RiverFirst is the outcome of two groundbreaking Minneapolis Riverfront Design efforts, begun in 2010 under the leadership of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
MINNEAPOLIS RIVERFRONT DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (2011-12)
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, 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 establish our region as a leading river community for the 21st century.
MINNEAPOLIS RIVERFRONT DESIGN COMPETITION (2010-11)
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 MinneapolisRiverfrontDesignCompetition.com.