Autonomous Vehicles

The impact of autonomous vehicles (AV's) on the public realm.

The George Floyd Tragedy Calls for Systems Re-Design
The Minnesota Design Center at the University of Minnesota wishes to express our condolences to the family, friends, and community of George Floyd and is committed to support systemic change toward a more just world. While the George Floyd murder was a failure of humanity, empathy, and integrity on the part of the individuals involved, it also represented a failure of the system. Our center denounces the excessive use of police force against communities of color in our city, Minneapolis, and in cities across the U.S. As designers, we are often partners in systems re-design, and the Minnesota Design Center stands ready to offer our assistance to those working for systemic change.
Covid-19

MDC's Director, Thomas Fisher, has been writing about the COVID-19 pandemic and opportunities it creates for us to rethink a lot of what we thought, just a few months ago, as unchangeable or unimaginable. We hope you find this blog thought provoking.

Post Pandemic Podcasts

Post-Pandemic World is a podcast, sponsored by the Minnesota Design Center, that looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated changes already underway before the global crisis began, how those changes will likely affect our lives from now on, and how we can use the crisis to construct a more humane, equitable, and sustainable future for ourselves. Learn more...

Featured Projects

Here are three of the many projects underway at the MDC that show the range of work we do in diverse communities across Minnesota.

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Greater Minnesota Futures: Southeast Minnesota Pilot

The MDC is engaged in a two-year pilot project with the regional community group Southeast Minnesota Together and with three communities...

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Homeless Housing Envision Community

We partnered with City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness in Spring 2012

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Destination Medical Center

We are working with the Economic Development Agency of the Destination Medical Center in Rochester on what it means to be "America's City for Health".

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Click on a dot to see the project at that location.

Funding provided by:

Bush Foundation
Center for Transportation Studies
Creative Enterprise Zone
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Destination Medical Center (DMC)
Esri
Hennepin County
McKnight Foundation
City of Minneapolis
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
National Science Foundation
Pohlad Foundation
Ramsey County
Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
City of St Paul
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