On the waterfront: Design

Placemaking at the intersection of land and water is much in the news of late, as we saw from last week’s post by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s Mary deLaittre, calling attention to Michael Kimmelman’s “Not Business as Usual” New York Times article in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

This week, the Times covered a major coastal undertaking a continent away: the redevelopment of Seattle’s waterfront on Puget Sound.

Meanwhile, our own Tom Fisher – Steering Committee member and Dean of the University of Minnesota College of Design – has written an insightful piece encouraging us to consider, Are Hurricanes Our Next Dust Bowl?

While hurricanes are no great threat to our region, it is ever more understood that waterfront placemaking must be responsive in a dramatic water event, and resilient in its wake.


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