Downtown Minneapolis playing catchup to the green parks system

Many cities in the world have great parks systems that were well thought out and brilliantly implemented, however the downtown street grids where often forgotten and became more arterial routes for vehicles and pedestrians. Minneapolis is about to change that with Steve Berg of the Minneapolis Post writing in a great article about the greening of Minneapolis that Park Board will plant 500 trees downtown this year to green the streets of the city that needs to attract a middle class population along with new commercial and retail businesses.

Read more at the [MinnPost.com]

Not all abandoned railroads are destined to be the ‘Highline’

Sioux Falls this week removed a section of abandoned railway bridge so that a new pedestrian bridge can be constructed. Which would left me asking  why wouldn’t you re-use the bridge as the pedestrian/cycle bridge? Apparently the old railway bridge acts as a dam during heavy rains causing  flooding in the area. Its a shame to see the bridge torn down lets hope the salvaged steel ends up in the new pedestrian bridge.

The old railway bridge is set to be replaced by a $284,000 200 feet long and 12 feet wide bridge set to be finished by April. Landscape architecture firm Confluence are involved with the bridge design and landscape design.

Read more at the [Argus Leader]

New York Launches NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center

NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center, an initiative to promote the development and commercialization of green building technologies in New York City.  It will connect academic institutions conducting underlying research, companies creating the associated products, and building owners who will use those technologies. Through the Center – a partnership of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Columbia University, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and the City University of New York (CUNY) – green building technology companies that need real-world test sites will be joined with building owners looking to benefit from the latest developments and willing to provide a test environment.

Read more at the NYC Press Release

Competition: Network Reset – rethinking the Chicago Emerald Necklace

MAS Studio and the Chicago Architectural Club are pleased to announce the competition: NETWORK RESET, a single-stage international competition that seeks to provide ideas and actions that can reactivate the Boulevard System of Chicago and rethink its potential role in the city.

Monday February 21, 2011 Submission deadline

More information at the official competition website

An interesting competition and good to see entries will be in digital format – reducing entry costs, waste & CO2 emissions.

Alsop: Landscape architects see themselves as social engineers

Recently in an Will Alsop commented in interview with the Wall Street Journal

“…Current notions about public space have been institutionalized, often by landscape architects, who in my experience often don’t know the names of trees, but see themselves as social engineers. Horrible concept.”

Seems that he hasn’t change his views since the Alsop vs Schwartz debate in 2008.

Read the full interview by Andrew McKie at Wall Street Journal – Building a Brighter Future

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