A new park that has yet to be named runs north from Fort York Boulevard and sits about halfway between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst streets. “The …8-acre park is the result of five years of planning and construction and was built at a cost of about $8 million,” says Terry Hui, president and CEO of Concord Adex Inc., creator of Concord CityPlace.
Participating in the sneak preview of the new park were Mayor David Miller, Councillor Adam Vaughan, Douglas Coupland, the Vancouver writer and artist, whose vision inspired the design of the park and Darrell Fox, brother of Terry Fox, for whom the park’s running/jogging track is named.
Concord CityPlace will hold a competition to choose the best name for the new park, says Mr. Hui. The judging panel will include a range of household names from the arts, music, the stage and television.
The central theme of the new park, as envisioned by Mr. Coupland, is a celebration of Canada and especially of Toronto’s two centuries of history. It seems to seamlessly connect the roots of Toronto as represented by nearby Fort York and the shoreline where then Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe founded the city with the inspiring towers of the central business core to the east.
Corporate art consultant Karen Mills was responsible for suggesting and selecting the public art and for the overall coordination of the project and Vancouver landscape architect Greg Smallenberg of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg handled the physical landscape design.
SOURCE: Concord CityPlace
IMAGES CREDIT: George Pimentel
Metro40 from BMW DesignworksUSA & Landscape Forms
BMW Designworks USA are usually associated with luxury cars and other car designs such as the MINI have joined with Landscape Forms to design and manufacture site furniture for outdoor spaces. This first collaboration creates a range of essential furnishing elements for urban transit cores. The global collection which will be sold under the name Metro40 is the most complete collection on the market and includes furniture, shelters, lighting, and amenities, and has been developed for use by city planners and architects to help global urban centers elevate the livability, quality of experience, design appeal and overall image of their public transit systems.
“Bringing great design to public, seemingly anonymous spaces such as transit shelters promotes a very positive, personal impact on people’s moods and daily quality of life,” says Verena Kloos, President, BMW Group DesignworksUSA. “Urban gentrification projects such as the new High Line park in Lower
Manhattan demonstrate the importance and value of making cities more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing for their citizens, and the exploration of this dynamic made the Metro40 project with Landscape Forms particularly compelling for DesignworksUSA,” she concludes.
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Fair Park Station - SOURCE: DART.org
The people in Dallas are hoping that the new Green Line with 4 stations opening on Monday will reinvigorate areas of the city that have fallen into neglect. According to the Dallas News
In South Dallas, there are ambitions for transforming the neighborhood – historically the home of many of the city’s black residents and businesses – into a point of pride.
Read the more about the green line at DART.org and the Dallas News
TAMPA, Florida’s fourth largest city, a shovel-ready development under consideration for $38 million in federal funding could serve as a national model for sustainable urban redevelopment through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act later this month.
In July, a consortium including the City of Tampa, Tampa Housing Authority (THA) and Bank of America Community Development Corporation (CDC) submitted an application to receive $38 million in federal stimulus dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2. If approved, $28 million will go directly to build the Encore infrastructure and another $10 million will be spent on foreclosure mitigation activities in the surrounding area.
“This mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood with housing, businesses and cultural centers will be located right next to Tampa’s central business district,” said Leroy Moore, Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of THA. During construction, Encore is expected to create more than 4,000 new jobs. Another 1,000 permanent jobs are expected upon completion, according to the developers.
Those projects selected for federal stimulus funding expect to be notified on or before Sept. 30.
IMAGE SOURCE: Tampa Housing Authority
Artists Impression - SOURCE: We will rebuild Victoria
The draft Urban Design Framework(UDF) for Marysville was released this week for public display and feedback. Maysville was the sub-alpine town that was wiped out during the bushfires that ravage areas of South-East Australia in Febraury this year. The UDF is seen by the consultants as
There is an opportunity to rebuild the town to create a distinct character that complements the beauty of the surrounding environment and secures Marysville’s economic future. Encompassing the values and aspirations of the community, the Marysville and Triangle Urban Design Framework is an important first step in achieving this.
It will guide the rebuilding of Marysville and assist with decision-making about the projects that will help to attract businesses and services back into the town and provide jobs for local people. It will guide how the town can be rebuilt in a way that optimises the natural and economic advantages of the Marysville and Triangle region.
A copy of the Draft UDF is available here
SOURCE: We will rebuild Victoria via Architecture & Design