In the News – 7 September

Newark kids drop in at new skatepark [Nj.com]
Ollies, grinds, and feebles were among moves on display at the opening of Newark’s only skateboard park — the first part of a three-phase program to revamp Jesse Allen park and provide some uncommon diversions for Newark kids.

Making nature centre stage: world renowned landscape architect to give free lecture [University Melbourne]

Highlighting the uniqueness of the environment will be Vladimir Djurovic’s priority when he gives the latest Melbourne School of Design Dean’s Lecture on September 8.
In “Landscapes of Living”, the Principal of Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture (Lebanon) discusses his commitment to drawing out the uniqueness of an environment with simplicity of gesture that gives nature the stage, “guided by a philosophy of the esoteric but pragmatic, luxurious but minimal.”

“Landscapes of Living”
Tuesday 8 September, 7pm
Carrillo Gantner Theatre
Ground Floor, Sidney Myer Asia Building
University of Melbourne, Australia

America’s urban parks renewal

Neal Peirce of the Seattle Times has written an op-ed piece about the reawakening of America’s urban parks stating that

if there were ever a bonanza decade for America’s parks, this is surely it. Add stunning new parks in Boston, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Denver and Santa Fe, plus the success of conservancies in revamping great old parks in such cities as Pittsburgh, Brooklyn and San Francisco.

Peirce reviews various new urban parks in America including the Citygarden in St.Louis, Highline in New York and he also cites Harnik(parks expert for the Trust for Public Land) as saying

the 2004 opening of the Millennium Park in Chicago had the biggest impact on the American parkland scene since New York’s great Central Park opened in 1873.

A great piece that gives some insight into America’s urban park renewal – read the opinion piece at the
SOURCE: Seattle Times – The human-scale reawakening of America’s urban parks


Highline in New York


Citygarden in St.Louis – Flickr Image: Stannate

5,000 shared bikes for High-Tech Park in Shanghai

ZHANGJIANG High-Tech Park in Shanghai plans to make 5,000 rental bikes available by early-2010 to help workers in the park travel between the Metro Station and offices. The 150 bike rental stations will be positioned every 300 meters in the 25 square kilometer area. The project is to stated in October 2008 with 2 rental stations and 20 bikes now the park has 600 bikes with 50 stations. The bikes are free for the first half hour and then 1 to 3 yuan (15 to 45 US cents) per hour for more time.

SOURCE: Shanghai Daily  – High-tech park embraces low-tech transport

Get a Sneak Peak at a new Toronto Park

If your a Torontonian or passing through  Toronto next Wednesday September 9 you might want to stop by the Concord Cityplace at noon to get a Sneak Preview of the new $8 million 8-acre park that has been designed by Canadian artist/author Douglas Coupland and landscape architects Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg and inspired by Canadian hero Terry Fox, the park will contain not only public art, a water feature, a bluff, tree-shaded pathways and quiet areas but also the Terry Fox Miracle Mile, a jogging/running track dedicated to the courageous one-legged teenager who ran across Canada to raise money for cancer research in the early 80s.

The park runs north from Fort York Boulevard and extends from just west of Spadina Avenue almost to Bathurst Street. Among those helping celebrate the event will be Mayor David Miller, Councillor Adam Vaughan, Darrell Fox, brother of Terry Fox and Douglas Coupland, Vancouver author and artist whose vision inspired the overall look and feel of the park.

WHERE: Concord CityPlace, on the north side of Fort York Boulevard, halfway

between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Streets, Toronto

WHEN: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, from noon to 2 p.m.

Finalists announced for Dutch Design Awards

West 8 are one of the finalists in the Dutch Design Awards with the Bridge Vlaardingse Vaart, designed for the city of Vlaardingen, is one of the finalists in the Dutch Design Awards. The winners will be chosen by an international jury and introduced to the design world during the festive Award Show on 17 October 17, 2009. The designs of all finalists and winners will subsequently be exhibited for one week in the Brainport Greenhouse on the Stadhuisplein in Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week.

Bridge Bridge Deck

SOURCE: WEST 8

IMAGE SOURCE: WEST 8

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