Mpls Riverfront Design 2010-11

RiverFirst is the outcome of two groundbreaking Minneapolis Riverfront Design efforts that began in 2010 under the leadership of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.



The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Minneapolis Riverfront Development Initiative (MR|DI) was a design-based strategy to leverage parks as the engine for sustainable, recreational, cultural, and economic development along the riverfront, to reclaim the Mississippi – one of the three great rivers of the world and America’s “fourth coast” – as the source of our regional identity, and to establish our region as a leading river community for the 21st century.



In September 2010, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation announced an international design competition to address the Upper Riverfront. Four award-winning landscape and urban design teams were selected as finalists in November, from a pool of 55 submittals from 14 countries on five continents. In December, the four teams – Ken Smith Workshop|New York City, Stoss Landscape Urbanism|Boston, TLS/KVA|Berkeley, and Turenscape|Beijing – made a four-day research visit to Minneapolis. Also in December, the MR|DC sponsors hosted a Community Meeting, implemented a community “Designer Ask” survey, and began a youth designer curriculum. The competing design teams, which include firms from all across the country including Minnesota, submitted their design proposals in January and made a public presentation of their work at the Walker Art Center on January 27. The winning team was announced on February 10 in Minneapolis. More information can be found at