Visions envisioned: Reimagining Minneapolis


As part of the Mayor’s Great City Design Teams, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects are looking for areas in need of an update. A selection committee will select up to five projects to be completed by early 2008, though no funding is guaranteed for the actual completion of the visions.

A first round of open-application Design Teams has been working on five Minneapolis projects since January.

“Individually, these projects will develop a vision for local sites,” AIA Minneapolis president Tom Hysell said in a press release. “But together, the resulting visions will show a rewoven city of great neighborhoods, great buildings, and great spaces better linked together.”

Projects can be an individual site, an intersection or several blocks along a corridor. The Design Teams, consisting of volunteer architects, landscape architects, urban designers and developers, work with communities to develop the potential design opportunities.

Interested citizen groups or community-based organizations can apply for a Design Team by sending a letter of interest to AIA 150th Mayor’s Great City Design Team (International Market Square, 275 Market Street, Suite 54, Minneapolis, MN 55405) by August 16.

The first Great City Design team unveiled its new vision for Washington Avenue to become Washington Boulevard on June 12 (the website for the plan is

As part of the first round of open-applications, Design Teams have been working on new visions for Nicollet Avenue and 18th Street, 46th Street S. and 46th Avenue E., 40th Street and Lyndale Avenue S., Central Avenue NE and NE Lowry Avenue, and Penn Avenue N. and N.
Lowry Avenue.