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Design Process

Design Process

Design Process

The Capitol Mall Design Framework (MN CMDF, CMDF) is a design process which builds upon past planning efforts, including the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area, 2021 Public Engagement Task Force on Commemorative Works, and the Capitol Mall (the Mall) Visitor Experience Survey. With the support of Minnesotans everywhere and the expertise of those who use and maintain the Capitol Mall every day, we will develop a more detailed design framework with actionable proposals to make the Capitol Mall more welcoming for more Minnesotans.

The Capitol Mall Design Framework (MN CMDF, CMDF) is a design process which builds upon past planning efforts, including the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area, 2021 Public Engagement Task Force on Commemorative Works, and the Capitol Mall (the Mall) Visitor Experience Survey. With the support of Minnesotans everywhere and the expertise of those who use and maintain the Capitol Mall every day, we will develop a more detailed design framework with actionable proposals to make the Capitol Mall more welcoming for more Minnesotans.

The Capitol Mall Design Framework (MN CMDF, CMDF) is a design process which builds upon past planning efforts, including the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area, 2021 Public Engagement Task Force on Commemorative Works, and the Capitol Mall (the Mall) Visitor Experience Survey. With the support of Minnesotans everywhere and the expertise of those who use and maintain the Capitol Mall every day, we will develop a more detailed design framework with actionable proposals to make the Capitol Mall more welcoming for more Minnesotans.

Phase 1: Learn+Ideate

Phase 2: Refine+Design

Current Phase

Phase 3: Celebrate+Launch

Future Implementation

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Phase 3

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Project Progress

Capitol Mall Design Framework

Project Progress

Capitol Mall Design Framework

Project Progress

Capitol Mall Design Framework

Pop-ups

In January and February of 2024, the CMDF planning team went into the community in a series of pop-ups to learn what Minnesotans want to see for the future of the Capitol Mall and its surrounding public spaces. We had inspiring conversations across the Twin Cities at Hmongtown Marketplace, Frogtown Community Center, Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and Midtown Global Market.

Pop-ups

In January and February of 2024, the CMDF planning team went into the community in a series of pop-ups to learn what Minnesotans want to see for the future of the Capitol Mall and its surrounding public spaces. We had inspiring conversations across the Twin Cities at Hmongtown Marketplace, Frogtown Community Center, Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and Midtown Global Market.

Pop-ups

In January and February of 2024, the CMDF planning team went into the community in a series of pop-ups to learn what Minnesotans want to see for the future of the Capitol Mall and its surrounding public spaces. We had inspiring conversations across the Twin Cities at Hmongtown Marketplace, Frogtown Community Center, Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and Midtown Global Market.

Progress

Progress

Progress

Survey One

Survey One was an online community survey that ran from January 17 to February 15, 2024. Through Survey One, the planning team heard from over 1,000 Minnesotans what the Capitol Mall means to them and how it can be more welcoming for more Minnesotans.

Survey One

Survey One was an online community survey that ran from January 17 to February 15, 2024. Through Survey One, the planning team heard from over 1,000 Minnesotans what the Capitol Mall means to them and how it can be more welcoming for more Minnesotans.

Survey One

Survey One was an online community survey that ran from January 17 to February 15, 2024. Through Survey One, the planning team heard from over 1,000 Minnesotans what the Capitol Mall means to them and how it can be more welcoming for more Minnesotans.

Community Design Charrette

From February 5 through 8 of 2024, representatives of community organizations, local business, government agencies and Capitol Area neighbors gathered with the planning team to develop a vision for the future of the Capitol Mall. This event took ideas gathered through research, community surveys and the lived experiences of participants and forged them together into an emerging design framework.

Community Design Charrette

From February 5 through 8 of 2024, representatives of community organizations, local business, government agencies and Capitol Area neighbors gathered with the planning team to develop a vision for the future of the Capitol Mall. This event took ideas gathered through research, community surveys and the lived experiences of participants and forged them together into an emerging design framework.

Community Design Charrette

From February 5 through 8 of 2024, representatives of community organizations, local business, government agencies and Capitol Area neighbors gathered with the planning team to develop a vision for the future of the Capitol Mall. This event took ideas gathered through research, community surveys and the lived experiences of participants and forged them together into an emerging design framework.

Emerging Design Framework

Emerging Design Framework

This design reflects two months of working with community partners, government agencies and experts. This is a long term vision for the future of the Capitol Mall. This plan ensures that each project done on the Capitol Mall over the coming years is leading toward a greater vision. To learn more about the emerging design framework read the full phase one report and take Survey Two.

Emerging Design Framework

This design reflects two months of working with community partners, government agencies and experts. This is a long term vision for the future of the Capitol Mall. This plan ensures that each project done on the Capitol Mall over the coming years is leading toward a greater vision. To learn more about the emerging design framework read the full phase one report and take Survey Two.

10 Bold Moves

10 Bold Moves

10 Bold Moves

The emerging design framework consists of ten Bold Design Moves, the most important projects to improve the Capitol Mall area over the coming years. To learn more about the 10 bold moves read the full phase one report and take Survey Two.

