Transforming the SEMI into a New Innovation District


Transforming the SEMI into a New Innovation District

As part of a collaborative agreement with the University District Alliance, the Minnesota Design Center conducted an investigation concerning the transformative opportunities on a portion of land within the Postindustrial SEMI District. The site is located between the University of Minnesota and the Prospect Park Neighborhood and was once the location of an industrial and economic powerhouse in Minneapolis. Abandoned for over half a century, its strategic location combined with its cultural and ecological significance provide a unique opportunity to explore a regenerative urban design strategy involving new methods of development beyond the usual property lines approach. The outcome of this investigation presents a new method of land restructuring based on an integrated landscape system that can be the model for developing a new Innovation District for the University of Minnesota thus accomplishing a greater community purpose and future economical significance for the District.


Minnesota Design Center

89 Church St SE

1 Rapson Hall (directions and maps)