Northerly Island Framework Plan to be unveiled

Northerly Island Framework Plan
The Chicago Park District along with JJR and Studio Gang will unveil and present the Northerly Island Framework Plan this week. The island is set to continue the transformation from airport into a lush green oasis for the citizens of Chicago. Northerly Island Planning recently posted some Planning Process Design Images (see above & below) to their Facebook page that gives some clues on what will be unveiled and presented on this Thursday December 2 at 6:30 p.m. at The Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave. on the 1st Floor.

IMAGE SOURCE: Northerly Island Planning Facebook page

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Construction begins on Xian International Horticultural Exhibition

West 8 Garden 10000 Bridges Xian Expo 2011
With just under 150 days to go before the opening of 2011 International Horticultural Exhibition to be held in Xian, China (西安, 陕西) construction is in full swing on the gardens including West 8’s Garden of 10.000 Bridges (pictured above).

Gardens are telling stories; they are poetry and have a narrative. Our garden represents the human life, the path of people’s lifetime. This path is a path of uncertainty and burden. Many bridges over troubled water. The garden design takes this path of life as a meandering, winding road – continuous and like a labyrinth. The path through nature takes you over 10000 bridges.

For the 2011 Xi’an International Horticulture Exhibition, West 8 designed a Master Landscape Architect Garden, that plays with the limits and the sensation of surprise.

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Starr Whitehouse unveils Brooklyn-Queens Expressway options

Recently Starr Whitehouse unveiled three concepts for a section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) – a trenched Interstate (I-278)in New York. The concepts where presented to the community, elected City and Congress officials and representatives from DOT and DPR. Starr Whitehouse developed the designs in consultation with the community through workshops and were seen as ‘…an achievable vision for enhancing the pedestrian and cyclist environment above the BQE, adding green components and improving the physical connection and sociability among adjacent neighborhoods’.

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SRG Partnership will Craft 25-year Oregon Zoo Master Plan

SRG Partnership, a Portland architecture and planning firm, is heading up a world-class team of consultants who will help the Oregon Zoo chart a course for the next 25 years, zoo officials said. SRG, along with CLR Design, Atelier Dreiseitl and a cadre of subconsultants, will spend the next year evaluating zoo operations and creating a master plan for projects funded by the $125 million zoo bond measure passed in 2008. Their plan is expected to be complete by fall 2011.

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The Minneapolis City Council approved the selection of as the landscape architect for the revitalization of Peavey Plaza. The firm was selected for the quality of its design for projects such as Gold Medal Park and Target Plaza in Minneapolis as well as its ability to lead projects involving extensive public participation, such as the new I-35W bridge project in Minneapolis.

Oslund’s team additionally includes Charles Birnbaum of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, M.P. Friedberg, original designer of the plaza, Dan Euser Waterarchitecture and Shuler & Shook Lighting Design. The team’s portfolios of additional projects include the World Trade Center Memorial in New York, Mellon Square Park in Pittsburgh and Battery Park City in New York.

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Land News 26 Nov 2010 – LU vs NU, Revitalization, Minifarms, Awards, New Blog

Land Reader is going weekly – out at the end of each week so you can have a leisurely read over the weekend

LU vs NU
Seems like people can’t get enough of the Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism debate with more people stepping in to give weight to either side.

Urban Omnibus: GSD Throwdown: Battle for the Intellectual Territory of a Sustainable Urbanism

FASLANYC (Blog): NU v. LU: It’s all Copacetic

Landscape+Urbanism (Jason King): Parsley on the Building


Valletta: ‘Genius Loci’ – John Ebejer [Malta Independent Online]
When talking about streets and piazzas, people sometimes refer to a “sense of place” or genius loci. They experience something that goes beyond the physical form of the buildings……..

Israel to unveil new green tunnel in Haifa[ynetnews]
The 3.5-mile route is built atop a former landfill and connects Haifa’s eastern and western districts, redirecting drivers from downtown to an alternative route to the eastern and central parts of the city and Haifa Bay.

When state’s hard up for money, do beautification projects make sense? [star-telegram]
At a time when governments everywhere strain for each dollar, can Texas continue to afford its transportation beautification projects?

Governor Receives Artifacts from New York’s World Trade Center Twin Towers[southern maryland online]
Governor O’Malley today officially accepted artifacts from World Trade Center in New York to Maryland. The twenty-two foot long artifact from the Twin Towers will be the centerpiece of the Maryland 9/11 memorial to be dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy – September 11, 2011. A selection committee will review the qualifications and choose finalists for the memorial in January 2011.

