Blackpool remains the UK’s leading seaside resort but visitor numbers have almost halved over the past twenty years and regeneration of the seafront and town has become essential. A major investment in coastal defence infrastructure has provided the catalyst for regeneration with the creation of a 3 kilometre long series of headlands and connecting promenades providing the space for the ‘People’s Playground’ as well as essential protection against rising sea levels and storm flooding.
Continue reading Tower Festival Headland | Blackpool UK | LDA Design
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The Urban Landscaper | William S. Saunders | Harvard Magazine
Michael Van Valkenburgh Profile
Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture | Eric Jaffe | Fast Co. Design
Recently neuroscientists have shown that this affection for curves isn’t just a matter of personal taste; it’s hard-wired into the brain.
Urban planning often a vehicle for obstruction | Robert Nelson | The Age
Planning Australian cities is good in theory, but there’s a catch. No one will agree with the plan. They’ll hate it and will even deny that it’s a plan at all. It’s a farce, a charade, a strategy full of holes and inconsistencies. It isn’t a ”real” plan.
National Park Service Reopens All National Parks | NPS
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced that as a result of the passage of a continuing resolution providing federal appropriations, the National Park Service have resumed operations effective October 17.
Martin Barry on Radio Prague podcast
A profile of New York-based landscape architect Martin Barry who last year launched a new festival and conference in Prague called reSITE, focussing on urbanism and rethinking the public space.
How research ecologists can benefit urban design projects | Eurekaa alert
Ecologists conducting field research usually study areas that they hope won’t be disturbed for a while. But in an article published in the November issue of BioScience, “Mapping the Design Process for Urban Ecology Researchers,” Alexander Felson of Yale University and his colleagues describe how ecologists can perform hypothesis-driven research from the start of design through the construction and monitoring phases of major urban projects.
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In the Chilean Patagonia, the ecosystem is anything but pristine. Fires ravaged much of the bountiful woodlands in the rugged and remote province of Aysen in a mid-century effort to create grazing land, but instead left countless miles of barren land. Now, a proposal for a series of dams on the mighty Pascua and Baker rivers, Chile’s largest, has proven highly controversial for its potential economic and socio-cultural impacts.
Continue reading STUDENT | Claiming Productive Ground | Dane Carlson
Brussels’ premiere commercial street, Rue Neuve, is in urgent need of a facelift. The City of Brussels thus conceived of a redevelopment process with two objectives. Firstly a masterplan to develop strategic projects to give a mixed identity to the entire district with an emphasis on diversifying the trade program, increasing mixed functions such as residential space finally to connect with surrounding functions.
Continue reading Team BUUR / LATZ + Partners wins Rue Neuve Brussels Design Competition
The Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing is the first component in a larger scheme to provide interpretation, accessibility, and environmental control for Crothers’ Wood — one of the few remaining fragments of Carolinian forest in Toronto and throughout Canada. The site has been designated an Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and is part of the City of Toronto’s Terrestrial Natural Heritage System along the East Don River Valley.
Continue reading Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing | Toronto Canada | PLANT Architect