HNTB & MVVA win ARC Wildlife Crossing Competition

January 24, 2011,AEDT

Announced in Washington DC at the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Conference on January 23rd, 2011, the ARC jury of internationally-respected professionals with expertise in design, ecology, and engineering selected the team led by HNTB with Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates (New York) as the winner of the ARC International Design Competition.

Speck: Cars are a greater risk than crime to pedestrians

January 23, 2011,AEDT

Jeff Speck of Speck Associates recently gave a presentation at the University Park Alliance as apart of the Urban Innovators Speakers series. Speck  stated that “Most American cities have been shaped around the automobile” and “Cars are a greater risk than crime” to pedestrians. He also spoke about the need | Read More

Adriaan Geuze: ‘Parks are like poetry and music’

January 23, 2011,AEDT

Adriaan Geuze, founding partner of WEST 8 was recently interviewed in 60 seconds by Wall Street Journal. Adriaan talks about European and American landscapes and gives some interesting insights into his personal life and landscape architecture. The insight I like most in the interview is Parks are like poetry and | Read More

Hume: local food — it’s an urban design issue

January 22, 2011,AEDT

Food Security, Urban Farms and Rooftop Agriculture are all topics that becoming more prevalent in people conversations about the landscape and urban design.  Gord Hume, an former councilor and author of Cultural Planning for Creative Communities recently gave a keynote speech where he stated “Local government has to make the provisions for | Read More

Chicago Rarities hoping for an Urban Orchard at Logan Square

January 21, 2011,AEDT

Chicago Rarities Orchard Project is a non-profit organization founded to establish community rare-fruit orchards in Chicago. There current project is Logan Square an abandoned lot that Chicao Rarities hopes to turn into a community orchard and plaza. Currently they are working with the City of Chicago and Altamanu planning + landscape | Read More

Downtown Minneapolis playing catchup to the green parks system

January 21, 2011,AEDT

Many cities in the world have great parks systems that were well thought out and brilliantly implemented, however the downtown street grids where often forgotten and became more arterial routes for vehicles and pedestrians. Minneapolis is about to change that with Steve Berg of the Minneapolis Post writing in a great article | Read More

Not all abandoned railroads are destined to be the ‘Highline’

January 21, 2011,AEDT

Sioux Falls this week removed a section of abandoned railway bridge so that a new pedestrian bridge can be constructed. Which would left me asking  why wouldn’t you re-use the bridge as the pedestrian/cycle bridge? Apparently the old railway bridge acts as a dam during heavy rains causing  flooding in the area. Its | Read More

New York Launches NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center

January 21, 2011,AEDT

NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center, an initiative to promote the development and commercialization of green building technologies in New York City.  It will connect academic institutions conducting underlying research, companies creating the associated products, and building owners who will use those technologies. Through the Center – a partnership of the New | Read More

Competition: Network Reset – rethinking the Chicago Emerald Necklace

January 21, 2011,AEDT

MAS Studio and the Chicago Architectural Club are pleased to announce the competition: NETWORK RESET, a single-stage international competition that seeks to provide ideas and actions that can reactivate the Boulevard System of Chicago and rethink its potential role in the city. Monday February 21, 2011 Submission deadline More information | Read More

Alsop: Landscape architects see themselves as social engineers

January 21, 2011,AEDT

Recently in an Will Alsop commented in interview with the Wall Street Journal “…Current notions about public space have been institutionalized, often by landscape architects, who in my experience often don’t know the names of trees, but see themselves as social engineers. Horrible concept.” Seems that he hasn’t change his views | Read More

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