The Library of Landscape Heritage has just released a new video, The Best Planned City: Olmsted, Vaux and the Buffalo Park System. The short documentary (under 15 mins) is based on the LALH book by Francis R. Kowsky, which explores the development of the nation’s first park system, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1868. All films in the North America by Design series are produced by LALH in association with Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc.
BDP has won a RIBA competition to transform Rochdale town centre. The competition was launched to improve the look of the town centre and better connect the two sides of the River Roch, following plans to reopen it.
A 30-acre site of underutilized space located beneath a multi-level interchange in San Francisco, CA is envisioned as a highly productive sequestering urban forest that humanizes the street level making it accessible, safe, and enjoyable for the public. The design had three primary goals. 1) Combine time, process, and ecology to offset CO2 emissions from the freeway while creating a memorable place. 2) Reduce persistent flooding on this former marshland. 3) Reconnect 2 neighborhoods to each other and to the city’s largest Farmer’s Market.
With a projected growth rate of 10,000 new residents, Luleås vision is to create new attractive residential areas and densify their urban core. In collaboration with Luleås City Planning Department, Temagruppens urban planners have developed an Urban Vision Document which capitalizes on the City’s proximity to surrounding water, and focuses on long term sustainability.
The proposal for a new 13-acre civic space Denver’s City Park uses a half-mile-long mobility circuit (ideal for walking, running, rolling, riding) to organize a loop of engagement and activity. The vibrantly colored surface of the mobility circuit is paralleled by a kinetic tube that bends, folds, inflates and twists into a variety of programmed spaces, enclosures and frames that draw activity from the mobility circuit and the park beyond.
Oskarshamn is a small harbor town on Sweden’s east coast with a population of 17,258 in 2010. It sits midway between the summer town of Västervik and the university and cultural city of Kalmar. Characterized by the port industries and businesses, the city relationship with the water has changed dramatically within the past 100 years as the natural bay, Döderhultsviken, has been transformed by the city’s harbor activities. After years of changes in the port industry , demands for larger areas and harbor depth has moved much of harbor industry out of the inner harbor and onto new quays further from the city center. With the goal of developing new visions for their inner harbor, Oskarshamn municipality invited 3 teams to develop proposals for city’s inner harbor.
The use of the word “hof” within an English translation refers to a courtyard, farmyard, halo, quad or even corona. Historically the roots of this word traditionally translated as “temple”, none the less each describes a state of enclosure and sanctuary. McGregor Coxalls proposal for conversion of the Tempelhof Airfield in Berlin, Germany strategically integrates this poetic understanding with the sites existing built form, history, infrastructure and broader urban context.