Q+A: Design

How Art Inspires My Life: Q & A with Cameron Downey

June 24, 2015 by Kayann Comeaux

Cameron Downey is the artist, poet, and approaching- high school junior at The Blake School who won the 2015 Poetry Out Loud competition for the state of Minnesota. A North Minneapolis native, Downey is a speaker at our June 25 Next Generation of Parks lecture event talking about her work at Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA). I.....

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Designer Q+A: Matt Tucker on Nature 3.x (part 2 of 2)

April 16, 2015 by Janette Law

In creating Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now?, symposium co-conveners and University of Minnesota professors Matt Tucker and Christine Baeumler put seven extraordinary thinkers, doers, and creators into relationship around landscape and environment. In the second of our two-part interview series with Tucker, he sheds light on the special capacity these diverse presenters have for.....

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Designer Q+A: Matt Tucker on Nature 3.x (part 1 of 2)

April 13, 2015 by Janette Law

This Friday, April 17, marks day one of the Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now? and opening night of our 2015 Next Generation of Parks™ Lecture Series. Seats for the lecture and symposium are already filled, but did want to delve into some of the topics for those who can’t attend. Following is the first.....

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Design Q & A: Sarah Hayosh and Chris Tallman, Research Assistants

November 5, 2014 by Janette Law

Last summer, Sarah Hayosh and Chris Tallman joined MPF as Research Assistants in Practice. They’re embedded at Juxtaposition Arts, in North Minneapolis, and engaging youth in re-imagining the connection to the Upper Mississippi Riverfront. (MPF) What do you anticipate will be the outcome of your work? (Sarah Hayosh/Chris Tallman) A tough question to start…without intending.....

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Water Works is in the “outline” stage, say designers (post 2 of 4 Q&A series)

December 9, 2013 by Janette Law

This is the second post in a special design Q+A series featuring SCAPE, the lead firm on the Water Works Design Team. We wanted to share more about how a schematic design is created, so we asked: “We’re in the ‘design framework’ phase of the process – what is that and why is it important?”.....

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“What was Water Works like the first time?” (Designer Q+A)

December 5, 2013 by Janette Law

In this first of a four part Question & Answer series with the Water Works Design Team, we asked them to take a step back in time – all the way to last September – when the designers first explored the complex site with project partners from MPF and Minneapolis Parks. We wondered, “What was.....

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Designer Q+A: GGN, VJAA and Interboro

June 24, 2013 by Elizabeth Hixson

This last of three posts in our Water Works finalist Designer Q+A series features a collaboration of three firms spanning the country, from Seattle to Minneapolis and New York City. Kathryn Gustafson of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Vincent James and Jennifer Yoos of VJAA, and Georgeen Theodore of Interboro responded jointly on behalf of the team. Water.....

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Designer Q+A: Adriaan Geuze for Team West 8

June 21, 2013 by Elizabeth Hixson

This is the second of three exclusive Q & A’s with the Water Works finalist teams. Find the others by selecting Water Works in our blog Categories (at right). Today, Adriaan Geuze responds on behalf of Team West 8. Water Works has many layers including history and archaeology, significance to First Nations, geology, the river,.....

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Designer Q+A: Kate Orff for SCAPE and Rogers Marvel

June 20, 2013 by Elizabeth Hixson

We invited the three Water Works shortlisted firms to share more about themselves and their work. The following is the first of three posts, this one from SCAPE and Rogers Marvel, written by Kate Orff. Watch for more posts this week and next! Water Works has many layers including history and archaeology, significance to First.....

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Drop in on an insightful conversation between two leading designers

April 3, 2013 by Janette Law

We are pleased to share our first RiverFirst Insights clip, the first in a series of three. The clip is taken from a conversation between Tom Leader, Principal of Tom Leader Studios, and Tom Fisher, Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Listen in as Leader and Fisher discuss the relationship.....

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