Below is the history of how their idea evolved.
7/15/2015 update: University Avenue Innovation District (working title) seeks to become the model to replicate. Note their confidence: "University Avenue Innovation District “is MSP’s greatest single laboratory for new ideas,” says Gilyard. “We can’t afford to waste it on ordinary development” or compromise its expansive vision.
Great 10-minute video of the River in Minnesota and how development of an innovation district would evolve. No words, just animated graphics and music. If a picture is worth a thousands words, this visual video expression might be with a few million. It is really good. From Tom Leader Studio of Berkeley.
The Metropolitan Design Studio at University of Minnesota is exploring innovation districts for their metro.
"Transforming the SEMI into a New Innovation District
As part of a collaborative agreement with the University District Alliance, the Metropolitan Design Center conducted an investigation concerning the transformative opportunities on a portion of land within the Postindustrial SEMI District. The site is located between the University of Minnesota and the Prospect Park Neighborhood and was once the location of an industrial and economic powerhouse in Minneapolis. Abandoned for over half a century, its strategic location combined with its cultural and ecological significance provide a unique opportunity to explore a regenerative urban design strategy involving new methods of development beyond the usual property lines approach. The outcome of this investigation presents a new method of land restructuring based on an integrated landscape system that can be the model for developing a new Innovation District for the University of Minnesota thus accomplishing a greater community purpose and future economical significance for the District."