Students for Design Activism

Grace Lutheran Church Community Charrette

In October 2011, Students for Design Activism participated in a charrette with Grace University Lutheran Church, located on the University of Minnesota’s campus (actually down the street from Rapson Hall, SDA’s headquarters). Students brainstormed with Pastors Dan and Mary Garnaas-Halvorson, church members and professionals from Damon Farber Associates, a local Landscape Architecture Firm. Their ideas will potentially be incorporated into a new outdoor space next to the church.


Fantastic Urban Futures helped to spotlight Three Ring Gardens, bringing its presence to the awareness of city officials and other neighborhood organizations while garnering further support.  The event helped  clarify the importance of the project within the neighborhood and the region.  Excitement was high for this nationally unique project in the heart of the Twin Cities, see additional information at:

This a video clip from the Three Ring Gardens stop along the Fantastic Urban Futures Bike Tour on October 15 led by Rebar.  Anna Lawrence Bierbrauer and Miss Emily Lowery talk with a community group from Skyline Tower and folks on the Fantastic Futures tour about possibilities for two empty lots next to Gordon Parks High School.  Three Ring Gardens is a SDA proposed community greenspace along the central corridor.  The space could be used to extend Gordon Parks High School’s urban agriculture program and a community gathering space for residents of Skyline Tower and the surrounding area.