Our Sustainability team compiled a list of Sustainability Fast Facts to express our involvement with the development of The Commons. The Commons is a 4.2 acre Minneapolis public park located adjacent to the new US Bank Stadium and the Minneapolis Armory. This project was in collaboration with Hargreaves Associates.

Superbowl Sustainability
Posted on 13 February 2018

We are very grateful for the work we have been able to accomplish in 2017. Here’s a look back at some of our Instagram highlights from the year. We look forward to another exciting year in 2018. #2017BestNine

Children’s Hospital – U of M / Skyway Skatepark / Water Works – Site Rendering / Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building – U of M / Water Works – Transformation Tuesday / ACC – U of M / Athlete’s Village – U of M / Wolfe Park Amphitheater / Water Works Public Meeting
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Instagram Roundup

Instagram Roundup – A Year in Review
Posted on 31 December 2017

“To thy colors true we shall ever be, Firm and strong, united are we…”

The letters at the University of University of Minnesota’s Athlete’s Village are being installed today! Athlete’s Village will become the new flagship facility for the entire University of Minnesota Athletics Department. The facility will foster student wellness and development through three new buildings, at the heart of those buildings is the Village Plaza, a place for Gopher Sports to be celebrated for decades to come. Our team thought critically about creating social spaces that support student-athlete life, game day events, recruiting, and year round enjoyment spaces for all visitors. Materials were selected to promote a strong ‘brand’ for Gopher Athletics and reflect the state of Minnesota.

“…Rah for the U of M.



See more about this project from the Fox News Tour.

UPDATE: U of M – Athlete’s Village
Posted on 21 December 2017

The Park Board of Commissioners approved the Schematic Design – Phase 1 plans for the new Water Works site! The board also passed the Letter of Agreement with local restaurant The Sioux Chef whose mission is to “educate and make indigenous foods more accessible” (thesiouxchef). The attached renderings showcase the developed vision for the Mezzanine Phase of the project. The new site will begin construction in the spring 2018 and open in 2019. The north hillside will retain its natural characteristics while including additional plantings for edible and medicinal purposes. For more information, visit The Minneapolis Parks Foundation.

UPDATE: Water Works
Posted on 30 November 2017

Damon Farber is thrilled to see the successful grand opening of the new Webber Park Library! The library, designed by LSE Architects of Minneapolis, is a +8,000 square-foot building. The Star Tribune says “The library’s landscape design, by Jean Garbarini of Damon Farber, takes full advantage of the prominent site, and then some.” The Minnesota newspaper quotes Jean Garbarini by showing her gratitude for the investment and enthusiasm that the community had for the design process and their new library! The library has over 700% more visitors than before the construction.


Read more about this project from Star Tribune.


In the News!
Posted on 16 November 2017

In a huge collaborative volunteer effort, ASLA MN created a 130 foot long temporary park in Minneapolis’s North Loop – for one day only. Park(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event that highlights the importance of public open space by temporarily transforming street parking stalls into PARKS (see this link for more – https://asla.org/contentdetail.aspx?id=46872) . Liz is on the board of ASLA MN, and she helped pull the team together to complete the park. Over 200 plants were donated from Bachmans, and benches and other parts of the park were loaned or donated from many different manufacturers and offices. We think the finished park was a huge success, with neighbors asking why the park was only around for one day.

ASLA Parking Day – 2017
Posted on 21 September 2017

Landscape Architects have the unique opportunity to advocate for pollinators through design, planting plans, and plant management! Join us at the 2017 Pollinator Summit at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Friday, September 17th to hear new research and ideas from experts. The Summit is an exciting time to discuss the influence that Landscape Architects have on the pollinator communities. For more information, visit the Minnesota Arboretum!

2017 Pollinator Summit!
Posted on 7 September 2017

Water Works Park was recently recognized in the Star Tribune! The article presented the new updates of the project since the last public meeting in May. “The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approved revised plans this week for the park at the western end of the Stone Arch Bridge. The vision for the $30 million transformation also includes a hillside performance space and a play area” (Star Tribune). The new plans will include spaces for public gatherings, hillside activities, lawn space, and access to the Mississippi River. The building will be constructed within the foundation of the historic Fuji Ya building. Kate Lamers, of the Park Board said, “We wanted this site to be more about parks than about architecture, and people felt this was a good way to both minimize how much architecture is on the site and a compelling way to use the mill foundations,” Lamers said. We will continue to provide updates to the project!

