The sponsors of the MR|DC believe that an informed and engaged public is essential to the success of the competition and the winning design. No one knows the riverfront like the people who live and work near it every day, and that’s why the MR|DC is taking an innovative approach to connecting the people of Minneapolis to the design process both during and post-competition.
During the MR|DC
The MR|DC is implementing several levels of community engagement aimed at soliciting individuals\’ input, encouraging collaboration among organizations and neighborhoods connected to the river, and solidifying major private sector intent to support project funding.
Youth Engagement (Nov 2010-Jan 2011)
Two groups of young people in Minneapolis engaged in a multi-session design process to create a vision for the riverfront, using an innovative curriculum called SiteSeeing: Making Neighborhoods Visible. Finished designs were presented alongside the designer\’s work at the January 27 public presentation at the Walker Art Center, and will also be viewed at several other online and offline venues.
Youth designers in the news
- KARE 11 Saturday, “Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition Set for Jan. 27” 22 Jan
- MinnPost, “Looking at the Upper Riverfront through youthful eyes” 19 Jan
- Camden News, “Riverfront competition spurs teen park study” 1 Jan
Additional Community Engagement Projects
â€œDesigner Askâ€ (December 2010) Online and printed 25-question survey for the community from the design teams. Survey complete (browse responses).
Community Meeting (7 December 2010) Question and answer session with MR|DC sponsors and project team, plus small group discussion of select Designer Ask questions.
Public Presentation (27 January 2011) The four competing design teams will present of their proposed designs to the public at a free event.
Design Advisory Group (Ongoing) Comprising public and private community leaders who have experience with parks and development projects in Minneapolis.
Organizational Collaborators (ongoing) The MR|DC has formalized relationships with community organizations active along the Mississippi Riverfront and in related communities. These groups, and their members and stakeholders, share a vested interest in the riverfront with the people of Minneapolis and the MR|DC partners. They play an important role in disseminating information and gathering community feedback.
Resource List (ongoing) The public has access to the most comprehensive compilation of plans, proposals, projects, data, images, history and more about the Upper Riverfront and how it integrates with the surrounding communities and environments. Contributions include district, neighborhood, conservation and transportation plans provided by the City of Minneapolis and others; plans and historical information from the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization; research from the University of Minnesota\’s River Life Partnership, Institute on the Environment (U of M), and; historical information from the Minnesota Historical Society and Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.
The public will have a vigorous and direct influence on the Park Board\’s selection of a post-competition riverfront project.