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

Burj Dubai opening delayed – The National Newspaper

The National Newspaper reports

“The Burj Dubai, the tallest tower in the world, will be completed in December, three months later than scheduled, according to two contractors involved with the project. The contractors said work still needed to be completed outside and inside the building and the new deadline was December………”
SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Burj Dubai opening delayed

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Landscape Architecture Rising | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction

The ENR: Engineering News Record looks at landscape architecture and how the profession is causing a shift in the way projects are designed. Landscape architects are bringing skills and ideas to projects but most of all vision, not just accepting the design given to them to place  the’green’ but also collaborating with architects, engineers and other professionals to create better design solutions for projects.

The ENR article begins……

Need to stop flooding or reduce stormwater runoff and sewer overflows? Looking to ease demand on treatment plants and avoid the cost of expansion? Seeking cleaner air or water? Interested in recharging an aquifer, rebuilding a shoreline or remediating a brownfield? Trying to stem highway pollution? Need to rebalance a watershed or ecosystem?…..

read the remainder of the article at the SOURCE: ENR: Engineering News Record  – McGraw-Hill Construction – Landscape Architecture Rising


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