14th Street Initiative Urban Design Guidelines | Denver Colorado | studioINSITE

14th Street Initiative Urban Design Guidelines | Denver Colorado | studioINSITE

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studioINSITE was commissioned to develop a design vision for 14th Street redevelopment in Downtown Denver – a process which began with the 14th Street Initiative. Hired to establish a set of design guidelines to direct the future of 14th Street redevelopment, the project spans 12 linear city blocks between Market Street and Colfax Avenue in downtown Denver. In consideration of adjacent programming, including numerous hotels, the Colorado Convention Center, The Denver Performing Arts Complex, restaurants and a variety other resources for tourism and arts in Denver, the goal was to establish 14th street as a “cultural spine”, adding new streetscape amenities, accommodating existing light-rail and future bicycle traffic, and contributing to the overall improvement of downtown Denver’s physical environment. As a follow-up to the Initiative, studioINSITE  led a Feasibility Study to compare initiative ideas with actual survey information. The resulting information was used to determine the feasibility of the larger conceptual plan to expand sidewalks and curbs on the north side.

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Erie Street Plaza | Milwaukee Wisconsin | Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Erie Street Plaza

The variegated surface extends into the steel marsh, which collects and cleans stormwater from the site. ©Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Erie Street Plaza is a small urban plaza in the Historic Third Ward district of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The 13,000-square-foot plaza lies at the point where the Milwaukee River meets the Federal Channel as it empties into Lake Michigan. It is the final link in a series of public space activators along the Milwaukee Riverwalk, a three-mile pedestrian and bicycle corridor that connects downtown Milwaukee to the emerging and redeveloping Third Ward, Beerline Districts, and the lakefront beyond. At the beginning of the project’s design, the future of Erie Street Plaza – its users, its function, its programming, even its necessity – were undecided. The urban context was generally one of infrastructure and industry; the site lacked neighbors and potential users. The site itself was a surface parking lot, subject to harsh environmental conditions, including high winds off the lake. Who is it for? How will it be used? This uncertainty, this open-endedness, was at the core of its design.

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Santa Monica Palisades Garden Walk & Town Square Update

Santa Monica Town Square

Revised Santa Monica Town Square design ©James Corner Field Operations

Last November we published the design concept for Santa Monica Palisades Garden Walk & Town Square  by James Corner Field Operations. Recently, we learnt that the design for the Town Square has since been updated to reflect the Landmarks Commission conditions to be granted a Certificate Of Appropriateness  “the retention, rehabilitation and/or relocation of certain existing historic character defining elements of the site, in addition to reconfiguring the site topography and grade, the installation of new landscaping and hardscape materials, a central water feature, new benches and seat walls, and lighting. Pursuant to Santa Monica Municipal Code, a Certificate of Appropriateness is required for any proposed alterations in whole or in part, of or to a Landmark or Landmark Parcel”.  The design is currently waiting for final approval from the City Council.
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2011 IFLA World Congress | Interview with Bruno Marques, organizer of EFLA Regional Congress

Laure Aubert is a landscape architect working in Germany who attended the 2011 IFLA Congress in Zurich. Laure interviewed various Congress attendees which we will feature over the next two weeks.

Bruno Marques at EFLA stand at 2011 IFLA Congress Zurich ©Laure Aubert

Bruno Marques is responsible organizer of the upcoming EFLA Regional Congress “Mind the Gap. Landscapes for a New Era”.and answers on behalf the Estonian Landscape Architects‟ Union. The EFLA Regional Congress is being held in Tallinn-Estonia, from 2-4 November.

Why was it important for you to attend the IFLA Congress? 
The importance of attending the IFLA World Congress in Zürich relies in the biggest event of our profession that gathers professionals from all over the globe, with different backgrounds, different cultures, but at the same time connected by only one thing: the profession. I think these events are really important, for one hand to learn something new and to see what exciting has been done over the last years in the field, for other hand to reunite with friends and colleagues. In Zurich, I especially enjoyed the amazing organization, the wide range of events and above all, to see lots of students. That gives me some trust that our profession will continue to exist and develop in the future.

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ENTER \ \ SHIFT | Long Island | Gordana Marjanovic

ENTER \ \ SHIFT | Long Island | Gordana Marjanovic

INTERVENTION
The present state of the selected sites includes dominant traffic infrastructure (vast parking lots) and the railroad as a barrier. There is no public space and sparse green can be found. The problems that rise from here are: non-attractiveness of the space, decreased feeling of safety, and environmental problems, such as non-permeable soil and disturbed microclimate. Intervention in these areas encompasses reorganization of parking lots (moving underground), which leaves the ground free for people and for public spaces. This space is used for establishing green structures that improve the environmental condition, and provide people with necessary contact with nature and room for socialization. The areas of intervention are mainly large centers with a high number of commuters.

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