Decaying mall prime for redevelopment in Lexington

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Recently,  Kentucky.com published an interesting article about Lexington Mall. A mall that has slowly died over the last 20 years and become part of the urban decay of Lexington. The site now offers a great opportunity for development as it is located inside the New Circle Road(See Map). The site’s history is similar to many urban malls in North America slowly died since the 1990′s and many attempted redevelopments by the owner but nothing ever eventuated and then abandonment of the site for it to decay.

The site is 30 acres of prime real estate as its 3 miles from downtown and near schools and other amenities. The article cites Brian Lee, a Landscape Architecture professor at University of Kentucky stating that

“It’s one of the few sites in Lexington with a water view,” said Brian Lee, a University of Kentucky landscape architecture professor whose students have studied the site for academic exercises in urban redevelopment.

The author of the article suggests that the site could be a “new urban” mixed village and shows diagrams of a possible “Seaside” style development. However, I think this idea sells the site short of its possibilities and that it should integrate more public functions and should be more connected to the surrounding parks and utilise the edges along the main roads.

What would you do with the site?

To read and more go to the[SOURCE: Kentucky.comAcres of prime land are full of potential - Business]

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White vs Green roofs at McGill

Henry Gass of McGill Daily reports

The fight for Montreal’s environmental future has recently reached new heights, as various environmental groups in the city promote the installation of energy-efficient green and white roofs.

Green rooftops, or rooftop gardens, are becoming more and more popular in Montreal, while white rooftops, flat surfaces with a white polymeric membrane stretched across, are just starting to be introduced.

Read the full article at the [SOURCE: McGill Daily - Green, white roofs come to campus]

West 8+MRIO Planting 8000 trees & participating in Xian IHE 2011

West 8+MRIO plant 8000 pine trees in Madrid
West 8+MRIO recently started with the planting of 8,000 pine trees for the Salon the Pinos in Madrid, Spain. As part of the master plan West 8+MRIO designed for the reclaimed riverbanks and the new urban area above the M30 motorway, the Salon de Pinos will act as a spiral cord, connecting the various park areas included in the design.

read the full post at the [SOURCE: West 8 - News]

Xian International Horticultural Exhibition

West 8 have also announced that they will be participating in the Xian International Horticultural Exhibition from April 9 to October 9, 2011.

The theme of Xi’an International Horticultural Exhibition 2011 is “Harmonious Coexistence Of City And Nature “. The Exhibition will create a plant-dominated natural landscape, highlighting the history, culture and local characteristics of Xi’an, displaying the harmonious coexistence of city and nature, andexploring the future development of harmonious coexistence among human, city, landscape and nature.

Read the full news post at the [SOURCE: West8 - News]

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Berlin to get square to mark the fall of the Wall

Recently SPIEGEL ONLINE reports that Sinai won the competition to design the new “Platz der 9. November 1989″ (Nov. 9, 1989 Square). The square is to commemorate the day the Berlin Wall was opened when the first East German walked through the gates into the West.

Currently the site is somewhat neglected and has little to signify the importance that the site played in the history of Berlin and Germany.

The design for the Square will highlight the remaining 160 metres section of wall with a path running the length of the wall. The path will have “movements” represented  with steel inlays inscribed with a word or quote.

A.W. Faust, the project leader from Sinai was cited by SPIEGEL ONLINE saying

“We wanted to recall the sum of these moments,” …… “Each moment made a huge impression and added to the momentum of the previous one.”

……….at the final point of this part of the display there will be a small copse of cherry trees (see graphic)….Faust explained that the firm has chosen a variety, Autumnalis, that blooms in the fall. “Hopefully there will be cherry blossoms falling on the ground every Nov. 9,”

The Square is expected to cost €350,000 ($520,000) and be finished by summer 2010.

Read more at the SOURCE: SPIEGEL ONLINE – Where the Berlin Wall First Fell: Historic Border Crossing Finally Gets a Facelift

WPA 2.0 Student Edition Finalists Announced

WPA 2.0 (SE) finalists has announced the finalists

S1025 R_Ignite
Re-Commission – Peter Millar . Jamie Potter . Andy Wilde
The Manchester School of Architecture, UK

S1035 Aquaculture Canal_New Orleans Aquaculture Canal
Fadi Masoud – University of Toronto,
Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

S1037 155th St Viaduct: Polytechnic High School & Transportation Center
Studio Three – Douglas Segulja
Parsons School of Constructed Environments

S1059 Fluctuating Freeway Ecologies
The Crop – Gary Garcia . Marc Yeber . Iris Tsai . Xiaoye Zhang
USC School of Architecture

S1092 urban ConAgraculture
Dale Luebbert – University of Nebraska

S1108 Cash for Clunkers = Bike Sharing for Chicago
M-Squared – Matt Moore IIT

S1141 – Topographic Infrastructure: Hollywood Freeway Central Park
YMeng – Meng Yang USC School of Architecture

MORE INFORMATION on-line soon at www.wpa2.aud.ucla.edu

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