Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation announces 4th Annual Placemaking Residency

April 24, 2015

By Patrick Seeb and Tim Griffin, Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation


Produced by the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, from May 11th – 15th, the 4th Annual Placemaking Residency engages communities in presentations, workshops, walking and biking tours, and hands-on activities applying the newest thinking in city design. Individuals, organizations, and institutions throughout the Greater Minneapolis Saint Paul region will explore the intersection between urban design and population health with the aid of internationally renowned experts, Dr. Richard Jackson, Dr. Anthony Iton, and representatives from Gehl Studio (Blaine Merker and Anna Muessig) during the 4th Annual Placemaking Residency.

Each of the five days will focus on a different geographic area around the Twin Cities, including:

  • Monday: South Loop (Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington)
  • Tuesday: East Side (On and around East 7th Street, Saint Paul)
  • Wednesday: East Downtown (Minneapolis) and the Cepro Site (Minneapolis)
  • Thursday: EcoDistrict (Downtown Saint Paul)
  • Friday: University Avenue Lexington to Little Mekong (Saint Paul)

Last year, the Placemaking Residency introduced thousands in our region to Gil Penalosa and the 8-80 Cities concept. This led to tangible change, including Saint Paul’s 8-80 Vitality Fund designed to invest $42 million in civic infrastructure. We know these discussions can inspire real progress and – with well over 50 participating partner organizations involved in shaping the week – we expect more from this year’s residency.


We invite you to:

Join the conversation by attending one of many events throughout the week. Sign up to be notified when the full schedule is released on Monday, April 27th.

Connect with us online: #placemakingMSP, #healthyMSP on Facebook and Twitter (both @spriverfront).


Get to know the residency and residents with a few short videos:


2014 Residency


Dr. Jackson 


Dr. Iton 


Gehl/Prototype festival – Click here for the video.