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"Imagining the Mississippi: 30 Ways to Transform the Riverfront" to feature design solutions for the two mile stretch of Mississippi River through Minneapolis

Exhibit opens July 7 at Mill City Museum

What: “Imagining the Mississippi: 30 Ways to Transform the Riverfront” exhibit to feature U of M College of Design students’ visions for the Mississippi Riverfront in Minneapolis
When: July 7 through Aug. 8
Where: Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis

Contacts: Laura Weber, College of Design,, (612) 625-6566
Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720
Jessica Kohen, Minnesota Historical Society/Mill City Museum,, (651) 259-3148

July 1, 2010

“Imagining the Mississippi: 30 Ways to Transform the Riverfront,” a new exhibit produced by University of Minnesota College of Design students, opens Wednesday, July 7, at the Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis.
The exhibit includes a design book that offers 30 separate visions of how the public can get closer to the Mississippi River along the Minneapolis Central Riverfront, transforming the vision of the river and city. The public is invited to comment on the designs.

Since January 2010, undergraduate architecture research assistants Daniel Carlson, Andy Cleven, Julia Hill, Kevin Lang, Michael Nickerson and Davidson Ward have worked with professor of architecture Leslie Van Duzer and the university’s Mississippi River expert Patrick Nunnally to assemble a state-of-the art design book, complete with plans, sections and photo-realistic images of what the proposed designs would look like in today’s environment. 

The visions include new bridges, a thermal spa, the adaptive reuse of grain silos, water-level access to the river, a swimming pool built into a lock and the reconstruction of St. Anthony Falls.

An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, when visitors can hear remarks by Carlson, Ward and Nunnally. The students will be on hand to discuss their work during the event. A cash bar and light snacks will be available.

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