America’s urban parks renewal

Neal Peirce of the Seattle Times has written an op-ed piece about the reawakening of America’s urban parks stating that

if there were ever a bonanza decade for America’s parks, this is surely it. Add stunning new parks in Boston, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Denver and Santa Fe, plus the success of conservancies in revamping great old parks in such cities as Pittsburgh, Brooklyn and San Francisco.

Peirce reviews various new urban parks in America including the Citygarden in St.Louis, Highline in New York and he also cites Harnik(parks expert for the Trust for Public Land) as saying

the 2004 opening of the Millennium Park in Chicago had the biggest impact on the American parkland scene since New York’s great Central Park opened in 1873.

A great piece that gives some insight into America’s urban park renewal – read the opinion piece at the
SOURCE: Seattle Times – The human-scale reawakening of America’s urban parks


Highline in New York


Citygarden in St.Louis - Flickr Image: Stannate

Get a Sneak Peak at a new Toronto Park

If your a Torontonian or passing through  Toronto next Wednesday September 9 you might want to stop by the Concord Cityplace at noon to get a Sneak Preview of the new $8 million 8-acre park that has been designed by Canadian artist/author Douglas Coupland and landscape architects Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg and inspired by Canadian hero Terry Fox, the park will contain not only public art, a water feature, a bluff, tree-shaded pathways and quiet areas but also the Terry Fox Miracle Mile, a jogging/running track dedicated to the courageous one-legged teenager who ran across Canada to raise money for cancer research in the early 80s.

The park runs north from Fort York Boulevard and extends from just west of Spadina Avenue almost to Bathurst Street. Among those helping celebrate the event will be Mayor David Miller, Councillor Adam Vaughan, Darrell Fox, brother of Terry Fox and Douglas Coupland, Vancouver author and artist whose vision inspired the overall look and feel of the park.

WHERE: Concord CityPlace, on the north side of Fort York Boulevard, halfway

between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Streets, Toronto

WHEN: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, from noon to 2 p.m.

Finalists announced for Dutch Design Awards

West 8 are one of the finalists in the Dutch Design Awards with the Bridge Vlaardingse Vaart, designed for the city of Vlaardingen, is one of the finalists in the Dutch Design Awards. The winners will be chosen by an international jury and introduced to the design world during the festive Award Show on 17 October 17, 2009. The designs of all finalists and winners will subsequently be exhibited for one week in the Brainport Greenhouse on the Stadhuisplein in Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week.

Bridge Bridge Deck

SOURCE: WEST 8

IMAGE SOURCE: WEST 8

In the News 3 September

Green green grass of Arbat [The Moscow News]
A new 2,700m2 (29,000 sq ft) green roof was recently completed at Novy Arbat building in Moscow at a cost of 20 million rubels ($USD625,000).

Horspath wind turbine ‘will harm landscape’ [Oxford Times]
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to protect the Oxfordshire countryside have claimed plans for a 130m tall wind turbine on the edge of the city would damage the landscape and dwarf nearby homes.

Kanner Architects’ Transformation of Venice Boulevard [Curbed LA]
Kanner Architects-designed new apartment complex on Venice and Superior is nearly finished…..but the architecture firm and landscape architect Dan Weeden deserve a lot of praise for helping transform this stretch of Venice Boulevard.

Finance ministry ‘green roof’ saves 5,630 euros in costs [ANA-MPG.gr]
The “green roof” created on the roof the economy and finance ministry building in Syntagma Square,  has resulted in savings of 5,630 euros a year, the ministry announced on Tuesday. The savings arise from a reduction in power used for cooling, amounting to 3,600 euros a year, and a reduction in fuel used for heating by 2,030 euros a year.

The green roof was created in July 2008 and covers about 650 square metres, or roughly half the surface at the top of the building.

Proposed fertilizer ordinance lauded [TBNWeekly.com]
Pinellas county Florida is proposing an ordinance to reduce fertiliser use by homeowners and landscape companies. Recently high levels of nitrogen where found in the local waterways. The county is not going to enforce the ordinance but are counting on an education program of homeowners and landscape companies

Design competitions to be held by the City

The City of Swainsboro, GA in conjunction with County officials,  is interested in creating a more user-friendly environment on the Square by integrating new shade structures that compliment the overall aesthetic and design of the space. New shade structures were first recommended by the Quality Growth Resource Team that visited Swainsboro earlier this year. The City of Swainsboro is only seeking designs, entrants are not expected or intended to build and implement their design into the Downtown Square. A total of $500 may be awarded to the winning design. For more information on this competition, entrants can visit the City of Swainsboro’s website at www.cityofswainsboro.org


NY State Governor signs Green Building Act

Governor David A. Paterson recently signed the State Green Building Construction Act. The new law gives OGS the authority to develop and implement new green building standards for New York State.

“The State of New York is committed to integrating sustainable design principles and energy efficiency into its building design and construction projects. The goal is an optimal balance of environmental, public and human benefits for meeting the state’s construction needs,” said Governor David A. Paterson. “Over the years OGS has demonstrated its ability to put policy into practice through its sustainable policies and LEED-certified green buildings program. I am confident that OGS will chart a sustainable path for environmentally sound, healthy and productive environments.”

SOURCE: OGS (NY)

1 ... 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 ... 433
RSS FEED EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION Follow Us on Twitter Join Our LinkedIN Group Become a Fan on Facebook Circle us on google+