River Balcony Prototyping Festival Announces Design Competition

March 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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The city’s grand vision to better connect people to Saint Paul’s 26 miles of Mississippi River Shoreline is becoming reality. From March 1 until April 1, 2016, local and national citizens and organizations are invited to submit innovative ideas to turn the River Balcony into a more engaging place for people to connect to the river and with one another.

The River Balcony is a 1.5-mile public pathway planned for the downtown Saint Paul river bluff edge from the Science Museum to Union Depot. First envisioned in Saint Paul’s Great River Passage plan, the River Balcony will form a public promenade linking key downtown development sites with restaurants, offices, shops, and open spaces that will overlook the river, and will accommodate walking, outdoors seating, gathering, and public activities.

The Prototyping Festival is hosted by Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, the City of Saint Paul, Public Art Saint Paul, and the CapitolRiver Council, with support from the Knight Green Line Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The festival aims to create a more engaging and vibrant riverfront experience and connect people to the Green Line. Prototyping is the use of art, design, and social engagement to envision what a space can become and how it can serve a different role in our community.

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 9.30.17 PM$25,000 is available for ideas to create installations and programming, or “prototypes.” Winning ideas will demonstrate and strengthen the relationship between the City and the Mississippi River through themes of history, culture or the environment. Submissions are open to the public and will be accepted from March 1 through April 1, 2016. Ideas can be submitted by individuals and teams. Learn more and download the RFP.

Winning ideas will be announced as part of an open house in mid-April, when the public will have the opportunity to learn more and provide feedback on ideas as part of the larger River Balcony Master Plan.

The River Balcony will then come alive during the Prototyping Festival on Saturday, September 10 from 2:00-6:00 pm. Sidewalks, plazas, parks and pathway will be filled with temporary installations for the public to experience and enjoy.

For more information on the River Balcony Prototyping Festival, visit the website or contact Tim Griffin via email or 651-293-6860. To learn more about the River Balcony, visit StPaul.gov/RiverBalcony.