As Mumbai Spills Over, Floodwater Creeps Closer – NYTimes.com

NYTimes.com reports

Inspired by the 2005 floods, Dilip da Cunha and his wife, Anuradha Mathur, who teach design and landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, have spent the last two and a half years studying Mumbai and its uneasy relationship with water. They recently released their findings and 12 proposals for making the city more resilient to floods in the form of a museum exhibit and a book, both titled “Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary.”

read the full article at the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – As Mumbai Spills Over, Floodwater Creeps Closer

Also visit the website Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary

Purchase the Book(USD$125) – Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary

Dutch success in London – OKRA wins Croydon Competition


OKRA landscape architects have won the prestigious “International Urban Design Competition for Wellesley Road and Park Lane in Croydon” in London. Lead consultant OKRA participates in this project with Urhahn Urban Design, Peter Brett Associates, Karakusevic Carson Architects and Soundings. The ambition for Croydon is to transform the area, which counts 350.000 inhabitants, into London’s “third city”, complementary to Westminster and the City of London. The transformation of Wellesley Road and Park Lane, the central axis in Croydon, is one of the key projects in Croydon. The assignment is to create a vibrant centre of the monstrous main infrastructure that nowadays divides the centre in two parts.

SOURCE: OKRA and Building Design

For more information and the other competition entries including Field Operations, Edward Cullinan Architects and Hawkins Brown, go to City of Croydon Competition Page
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Lighting Up Tough Parks’ Darkness – NYTimes.com

NYTimes.com reports

Harvard Park has been a no-man’s land after dark for decades. It’s location, at the borders of rival gang turf, has made it more a demilitarized zone than public space since the inception of this city’s oldest and most entrenched street gangs. So there was a giddy excitement among the thousand or so South Los Angeles neighbors who came last week to celebrate the park’s inclusion in Summer Night Lights, a program designed to combat gang violence by keeping lights on until midnight in some of the city’s roughest parks………..

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Dutch firm could replace Frank Gehry on Miami Beach park project – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.com reports

A Dutch firm known for delivering euphorically original urban designs on a budget is poised to replace the world’s most famous architect on a Miami Beach park project that Gehry quit amid a row with the city over costs.
The firm, West 8, was selected from a dozen applicants for the $13 million park project by a six-person committee representing the city and the New World Symphony………

Read more at the SOURCE: MiamiHerald.com – Dutch firm could replace Frank Gehry on Miami Beach park project

Making Public Places Forum on Twitter *UPDATE*

balmori associates, inc. (@balmorilab) –  landscape and urban designers used streaming video and Twitter t0 hold the  Making Public Places Forum via Twitter. Although there were some technical glitches with the video the Forum continued online with Twitter and various questions from the online community were tabled to the group to answer.

The forum involved Diana Balmori, Erik de Jong and 40 landscape and urban design students looking at the Meat Packing district

To see the Forum discussion go to search.twitter.com and search for #mpplaces

To see the photos taken by Balmori Associates of the Forum and site visit during the tour goto Twitpic

For more information about the Area and Forum download the Info Pack here from Balmori Associates

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