One Town, Two Parks, Two different approaches – Martha Schwartz & Phil Heaton

This video is extracts from the Channel 4 series ‘Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan’ shows the two different approaches from Martha Schwartz and Phil Heaton in the regeneration of former mining town Castleford in Yorkshire, filmed for a 4-part series screened in 2008.

The footage shows the process and a follow up two years after the projects where constructed. The final result is an interesting look at urban regeneration in the UK.

Phil Heaton on TV from phil heaton on Vimeo.

SvR gives transparency to Bell Street Park design

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SvR - Bell Street Park transparent model

Seattle-based SvR is currently leading the design and engineering of the innovative Bell Street Park, a 3-block hybrid of park activities and street functions. The project will give an outdoor living room to residents of Belltown, one of Seattle’s densest neighborhoods, while accommodating auto, bus, bicycle, and emergency vehicle access.

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Google Earth 6 – now with 3D trees *UPDATE*

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Millennium Park in Desktop version of Google Earth 6 (Click image for larger image)

Google has released the latest version of must have tool for every the landscape architect and urban designer – Google Earth 6.

*UPDATE* Yesterday we reported we were having difficulties with the Desktop version of Google Earth 6. Today, the ‘trees’ function appeared under the 3D buildings menu that was missing yesterday, so we have been flying around the world trying to find the new 3D trees as they are only in some locations such as Tokyo, Chicago, San Francisco, Athens, University of California(Davis),

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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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