Demolishing or Keeping?


Peavey plaza –- designed by M. Paul Friedberg in Minneapolis in 1975- used to be one of the nation’s most significant examples of landscape architecture along with Central Park in Manhattan and the Biltmore estate in North Carolina, but it is now facing the destiny of being demolished.

The modern style of this plaza is a 2-acre outdoor terraced space and a pool that could be used as a stage in summer and a skating rink in winter. Waterfalls hided noise; garden rooms offered intimacy and softened concrete edges.

However, due to the poor-maintenance of the plaza, the city of Minneapolis who owns 75 percent of it, has commissioned a significant redesign of the space. This led to the argument between the city and preservationists who declared to save it.

As for the historic landscape site which no longer functions well today, demolishing or keeping is a good question.

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