Halprin, the tribal elder of American landscape architecture

Lawrence Halprin, 93 passed away earlier this week. A great landscape architect who designed hundreds of projects throughout his 60 year career and was famous for such designs as the Roosevelt Memorial, Ghirardelli Square, a 1.5-mile walkway overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem; a new pedestrian approach to Yosemite Falls.

The New York Times quoted Charles Birnbaum, founder and president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation as saying in relation to Halprin:

“He almost single-handedly reclaimed the city as the purview of the landscape architect,”

Read more about Lawrence Halrpins career at
NYTimes.com – Lawrence Halprin, Landscape Architect, Dies at 93

Washington Post – Urban projects won wide acclaim for American landscape architect

San Francisco Chronicle – Lawrence Halprin – landscape architect

Tim Tompkins – Time Square Alliance Interview by Streetsblog

Streetsblog San Francisco recently had an interview  with Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance to see what they could learn about Times Square public spaces.

Tim Tompkins have a few interesting thoughts such as

What I see is that what’s been happening is part of a larger movement in terms of the revitalization of cities. It’s kind of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, where you need to take care of the basics of comfort and security first before you can even think about anything else………

and

I think the biggest change is that now, especially with the introduction of Duffy Square, which opened in October 2008, [we redefined the] expectations for Times Square as a public space. Until we actually had Duffy Square as a kind of a concrete, tangible paradigm, it was all theoretical, and people couldn’t really experience it.

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2009/10/28/news-from-ny-what-we-can-learn-from-times-squares-public-spaces/

to read the full interview go to the [SOURCE: Streetsblog San Francisco]

Mega bridge project gets ‘green’ light

Measures proposed for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge’s construction and operation have been deemed environmentally acceptable, the project’s chief engineer Aaron Bok says. Consultants completed the project’s environmental impact assessment for the Highways Department Mr Bok describes the planning process as highly complicated, but notes the bridge will offer significant social and economic benefits to Pearl River Delta cities.

SOURCE: News.gov.hk

Mediative Urbanisms competition winners announced

The Mediative Urbanisms competition was orgainsed by the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association to generate ideas to envision the future of a 30-acre post-industrial site in Louisville, Kentucky.


The winner of the competition is the team of Tetsuya Kawano and Julien Boulley from Paris who designed a multi-use building and residential tower and an urban agriculture area.

For more information about the competition go to the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association

For an article outlining the competition go to the SOURCE: Courier-Journal

Playground to be designed by game designer

In recent News via Guardian newspaper a game designer, Keita Takahashi will be working with Nottingham City Council and its landscape architect to come up with a playground design for Woodthorpe Grange Park.

SOURCE: Guardian.co.uk

Ed note: I think this will offer a new perspective on playground design. Hopefully, this will create a playground that will encourage children to spend more time in the landscape. It is good to see a city that could create a playground that responds to the new generation of children who are growing up in an age when games are played virtually not physically.

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