LAND News 19 Nov 2010

Dismal John O’Groats to receive ‘fun’ makeover [bdonline.co.uk]
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 [syracuse.com]
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 [cbc.ca]
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 [bdonline.co.uk]
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

McGregor Coxall Wins International Waterfront Design Honour Award for Ballast Point Park Sydney

Ballast-Point-Park-Sydney

Ballast-Point-Park-Sydney

Philip Coxall of McGregor Coxall and the project client, Di Talty of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority were presented the award in Baltimore.

McGregor Coxall a leading Australian Urban Design and Landscape Architecture studio from Sydney was awarded the highest honour for their 2.5 hectare Ballast Point Park project in Birchgrove on Sydney Harbour. Director Philip Coxall of McGregor Coxalland the project client, Di Talty of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority were presented the award in Baltimore.

The Annual International Waterfront Centre Award was announced in Baltimore USA on the 5th of November at the Urban Waterfronts International Conference on Waterfront Planning, Development and Culture.  Benchmark waterfront projects from around the world including England, China, Canada and the USA were recognized for excellence.

The winning Ballast Point Park project, completed in 2009 is located on the former contaminated Caltex lubricant production facility site on the Birchgrove Peninsula in Sydney’s inner western harbour suburb of Balmain. Owned by Caltex from the 1920’s until 2002, the site has a rich history from aboriginal occupation, the privately owned gentleman’s residence ’Menevia’ of the 1860’s, to a quarry for ship ballast and finally an industrial lube oil facility.

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Land News 18 Nov 2010

James Howard Kunstler: The World is Going to Get Rounder and Bigger Again

Chris Martenson of Business Insider interviews James Howard Kunstler about oil, food, neighborhoods, economy and energy. The best quote from the interview

It ought to be self-evident. I mean, compare Phoenix and Portland, Oregon. Phoenix is utterly toast in a few years. They can’t grow any food there without expensive and heroic irrigation. They have water problems. They’re slaves to their cars. They’re in a place where even the hamburger flippers need air-conditioning to survive. It’s quite hopeless there. Portland, on the other hand, has turned itself into one of the finest walkable cities in the USA……

Read the full article at [Business Insider]

Rust Belt Cities Demolish Homes as Foreclosures Blight Cleveland, Detroit [Bloomberg]
Cleveland’s population has been shrinking for 60 years as the city lost manufacturing jobs. Now, after more than 33,000 foreclosures since 2005, it’s demolishing hundreds of deserted, derelict homes.

Lane-storming: Cities drive new ideas about public space [Globe&Mail]
A line has been drawn in the battle over city streets. On a busy Manhattan morning this spring, a comedy troupe drew a chalk divide down the edge of Fifth Avenue, creating one lane for “tourists” and another for “New Yorkers.” It was just a joke, but the news quickly spread around the world and inspired copycat initiatives.

College unveils Landscape Master Plan [Miscellany News] to be officially revealed next week

According to Urbanski, Van Valkenburgh (MVVA) approaches each institution individually, looking for a custom fit. “We don’t have a formulaic approach,” he said, “and that’s a loaded statement.” This approach, he said, separates Van Valkenburgh from other similar companies.

Shops and cafes along state roads of Armenia to have single architectural style
uring the November 18 sitting, the Armenian government approved introduction of a catalogue for architectural designs of trade and service facilities located at territories adjacent to the state and international roads.

Surbana International Consultants win Skyrise Greenery Awards 2010 [World Architecture News]

Seattle’s live-work spaces: Commuting is such a breeze [Crosscut]

Green roofs and rooftop gardens [KYPost]

Santa Monica Palisades Garden Walk + Town Square

Palisades Walk + Town Square
The design for Palisades Garden Walk + Town Square has been shaped by an intense and collaborative community process and inspired by the California Arroyo Landscape.   The resultant design scheme, the “Arroyo Wash,” presents a park that will be the new heart of the city.  Fluid braided pathways appear to organically emerge from the entrance of City Hall extending outward and connecting neighborhoods with the Pier, the beach, and civic campus.  Linear rolling topography reinforces the softness of the circulatory system and creates a series of “bluffs” that host overlooks and framed views of the city.   Carved into the rolling topography are a series of “bays” that organize the site’s program and include space for small events and performances, an outdoor café, gardens, play spaces, and bike kiosks.

Palisades Walk + Town Square
Water elements within the park also originate in Town Square and, through a series of runnels, extend into the serpentine, flowing topography of Palisades Garden Walk with increasing turbulence that ultimately softens the sound of traffic along the Ocean Avenue, on the site’s westernmost edge.  An overhead lighting trellis also creates strong linkage between Town Square and Palisades Garden Walk and will be a feature element at the Corner of Ocean and Colorado Avenues.

