The College of Design and its Department of Landscape Architecture and Metropolitan Design Center are co-sponsors of the Next Generation of Parks lecture series. The lecture series began Tuesday, September 28, 2010, with an address by Peter Harnik, director, Center for City Parks Excellence, The Trust for Public Land.
On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 7 p.m., at the McPhail Center for Music, Ed Uhlir will present "The Making of Millennium Park." Uhlir is executive director of Chicago's Millennium Park.
On Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7 p.m., at the Walker Art Center's Cinema, Walter Hood will lecture on the reconstruction of urban landscapes. Hood is the founder of Oakland, California-based Hood Design.
The College of Design is also a cosponsor of the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition, addressing the upper riverfront of Minneapolis from the Stone Arch Bridge to the city limits to the north. The project builds on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) 2000 master plan for a 21st century park system.
Joe Kimball, writing for MinnPost.com, reports 12 jurors -- including Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture) -- have been selected for the competition. The jurors will meet October 29, 2010 to select four design teams for the competition. The jurors will select the winning design in January 2011.