#UPDATE – Walk the line has now been installed on the Streets of Sydney as part of the STREET WORKS initiative of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects(AILA), NSW. The various sites including Walk the line will be in place from 21 October 2011 until January 2012.
HASSELL is to reactivate under-utilised city spaces with Walk the Line, a simple painted line that turns into a game in selected areas. Street corners will become hopscotch pitches, bat tennis courts and marbles fields; stairs will turn into waterfalls and road crossings transformed into arcade games.
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Prof. Kongjian Yu is the founder of Turenscape landscape architecture firm in Beijing and Professor at Peking University. With his significant international renown as one of the leading contemporary landscape architects in China, his keynote during the World Congress was strongly appreciated.
Entitled the “Big foot revolution‟ Mister Yu began his keynote with how for thousands of years the civilized urban elite worldwide has maintained the right to define beauty and good taste (in China symbolized by the bandaged foot). The big foot revolution is about losing the bound on the feet, having a new integration to build ecological systems. He presented some projects and simple goals as making friends with the floods (and removing concrete), or being productive (for example some crops were used on a campus, with some rice planting festivals or harvesting days which became some important day in this university‟s life), valuing the ordinary and recycling the existing, the landscape as a living machine to clean polluted water and much more.
Continue reading A few words with Professor Kongjian Yu by Laure Aubert | 2011 IFLA World Congress
studioINSITE was commissioned to develop a design vision for 14th Street redevelopment in Downtown Denver – a process which began with the 14th Street Initiative. Hired to establish a set of design guidelines to direct the future of 14th Street redevelopment, the project spans 12 linear city blocks between Market Street and Colfax Avenue in downtown Denver. In consideration of adjacent programming, including numerous hotels, the Colorado Convention Center, The Denver Performing Arts Complex, restaurants and a variety other resources for tourism and arts in Denver, the goal was to establish 14th street as a “cultural spine”, adding new streetscape amenities, accommodating existing light-rail and future bicycle traffic, and contributing to the overall improvement of downtown Denver’s physical environment. As a follow-up to the Initiative, studioINSITE led a Feasibility Study to compare initiative ideas with actual survey information. The resulting information was used to determine the feasibility of the larger conceptual plan to expand sidewalks and curbs on the north side.
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The variegated surface extends into the steel marsh, which collects and cleans stormwater from the site. ©Stoss Landscape Urbanism
Erie Street Plaza is a small urban plaza in the Historic Third Ward district of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The 13,000-square-foot plaza lies at the point where the Milwaukee River meets the Federal Channel as it empties into Lake Michigan. It is the final link in a series of public space activators along the Milwaukee Riverwalk, a three-mile pedestrian and bicycle corridor that connects downtown Milwaukee to the emerging and redeveloping Third Ward, Beerline Districts, and the lakefront beyond. At the beginning of the project’s design, the future of Erie Street Plaza – its users, its function, its programming, even its necessity – were undecided. The urban context was generally one of infrastructure and industry; the site lacked neighbors and potential users. The site itself was a surface parking lot, subject to harsh environmental conditions, including high winds off the lake. Who is it for? How will it be used? This uncertainty, this open-endedness, was at the core of its design.
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The present state of the selected sites includes dominant traffic infrastructure (vast parking lots) and the railroad as a barrier. There is no public space and sparse green can be found. The problems that rise from here are: non-attractiveness of the space, decreased feeling of safety, and environmental problems, such as non-permeable soil and disturbed microclimate. Intervention in these areas encompasses reorganization of parking lots (moving underground), which leaves the ground free for people and for public spaces. This space is used for establishing green structures that improve the environmental condition, and provide people with necessary contact with nature and room for socialization. The areas of intervention are mainly large centers with a high number of commuters.
Continue reading ENTER \ \ SHIFT | Long Island | Gordana Marjanovic