Council approves James Corner Field Operations to redesign Nicollet Mall

The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously today to approve James Corner Field Operations as the official design team for the makeover of Nicollet Mall.

James Corner Field Operations was one of three final teams to present their visions for Nicollet Mall at a public event at the Guthrie Theater on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. The three design teams had been narrowed down from 20 initial submissions from firms around the world.

James Corner Field Operations is a leading-edge urban design and landscape architecture practice based in New York City. Previous projects by the team include the High Line in New York City and the transformation of London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The proposal presented at the Guthrie Theater consisted of three zones along the 12-blocks of downtown Minneapolis called “live, work, and play,” which won the votes of the expert panel of judges.

Moving forward the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Council will work with James Corner Field Operations to begin the public engagement process later this year. The design team will use input and feedback from this community engagement process as a final design for Nicollet Mall is developed. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 with an expected completion date in 2016.

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Published Oct 4, 2013