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January 03 2013

Matthew Traucht: A Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

January 3rd, 2013Posted by 

Global Site Plans has been an important part of my development as a writer and I am proud for having had the chance to work with Renée van Staveren and the crew there. My work as a master’s candidate at the University of Minnesota has exposed me to many of the issues that I wrote […]

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December 20 2012

From the Cradle to the Grave at the Historic Fort Snelling, Minnesota

December 20th, 2012Posted by 

If the act of naming something validates its existence, the Dakota War of 1862 is overwrought with meaning. That same conflict, one that killed hundreds of whites as well as Native Americans, is variously referred to as Little Crow’s War, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, the Sioux Uprising, the Dakota Uprising, the Dakota Conflict, and […]

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December 06 2012

Innovating the Landscape from Ordnance to Ordinance in Minnesota

December 6th, 2012Posted by 

Brownfield remediation is becoming a common process in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul. A few miles from the heart of one of the more successful projects – Mill Ruins Park – lies UMore Park (University of Minnesota Outreach, Research, and Education), a planned 5,000-acre development for 25,000 people in eco-friendly homes and neighborhoods. Sadly there […]

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November 22 2012

The Ghetto in the Sky: From Slum Removal to Urban Renewal in Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 22nd, 2012Posted by 

One of the most iconic viewsheds in Minneapolis – hated by some, loved by others – are any that include the Riverside Plaza apartments. From many places in the city you can see the Brutalist concrete buildings, with their primary-color panels and blockish tower-structure, towering above their surroundings. In 2010, Riverside Plaza was included in […]

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November 08 2012

Reconfiguring for Razzmatazz: The Debate Over Peavey Plaza

November 8th, 2012Posted by 

Just over a year ago, in October 2011, the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota revealed new plans for the redesign of historic Peavey Plaza.  Those plans were scrutinized in the media and public outcry mourned the loss of such an iconic design. Today, this “Marvel of Modernism,” designed by noted landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg in […]

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October 18 2012

Brownfields on the River’s Edge: Minnesota and the Mississippi

October 18th, 2012Posted by 

The connected metro-regions of Minneapolis and St. Paul, in Minnesota, are at the forefront of brownfield remediation. The Twin Cities exhibit several exemplary projects that demonstrate the positive reception of toxic sites converted to public space.  Urban planners, environmental lawyers, state agencies, and landscape architects each have major roles in this transformative process. Brownfield remediation […]

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October 04 2012

Retooling the Assembly Line at the Ford Plant in St Paul, Minnesota

October 4th, 2012Posted by 

In 2011, Ford closed their 122-acre St. Paul, Minnesota plant after 86 years of production. The community has developed around the plant and Ford’s impact on the area is a fixture of this cultural landscape.  The closure of automotive plants in the US is not a new phenomenon: In the last 33 years, 267 of […]

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September 20 2012

Why You Should Care About New Design Guidelines in the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Zone, Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 20th, 2012Posted by 

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, new design guidelines are being recognized to preserve the context and character of the historic heart of the city.  Following an extensive public hearing period and intensive research, these guidelines express value systems surrounding such notions as streetscape, access to the Mississippi River, potential archaeological remains, views, and the historic integrity of […]

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September 06 2012

No More Hot Water at Coldwater Springs, Minnesota

September 6th, 2012Posted by 

“What happens to the water happens to the people” is the call to action by supporters of Coldwater Spring in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  September 2012 marks the opening of the redesigned Coldwater Park, Birthplace of Minnesota and traditional ceremonial site of local Native American tribes.  From pre-contact hunting territory, to a U.S. military base, to a […]

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August 23 2012

Listening With Your Eyes, Seeing With Your Ears in Minneapolis, Minnesota

August 23rd, 2012Posted by 

“Whether we look closely or not, great art in public spaces improves our quality of life in Minneapolis every day,” said Mayor R.T. Rybak of the Minnesota Public Radio’s Sound Point project launched in 2011.  Sound Point is an engagement of people and art, a dialogue between artist and viewer, and a multimedia experience inspired […]

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August 09 2012

From Refugee to Refuge: The Changing Hmong Landscape in St Paul, Minnesota

August 9th, 2012Posted by 

The cultural landscape of the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area in Minnesota is largely influenced by historic large-scale agriculture, but that landscape is continuing to evolve to include new forms based on traditional, small-scale farming. One of the most prevalent expressions of that is the presence of Hmong farms within the metropolitan area. The Twin Cities […]

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July 26 2012

Pop-Up Place and Biomimicry in Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 26th, 2012Posted by 

Revitalization and renewal are such commonly used buzzwords that they’ve lost some of their impact.  But the urban landscape is one that will always require fresh efforts of adaptation to shifting trends.  The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota have recently witnessed new attempts to accommodate changes in economy, transportation, and consumerism. One […]

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July 12 2012

Farming Is Abuzz In The Inner CIty: Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 12th, 2012Posted by 

Though only recently decriminalized, urban farming and beekeeping endeavors are quickly gaining a foothold in the contemporary landscape of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In order to increase the sustainability and efficiency of urban land use, while also promoting the local food system, the City of Minneapolis is currently implementing several changes: Amending zoning laws to permit market […]

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