During much of the 1990s, as the Getty Center was rising on its Brentwood hilltop, a couple of stubborn questions dogged the hugely ambitious project: Would Richard Meier’s design ever have anything meaningful to do with, or say about, the cityover which it loomed? Or would it exist as an expensive import, a vast collection of smooth enamel and rough travertine conjured up by a New York architect who looked west for commissions but east, to Europe and its Modernist past, for inspiration?
The Getty Center at 10: Still aloof, yet totally L.A. – CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK – Los Angeles Times – calendarlive.com – L.A. Times
Dare to apply for permission to fell a tree and you can stir up the most passionate of responses. Dare to apply to fell more than 300 in a Grade I-listed historic public park and you have a full-scale battle on your hands.
Such is the case in the leafy environs of Chiswick House, in west London, where the trees in question are due to be cut down as part of a large-scale restoration project that could be given the go-ahead by Hounslow council’s planning committee tomorrow.
The Chiswick chain saw massacre? – Times Online.
Human waste from the new mega-library in Peppermint Grove will be recycled and used on a $1 million landscaped park around the building.
It will be the first time the technology has been used in Australia.
Harvested “brown water” will water the lawns and urine will be treated and added to the irrigation system on the site.
“The plants will love it,” landscape architect Matt Huxtable told the council.
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As workers pounded in tall fence posts and moved stacks of metal barriers into Washington Square Park on Monday and Tuesday, cordoning off the area for Phase I of the park’s renovation, opponents were making a last-ditch effort to derail the project.
Luther Harris, a plaintiff on an environmental lawsuit against the project that was defeated last week, personally funded a study of whether moving the park’s fountain would add to the cost of its renovation. Parks Department Commissioner Adrian Benepe has publicly stated that there is no cost difference between repairing the fountain in place or repairing it and moving it.
Anthony Walmsley, a New York City-based landscape architect hired by Harris, determined that moving the fountain would add more than $500,000 to the $2.5 million cost of refurbishing the fountain.
Fountain figures might pour cold water on project.
For years, the aluminum lath house that sheltered the Desert Botanical Garden’s treasured cactus collection sorely needed a dynamic makeover.
Considered state of the art in 1950, the space had long ago reached capacity, with specimens poking through the top of the lath and shade cloth roof, and spilling over rocks that served as protective and decorative boarders. An additional structure added in 1965 for succulents didn’t much improve the look.
New galleries take shape at Botanical Garden.
Singapore – A Japanese-inspired sensory park to be built in Singapore will be filled with sweet-smelling flowers designed to appeal to the elderly and Braille signs describing the plants for the blind, news reports said on Friday.
Scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2009, the 1.1- hectare pilot park near housing for many of Singapore’s elderly is planned to include water features, sculptures to touch and pavement to create special sounds.
Sensory park designed to stimulate senses of elderly and disabled – Asia-Pacific. M&C