Diversity key to west-side revitalization plan [Indianapolis Business Journal]

Over the last few months, a wave of events has given momentum to grass-roots efforts to revive the West 38th Street corridor and its broader neighborhood, which includes Lafayette Square Mall.

Vacant Lots to be Urban Minifarms [VIDEO]
ESF is involved in a project to transform about a dozen vacant lots at Bellevue and Midland avenues in Syracuse into an urban farm.

Mill River Park Design Wins Award [thedailystamford]
Stamford’s Mill River Park has yet to leave the drawing board, but it’s already winning awards.

D’Iberville draws plans for uptown, downtown areas []
The city has a new comprehensive plan that will lay the groundwork for what it will look like in 20 years.
LANDReader: Would you call this SmartCode growth? [See renders in article]

Jefferson’s Va retreat gets landscape restoration [CBS6]

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is undergoing a restoration of its grounds and gardens, an integral part of the third president’s retirement retreat and an example of how he blended elements of architecture and landscape design.

San Francisco should find new use for news kiosks – []
What will happen to News stands when we’re all reading the news on our iPads?


NEW BLOG: Landscape is Leading
Stijlgroep landscape and urban design has launched a new blog last week.

INTERVIEW: ASLA Dirt Blog: Interview with Caroline Fraser, Author of “Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution”


BOOK REVIEW: (by Business Standard): Finding Delhi: Loss and renewal in the Megacity

VIDEO: Revamp plans show tide is turning in Margate []
This is what Margate will look like after a planned multi-million pound revamp breathes new life into its seafront.

LAND News 19 Nov 2010

Dismal John O’Groats to receive ‘fun’ makeover []
Edinburgh practice GLM has won planning permission for a £6.5 million scheme to revitalise John O’Groats – recently dubbed the most dismal place in Scotland

Development Encroaches on the Southern United States’ Last “Wild” Areas [World Resources Institute]
As a result of rapid development over the last 40 years, the vast majority of land in the southern U.S. has been in some way impacted by humans. Today, only a small amount of land remains in a relatively natural, or “wild”, state.

Syracuse’s South Side will be home to an urban farm tended by teens []
A dozen vacant South Side lots are about to go a little bit country. A partnership is using the site to create an urban farm. One of its purposes is to make better use of vacant land.

Eco-friendly events honor Transatlantic Climate Bridge [lsureveille]
The University launched a series of eco-friendly events this week in honor of the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, an initiative of the German Embassy to foster sustainable living solutions.

Duany Plater-Zyberk win Mandeville city center project [St.Tammy News]
Wednesday, a committee of 10, made up of citizens selected by the two entities, interviewed representatives from three firms, Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co. of Miami; Tunnell-Sprangler and Walsh and Associates of Atlanta; and Dover, Kohl and Partners of Coral Gables, Fla. In the end, Frank Saxton, director of community development for NCF, said the committee decided to go with Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co.

(Ottawa) City rejects alternative Lansdowne plan []
Ottawa’s municipal government says it won’t consider an alternative proposal for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park with less commercial and residential space because the proposal has come to too late in the redevelopment process.

NYRA searching for consultants to guide VLT-funded capital projects at Saratoga Race Course [The Saratogian]
SARATOGA SPRINGS — New York Racing Association hopes to have a team of consultants in place by late January to develop plans for Saratoga Race Course capital improvements.

EVENT: Freshkills Park Talk: Monday, November 22nd
Freshkills Park Talks lecture series resumes next Monday with a talk by Dr. Steven Handel, Director of the Center for Urban Restoration Ecology (CURE) at Rutgers University.

Ex-Director of Miami Art Museum to Curate Biennale in China [New York Times]
Terence Riley, the former director of the Miami Art Museum, has been appointed chief curator for the 2011 edition of the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture.

A Net Zero Office Today [Metropolis Magazine]
The architecture firm HOK has some experience designing sustainable buildings in problem locations. Their design for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest LEED platinum project, and made it to AIA’s list of the top ten green projects of 2010. But this year the firm decided to set itself an even tougher challenge.

Oberlanders Architects wins planning for sweet Edinburgh scheme []
Oberlanders Architects has won planning consent for the Sugarhouse, a £15 million mixed-use development on a sensitive site in Edinburgh’s old town.

A New Way to Plant Urban Trees [The Dirt – ASLA Blog]
At the 2010 GreenBuild, Peter MacDonagh, the Kestler Design Group, James Urban, FASLA, Urban Trees + Soils, and Peter Schaudt, FASLA, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, argued that without new tree planting techniques that use healthy loam soils…….

The Dirt – ASLA Blog has posted a few good posts covering presentations at 2010 GreenBuild in Chicago

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