Peace Plaza interactive displays invite visitors to reimagine space

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ROCHESTER,  Minn. (KTTC) – Destination Medical Center invited the community to take part in solidifying plans for the future of the project Wednesday at Peace Plaza and attend a ticketed dinner reception with remarks from DMC leaders.

The DMC effort is an economic development initiative to help Rochester become a global destination for health.

“This is the front door of Rochester and the front door of DMC, so we want to make sure people really get a sense of what this space could look like, and how we can reimagine downtown Rochester, Peace Plaza, and everything it has to offer,” said Lisa Clarke, executive director of the DMC Economic Development Agency.

The Heart of the City design team and the DMC collaborated with local prototypers and artists to test out design concepts that aim to create an engaging public realm and bring more people to Peace Plaza. Part of that means interactive displays and works of art in this space.

The design team includes Minneapolis-based landscape architects Coen+Partners in collaboration with RSP Architects, El Dorado, Latent Design, Kimley-Horn Associates and Fluidity.

Eric Anderson of Rochester designed “The Artery.” An art piece signaling the profound moments of hope and healing happening within our health care institutions every day. He has linked with real-time data from Mayo Clinic to light up at these events: a birth, organ transplant, radiation treatment completion, chemotherapy treatment completion, and a cancer-free pathology report.

Design concepts also included a “Community Couch” where people can meet-up and sit down.

Ryan Companies which owns the neighboring Wells Fargo Center building used virtual-reality technology to showcase its renovation plans.

“Info Alley,” an interactive multimedia display aims to inform, guide, and draw members in a space where they can interact and exchange ideas.

Edgar Mtanous is the mastermind behind the “Multi-Lingual Pedestrian Signage” which directs people between all the DMC sub-districts. The project’s mission is to advocate for a collaborative, healthy and vibrant community by forming stronger cultural and infrastructure links between Rochester, its citizens, and visitors.

The Flexible Fountain at Heart of the City is imagined as a water element that can be a playful environment for kids and adults during the summer.

Visitors had a chance to see a pop-up museum showcasing original items from when the historic Chateau Theatre first opened. It was also the last chance to visit the theatre before a $1 million renovation project goes underway.

The installations will be on display until mid-November.

Many residents are wondering about the fate of the Peace Fountain and whether the future redevelopment design will include the fountain.

Rochester City Council discussed a proposal to remove or relocate the fountain at an earlier meeting.  DMC leaders and designers say there’s no intention of removing from it’s current location.

Linda Ha

Linda Ha

Reporter | @LindaHaTV | lha@kttc.com

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