Berkeley/Boston Team Wins Competition to Redesign Minneapolis' Riverfront. Now the Real Work Begins.


Last week, I wrote about the four finalists in the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition. All four were impressive entries, but one had to come out on top, and yesterday the winner was announced: Tom Leader Studio of Berkeley, Calif., and Kennedy & Violich Architecture of Boston. Their RiverFIRST proposal focuses on renewed health, mobility and green economy along the riverfront in north Minneapolis.


The winning team: Tom Leader Tom Leader Studio (Berkeley), Sheila Kennedy and Frano Violich, Kennedy & Violich Architecture (Boston). Photo: Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition

The jury was made up of 13 elected officials and design professionals. One, Thomas Fisher, dean of the University of Minnesota College of Design, told the Star Tribune:

They had quite a bit about strategy about how to mix private development with a park, how we might mix open space and employment, and how we might reuse some facilities on the river for green jobs and new employment.

Check out the video proposal from TLS/KVA:

TLS/KVA from MRDC on Vimeo.

But the design competition, which began in September, is only the first step in a long process. While the TLS/KVA proposal included many specifics, to actually implement their ideas, the team will join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's Minneapolis Riverfront Initiative and begin a four month process of identifying the next steps in the riverfront's redesign.

And while the timetable fir the entire project stretches over the next five years, based on the quality of the winning proposal (and of the three other finalists) it'll be worth the wait.

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