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Exciting Times for Riverfront and Waterfront Design!

September 23, 2010Patrick NunnallyUncategorizedComments Off on Exciting Times for Riverfront and Waterfront Design!

A number of cities across the country have taken advantage of the current slump to engage in farsighted planning and design exercises so they’ll be ready when development rebounds and the waterfronts again become a hub of interest.  Four communities in particular have competitions either under way or recently closed, all of which means that there will be exciting planning and design news emerging for some months yet.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, but for starters:

St. Louis announced on Tuesday that a team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh has been selected for the planning phase of the “The City + The Arch + The River-2015” effort.

Cristina Bump, winner of an AIA Travel Scholarship and a designer with Mithun in Seattle, reports that the City of Seattle has selected james corner field operation as the lead designer for the Seattle waterfront.

In St. Paul, the Great River Park master planning process officially got underway last month.  Wenk Associates is the lead firm on that process.

And in Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, along with the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and creative partners at the Walker Art Center and the University of Minnesota’s College of Design has just announced “The Next Generation of Parks” design competition for the Upper River district.

Stay tuned–there’s bound to be a LOT of interesting work coming up!


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