MRDC | TLS/KVA: RIVERFIRST

Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition Finalist
Minneapolis River Design Competition - Tom Leader Studio

RIVERFIRST restores and expands the idea of confluence to include the joining of healthy bio-filtered storm water tributaries with the river, flows of transportation and information, flows of people, capital and green revenue sources. We join renewal of the Minneapolis riverfront with municipal needs to grow a green economy, provide jobs, join communities with healthy local food and improve the ecological health of the Mississippi River in the 21st century.
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MRDC | Stoss Landscape Urbanism: STREAMLINES

Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition Finalist

Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition - STOSS Landscape Urbanism

STREAMLINES is about the sheer unfiltered experience of direct contact with the river and river life, in many ways, atmultiple moments. And it’s about weaving these experiencesback into the everyday city. STREAMLINES is also a project about working ecologies, ecological systems and dynamics putto work to clean, to re-constitute this working riverfront, andto guide a longer-term transformation of the city fabric.

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Michael Van Valkenburgh receives the Brendan Gill Prize for BBP

Michael R. Van Valkenburgh received the Brendan Gill Prize for the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Past winners of the Brendan Gill Prize, including musician Sufjan Stevens and film director Ang Lee, have received the award for a broad range of artistic achievement, but Urbanski said that it is rare that it is given for landscape architecture.

“It’s quite an honor for a landscape architect,” he said. “We get awards for our work, but the Brendan Gill award is an artistic merit award.”

Van Valkenburgh said that he felt that receiving an award that had previously been awarded to artists in so many different disciplines was a tribute to landscape architecture.

SOURCE: The Harvard Crimson

Lisbon Architecture: Neglect, Conservation, Demolition, Renewal or Urban Art – what are the alternatives?

John Chamberlain at the Guardian writes that “Officially sanctioned graffiti artists are not the answer to revitalising a beautiful city” when responding to recent Guardian travel article by Rachel Dixon –  Urban splash: street art in Lisbon in which she tours Lisbon and looks at the recent move by Crono Project to transform derelict buildings into large urban art pieces with graffiti and stencilling.

So what to do with derelict buildings awaiting demolition or a new lease on life?

More Landscape Urbanism

Jason King of landscape+urbanism has posted Urbanism Wars: AD vs CW – his take on the current debate and also given a great summary of recent landscape urbanism and LU vs NU posts and articles.

Jonathan Clarke at Landscape PING just wrote his take on The Landscape Urbanism Reader. Interesting read and precursor to our upcoming posts from READING THE LANDSCAPE.

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