For more images and information

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LAND News 17 Nov 2010

Planning for B.C.’s biggest city – [Surrey Leader]

MSU Study: Urban farming could be big boost to Detroit’s diet – [Michigan Radio]

What about “shapes of avoidance” on the landscape? – [SeattlePI]

Re-Detroit: Seeking the vision for a revitalized city – [Metrotimes.com]

Dublin shops to get deliveries by bicycle – [thejournal.ie]

Quadrangle Architects wins urban intensification award for Downtown Markham project [Daily Commercial News & Construction Record]

Greenville cyclists set ideas in motion on lane plan for city – [greenville online]

Britain’s streets to be lit by the power of the sun – even at night [Solar Power Portal]

Can a remodeled (Madison) Central Library attract public and accommodate homeless?

Designer says windfarm to have limited visibility – [The Press & Journal]

Landscape architect outlines upgrades for Lynn Common – [Itemlive.com]

Two BSU students named Rhodes Scholarship finalists – [The Star Press]

Breathing new life into MacCabe Park – [Illwarra Mercury]

Examiner Editorial: A roadmap to save America’s cities – [Washington Examiner]

Muskegon’s Ruddiman Creek to undergo second round of restoration work – [mlive.com]

Syracuse University spurring revitalisation through Urban Intervention

The Toshiko Mori designed Syracuse Center of Excellence recently opened with its ramped green roof and ecological architecture that may give it a Platinum LEED Rating. Stephen Zacks a reporter at Metropolis Magazine looks into the new building and the role of Mark Robbins and his “opportunistic urbanism” in revitalising the struggling rust belt city of Syracuse.

It’s all excellent as ecological architecture, but it would be perfectly ordinary as urbanism if it were an isolated project. What’s exceptional is the extent to which the building anchors a larger vision for the city and the neighborhood, as put forth by Robbins, who led the architect-selection process.

Read more at Urban Intervention – Stephen Zacks at Metropolis Magazine

Land News 16 Nov 2010

Students plan West Campus – Yale News

Two landscape management courses (Ecological Urbanism and Management Plans for Protected Areas) in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies are developing plans this semester to make West Campus — Yale’s burgeoning site in West Haven for science research and the arts — more integrated with the natural lands surrounding it.

Public get chance to see £10m public realm plans – [Manchester Confidential]
Greengate is a major regeneration scheme on the edge of Manchester city centre, which will see 13 hectares of derelict brownfield land turned into a major mixed-use development, including new public realm. The public are invited to view the plans at The Premier Inn, Deansgate on Wednesday 24th November. There will be a staffed exhibition stand between 7am – 10am, 12pm – 2pm and between 5pm – 7pm, for questions from the public.
We will try and get plans and post them to World Landscape Architect

Guerrilla Urban Planning Meets Resistance – India RealTime Blog on Wall Street Journal
WSJ looks at the what occurs when 35 architects, planners and artists called Urban Typhoon try to get residents involved in changing their neighborhoods.  Article also includes a video.

Planning expert tells Aussies to slum it [ABC News]
As we reported yesterday the City of the Future: Australian & US Perspectives conference is being held in Brisbane and in follow up reports in the news John Norquist, the president of the United States Congress for New Urbanism was reported as “Mr Norquist points to Rio’s favalas as examples of functional communities and says the informal arrangements made in slums are a good model for how councils can improve zoning laws.”

Beijing initiates pilot public bike rental service project

The city reknowned world wide for its bicycles and images over the decades of people riding bikes is launching a public bike rental scheme – Shanghai, Hangzhou and other chinese cities already have schemes in place. Four areas will be used as a trial and 273 outlets will be built and stationed near Line 4 & 5 Subway stations.

New Book: GSD Platform 3 – Available Now from Actar or  December 1, 2010 through Amazon $34.95USD
is a selection of work produced during the 2009-2010 academic year of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the potential of that work to address broader questions and inform global initiatives.

Exhibition: GSD Platform 3
GSD Platform 3 is also an  Exhibition is being held at Gund Hall Lobby from November 1 – December 19, 2010

Event: Lewis Lapham – What Makes a City Great – Central Library Kansas City 6:30pm  [via Kansas Star]

New Yorkers to choose Taxi of Tomorrow [NYC.gov]
Personally I would go with the Ford Transit. Similar vehicle to the 4000 VW Touran taxis that were introduced for  Shanghai for Expo 2010.

Other Links

At least $132 million coming to coast to rebuild Katrina-damaged homes [gulflive.com]

Moscow mayor calls his city’s planning “a collection of faults” [Xinhua]

Futuristic Solar Skyscraper Wins the Taiwan Tower Competition – [Inhabitat]

The American Institute of Architects, California Council, Announces Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, as the 2011 Firm Award Recipient

Huangshan to Build Cultural Tourism Complex – [Anhui News]
$597 millionUSD investment in 180 hectares – 26 projects

Stirring the Basin – [ABC]
Australian farmer talks about the Murray-Darling Basin plan and water in Australia

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