Extreme Urban Makeover: Detroit

March 18, 2010,AEDT

DAVID WHITFORD at TIME magazine reports on the appointment of star urban planner named Toni Griffin who is soon set to start her new assignment of Detroit’s downsizing and urban makeover. However, I don’t think this will be a one week project filmed for a one hour special on TLC | Read More

Underpass Park unveiled

March 13, 2010,AEDT

A derelict area beneath a series of overpasses in the West Don Lands is going to be transformed into the most extensive park to ever be built under an overpass in Canada, and the first in Toronto. Located within the West Don Lands – home to the 2015 Pan American | Read More

White House launches Urban Affairs website

March 3, 2010,AEDT

The White House launched the Office of Urban Affairs website including a blog and Innovations and Ideas page where US citizens can submit ideas and best practices. This is a follow up to the Urban Tour which included 9 city centers and the Inter-Agency working group on urban policy. The | Read More

NY State to close parks and raise fees

March 2, 2010,AEDT

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is closing 41 parks and 14 historic sites across the state and reducing services 23 parks and 1 historic site. According to the Press Release The Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) today put forward a list | Read More

Olympics reinvigorates Vancouver’s Granville Street

February 25, 2010,AEDT

During the Winter Olympics in Vancouver a newly updated Granville Street by PWL Partnership Landscape Architects has become a lively impromptu event space for buskers, street hockey, olympic pin sellers and more. The street has been closed to traffic for 30 years with only buses allowed back in the mid-1970’s. | Read More

Short list announced for Lansdowne Park competition *UPDATE*

February 25, 2010,AEDT

The City of Ottawa released the names of the 5 firms that have been short listed from the 21 submissions received to  compete for the design of Lansdowne Park’s open space. The short listed firms are Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates – Cambridge, Massachusetts Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg – Vancouver, British Columbia | Read More

SvR + Hewitt designing Seattle’s streets

February 24, 2010,AEDT

In October 2009, Seattle Parks selected SvR Design + Hewitt as the primary design consultant for four Belltown blocks, from First to Fifth Avenues will be turned into Seattle’s first park boulevard with swales and natural landscaping. Last month SvR Design + Hewitt presented two different design options for Bell | Read More

$2.2 billion for Great Lakes Restoration: EPA

February 22, 2010,AEDT

The Environmental Protection Agency will spend $2.2 billion over five years on the Great Lakes to clean up polluted water and beaches, restore wetlands and fight invasive species such as Asian carp in a revitalization effort. In 2010 $475 million is budgeted under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan. | Read More

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