Weiming Lu – Urban Planner/Calligrapher


Objectives: In the 1960’s, Weiming Lu developed a city plan in Minneapolis that led to important legislation throughout Minnesota to restore its warehouses and led to work to build Saint Paul’s arts district. Learn about his multifaceted career and explore the process of urban planning.

Tools/Resources: Pen and paper.


1) Watch the segment and discuss:

a. How has Weiming Lu stayed connected to tradition while also embracing modern technology?
b. Why is that important to him?
c. How has this ability to embrace old and new, East and West, enhanced his personal and professional work?

2) Weiming Lu played a pivotal role in revitalizing the Lowertown neighborhood in downtown Saint Paul, MN.

a. What do you value most in your neighborhood?
b. How would you describe your neighborhood to someone who had never been there?
c. What would you want to protect and/or rehabilitate?
d. Create a proposal for a marketing campaign featuring your neighborhood that includes:

i. What makes your neighborhood special?
ii. Why would someone want to live there?
iii. How do you plan to make your neighborhood a better place?

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