Street furniture in the modern city is a balancing act between creating revenue stream from advertisers and a clean design element that has good design and function.
As reported by the Ottawa Citizen – Ottawa is currently facing this issue and using a $275,000 study to look at design, aesthetics and function and also a public consultation process which ends in December. Ottawa residents are invited to provide input at www.ottawasimplicity.ca
The Ottawa Citizen has reported “Ottawa landscape architect John Wright says street furniture should be quiet and harmonious, with good proportions and materials. Standard pieces should not be used in key places like Festival Plaza, he adds.”
Read more at the SOURCE: Ottawa Citizen – Mayor launches plan to rid sidewalks of ugly street furniture.
The term “urban village” has often appeared in the media, especially in the newspapers of Shenzhen and Guangzhou (coastal cities in southern China where migrant population congregate). In recent years, a “makeover” for these urban villages has become urgent task for local authorities.
read more @ the SOURCE: Economic Observer Online – Rethinking The Makeover of Urban Villages.
16th Street in Morningside Park, which had its ribbon-cutting a few weeks ago, could have been envisioned by some of those designers, to judge from the tasteful, creative layout, a vision of bright blues and greens.
The playground was designed by Alexander Hart, a 33-year-old assistant landscape architect at the Department of Parks and Recreation. “I wasn’t so keen on designing playgrounds until I started doing it,” Mr. Hart, a father of two young children, said on Wednesday morning at the playground. “But once I started, I found the design challenges so interesting.”
Read more @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Big City – In Manhattan, a New Playground Is an Instant Hit
Play England, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have launched, for the first time in the England, detailed guidance for the design of children’s play spaces.
Free copies of the guide can be ordered by calling (+44) 0845 60 222 60 or click here
SOURCE: Landscape Institute(UK) – New design guidance launched to transform the future of play.
Public parks within superblocks run by private developers can alleviate the lack of green public space and help urban revitalization, an expert said Friday.
“The city administration needs to revitalize the city but doesn’t have the cash. So permitting private superblocks is a part of urban revitalization,” University of Indonesia economist Faisal Basri said at the launch of Podomoro City, a superblock in Tanjung Duren, West Jakarta.
SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – ‘Superblocks add to green space’.
Ben Hoyle of the Times looks at the newly unvealed design for the 7/7 memorial
The design unveiled yesterday by the architects Carmody Groarke is on a more human scale than the American and Spanish projects. It consists of 52 steel columns, one for each innocent life lost, arranged in a clearing at the southeast corner of Hyde Park. Each column stands 3m (about 10ft) tall, weighs about a tonne and is cast from stainless steel in a process that ensures that each one is subtly different from the others.
Read more @ the SOURCE: London offers its memorial to the 52 victims of 7/7 terrorism – Times Online.