In years past, building a central park was about creating an escape from urban life with little nod to what it was replacing.
But the designers (Ken Smith Landscape Architects) of the Orange County Great Park, which is being built on 1,347 acres of the former El Toro Marine Corps base, are taking a new approach, embracing the site’s military past rather than bulldozing it.
In one such move, the park’s board today plans to accept the donation of a World War II-era patrol plane and bomber as the first artifact for an aviation museum expected to feature dozens of historic aircraft and memorabilia.
Read more @ Los Angeles Times WWII-era bomber donated to Great Park by Tony Barboza
R.K. Stewart: Sustainable design really is designing in such a way that we utilize resources effectively and efficiently to preserve future opportunities for future generations.
Stewart was 2007 president of the American Institute of Architects.
R.K. Stewart: We need to design in a different way that lowers the amount of energy that we use. Our goal is to cut that utilization of fossil fuels by 50 per cent by the year 2010 and then continue to ratchet those reductions up in such a way that we can continue to have a high quality of life.
Read more @ Earth & Sky – Architect calls for tens of thousands of ‘green’ buildings or Listen
FUNDING is in place to see a new Crystal Palace built as part of plans to overhaul a historic park.
A leading Scottish Bank, believed to be Clydesdale Bank, has given its support to the scheme in Crystal Palace Park.
It is backing plans for a smaller replica of the famous Crystal Palace as part of £265m worth of private investment in the palace, with additional funding from the park being generated by the development.
Read more at NS – 265m Funding To Build New Palace by Thom Kennedy
A hundred years from now, Atlanta may look drastically different from the city it is today, as planners work to eliminate its 21st century problems of drought and urban sprawl with water collection centers, smaller highways and residents living in new urban areas.
Those aspects were revealed Tuesday as part of an architects’ competition called “City of the Future: A Design and Engineering Challenge,” a series filmed for The History Channel. Last year, futuristic designs of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles were examined. This year the show is focusing on Atlanta, Washington and San Francisco.
“The city at this point actually has to sustain itself,” said Bishop. “We have to create systems within the community itself to allow it to adapt.”
Read more @ Ledger-Enquirer.com – Drought, sprawl, focus of architects’ concepts for Atlanta by Daniel Yee of Associated Press
We need more green, not glitz in the city. We need the soothing green, the trees and shade, the parks where we can amble for a bit of respite from the concrete jungle.
Lack of natural landscape for public recreation is a major weakness in our striving international metropolis. Trees take time and they don’t yield a profit, like high rises on valuable real estate. All the same, greenery is good city planning.
Dazzling neon lights, skyscrapers, hustle and bustle are all captivating, but without greenery one gets exhausted in the concrete jungle and longs for fresh air, space and peace.
Shanghai’s public green space per capita is now 12 square meters, nearly double the figure 20 years ago, according to 2007 statistics by the Shanghai Forestry Bureau.
Read more of the 3 page Special @ Shanghai Daily – More green, less glitz will improve city life
RIBA and CABE have launched the RIBA CABE Public Space Award.
Any well designed and innovative public space is eligible. These external spaces need to be publicly accessible but can be urban or rural; publicly or privately owned; designed, redesigned or refurbished for public use. The award is part of the annual RIBA Awards and is sponsored by CABE.
Read more @ Landscape Institute – RIBA and CABE launch new award.
Environmental activists, scientists and green organizations, first and foremost the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), have over the past few years been making an effort to protect the remaining natural assets in urban areas. Apparently there is no clear worldview about the characteristics of urban nature, its importance and the means of preserving it.
Now the Deshe (Open Landscape) Institute, which operates as part of the SPNI, has published a paper, “Urban Ecology,” on the subject by Inbal Brikner Brown from the Institute of Desert Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. It deals with, among other things, what is worthwhile and possible to preserve on the basis of existing scientific knowledge.
Read more @ Not everything wild gets on well in cities – Haaretz – Israel News.