Tag Archives: St. Paul

“More than a Balcony:” Connecting St. Paul to the Mississippi

St. Paul has 17 miles of Mississippi riverfront property, and the Metropolitan Design Center wants to help more people enjoy them. MDC researchers have partnered with the City of St. Paul, the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation, and BKV Architects to design a plan for a public River Balcony walkway connecting downtown—from Union Depot to the Science Museum—to the river. The […]

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St. Paul Urban Oasis Claims $1 Million Prize

An "urban oasis" that aims to connect food, nature, and culture will receive $1 million for implementation, the Saint Paul Foundation announced Monday. The project envisions a one-of-a-kind food hub that will make Saint Paul a national destination and model for local food systems done right. It will, "revolutionize the local food system in Minnesota by developing the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary (and its dilapidated building) near downtown Saint Paul," explained student Ally Czechowicz (MLA '13), a founding collaborator who helped develop the brand, graphic communication, and social media for the project. "We are thrilled, humbled and so grateful to everyone who supported us during these last few months, and especially during this final voting session."The oasis received the most…

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Students for Design Activism at Northern Spark

A light installation by Students for Design Activism (SDA) will be on view this weekend during Northern Spark in Lowertown, Saint Paul. The idea behind the project, called Lower Course, is to connect the urban realm of downtown Saint Paul to its grand natural amenity, the Mississippi River. The installation is a collaboration between SDA and students in the electrical engineering U of M student group, Tesla Works. "Currently, the basic idea is to evoke the idea of upstream/downstream with interactive light panels depicting the Mississippi River," explained M.L.A. student Solange Guillaume. "As visitors to Northern Spark near the panels, the boards will glow with varying degrees of brightness that stream from left to right (flowing in the direction of…

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What Needs to be Said? You Decide

A new installation by Professor Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture) opens at the St. Anthony Park Pop-Up Shop, on Wednesday, August 15, and runs through Sunday, August 19. Her public art project What Needs to be Said? will transform an empty storefront at 2401 W. University Avenue into a semi-transparent "Writing Room" made out of of paper and charred wood. The goal is to provide a unique environment for anyone to write what "needs to be said" and offer the possibility for writing and reading others' writings in a random, physical, visceral way. Words can be made public by pinning them to the walls or placed out of reach so they are unreadable (they will be collected and burned at…

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