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DESIGN & LINKS | RiverFirst designers and students create bridge cladding from drift and recycled wood


Blaine Brownell, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, recently co-taught a graduate-level intensive studio with Sheila Kennedy and Frano Violich of KVA here in Minneapolis.

Brownell writes, “Based on their suggestion, the students investigated experimental cladding systems for the wooden pedestrian bridges that TLS/KVA have proposed for the River First project. The students created five different cladding systems using drift wood and recycled industrial wood. Each cladding system is designed to provide habitat for a diversity of species along the river.”

Read the class syllabus to learn more.

Coming in this summer: a temporary installation of these cladding systems along the riverfront. Details to be announced soon!

Posted in Design, News, TLS/KVA.

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