More Welcoming

& Inclusive

Enhanced

Entrances

Right-Size

Roads

Improve Accessibility

& Security

Represent Minnesota's

Diversity

Celebrate

Water

Create a Gradient

of Planting

Transform Cass

Gilbert Park

Establish a

Cultural Walk

More Welcoming & Inclusive

Reinvigorate Nodes

Right Size Roads

Improve Accessibility & Security

Represent Culture & Ecology

Celebrate Water

Create a Gradient of Planting

Transform Cass Gilbert Park

Establish a Cultural Walk

More Welcoming

& Inclusive

Enhanced

Entrances

Right-Size

Roads

Improve Accessibility

& Security

Represent Minnesota's

Diversity

Celebrate

Water

Create a Gradient

of Planting

Transform Cass

Gilbert Park

Establish a

Cultural Walk

More Welcoming & Inclusive

Reinvigorate Nodes

Right Size Roads

Improve Accessibility & Security

Represent Culture & Ecology

Celebrate Water

Create a Gradient of Planting

Transform Cass Gilbert Park

Establish a Cultural Walk

Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Community Commons

Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Community Commons

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Community Commons

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Community Commons

Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Community Commons has been identified as the first project to inaugurate the Capitol Mall Design Framework. This project aligns with priorities expressed by respondents to Survey One to expand tree canopy (#1 priority), install more benches and picnic tables (#2 priority) and add gardens and symbolic plantings (#3 priority). The project creates a new heart for community gathering, artistic expression and free speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Community Commons has been identified as the first project to inaugurate the Capitol Mall Design Framework. This project aligns with priorities expressed by respondents to Survey One to expand tree canopy (#1 priority), install more benches and picnic tables (#2 priority) and add gardens and symbolic plantings (#3 priority). The project creates a new heart for community gathering, artistic expression and free speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Community Commons has been identified as the first project to inaugurate the Capitol Mall Design Framework. This project aligns with priorities expressed by respondents to Survey One to expand tree canopy (#1 priority), install more benches and picnic tables (#2 priority) and add gardens and symbolic plantings (#3 priority). The project creates a new heart for community gathering, artistic expression and free speech.

Engage

Engage

Engage

How you can help

How you can help

How you can help

Take the Surveys

Take the Surveys

Join the Events

Join the Events

Spread the Word

Spread the Word

Take the Surveys

Join the Events

Spread the Word

About the Project

About the Project

About the Project

Summary

Summary

Summary

  • Capitol Mall Design Framework

    The Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB), with the help of Minnesotans, Saint Paul communities and local agencies, is creating a plan to better Connect, Preserve, Activate and Grow the Minnesota Capitol Mall. This process, called the Capitol Mall Design Framework, will rely on the input of Minnesotans from across the state. This website is your hub to learn about the project and how you can contribute!

  • The Capitol Area

    The Capitol Area includes the districts of the Capitol Campus, Capitol Rice, Capitol Heights, the Freeway Corridor and five blocks of Fitzgerald Park. It is an essential center of employment and future opportunity for growth of commerce, affordable housing and walkable public places for Saint Paul. For more information on the Capitol Area, visit mn.gov/caapb.

  • The Capitol Campus

    The Capitol Campus is within the Capitol Area and includes all buildings related to the Minnesota State Legislature and other government functions and the Capitol Grounds, the outdoor landscapes, paths, city streets and interstate bridges which connect these buildings.

  • The Capitol Mall

    The Capitol Mall is a part of the Capitol Grounds. It is specifically the landscape which surrounds the Capitol building and extends southward toward Downtown, ending at 12th Street. It has a design legacy extending back to the vision of Cass Gilbert, architect of the Capitol building.

  • Capitol Mall Design Framework

    The Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB), with the help of Minnesotans, Saint Paul communities and local agencies, is creating a plan to better Connect, Preserve, Activate and Grow the Minnesota Capitol Mall. This process, called the Capitol Mall Design Framework, will rely on the input of Minnesotans from across the state. This website is your hub to learn about the project and how you can contribute!

  • The Capitol Area

    The Capitol Area includes the districts of the Capitol Campus, Capitol Rice, Capitol Heights, the Freeway Corridor and five blocks of Fitzgerald Park. It is an essential center of employment and future opportunity for growth of commerce, affordable housing and walkable public places for Saint Paul. For more information on the Capitol Area, visit mn.gov/caapb.

  • The Capitol Campus

    The Capitol Campus is within the Capitol Area and includes all buildings related to the Minnesota State Legislature and other government functions and the Capitol Grounds, the outdoor landscapes, paths, city streets and interstate bridges which connect these buildings.

  • The Capitol Mall

    The Capitol Mall is a part of the Capitol Grounds. It is specifically the landscape which surrounds the Capitol building and extends southward toward Downtown, ending at 12th Street. It has a design legacy extending back to the vision of Cass Gilbert, architect of the Capitol building.

