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TLS/KVA Named Winning Design Team!

With their selection as the winning team, TLS/KVA will be awarded a riverfront parks commission and become part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's Minneapolis Riverfront Initiative, of which the design competition was the first phase. While the team's RiverFIRST proposal contained many specific design schemes, no particular location, project or feature has yet been identified for development. As the design competition concludes, the Park Board and its partners will engage in a four-month transition phase to identify next steps.

The TLS/KVA Design Team

Tom Leader Tom Leader Studio (Berkeley), Sheila Kennedy and Frano Violich, Kennedy & Violich Architecture (Boston)

TLS/KVA | Berkeley
A set of inter-related design initiatives-focused on health, mobility and green economy-that function at multiple scales and are enhanced by community outreach strategies to raise public awareness about consumer choice impacts on the River system.

Finalist Proposals

To get the full picture of what these amazing teams proposed for the Minneapolis Riverfront, view the teams' videos, and also read descriptive summary documents and review the January 27 team presentations at the Walker Art Center.

Turenscape | Beijing
The Resilient River
A fifty-year framework for investment that focuses on: ecological renewal, social equity, new economies and a new identity for the city of the river, and includes a strategic approach to ecological infrastructure, re-orienting urbanism and phasing over time.

Stoss Landscape Urbanism | Boston
A longer-term transformation that reclaims the river as civic space, introduces new landscapes, infrastructure and urban fabrics, and weaves the multiple new and existing systems and experiences back into the city.

Ken Smith | New York
City of the River
The river is a catalyst for renewal through new and enhanced park, infrastructure and ecological systems and a series of bold, iconic design scenarios that reflect the area’s history and spirit of place.

About the MR|DC

In September 2010, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, with creative partners Walker Art Center and University of Minnesota College of Design, announced an international design competition to address 5.5 miles of the Upper Mississippi Riverfront.

Four award-winning landscape and urban design teams were announced 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, Tom Leader Studio | 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 engaging two groups of Minneapolis youth in the SiteSeeing design curriculum.