Last week was the official site visit for all of the teams competing in the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition, and we were excited to be part of the Turenscape Team, one of four finalists for the competition.
Tom, Nate and Lisa explored the area last week, arriving on Saturday, November 27 to meet up with Turenscape and the rest of the team for the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition site visit and competition kick off. The Turenscape Team decided to fly in a couple days early to extend the teams' visit out to five very full days of trekking up and down the river on both sides seeing it in weather conditions ranging from sun to snowfall. During these days, we also attended presentations, gatherings and a neighborhood meeting.
When the team wasn't bundled up for site exploration, learning about the project or visiting with the public, everyone gathered for collaboration sessions in about as perfect of a location as any team could possibly find: the top of the Mill City Museum in the office of MS&R Architects, which overlooked the river and the stone arch bridge.
Upon conclusion of the visit to Minneapolis and after visiting every inch of the site - many areas multiple times - the core team flew to Seattle Wednesday night to reconvene in our office for two more days of designing, strategizing and brainstorming. Below are a few photos from the Seattle design sessions. Our next steps will be to continue our collaboration via the internet to develop our final competition submission on January 21st.