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
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
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.
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.
SOURCE: WEST 8
IMAGE SOURCE: WEST 8
A new scheme for Barry Island, Wales has been submitted to planners with a expected cost £250 million. The scheme is expected to create 2,000 new homes, some retail areas, a waterfront cafe area, and expansive waterfront open space.
The development is expected to take 10 years and create 2,000 jobs according to the scheme backers.
The masterplan design was undertaken by Holder Mathias Architects, Soltys Brewster Landscape and Kedrick Davies of CDN Planning. The planning consultant for the scheme is Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners.SOURCE: Wales Online