Three teams now involved in Nicollet Mall design competition 

A competition to redesign and reconstruct Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis is now between three design teams. A team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) has withdrawn from the competition, citing prior work commitments.  The remaining teams are now at work drafting their concepts, which they plan to present to the City in September.

The competition will provide the City with multiple visions for Nicollet Mall, which hasn’t had a major reconstruction since the late 1980s. The three concepts will be revealed in September, and a final team will then be selected. That team may be hired by the City to develop a final concept design. Also, once that final design team is selected, there will be a robust public conversation about what Nicollet Mall means to Minneapolitans and how this vibrant area can be re-visioned in an urban, modern and dynamic way. The public conversation will help to guide the selected design team as it develops a detailed design for a new Nicollet Mall that will truly be a source of pride for the city and state.

The remaining teams are:

All three teams are comprised of current leaders in urban design who are experienced and capable of producing excellent urban places and destinations. The teams will be charged with creating designs that achieve the following objectives:

The purpose of the design competition is to develop a new vision and concept design for the mall to ensure it remains the leading center for business in the metro area and Minnesota and helps spur growth for decades. Decades of heavy bus traffic on Nicollet Mall has caused extensive wear and tear on the roadway, and the granite-paved sidewalks are also in need of replacement. Through the design competition, the City with have multiple visions on how to rebuild the mall from building face to building face, and how different urban design teams approach the challenge of redesigning it.

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Published Jul 8, 2013