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Weiming Lu papers

Identifier: N279

Scope and Content Note

The collection reflects Lu's experience working on urban planning projects world wide. The collection includes administrative materials for projects such as: correspondence, reports, publicity, papers, and planning documents. Professional work materials include lectures, conference information, and publications from both Weiming Lu as well as fellow colleagues. Personal papers include personal correspondence and cards. Audio and visual materials include CDs, tapes, hard disks, and slides. Publications and clippings include materials in both English and Mandarin and cover subjects across urban design.


  • 1953-2013

Language of Materials

Materials in English and Mandarin.

Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Archives and Special Collections reading room. Advance notice is requested.

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the use of materials in this collection.

Biographical Note

Weiming Lu is an internationally recognized urban planner and designer well known for his expertise blending original and new design. Born in Shanghai, China, his family fled to Taiwan in 1949 amid political unrest. After receiving a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Cheng-Kung University, Lu attended the University of Minnesota, receiving a master of science degree in 1954. Lu then received a scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and pursued his master’s degree in Regional Planning in 1957 from the Department of City and Regional Planning. He returned to Minneapolis in 1959 to join the city planning department. His career took him to planning positions around the country. In Minneapolis Lu worked on Nicollet Mall, the skyway system, and co-authored the Metro 85 plan, which acted as the blueprint for Minneapolis urban planning in the 1970s. In 1979 Lu served as Deputy Director for Urban Design for the Lowertown Redevelopment Corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Lu has also served as a consultant and advisor on numerous public and private projects in the United States and abroad, including the reconstruction of South Central Los Angeles following the 1992 riots, and the United Nations Planning Team in Taiwan. Lu served as a member of the jury for the international design competition for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. His career includes extensive writing on urban planning and lectures around the world. Lu is also an accomplished Chinese calligrapher whose work has been exhibited at art galleries.


90 boxes (88.5 linear feet)


This collection consists of materials documenting Weiming Lu's extensive professional career as an urban planner in the United States as well as internationally.


This collection is divided into series:

Series 1: Urban Planning Projects

-- Subseries 1: International Projects

-- Subseries 2: United States Projects

-- Subseries 3: Lowertown Redevelopment Corporation

Series 2: Professional Work

-- Subseries 1: Consulting and Special Projects

-- Subseries 2: Lectures, Conferences, and Publications

Series 3: Personal Papers

Series 4: Audio and Visual Materials

Series 5: Publications and Clippings


This collection was donated to the Archives by Weiming Lu in 2014 and 2015.

Related Material

Weiming Lu Papers at the Minnesota Historical Society can be found at:

Weiming Lu papers, 1953-2013
Finding aid created by Kate Dietrick
October 2015
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Finding aid written in English

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