Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Spotted: Architectural models in downtown Minneapolis

If you're in downtown Minneapolis this week, stop by the TCF Bank atrium (8th Street and Second Avenue) and check out the architectural models on display. The exhibit offers a close-up view of the high-profile construction projects and initiatives that will shape the Twin Cities’ urban environment.

Titled “Building Community: Visuals and Models of the New Urban Community,” the event is organized by Minneapolis-based Community Enhancement and Organizing. The event’s major sponsors include Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) and Hennepin County Housing, Community Works and Transit.

The exhibit closes at 2 p.m., Friday, May 16. A series of noon and afternoon receptions are also scheduled, featuring notable speakers, door prizes and catered food.

On Wednesday, May 14, architect Rick Carter of LHB and Robert Gibbons of Metro Transit will discuss eco-friendly buildings and buses. On Thursday, May 15, CPED's Tom Streitz and Aeon president Alan Arthur will speak. Streitz will discuss new city housing programs and projects and Arthur will discuss nonprofit housing developments. Also on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Todd Klingel will discuss new downtown hotels and preparations for the Republican National Convention in St. Paul this fall.

The Downtown Journal wrote a brief article about the exhibit.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Checked out the display at lunch today.

Total number of architectural models on display?

ONE.

(and it was old)

Todd Melby said...

Ugh. That's disappointing.

Anonymous said...

But there were dozens of excellent visual displays. The Downtown Journal article left readers with the impression that it's only about wooden models, which it isn't. I've seen the exhibit other years when there were lots of wooden models and fewer visual displays. Other years, there were 3-D, computer animated fly-through models. There was some computer modeling displayed this year, but not alot.