cultural territorial networks


The Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities Region

The Department of Landscape Architecture (DLA), University of Minnesota, routinely reaches out across the Twin Cities region, nationally and internationally, with its programs of education, scholarship and outreach. It offers here a sampling of the range of cultural contacts of interest in the Twin Cities region.

Minnesota is a watery state known as “the Land of 10,000 Lakes”. Thus many of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area contacts have to do with water. The environmental heritage contacts are all water based. Two are creatures of the U.S. government. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is shown as an example of several such districts in the territory.

The museum heritage contacts include the two largest and most well known museums in the territory. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is included because of its historic role in shaping Minneapolis, and its preservation and interpretation of local history and environment.

One of the institutional productive heritage contacts is part of the University of Minnesota. Another is the navigational infrastructure that enabled expansion of production in the region. The last is an example of river-based historical manufacturing.

The material heritage contacts are part of the historical development of the region as a center of trade and industrial production and commerce. The Minneapolis Riverfront District holds important cultural institutions such as the Guthrie Theatre and the Mill City Museum. Fort Snelling and Nicollet Island were among the earliest settlements.

The intangible heritage contacts indicate the range of organizations active in the region interested in protecting historical and environmental heritages, and also a historical winter celebration.

Minneapolis – St. Paul Partner

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota has five campuses and many research and outreach centers. Its mission is to provide education, scholarship and service. Located in the on the Mississippi River its Twin Cities campus has over 51,000 students. Web Twin Cities

The DLA focuses on the transformation of land for human uses and needs. It pursues artistic design from an ecological base for sustainable land design for social needs in keeping with the University’s mission. It is especially strong in considerations of water and sustainability in urban contexts. Web Landscape Architecture

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