LOCAL ECONOMY Downtown East is primed for economic success. Intangibles such as connectivity and a critical mass of people along with a fitting urban design can spur development and boost the local economy.
HEALTH + WELLNESS With spectacular precendents such as Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minnesota nearby, Downtown East’s future must continue a legacy of superior health and wellness for all citizens.
CATALYZE A little quality development goes a long way. The Right Fit is designed to attract a great deal of activity. In providing a great sense of place with a diverse interactivity of uses, the streets will be enlivened with new business activity.
HEAL First and foremost, The Right Fit aims to integrate life with Hennepin County Medical Center and other local centers. The project will also provide for Health and Wellness Center, pop-up clinics, healthy restaurants, and numerous community gardens.
Minneapolis is widely known to be a city of physically fit citizens. Significant opportunities to continue and enhance this trend must be accounted for and designed into the re-development of Downtown East.
Fitness opportunities are to include the Fit Loop, adult fitness parklets, rock climbing walls, an open sloping lawn for sledding, snowboarding, and skiing at The Hill, and innovative approaches to transportation such as bike-share programs.
With an average high temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit and average low of 37, Minneapolis is often viewed as the coldest city in the U.S. Attention must be paid to the environment’s affect on design as well as the design’s affect on the environment.
To keep The Right Fit active year-round, sidewalks are heated using electricity from physical movement of active citizens walking on the pavement, awnings protect from snow, and indoor facilities are used for everything from sports fields and tracks to green houses. Environmental measures include, but are not limited to, use of a district energy system, water capture and re-use, and tree plantings.
Adult Fitness Parklets
Incubator/ Flex Space
Seed + Feed
Rack + Roll
Two-Way Streets + Road Diets
Heated Sidewalk System
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“Dude, watching the Vikings game above the street like that?! Talk about the new urban experience!”
LCBS 1000 Residential / Hotel
“I can’t wait for the first day of snow this year! The annual sledding race on The Hill at The Fit is so fun!”
“I’m so glad that we can get over to the Turkey Trot Half Marathon without even needing a car. It’s so easy!”
Retail Residential Office Hotel Parking Social/ Institutional Total
155,000 SF 482,200 SF 110,000 SF 240,000 SF 402,000 SF 37,500 SF 1,426,700 SF
LCBS 2000 Retail / Office
LCBS 4000 Social / Institutional
“We loved our hotel stay in The Right Fit last night. So close to everything, and easy to walk to my son’s high school track and field invitational.”
Retail Residential Office Parking Museum Medical Total
LCBS 5000 Travel / Parking
44,000 SF 288,000 SF 380,000 SF 410,000 SF 30,000 SF 110,000 SF 1,262,000 SF
Retail Residential Office Hotel
20,000 SF 192,000 SF 500,000 SF 180,000 SF 892,000 SF
LCBS 9000 Undevelopable / Existing
LCBS 7000 Leisure
LCBS 6000 Mass Assembly
“I’d have to say my favorite event in Minneapolis has to be the Snow Carving Competition on The Hill at The Right Fit.”
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The new answer to old parking lots. Bring the whole family to reenvision the once unused space.
Community Wellness Center
The existing armory is proposed to be renovated as a future Community Wellness Center. The Center will house an indoor multi-purpose field surrounded by a running track. An outdoor sprinting track will also be available for warm weather, equipped with radar guns to track running speeds.
Temporary Ice Skating Rinks
The Right Fit will be home to multiple climbing walls. Open to the public, any and all are welcome to test their skills and get a fun workout!
Adult Fitness Parklets
A rapidly growing trend, adult playgrounds will offer citizens of Minneapolis a place to exercise without the fees and hassles of a gym, but with fresh air, green space, and a heightened sense of community.
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Tactical Urbanism/ Fitness Key
The Fit Loop Beginners
The Fit Loop Advanced
“Living here in The Fit is great! Where else could we go snowboarding in the middle of the city?! It’s a haven for active people, young and old!”
An open green to be used as a park in the summer converts to Minneapolis’ own snow park in the winter. Snowboarders, skiers, and families with sleds are all welcome to enjoy an active day on the hill. Don’t forget to return in the fall to watch the Vikings games on the Interactive Billboard above Tarkenton Square.
“I’ll see you down at the Farmer’s Market this weekend!”
The Fit Loop
The Right Fit’s fitness path expands the boundaries of what fitness means to the modern and future urbanite. Minneapolis, already known to be a city of healthy citizens, is offered yet another opportunity to mesh the active lives of its people with the fabric of the city.
Temporary site activation as a market. Often, freight containers in parking lots stand in as buildings for businesses.
Temporary use of existing building space by local businesses to express the possibilties of activity
Innovative Fitness Systems
Temporary pedestrian street activity. The liveliness of streets that have been dead offer up new views on what could be!
“Let’s go for a run down at The Fit tomorrow morning. Then we can shower up and head back to watch the Minneapolis’ Strongest Man Competition!”
Community gatherings to actively remove paving. Grab your mallet!
Green Space + Trees
“Between the concerts and the Fourth of July celebration, I think we’ll be spending a lot of time at The Fit. I can’t wait!”
“I’ve been training every day since last year’s event, man. I think I can win the Rock Wall Competition this year!”
“I love the visibiliity our fitness shop gets. Especially during events like the The Right Fit 5K!”
Adult Fitness Parklet
Single Room Occupancy Suites
The captivating and visionary new typology portrayed in the design indicates both a symbolic path to Minneapolis’ future and a physical connection between the citizens and a new urban experience.
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Beer + Cheer
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The Right Fit development presents the FUTURE OF HEALTH DISTRICTS. Delivering an environment that fosters physical activity 365 days a year, the Right Fit will be a CASE STUDY that offers best practices in health and wellness for the nation. JUNE
“Let’s go down to The Fit and watch the bike races this Saturday!”
Minneapolis, and more precisely Downtown East, holds a wellestablished connection to HEALTHCARE. Local entities such as Hennepin County Medical Center and the University of Minneapolis Medical School offer a strong base for a successful HEALTH AND WELLNESS DISTRICT. MAY
Minneapolis’ strong grid system allows for an efficient and extensive CONNECTIVITY. At its boundaries, however, highways demarcate and separate neighborhoods. The VISION PLAN associated with The Right Fit aims to BREAK BOUNDARIES and REINTEGRATE NEIGHBORHOODS.
A driving mission of The Right Fit development is to offer the opportunity-laden site an enhanced, unique, and appealing character.
Vision Plan + Regional Connectivity
Largely consisting of surface parking, the site stands as an empty palette open to a distinctive, attractive facelift.
Hubert Humphrey Green House
Gameday. Snowday. Shopping day. Workday. Hotel stay.
Minneapolis was ranked the #1 Healthiest City in 2011 & 2012 by the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) annual American Fitness Index (AFI). Minneapolitans have a HIGH LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITYwith 85.9% participating in some form of physical activity each month – nearly 10% higher than the US average.
Friedman Heights Medical Offices
Forget the gym. Find social and physical health and wellness in your own streets. This is Minneapolis at its best!
The Center for Disease Control has estimated that 62% of American adults are overweight and 28% are obese. Between 1980 and 2008, national rates of obesity DOUBLED for adults and TRIPLED for children.
R. T. Rybak Community Wellness Center
THE RIGHT FIT
MAKING STRIDES TO TRANSFORM DOWNTOWN EAST INTO THE NATION’S PREMIER HEALTH DISTRICT
Unfolding The Fit Loop
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2013 Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition Entry