A popular downtown Minneapolis city park built in 2007 designed by Thomas R Oslund, MLA ’86, has won the prestigious 2023 GOOD DESIGN® Award presented annually by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Gold Medal Park is a 7.5-acre urban park that has become an iconic and beloved fixture marking the heart of the vibrant and thriving Minneapolis Mill District. This project won in the Environments category.

Founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames, GOOD DESIGN remains the oldest and the world’s most recognized program for design excellence worldwide. Last year, the Museum received a record number of submissions from the world’s leading manufacturers and industrial and graphic design firms representing the most important and critical mass of influential corporations in the design industry from over 55 countries, representing the best consumer design ranging from the ‘spoon to the city’ for sustainability, superior design, and unparalleled function. The 73rd GOOD DESIGN jury convened to select over 1,100 product designs and graphics from over 55 nations worthy of the GOOD DESIGN Award for their Design Excellence.

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