City Pages Link

skatepark city pages

In the News!
Posted on 12 June 2017

Kangaroo Crossing / #WALKMPLS  / U of M Ambulatory Care Center / U of M Ambulatory Care Center / Downtown Skyway Skatepark / Water Works Public Meeting / Water Works Transformation Tuesday / Minnesota’s Birthday – Granite Falls / U of M – Athlete’s Village

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Jan 1-13

Instagram Roundup
Posted on 6 June 2017

Damon Farber was recognized in City Pages for our involvement with an exciting new design for a downtown skatepark, which will be built under the skyway adjacent to our office! “The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) owns this vacant lot, but hasn’t known what to do with it for a long time. Downtown Minneapolis business associations couldn’t find anyone with a vision of making it into something useful. Until Midwest Skateboarding Alliance came along” (City Pages). The Midwest Skateboarding Alliance and Damon Farber agree that the park could include a designated area for dog walking, and seating for the future food truck population in the Warehouse District. The park will even include great spaces to enhance game day experiences for Twins fans in the neighborhood.

City Pages Link

skatepark city pages

In the News!
Posted on 23 May 2017

Water Works Design

Damon Farber, along with our project team, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation unveiled the latest concepts for Water Works earlier this week at two community meetings. Attendance was high for all events which included a presentation at Mill City Museum, a walking tour of the site, and open house held at Crown Roller Mill. It is exciting to have the community take such a strong interest in shaping Minneapolis’ next signature park. Throughout concept development, our team has strived to create a place to experience the rich past and cultural layering of the historically significant Water Works site. The design reflects a welcoming and comfortable park that will serve our diverse Minneapolis community today and into the future. It will be a place to pause, gather, learn, and reinforce the connection between our city and the Mississippi River. If you missed the meetings it’s not too late to submit your comments. An online survey is available here until May 21st.

Check out the concept design here.

Water Works Park Community Meeting

Water Works Park Community Meeting

Water Works Park Community Meeting

Water Works Park Community Meeting

The University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab was in the news this weekend on Grow with Kare 11 last Saturday. The news clip presents some of the research that happens inside the building, while also giving credit to the landscape around the research lab. “Outside the lab, the building will be surrounded by flowers that provide nectar and pollen, the food needed for bees, also a place for them to live” (Kare 11).

Kare 11 Video Link


In the News!
Posted on 7 March 2017

Friday Night Lights – Maple Grove / Microbiology – U of M / Maple Grove News / Gateway Park / Maple Grove / Target Corporate / Follow us @damonfarber for daily inspiration

Instagram Roundup

Instagram Roundup
Posted on 10 February 2017

The Maple Grove Central Park was recognized by Fox News this week, as the only outdoor refrigerated ice rink in the state! The new skating loop is an amazing winter attraction in the metro area. The warming house, designed by U + B Architects, is equipped with an ice skate rental area, concessions area for hot chocolate and snacks, and a fireplace to warm up after a fun afternoon skate. If the weather begins to warm up, the skating loop can remain open because of its refrigeration system. Go check it out!

Maple Grove Central Park

Maple Grove Central Park

maple grove central park ice skating loop

In the News!
Posted on 9 February 2017

Sketch Poll / Urban Bosque / Transformation Tuesday UST Grotto / Minnesota Zoo Play Area / St. Louis Veteran’s Memorial Park Sketch / University of Minnesota – BDD / Minnesota Zoo Labyrinth Garden / Landscape Structures INC. 2017 Catalog Cover / Friday Night Lights – St. Louis Park

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Jan 1-13

Instagram Roundup
Posted on 27 January 2017

In 2015 Damon Farber completed development of a $15 million urban park intended to provide Maple Grove’s developing downtown civic, retail and residential core with a lush, energized green space that builds upon its extensive pedestrian trail system and chain of lakes. The project is attracting national press as an iconic regional outdoor destination, and provides 40 acres of passive and active recreational amenities. One of the most notable features is a highly customized play environment that was a true collaboration between Damon Farber and Landscape Structures Inc.  Landscape Structures featured the Maple Grove Central Park play area as the cover photograph in the 2017 annual catalog. Among many of Landscape Structures’ terrific projects, the playground at Maple Grove is intended for people of all ages to “play today!” We are very grateful for the relationship we have with Landscape Structures, the City of Maple Grove, and other contributors to this project!

