Category Archives: Landscape Architecture

City of Minneapolis calls for landscape architecture design for Peavy Plaza

The City of Minneapolis, in cooperation with the Minnesota Orchestral Association (MOA), is calling for Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) for landscape architecture design services for the revitalization of Peavey Plaza, on Nicollet Mall, in downtown Minneapolis.

Peavey Plaza has suffered from a lack of investment over the years and modifications that have compromised the original design. Because of features inherent to its original design, including the large below-grade area and walls and fountains that obscure sight lines, the plaza presents unique challenges in terms of accessibility and public safety.

The MOA was awarded $16 million in bond funding from the Minnesota State Legislature during the 2010 session; $2 million of the funding is earmarked for Peavey Plaza. Estimated project cost is $5-$6 million. The City and MOA will be working together to secure the remaining funds for the development.

More information can be found on the City of Minneapolis website (.pdf; 373KB); qualifications are due on or before Friday, August 20, 2010, 2:30 p.m.

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Hat Habitats exhibit at Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

“Off the Top of My Head: Hat Habitats” in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library gallery features the work of artists Ryan Haro and Cynthia Rapacz. The work is a melange of artistry including photography, design, fashion, and architecture that become fanciful vignettes of the life of the hat. This summer exhibition is on display through August 13, 2010.

Twin Cities native, Ryan Haro, is an architect and photographer. By age 13 he was using a Nikon 35mm film camera “and things took off with my interest in capturing the moments”. Haro subsequently spent hours experimenting with image content. By 2005, he began working with a digital camera that would completely replace his shooting with film cameras. Haro has focused on capturing the work of performance artists. He is currently interested in portfolio concept pieces for artists and performers, as well as live event documentary.

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Image from Off the Top of My Head: Hat Habitats exhibition

Minneapolis based artist, Cynthia Rapacz, is a graduate student at Hamline University. While pursuing her studies, Rapacz continues to create multimedia artworks that focus on culture and the integration of old and new imagery. Her studies abroad for almost five years in South Korea, Italy, China and Japan serve as a platform for art. Rapacz began working with hats in 1999, the inspiration in part from her grandmother’s collection. As her grandmother discarded old hats she began to rework and redesign the pieces, often using just the bones of the hat to make a new creation on an old frame.

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Image from Off the Top of My Head: Hat Habitats exhibition

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Image from Off the Top of My Head: Hat Habitats exhibition

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