Restoring the wetlands can help prevent future flooding in New Orleans
Four years have passed since Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Immediately following the hurricane, investigators determined that historic loss of coastal wetlands played a major role in the depth of flooding that took place.
SOURCE: CONDUCIVE: KATRINA FOUR YEARS LATER Status of Coastal Wetland Restoration Projects.
The Community Connector design concept submitted by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol/Allied Works Architecture Team has been selected by jury comprised of distinguished professionals from across the United States. The competition was between four outstanding design teams and was initiated to develop a conceptual design for a Community Connector that seeks to meet federally mandated mitigation requirements. This mitigation is triggered by the planned widening of I-5 in proximity to the West Barracks area of the Fort Vancouver National Site, which will occur in conjunction with the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River. With a design concept in hand, City staff will initiate more detailed coordination with the CRC designers and engineers during the CRC planning and engineering phases. Please click here to get more information, including more images of the designs selected.
SOURCE: City of Vancouver, Washington, USA – Design concept selected for Community Connector project – City of Vancouver, Washington, USA.
The Landscape architect Molly Davis of PB Americas presented the designs for Beckley Intermodal Gateway(BIG), a $24 million federally funded downtown revitalization project during a Beckley Common Council meeting.
During the meeting on Tuesday evening the city raised questions about maintaining the project after completion.
VIA: The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia – Maintenance concerns raised about BIG.
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
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.