On the edge of downtown Detroit, just east of the Chrysler Freeway and not far from Detroit’s still-troubled neighborhoods, lies Lafayette Park, one of the nation’s most beautiful — and most obscure — residential developments. Composed of three sections — a high-rise apartment building and 21 multiple-unit townhouses on the western border, 13 acres of landscaping down the center, and twin apartment towers on the east — Lafayette Park holds the largest collection of buildings in the world designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Called “oft-overlooked” by the Harvard Design School and “a little-known jewel of modern urbanism” by Detlef Mertins, a professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, it should be renowned, both for its loveliness and for its ability to thrive through Detroit’s dark times of riots, destruction and middle-class flight.
The Biggest Mies Collection – WSJ.com Wall Street Journal – Julia Vitullo-Martin
The city celebrated the start of construction of its Pier C Park yesterday with a symbolic groundbreaking near the Hudson River’s edge.
The kidney-shaped, 2-acre park is anchored to land by a narrow pier on one end and a meandering path on the other.
“It will offer the chance for a different relationship with the water than what you normally have,” said landscape architect Mark Pattin, of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the firm designing the park. “It’s an amazing opportunity to build a pier from scratch.”
Pier park is really out there – NJ.com.
The Tampa City Council voted 4-2 on Thursday to rezone the 20-year-old outdoor shopping complex for a $100 million makeover that includes condominium towers and stores.
“This is the only true urban village in the city,” said Councilman Charlie Miranda, who also voted to approve the original village plans in the 1970s. “It will give the city the opportunity for a lot more walkers, a lot more activity and a lot more communication with people.”
Miranda said the project is another indication of a changing city.
“It’s becoming more and more likely that Hyde Park, if you take out Bayshore, is the centerpiece of this wonderful city,” he said.
Hyde Park Plan Clears Hurdle Tampa Bay Online
Stanford University has brought in two top-tier New York City architecture firms to design the $1 billion-plus Medical Center expansions, spokeswoman Shelley Hebert said recently.
Rafael Vinoly Architects will lead the Stanford Hospital project and Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) has been selected for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Hebert said.
Palo Alto Online : Stanford Med Center picks big-name architects.
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
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.
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.