Minneapolis Mixed Use City Center for Arts and Culture
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The urban area, the heart and soul of a city; the people its living breathing separately, uniquely performing varied actions and activities with individual intentions but still all manage to move as one. One pulse coursing through the veins of the city, sustaining it and allowing it to perform the many activities associated with living organisms, growth, develop, heal e.t.c. Without the life-source the city would eventually wither and die. The urban area engages my senses in an uninhibited dance through spiraling clouds of euphoria savoring every slight nuance, with a gift of visual enchantment confronting you at every corner; impossible for a single individual to detail each and every unit of this marvelous environment. The thought of a space within the urban environment that proves so rich in the qualities of a city, its sounds playing like a unique symphony creating its own rhythm each reverberation unique to its own time and place that might never be repeated in the same way for all of eternity is a marvel on its own. The people, traversing, mixing elaborately creating their own cadence, do I dare say? Pulse moving as one but with each his/her own individual goals in mind; create an animated mosaic of life fervent in their cadence akin to a surreal, almost mythical dance of life; resolute in an almost hypnotic effect. Different races, cultures and ethnicities intermingling; languages from far and wide all being shared as different communities blend amongst one another creating a unique and singular identity for each individual not a member of a race, class or gender but as a person. The smells which intricately intertwine and blend to become a veritable cornucopia of olfactory sensations that merge within the mind and serve to form intense, vivid visual images of the urban area ensuing in a raised pulse rate going as far as to 5 invoke a physical response, a reaction so powerful, so rich as to evoke emotion. This is my ideal urban environment, my utopia, the dream for a future that is my love of the urban land. To honor this vital source of life to the heart of Minneapolis /St. Paul a space designed specifically to nurture the mind, soul and heart of the individual, respecting each culture, age, style, tastes and behaviors individually. Thus creating spaces allowing people to congregate and socialize, thus developing communities and ties among one another, turning the cold harsh urban space into a home without sacrificing the high speed, stylistic lifestyle that often define such spaces. Ultimately the city center proposed within this thesis would be a statement of the people of the twin cities, identifying their cultural history and the unified future as a single community and as the primary and only source of life to the city of Minneapolis/St. Paul.