New York City’s Largest Solar Energy Installation to be built at Freshkills Park

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The Mayor of New York recently announced that the city will install the largest solar energy installation in New York City at Freshkills Parks. The installation is set to power 2,000 homes and will increase the City’s current renewable energy capacity by 50 percent. The Administration is moving forward with steps to officially map an additional 1,500 acres of Freshkills into parkland, officially bringing the total for Freshkills Park to 2,200 acres and bringing total parkland in New York City to more than 30,000 acres for the first time in history.

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Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition

The ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition—now in its 12th year—is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students. The Hines Competition challenges multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data.

This is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that any of the submitted schemes will be applied to the site. The winning team will receive $50,000 and the finalist teams $10,000 each.

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STUDENT PROJECT | Natural Water as Cultural Water | Zhicheng Xu

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Time, space and culture have tremendous impacts on landscape. The power of them is so impressive that people would be amazed by things they can do to nature. In the meantime, it raises the question, in the field of contemporary landscape architecture, what is the balancing point between culture and nature? What gives a place its identity? How can we provide programs that fulfil pubic desires with minimum disturbance to existing natural system?
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Ecosong Park | Shanghai China | Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects

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Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects was one of three invited firms to participate in the international design competition for a new country park. The 8,900 acre site, located on the Huangpu River in Songjiang District southwest of Shanghai, is one of five sites that the Shanghai government plans to preserve and convert to “Country Parks” as part of an initiative to create a necklace of natural parks and curb development around the rapidly growing city.

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Projecto de Requalificação das Arribas | Foz do Arelho Portugal | Nádia Schilling

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There’s a new way to experience the landscape in Foz do Arelho, Portugal. The new project that aimed the cliffs and dunes rehabilitation transformed a degraded landscape, that was used as an unsafe parking space for years, with no regard for it’s character and ecological aspects, into a new area that creates different relations to the landscape and the sea, in a way that preserves and respects it’s intrinsic values.
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