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SAH Saint Paul Seminar - Confluences: Place, Change, and Meaning on the Mississippi

Date: 4/21/2018 - 4/21/2018

Type: Events

LA CES approved?: No

Location(s): US

Description: Over the past several decades, river cities throughout the world have faced the challenge of reconceiving and reconnecting with their post-industrial riverfronts. The seminar will focus on the rapidly changing post-industrial landscapes along the Twin Cities Mississippi River corridor. For millennia this region was—as it still is—Mni Sota Makoce, the Dakota people’s homeland. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Euro-Americans transformed the riverine landscape to facilitate colonization, commerce, industry, and connections with regional and global systems. Today, the Twin Cities’ riverfronts have been transformed. Multiple stakeholders are invested in a new wave of redevelopment initiatives that engage the past and look to the future. These raise questions about accessibility and equity; about recognizing multiple forms of heritage, tangible and intangible; and about sustaining connections between the changing riverfront and the culturally diverse communities that form the Twin Cities. This seminar will give voice to varied perspectives by convening people who are reshaping the riverfront—planners, designers, historians, and community activists—to discuss the ways priorities conflict and converge as they reconceive the river’s multilayered—and multi-vocal—landscapes.

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