Steve Durant of team Turenscape submitted the following blog post and gallery. Enjoy!
The Turenscape team converged again on the Minneapolis riverfront, in our studio space at MS&R Architects in the Mill City Museum right after Thanksgiving.
Over the course of our week together, team leader Dr. Kongjian Yu (Turenscape), and project manager Steve Durrant (Alta Planning + Design) and other team members walked the banks of the river from St. Anthony Falls to Camden three times, each of us putting in about 40 miles on foot. When we attended the “Above the Falls” community meeting Tuesday evening at the East
Side Neighborhood Services building, it was gratifying for Steve to reconnect with many of the community members he worked with on the Above the Falls plan in 2000.
Working with our team in the studio and on the site we composed an approach that reflects the many complex legacies evident in the corridor (history, ecology, community, economy) and foretells a future of ecological and community vitality. This is a big ideas team well versed in the history and potential for the Mississippi and its neighborhoods. I hope you\’ll follow our progress on the team blog and participate in the competition\’s many community opportunities.
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