Projects

Water Works: Selective deconstruction of Fuji Ya begins

October 16, 2017 by Janette Law

Our partners at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board recently shared an update on pre-construction activity at Water Works; we’ve excerpted it below. This work prepares the site for construction of Water Works, which is slated to begin in fall 2018. Selective deconstruction and archival documentation has begun at the former Fuji Ya restaurant site.....

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Bruce Chamberlain to be elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows

September 28, 2017 by Tom Evers

This October, Minneapolis Parks Fellow Bruce Chamberlain will be honored with the highest recognition in the field of Landscape Architecture for a career focused on improving the public realm through parks and urban design. In a ceremony held in Los Angeles, Bruce will be elevated into the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows.....

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The Sioux Chef and Water Works in the news

September 27, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Since our announcement of The Sioux Chef’s intent to partner with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Parks Foundation at Water Works, our RiverFirst signature park project has garnered attention in local and national media. Here is a selection of media coverage about The Sioux Chef and Water Works. Take a moment to enjoy.....

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News Release | The Sioux Chef to partner with Minneapolis Park Board, Parks Foundation on Water Works restaurant

September 15, 2017 by Janette Law

The Sioux Chef’s Native American cuisine will bring to life the riverfront’s Indigenous culture Education, healthy living, and revitalized food systems are key to The Sioux Chef mission Minneapolis, Minn. – Today, The Sioux Chef, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation announced their intent to partner to open a riverfront.....

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News Release | Next Generation of Parks series returns Oct. 12, featuring Studio Gang’s Gia Biagi

September 11, 2017 by Janette Law

Trio of powerful place-makers headlines the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s 2017-2018 Next Generation of Parks™ event series, presented by Minnesota Public Radio Studio Gang’s Gia Biagi, Barefoot Artists’ Lily Yeh, and Toronto’s Sabina Ali transform lives and communities through their work in parks and public space Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation debuts the 2017-2018.....

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News Release | Work begins in August to unlock mill remnants featured in Water Works

August 10, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Archaeological exploration to locate and assess buried Bassett, Columbia and Occidental Mill walls begins in August; careful deconstruction of former Fuji-Ya building begins in September Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Minneapolis Parks Foundation today announced the start of new archaeological work in preparation for construction of Water Works, a.....

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RiverFirst Interim Land Use Strategy Presentation

August 2, 2017 by Janette Law

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is actively assembling Upper Riverfront properties that will, in time, become part of the RiverFirst network of parks and trails. Until then, this patchwork of properties may have continuing commercial uses or are otherwise not ready for park development. That’s where, in 2015-2016, our Research Assistants in Practice (RA).....

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Water Works helps fulfill the promise to return to the river

June 30, 2017 by Tom Evers

Recently, an architect pointed out to me that no building reaches its authentic potential unless its designer considers both the stories of the land that surrounds it and the people who have moved through it. This is true for parks, too, and a fitting expectation for one of the most complex sites in Minneapolis: Water.....

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News Release | Water Works design concept adopted by Minneapolis Park Board

June 29, 2017 by Janette Law

Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Park Board preparing for 2018 construction start on phase 1 of the transformative park project overlooking St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River Minneapolis, Minn. – On Wednesday, June 28, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) voted to adopt the Water Works design concept. Water Works is a transformative park.....

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Parks Foundation and Park Board seek community input on evolved Water Works design concept

May 2, 2017 by Janette Law

New design proposal advances Water Works as a place for storytelling, embeds park pavilion in mill ruins and emphasizes green- and playspace Minneapolis, Minn. – On Monday, May 1, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation presented to the public an evolved concept for Water Works at the first of two.....

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