CNU 20 West Palm Beach Urban Design Competition

West Palm Beach Aerial (Flickr user: Captain Kimo)

AuthentiCity is an urban design competition held in conjunction with the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 20th annual Congress in West Palm Beach, Florida. Bringing the world’s foremost minds in urban design, planning, architecture, engineering, and policy making together offers a unique opportunity to give back to the host community of West Palm Beach.

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Headland Park | Sydney Australia | Johnson Pilton Walker & Peter Walker Partners

Headland Park | Sydney Australia | Johnson Pilton Walker & Peter Walker Partners

The Headland Park will be a grand harbour park for Sydney linked by a continuous waterfront promenade stretching from Woolloomooloo to the Anzac Bridge. The Park will consist of six hectares of waterfront parkland at Millers Point and will be an exciting addition for residents and visitors to Sydney.

In October 2009, the government launched an international search for a team to design the Headland Park and urban waterfront at Barangaroo. The winning design team of Johnson Pilton Walker, in association with Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture continues to work with the Authority.

Watch the recent presentation about Headland Park by Peter Walker in Sydney filmed on 21 Febraury 2012 after the jump
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MVVA: What will 2112 bring? [VIDEO]


Steelcase asked 100 Minds from around the world to help them dream big about the next 100 years. Michael Van Valkenburgh along with Matthew Urbanski, Gullivar Shepard, Danielle Choi and Nicholas Pevzner of MVVA describe their aspirations for a future that is characterized by resourcefulness, ecological vitality, and urban landscapes that engage positively with natural systems.

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City creates Pop-up Park in Yarraville

Pop-up Park in Yarraville

Part of bustling Ballarat St in Yarraville, Australia (a suburb of Melbourne)has been transformed into a “pop‐up” park for a short term project which is introducing more open space into the Yarraville Village. The pop‐up park is one of a few installed in Australia on a public street and is inspired by similar parks installed overseas in New York, San Francisco and London.

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USA urban forests losing ground

Albuquerque Aerial 2006 (Flickr User kla4067)

National results indicate that tree cover in urban areas of the United States is declining at a rate of about 4 million trees per year, according to a U.S. Forest Service study published recently in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.

Tree cover in 17 of the 20 cities analyzed in the study declined while 16 cities saw increases in impervious cover, which includes pavement and rooftops. Land that lost trees was for the most part converted to either grass or ground cover, impervious cover or bare soil.

Of the 20 cities analyzed, the greatest percentage of annual loss in tree cover occurred in New Orleans, Houston and Albuquerque. Researchers expected to find a dramatic loss of trees in New Orleans and said that it is most likely due to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Tree cover ranged from a high of 53.9 percent in Atlanta to a low of 9.6 percent in Denver while total impervious cover varied from 61.1 percent in New York City to 17.7 percent in Nashville. Cities with the greatest annual increase in impervious cover were Los Angeles, Houston and Albuquerque.

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