‘Jury’ set for Minneapolis riverfront design competition

Twelve people — eight from here and four national experts — will be the jury for the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition.

The competition will come up with a design for a 5.4-mile stretch along the city’s upper riverfront — extending along the Mississippi River from the Stone Arch Bridge to the city’s northern city limits. The stretch includes more than 220 acres of parkland and adjacent residential neighborhoods and business districts.

Competition sponsors are: the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis Parks Foundation, along with creative partners University of Minnesota College of Design and Walker Art Center.

The jurors will meet Oct. 29 to review responses to the Request For Qualifications — which are due Wednesday — and select the four design teams to move along in the competition. The’ll meet again in meet in January to select the winning design and team.

The jurors are:

  • Andrew Blauvelt, director of design, Walker Art Center
  • John Erwin, Board president, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • David Fisher, superintendent, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • Thomas Fisher, professor and dean, University of Minnesota College of Design
  • Barb Johnson, Minneapolis City Council president
  • Diane Loeffler, District 59A, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Peter McLaughlin, commissioner, Hennepin County
  • William Morrish, dean, School of Constructed Environments, and associate dean, Parsons the New School of Design, New York City
  • R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis mayor
  • Mark Stenglein, commissioner and vice vhair, Hennepin County
  • Bill Wenk, founder and president, Wenk Associates, Denver
  • Liz Wielinski, commissioner, District 1, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Charlie Quimby on 10/09/2010 - 09:11 am.

    What, no representation from people who hate design and government? What a biased jury!

    No, seriously, a very good panel. I trust citizen involvement will broaden once a design team is chosen.

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