U. of Pennsylvania Will Spend $40-Million on a New ‘Penn Park’ – Chronicle.com

Chronicle.com – Buildings & Grounds: reports

“The University of Pennsylvania plans to spend some $40-million creating a park full of playing fields on 24 acres of land between the Schuylkill River and what is now the east end of the campus. The land, to be known as Penn Park, includes a large parcel that the university bought recently from the U.S. Postal Service, which used 14 acres of it for parking for what used to be Philadelphia’s main mail-sorting facility.

The park, which is expected to be finished in two years, was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The site will include a system for capturing rainwater and using it for irrigation.”

[SOURCE: Buildings & Grounds: U. of Pennsylvania Will Spend $40-Million on a New 'Penn Park' - Chronicle.com]

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How to build a better city: It’s child’s play – TheStar.com

TheStar.com reports

” “A Call to Action,” released recently by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), argues that to design a city that works for the young is to design a city that works for everyone.

This may not be an original idea – it goes back most recently to Enrique Peñalosa, the celebrated former mayor of Bogotá – but it is a beautiful one, powerful and radical, even revolutionary.”

[SOURCE: TheStar.com | Insight | How to build a better city: It's child's play]

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Tulsa updates master plan for Parks and Recreation | KJRH.com

KJRH.com reports

“It has been 30 years since Tulsa updated its master plan for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. But that will soon change. After decades without clear direction, the department is working to put together a road map for the next five to ten years.”

KJRH.com – Tulsa updates master plan for Parks and Recreation

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DSDHA wins Waterloo square competition – Building Design

Building Design reports

“DSDHA has won the competition to design a major new square on London’s South Bank.

The Waterloo City Square Scheme will see the roundabout circling the Waterloo Imax theatre and the streets around Waterloo Station given a badly-needed revamp, concentrating on rationalising the dark labyrinth of streets and subways around the station.”

SOURCE: Building Design – DSDHA wins Waterloo square competition

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Recession hits Mipim attendance – Building Design

Building Design reports

The number of delegates heading to Mipim this year has plummeted by more than a third as architects, public bodies, agents and developers slash their representation at the world’s largest property fair.

[SOURCE: Building Design - Recession hits Mipim attendance]

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