West 8 Design Team Picked for Governors Island Park

A team of five design companies was chosen today to design the transformation of Governors Island from an abandoned military base into a 90-acre open space at the heart of New York Harbor. The new parkland will include a two-mile promenade on the water’s edge, a 40-acre park occupying the southern half of the island and improvements in the historic military district that makes up the northern half of the island and includes structures built as early as 1810.

The winning design team comprises five companies: West 8; Rogers Marvel Architects; Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architects designing the High Line in Chelsea; Quennell Rothschild and Partners and SMWM.

Design Team Picked for Governors Island Park – City Room – Metro – New York Times .

Park Plan Choosen – New York Times – Robin Pogrebin

City picks architects for Governors Island – AM New York

Dutch Firm Selected To Design Governors Island Parkland – New York Sun

1,000-home Hawaii subdivision planned

A California partnership is moving ahead with plans to develop a nearly 1,000-home subdivision in south-central Maui despite opposition from the County Department of Planning and some nearby residents.

Ma’alaea Properties LLC recently filed a draft environmental impact statement for its estimated $400 million project called Ma’alaea Mauka proposed for 257 acres of former sugar-cane fields south of Wailuku.

The project envisions 949 residential units in a mix of single-family homes, multifamily units, senior housing and rental apartments plus a 15-acre park and 37 acres of open space.

1,000-home Hawaii subdivision planned – The Honolulu Advertiser.

Interesting piece on Daniel Libeskind’s latest building

On this snowy Saturday morning in Toronto, I’m moving with the big press pack, up the dramatic staircase inside the Royal Ontario Museum’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. At the front, two men are carrying enormous sound booms, and they are leaning in to record the conversation between ROM director William Thorsell and the architect Daniel Libeskind, the maker of the museum’s controversial new wing who is visiting for a media morning. Behind them are the rest of us: me, a TV crew from Israel, assorted bloggers, print journalists, the folks from Fashion Television, and a film crew under the direction of Kenton Vaughan, who is making a documentary film about the building.

globeandmail.com: A 10-minute conversation with the starchitect.
SARAH MILROY

Gray water recycling gains momentum: Is it safe?

That’s why, especially in the midst of a drought, some Atlantans cringe at the thought of flushing it down the commode.

“Putting drinking water down our toilets doesn’t make sense,” said Danny Feig-Sandoval.

The Atlanta contractor is among a handful of Atlantans who have installed gray-water systems in their homes, using recycled water to flush rather than wasting the clean stuff.

Gray water is water that has been captured from the shower, the tub, the bathroom sink or the laundry — not the toilet.

Gray water recycling gains momentum: Is it safe? | ajc.com.

Cities cultivate 2 types of green

Squatting on the roof of a row house with a panoramic view of the sewage plants and warehouses that surround the South Bronx, James Wells sounds like a tree-hugger.

He photographs the progress of seedlings he planted on the roof, one of his first “green roof” installations, and explains how roofs covered by soil and plants, more trees on the ground and cleaner parks are key to fighting the pollution that overwhelms the neighborhood. As he speaks, a pungent rotting smell emanates from a sewage plant.

“Imagine living under these types of conditions,” says Wells, 29. “It’s one of the reasons asthma rates are so high in the Bronx.”

Two years ago, Wells made an improbable conversion from convict to environmentalist. He was just out of prison after serving 10 years for armed robbery and couldn’t find a job that would pay enough to make the rent.

Then he found Sustainable South Bronx, and he found a calling.

Cities cultivate 2 types of green – USATODAY.com. Marisol Bello

Surprise from the streets: Art!

Shards of glass arranged randomly on a wooden utility pole. A jaunty human body carved out of a dead tree, wearing a tire as a hat. Ceramic benches in a vacant lot. The face of an elf painted on the base of a streetlight. Elaborate graffiti in countless places across the city.

Art is one of the last things outsiders associate with Detroit. But drive the streets and you quickly realize the city possesses an energetic, grassroots creative class that not only spreads color, whimsy and provocation across the landscape, but also serves as an engine of redevelopment.

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True, not everyone considers all of it art, especially when it comes to graffiti.

DRIVING DETROIT | PART 3 OF 5: Surprise from the streets: Art!.

Madrona Woods creek again flows free

For decades, the cool, clear water from springs in the city-owned Madrona Woods flowed through stormwater pipes into Lake Washington.

But no more. Madrona residents are taking back their creeks.

Seattle landscape architect Peggy Gaynor, who has worked on rerouting creeks from pipes at Thornton Creek, Meadowbrook and Ravenna, said the Madrona project “is the most ambitious and complex project I’ve been involved with.”

Madrona Woods creek again flows free.Seattle PI – Debera Carlton Harrell

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