  • Capitol Mall Design Framework

    The Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB), with the help of Minnesotans, Saint Paul communities and local agencies, is creating a plan to better Connect, Preserve, Activate and Grow the Minnesota Capitol Mall. This process, called the Capitol Mall Design Framework, will rely on the input of Minnesotans from across the state. This website is your hub to learn about the project and how you can contribute!

  • The Capitol Area

    The Capitol Area includes the districts of the Capitol Campus, Capitol Rice, Capitol Heights, the Freeway Corridor and five blocks of Fitzgerald Park. It is an essential center of employment and future opportunity for growth of commerce, affordable housing and walkable public places for Saint Paul. For more information on the Capitol Area, visit mn.gov/caapb.

  • The Capitol Campus

    The Capitol Campus is within the Capitol Area and includes all buildings related to the Minnesota State Legislature and other government functions and the Capitol Grounds, the outdoor landscapes, paths, city streets and interstate bridges which connect these buildings.

  • The Capitol Mall

    The Capitol Mall is a part of the Capitol Grounds. It is specifically the landscape which surrounds the Capitol building and extends southward toward Downtown, ending at 12th Street. It has a design legacy extending back to the vision of Cass Gilbert, architect of the Capitol building.

  • Capitol Mall Design Framework

    The Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB), with the help of Minnesotans, Saint Paul communities and local agencies, is creating a plan to better Connect, Preserve, Activate and Grow the Minnesota Capitol Mall. This process, called the Capitol Mall Design Framework, will rely on the input of Minnesotans from across the state. This website is your hub to learn about the project and how you can contribute!

  • The Capitol Area

    The Capitol Area includes the districts of the Capitol Campus, Capitol Rice, Capitol Heights, the Freeway Corridor and five blocks of Fitzgerald Park. It is an essential center of employment and future opportunity for growth of commerce, affordable housing and walkable public places for Saint Paul. For more information on the Capitol Area, visit mn.gov/caapb.

  • The Capitol Campus

    The Capitol Campus is within the Capitol Area and includes all buildings related to the Minnesota State Legislature and other government functions and the Capitol Grounds, the outdoor landscapes, paths, city streets and interstate bridges which connect these buildings.

  • The Capitol Mall

    The Capitol Mall is a part of the Capitol Grounds. It is specifically the landscape which surrounds the Capitol building and extends southward toward Downtown, ending at 12th Street. It has a design legacy extending back to the vision of Cass Gilbert, architect of the Capitol building.

Comprehensive Planning (2020-2021)

Comprehensive Planning (2020-2021)

Comprehensive Planning (2020-2021)

Vision: At the symbolic heart of the State, the vision for the Capitol Area is to be a unifying factor for all those who come to live, work, learn and play.

Vision: At the symbolic heart of the State, the vision for the Capitol Area is to be a unifying factor for all those who come to live, work, learn and play.

Vision: At the symbolic heart of the State, the vision for the Capitol Area is to be a unifying factor for all those who come to live, work, learn and play.

In June 2021 the CAAPB published the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area. The plan envisions the Capitol Area through 2040 and defines how the district will relate to its surrounding context and support its diverse community. The plan outlines seven Capitol Area Principles for the future:

In June 2021 the CAAPB published the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area. The plan envisions the Capitol Area through 2040 and defines how the district will relate to its surrounding context and support its diverse community. The plan outlines seven Capitol Area Principles for the future:

In June 2021 the CAAPB published the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area. The plan envisions the Capitol Area through 2040 and defines how the district will relate to its surrounding context and support its diverse community. The plan outlines seven Capitol Area Principles for the future:

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Learn

Learn

Learn

Your Capitol Mall

Your Capitol Mall

Your Capitol Mall

  • Crossroads & Confluence of Minnesota

    The Minnesota State Capitol is located at the intersection of two major freeways and two major rivers which connect the vast and diverse state of Minnesota to its seat of government.

  • Landmark in the Twin Cities

    The Capitol Area is a district of Saint Paul. The monumental Capitol Dome, designed by Cass Gilbert between 1895 - 1905, presides over the city as an iconic landmark.

  • The Capitol Area

    The Capitol Mall sits between diverse neighborhoods with districts ranging in use from Minnesota's Seat of Government, bustling commercial centers, and residential neighborhoods.

  • Minnesota's Meeting Place

    The Capitol Mall is the collection of landscapes and monuments that act as a place of assembly and commemoration for all Minnesotans.

  • Connect

    The Capitol Mall will forge connections between Minnesotans and their democratic institutions, both through shared experiences and heritage, and physical connections which link the Capitol to the surrounding city and state.

  • Preserve

    The Capitol Mall will be an enduring representation of Minnesota's rich past, design legacy and landscape heritage while adapting to new maintenance and climate challenges.

  • Activate

    The Capitol Mall will become more welcoming for more Minnesotans to gather and share ideas through events, activities, and opportunities to authentically tell a diversity of Minnesotan stories.

  • Grow

    The Capitol Mall will steward its landscape with sustainable maintenance practices. The cultivation of a diverse and resilient ecosystem will enable this important district of Saint Paul to adapt to a changing climate while preserving cultural heritage.