NY has new green space why can’t Toronto?


Vanessa Farquharson of the National Post(Canada) has written an article asking why can’t Toronto get new green space like New York. The article cites the Highline in New York as an amazing new green space in New York and looks at its history and although a the Highline is a new space the idea of raised green space was implemented at Promenade Plantée(4.5km raised garden in Paris).

Farquharson asks should the Gardiner be made green? rather than demolished. She then goes on to ask Matthew Blackett(editor of Spacing magazine) and Les Klein(Quadrangle Architects – WLA reported about his design for a green freeway)

…which parts of the city they would redesign as park space if budget wasn’t a concern

to read their suggestions go to the SOURCE: National Post(Canada) – New York’s getting new green space, so why can’t we? 

Creative Urban Gardeners in Washington D.C.

Adrian Higgins of the washingtonpost.com reports

Suzanna Dennis surveys the fruits of months of tender care: a vegetable garden of vigor, health and bounty………………
All this can be found in the meager 9 by 5 feet of a sidewalk bed on Capitol Hill that, until Dennis transformed it this spring, held the rotting stump of a fallen street tree. “I saw this space lying fallow,” she said. “I decided to turn it into a vegetable garden.”

Read the full article at the SOURCE: washingtonpost.com – Adrian Higgins: Squeezed for Space in the City, Green Thumbs Get Inventive

In the News – August 14

Parrish Art Museum Unveils Herzog & De Meuron Design For New Water Mill Building [hamptons.com]

How to plant a water-wise garden [The Standard Kenya]

Debate Over Urban Agriculture Reaches Metro Council [News Channel 5 - Nashville]

Architects offer high school plans [Boston.com]

Bike share systems for London and Boston

Both London and Boston announced this week that they will be installing a share bicycle scheme using the Bixi system that is used and made in Montreal.

The London (UK) scheme will be run by Serco for a cost of 140 million pounds over 6 years. The system will incorporate 400 docking stations across a 44 square kilometre travel zone.

On the same day the city of Boston announced that they were in negotiations with Public Bike System Co. – the makers of the Bixi system to install 290 stations and 2,500 bikes across the city by next summer.

Currently the manufacturer is working on solutions to the current issue in Montreal reported by La Presse in July that one in five bicycles have been vandalised.

SOURCE (London bike system): Reuters – Serco to run London’s new bike hire scheme

SOURCE (Boston bike system): NYTimes – Boston Gears Up for Biggest Bike-Sharing Program

IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – amesis

Urban Wind Turbines installed in Portland

The first set of small-scale urban wind turbines in the U.S. are being installed in Portland atop the new Twelve|West tower this week. Today the Hoffman Construction should raise the final blades to the top of  Twelve|West a 22 storey office and residential building. Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP, which designed the tower, has moved its corporate headquarters to the building.

SOURCE: Portland Business Journal

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