James Corner Field Operations wins contest to re-design Nicollet Mall [IMAGES]

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Coming soon to Nicollet: glow worms.
There were 21 applicants, a four-month design process, and a presentation Tuesday night at the Guthrie. But now, we have a winner in the contest to re-design Nicollet Mall: New York City-based James Corner Field Operations, a 13-judge panel announced this morning.

The firm, which also has offices in London and Hong Kong, is behind such well-known public spaces as New York City's the High Line and Chicago's Navy Pier. Its proposal for Nicollet Mall creates three distinct zones along the 12-block stretch of downtown: live, work, and play, with different activities in each.

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Meet the team's vision for the new Nicollet:

Public spaces:
James Corner Field Operations
Tree groves:
James Corner Field Operations
James Corner Field Operations
New sidewalks, designed for improved drainage and durability:
James Corner Field Operations
Updated bus stops:
James Corner Field Operations
Better-looking Skyway connections, like this "crystal stair":
James Corner Field Operations
Winter fire pits:
James Corner Field Operations
Now that the panel has picked a winning firm, James Corner Field Operations will work with the city to fine-tune its design. The city hopes to begin construction in 2015, according to the current timeline, and pay for the $30 to $40 million project through a mix of state bonding and to-be-determined fees on private businesses along the street.

Head over to page two for more images from the team's winning proposal.

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