Designer Picked for Nicollet Mall Redesign in Mpls.

Updated: 09/19/2013 11:46 AM By: Maricella Miranda

James Corner Field Operations' redesign of Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis.
James Corner Field Operations' redesign of Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis.
Photo: Photo courtesy of the city of Minneapolis.

A designer has been chosen to spruce up Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.

The city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Downtown Council announced Thursday, Sept. 19, that James Corner Field Operations has been chosen as the team to redesign Nicollet Mall. The decision is pending final approval from the Minneapolis City Council.

James Corner was one of three final teams to present their designs this week for the redesign of Nicollet Mall, a pedestrian-friendly main street with retail and other businesses.

"Almost 50 years ago, architect Lawrence Halprin helped Minneapolis transform Nicollet Mall into Minnesota's Main Street and the greatest street in America," said Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak in a statement. "Today, I'm confident that we've chosen the right team in James Corner Field Operations to transform what is now a very good street into the greatest street in America once again."

James Corner is an urban and landscape architecture company based in New York City. The company has worked on the High Line in New York City and the transformation of London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The city council is scheduled to vote on the designs Oct. 4. If the city approves the designs, construction could start in 2015 with a completion in 2016.

More information about the project is available at