Public Interest Design Week at U of MN Offers Urban Design Perspectives
The “design” of urban rivers, managing the nexus of water and land along rivers in cities, has transformed many urban riverfronts from forgotten spaces to showplaces. But has everyone been served equally? Do all sectors in the city prosper from the development of these amenity areas?
Learn more about questions such as these at the first Public Interest Design Week at the University of Minnesota March 19-24. More details, including registration information can be found here.
It is particularly appropriate that these public design issues are raised at the University of Minnesota, a land grant university located on the banks of the Mississippi River. Land grant schools, of course, have in their mission the charge to serve the people of the state (which means, in our wired and interconnected world, reaching beyond the state to the nation and the world). As the most northerly major metropolitan area along the Mississippi, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul may be argued to have a unique responsibility for the water quality of the river used by millions of residents downstream.