Maple Grove Central Park

Jean Garbarini Landcape Architect

The Front Page!
Posted on 26 January 2017

Nic on Fifth / Hanifl Family Woods / Friday Vibes Sketch / Northrop Planning Historical Map / Sketch / Wilder Foundation / Transformation Tuesday – Pleasant Street / #2016BestNine / Maple Grove Central Park

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Jan 1-13

Instagram Roundup
Posted on 13 January 2017

Hanifl Family Wild Woods / Custom Designed Bench / Maple Grove Library / Maple Grove Library 2 / Annual Color / Eldon Siehl Opening / Changing Seasons / Have a Seat / Plumeria

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Instagram Roundup
Posted on 30 December 2016

We are pleased to announce Jean Garbarini has been promoted to principal. Jean’s career has spanned over 25 years as a practicing Landscape Architect. Her portfolio of award winning work encompasses a broad range of project types including corporate campuses, higher education, parks and cultural landscapes. Her commitment to working collaboratively with clients to seek innovative, sustainable, and ground-breaking results has made her a highly sought after designer. We are excited to have Jean move into this leadership position and look forward to the projects she will bring to life in the coming years. Her many accomplishments include:

Milwaukee Veterans Campus / Track 29 Apartments / Itasca Biological Station Cultural Resource Survey + Management Plan / Shaw Point, Sand Island Cultural Landscape Study

Jean Garbarini Landcape Architect

Congrats to Jean Garbarini, Principal
Posted on 30 December 2016

Our team and skills are constantly growing at DF/. We’re very excited to welcome three new designers to our team. Jodi Refsland comes to us with a strong background in architecture, ecology, and landscape restoration and we are thrilled to have her on board. Kevin Henn joined us in September. We somehow convinced him to move to Minneapolis from sunny San Diego and he brings strong 3D rendering capabilities. Most recently, we welcomed Brian Doucette, who is expanding our program capabilities with experience in Revit. Brian has worked in the area as a landscape architect for nearly 8 years.

Read more about their experience here >

welcome to the team

Welcome Jodi, Kevin + Brian
Posted on 28 December 2016

The Commons is officially open! We jumped on the LRT last Thursday to join the festivities and play some frisbee with Mayor Betsy Hodges. Parks are exciting projects for landscape architects- we get to experience our hard work as the primary user as well as observe how a diverse group of people experience it over a long period of time. It brings the design process full circle. It was also great to look up from the construction management process (alongside design firm Hargreaves Associates) to take-in the big vision and some sunshine. The second block of The Commons is set to open next month.




Take a Stroll through The Commons
Posted on 27 July 2016

welcome and congrats

We’re growing our team and skills here at DF! Congratulations to Lance Schuer on his recent promotion to Senior Associate. Lance is running multiple projects at the University of Minnesota, overseeing construction of a new trail at Shingle Creek, and expertly photographing many of our projects. We’re also pleased to announce the addition of two designers to our team. Andrew Montgomery is our newest associate landscape designer and he’s already jumped into at least five different projects. Just last week, we welcomed Chris Sticha, an MLA student who will be our summer intern.

Congrats + Welcome
Posted on 31 May 2016

Ryan Construction is hard at work building Downtown East Commons and we can’t wait to see it through to completion! The 4.2 acre park will be one of the largest open spaces in downtown as well as the largest park constructed in Minneapolis in over a decade. We’ve been working as the local design firm, alongside project lead and award-winning design firm Hargreaves Associates, providing extensive on-site construction oversight. The site is undergoing dramatic changes everyday as the construction crew progresses toward the grand opening on July 22.

More photos here >

Downtown East Commons Park

Downtown East Commons Park

Downtown East Commons Progress
Posted on 26 May 2016

This past week we were excited to take home an ASLA-MN Merit Award for the Hanifl Family Wild Woods project at the Minnesota Zoo! We were thrilled to celebrate the award ceremony with our fellow Minnesota landscape architects, and all of the great work coming out of our state.

More about this project can be found here >


ASLA-MN Merit Award
Posted on 19 April 2016

Downtown East is bustling with activity as construction moves forward. With over 180 trees selected for the site from all over the Midwest, 2/3 have already been delivered! We are excited that the park will not only add recreational and green space to Minneapolis, but a continued thread of urban tree canopy.

Planting will commence next week!




Downtown East Update
Posted on 14 April 2016