Eelco Hooftman to be Guest Speaker at the Walker


The Minneapolis Parks Foundation is presenting the Next Generation of Parks™ lecture on the topic of Urban Design.  Eelco Hooftman of GROSS.MAX will be speaking on Thursday, May 9, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at the Walker Art Center.  Free tickets will be available from 6pm at the Bazinet Garden Lobby Desk.

Founding partner Eelco Hooftman focuses on one of GROSS.MAX’s newest projects: transforming the iconic Tempelhof airport in Berlin into the next great world park. Taking into account the vast, open site and the effects of sky, light, and weather, the design envisions “a contemporary prairie for the urban cowboy,” adding a fresh, bold layer to a place that is a “palimpsest of time.” Based in the UK, GROSS.MAX has created award-winning parks and other landscapes throughout Europe, bringing together a contextual approach with a contemporary idiom, one that incorporates British wit, Dutch experimentation, and German rigor. Hooftman also addresses the design studio’s history of collaboration with artists and architects, including Mark Dion and Zaha Hadid.

The latest lectures in the Next Generation of Parks™  series mark not only the 25th anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden but also RiverFirst: a new 20-year master plan to redevelop Minneapolis’ Mississippi Riverfront. Organized as a way to engage citizens in imagining the future of our landmark parks system, the Next Generation of Parks™  series is co-presented by:

the Minneapolis Parks Foundation: ,

the University of Minnesota’s Department of Landscape Architecture and College of Design: ,

the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects: ,

and the Walker Art Center: