To encourage and reward builders, architects, and home owners to blend newly remodeled or constructed homes and businesses into the fabric of Minneapolis neighborhoods.
SAVE THE DATE! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
2016 BLEND Awards Ceremony
Monday, September 26
Fulton Brewery & Taproom (414 N 6th Ave, Mpls)
Keynote Speaker: Michael Evangelist, photographer, Downtown: Minneapolis in the 70s
Mark your calendars to join us for the announcement of the 2016 BLEND Award Winners! It will be a special night, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the BLEND Awards, in addition to honoring the work of builders & architects doing great work to blend their projects into our Minneapolis neighborhoods.
We are thrilled to have Michael Evangelist as our keynote speaker. Mike is a photographer whose photos, taken as a bright-eyed 17-year old enamored with downtown Minneapolis in the 1970s, were compiled into the recently published Downtown: Minneapolis in the 70's. Fresh off the heels of a 5-month exhibition at the Mill City Museum, Mike and his photos are sure to provide us a glimpse of how we lived then, how design influences how we live, and how we live influences design...not to mention a stroll down memory lane.
New for 2016!
A significant portion of BLEND/EcoBLEND submission is ONLINE! In an effort to streamline the submission process, all materials except the display board & submission fee, will be submitted ONLINE this year. (Please bear with us...there are bound to be hiccups in our first year, and we are eager for your feedback.) For details on the updated submission process, click here.
Recognizing that the BLEND Awards is primarily focused on how a project blends with the existing fabric of the neighborhood, we have made several updates in the display board guidelines/requirements to ensure focus is on the exterior of a project and neighborhood context. Additionally, interior designers are not to be part of a BLEND Award submission.
Congratulations to the 2015 BLEND Award Winners!
Visit the gallery for more photos or click here for a full listing & descriptions of winning projects.
BEST IN SHOW GOLD
Pitch Perfect Article Design _Board
· Architect/designer: David Wagner, AIA and Marc Sloot, AIA; SALA Architects
· Builder: Stephen Roche, Showcase Renovation
· Homeowner: Patrick & Nancy Lewis
BEST IN SHOW SILVER
Federal Façade Article Design Board
· Architect/designer: David Heide Design Studio
· Builder: MDS Remodeling
New in 2015...and continuing for 2016!
The BLEND Award committee is excited to announce two new components to the BLEND Awards!
Best in Show - For the first time, one project will be selected by the judges as "Best in Show" of all BLEND Award recipients! The Best in Show winner will be highlighted on the BLEND webpage and in our outreach and press releases.
EcoBLEND Badge - The EcoBLEND Badge recognizes projects that incorporate eco-friendly design and sustainable building practices - but at a lower threshold than the full-blown EcoBLEND Award. The EcoBLEND Badge is intended to honor projects that not only represent good neighborhood design, but also go above & beyond building code and general expectations regarding the overall environmental 'footprint' of the project. Click here for more on EcoBLEND badge.
Updated BLEND Guidelines - The BLEND Guidelines have been updated and simplified to be more widely applicable city-wide. Check out the updated Guidelines here.
The BLEND Award organization recognizes that redevelopment of the residential parts of the neighborhood is both a given and a positive indicator for the neighborhood. Our goals are to 1) ensure that the redevelopment builds upon the qualities that have made Minneapolis a place where people have chosen to live for so many years, 2) ensure redevelopments respect the privacy, light access, private views of neighboring properties and maintain a human scale, and 3) encourage redevelopment and construction of homes that are diverse and innovative in design but still compatible with the neighborhood.
2016 BLEND & EcoBLEND Award Sponsors
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2016 Submission Forms
The submission process & guidelines have changed significantly for 2016. For details on the updated submission process, click here.
Past Award Recipients