of a 5.4 mile stretch of the river, from the Stone Arch Bridge in downtown Minneapolis to northern edge of the city.

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River Talk - The Next Generation of Parks 3: Tom Leader Studio

From River Talk:

The third Minneapolis Riverfront Design proposal, headed by Tom Leader Studio in Berkeley, opens "Riverfirst is inspired from the Dakota concept of B'dote, a sacred joining of waters."

Folks, I could stop right there and be mightily impressed.  Like the first sentence of Norman MacLean's A River Runs Through It, "In my family, there was no clear distinction between religion and fly-fishing," the expression is just about perfect.


Outdoor StreamLab Construction at SAFL

Overhead time lapse images of the construction of the Outdoor StreamLab at Saint Anthony Falls Laboratory.