Winnings designs for revitalizing North Mpls neighborhood

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First place winner MSD/WhatWorx Collaboration will receive $10,000 in prize money and will have the first opportunity to negotiate a contract for project development services.

The City of Minneapolis has announced the winning designs in a competition aimed at renewing neighborhoods hit by foreclosures.

Organized by both the City of Minneapolis and the Builders Outreach Foundation, the competition asked for designs of four to seven, live/work units for a site located in the Willard Homewood neighborhood of North Minneapolis. THe challenge was to create something both high in quality and environmental sensitivity, affordable for a first-time home owner, and suitable for a variety of lifestyle choices and family configurations.

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Second place winner Trace Jacques will receive a $5,000 prize.

In the past two years the Willard Homewood neighborhood has seen many homes fall into foreclosure, but also an effort by community members to draw artists into the area.

Design firms from around the country submitted a total of 47 ideas for what, once built, will be called “Bearden Place,” after the artist Romare Howard Bearden.

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Third place winner 4RM+ULA will receive a $2,500 prize.

The winning entries (seen above), as well as the 44 other submissions are on display through July 23 at the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center. There’s an opening reception tonight from 5:30 – 7pm.

The winning design team is in negotiation with the Builders Outreach Foundation. Meanwhile the city of Minneapolis and the Builder’s Outreach Foundation are conducting a study to determine market viability for the project. They are awaiting the results of the study before determining a project timeline.

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