City considers demolishing homes to develop two new parks

Just when the news seemed to be filled with shrinking cities and other cities having too much open space to maintain. It is refreshing to see a city, in this case Mountain View purchasing land with existing houses so that they may demolish them in the future to create open space for its citizens.

The city has $2.4 million to spend on building a new 27,000 square foot (approx. 2500 square metres) park on Mariposa Avenue and also a 16,500 quare foot (approx 1532 square metres) on Del Medio Avenue.

According to the Mercury News

the city council will consider awarding the design contracts to Santa Cruz-based SSA Landscape Architects and San Francisco-based Robert Mowat Associates.

Read more about the Mountain View plans at the [SOURCE:  Mercury News - Mountain View considers razing some homes to develop two new parks]

Oklahoma City maps out big plans

OKLAHOMA CITY MAPS OUT BIG PLANS

A $777 million MAPS 3 plan unveiled by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and members of the Oklahoma City Council for a proposal that is expected to be considered by the citizens of Oklahoma City on December 8. It will include a large 70-acre downtown Central Park, designed by Hargreaves Associates.

SOURCE: Hargreaves Associates – Firm News.

6 storey high green wall installed in Pittsburgh

Green walls are becoming more and more common place in cities across the world. However, they are usually implemented as apart of a new architectural design rather than an existing building.  Until recently when a 2,380 square-foot, six storey high green wall was installed by PNC on their existing corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh. The wall is a modular design and is two foot by two foot panels(approx. 600 x 600mm).  The wall was installed by Green Living Technologies and according to the video below is the largest green wall in North America and is planted with different plant species that will create an evergreen wall all year around.

According to the report by Sarah Amandolare at Finding Dulcinea

The average cost per square foot of green wall is between $100 and $125, according to George Irwin of Green Living Technologies LLC

English Heritage unveils Stonehenge visitor centre designs

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Proposed View of Visitor Centre

English Heritage has unveiled the new plans for the Stonehenge visitor centre design. The design was created by Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) and according to English Hertiage website

has been designed to be sensitive to its surroundings and to the significance of the monument.

The placement and design of the building seems to attempt to place the focus on Stonehenge rather than the visitor centre. However, the design seems as though it could be anywhere in the world for any manner of attractions. I understand that this is the second round of designs after the subterranean design by DCM was quashed, however I think the design seems to be trying to please too many people and stakeholders.

From the renders and plans it is hard to judge whether the access road and car park are hidden from view. I hope that this is the case and that some form of  ha-ha has been incorporated into the landscape design to obscure the road and  car park from view to create a sense of flowing green fields that currently exists.

To see all the renders and plans go to the gallery at English Heritage

Proposed Aerial View

Proposed Aerial View

SOURCE: English Heritage

IMAGE SOURCE: English Heritage

NC Botanical Garden’s New Education Center Opens – Orange County – MyNC.com

The New Education Center at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens has opened. The 29,656-square-foot green building is the first LEED Platinum certified building in North Carolina. The building was designed by architect Frank Haron of Raleigh.

David Swanson served as the landscape architect for the project.

to find out more information go to North Carolina Botanical Gardens – Education Center

via  MyNC.com.

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