Teams of young professionals to rethink the national park visitor experience for the 21st century

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Van Alen Institute and the National Park Service (NPS) recently announced four teams have advanced as finalists in National Parks Now, a competition inviting multidisciplinary teams of young professionals to reshape the national parks visitor experience.

Each team will now receive a $15,000 stipend to work with a broad range of stakeholders to develop digital tools, hands-on workshops, self-led tours, interactive installations, outreach and engagement campaigns, and other strategies that connect these parks to larger, more diverse audiences throughout the region.
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Teams unveil concepts for St.Petersburg Pier

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Back in October, WLA reported that 8 teams were shortlisted to provide a concept design for the St.Petersburg Pier. These teams submitted their designs to the city on December 15. Each team received a $30,000 stipend to submit initial design concepts, complete with reports, renderings, cost estimates and a description of how the programmatic elements meet the findings of the Pier Working Group.

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James Corner Field Operations selected to design 13 new acres of parkland at the Golden Gate

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The Presidio Trust recently announced the selection of James Corner Field Operations (Field Operations), a New York City-based firm, to design 13 acres of new Presidio parkland at the Golden Gate. Field Operations, best known for leading the design and construction of the High Line in New York City, is celebrated for its work transforming urban sites into treasured public spaces. Field Operations was selected from a group of five internationally-renowned design finalists. The New Presidio Parklands Project is a partnership between the Presidio Trust, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service (NPS).
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Waterfront Park Phase 4 | Louisville, USA | MKSK

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Building upon the success of Louisvilleā€™s Waterfront Park (Phases 1-3), Phase 4 is intended to be the westward expansion of open space along the downtown banks of the Ohio River. The 22 acre site serves as a continuation of community open space along the Ohio River corridor, connecting the downtown core with Portland Neighborhood and West Louisville to the west of the park.
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VIDEO | Claude Cormier: Happy Design

CLAUDE CORMIER HAPPY DESIGN: CURRENT PROJECTS from Boston Architectural College on Vimeo.

In his lecture, Claude Cormier will demonstrate the creative design process his firm uses in the making of happy public urban landscapes, starting from the early conceptual stage to the end of the construction phase. The lecture will focus on urban projects – Sugar Beach, Toronto; Clock Tower Beach, Montreal; Boules Roses, Montreal; Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto; and Berczy fountain, Toronto – each different in their nature, different in their expression, but at the same time sharing a clear communality in their playfulness.

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