Lighting Up Tough Parks’ Darkness – NYTimes.com

NYTimes.com reports

Harvard Park has been a no-man’s land after dark for decades. It’s location, at the borders of rival gang turf, has made it more a demilitarized zone than public space since the inception of this city’s oldest and most entrenched street gangs. So there was a giddy excitement among the thousand or so South Los Angeles neighbors who came last week to celebrate the park’s inclusion in Summer Night Lights, a program designed to combat gang violence by keeping lights on until midnight in some of the city’s roughest parks………..

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Moshe Safdie to under take beautification of Golden Temple surroundings

PunjabNewsline.com reports

CHANDIGARH: Internationally acclaimed US based architect Moshe Safdie, who had successfully accomplished the most prestigious project of Khalsa Heritage Centre (KHC), Sri Anandpur Sahib would soon undertake the beautification of the surroundings of Golden Temple (Sri Harimandir Sahib) along with the corridor project (Galiara) around the holy Golden Temple at Amritsar……….

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Seattle’s ‘new urbanism’: making smart, sustainable, stylish dwellings | Seattle Times Newspaper

Seattle’s ‘new urbanism’: making smart, sustainable, stylish dwellings | Seattle Times Newspaper

As questions of density, affordability and livability continue to drive discussions about how to design our urban worlds, architects, citizens and city officials are all looking for a shared sense of what the “new urbanism” means — whether and how to regulate, encourage and ultimately create the kind of built environment we want.

SOURCE: Seattle’s ‘new urbanism’: making smart, sustainable, stylish dwellings | Seattle Times Newspaper

Dutch firm could replace Frank Gehry on Miami Beach park project – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.com reports

A Dutch firm known for delivering euphorically original urban designs on a budget is poised to replace the world’s most famous architect on a Miami Beach park project that Gehry quit amid a row with the city over costs.
The firm, West 8, was selected from a dozen applicants for the $13 million park project by a six-person committee representing the city and the New World Symphony………

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Making Public Places Forum on Twitter *UPDATE*

balmori associates, inc. (@balmorilab) -  landscape and urban designers used streaming video and Twitter t0 hold the  Making Public Places Forum via Twitter. Although there were some technical glitches with the video the Forum continued online with Twitter and various questions from the online community were tabled to the group to answer.

The forum involved Diana Balmori, Erik de Jong and 40 landscape and urban design students looking at the Meat Packing district

To see the Forum discussion go to search.twitter.com and search for #mpplaces

To see the photos taken by Balmori Associates of the Forum and site visit during the tour goto Twitpic

For more information about the Area and Forum download the Info Pack here from Balmori Associates

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