Cleveland’s design district is a good idea that is moving closer to reality – cleveland.com

Cleveland’s design district is getting closer to reality. A year after plans were hatched to create an area near Playhouse Square with chic studios, retail space and storefronts for design-related companies, tenants and real-estate deals are not far away.

Creating a cluster of innovation east of downtown, where designers, their customers and suppliers can congregate, won’t just lend a cool vibe to the spot; it will create jobs.

SOURCE: cleveland.com – Cleveland’s design district is a good idea that is moving closer to reality

NYC DDC and NYPD Select Perkins+Will to Design $1 Billion New Police Academy

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) announce the selection of Perkins+Will as the architect for the new three million square-foot Police Academy campus in College Point, Queens.

The project will consolidate the Police Academy into one location with the most advanced law enforcement training facilities in the world. Program areas include a diverse mix of instructional and support elements that comprise a total campus: a main instructional building, field house, firearms and tactical training facility, Police Museum, visiting lecturer accommodations, parking garage, tactical village, rescue training, outdoor track, outdoor muster deck, and driver training.

Working in a project office alongside DDC and NYPD team members, architectural design consultant Michael Fieldman Architect, and consultants, Perkins+Will has begun the design for the 35-acre site. The integrated team is charged with creating a model facility that is adaptable to evolving training needs and emerging technology.

SOURCE: BUSINESS WIRE – NYC DDC and NYPD Select Perkins+Will to Design $1 Billion New Police Academy.

Harvard students plan use of urban developments near Dallas Arts District – Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Arts & Entertainment

High-profile arts facilities aren’t the only action around the Dallas Arts District.

Construction cranes bob over projects in the Dallas Arts District. A symposium will look at the effects of the downtown development.

Tonight a group of Harvard University students will present ideas for developing underused land at the district’s southeast corner. The presentation, titled “Good Design Makes Good Business,” will explore the impact of star-architect-designed arts facilities on commercial development nearby.

The symposium will be at 6:30 tonight at the Federal Reserve Building, after receptions for Harvard alumni and the public. Because of security requirements, reservations were required by Friday.

SOURCE: Dallas Morning News – Harvard students plan use of urban developments near Dallas Arts District 

HARGREAVES SELECTED FOR PHASE ONE OF NEW ORLEANS: REINVENTING THE CRESCENT

Hargreaves Associates has been selected as Lead Designer for Phase One of New Orleans’ Reinventing the Crescent, as part of the team chosen by the New Orleans Building Corporation. New Orleans-based Eskew+Dumez+Ripple is Prime and Executive Architect, for the $116,935,000 budget, with three distinct areas of focus distributed along 4.5 of the Mississippi River. Hargreaves Associates will translate the 2007 master plan into three design packages geared toward transforming defunct wharves into an ecological park; forging stronger pedestrian connections between the French Quarter’s Jackson Square and the Moonwalk at the river; and retrofitting existing wharf structures into a Marigny/Bywater neighborhood park..

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Transit will determine if we’re a city or suburbs

Ottawa city councillors’ big decision next week on the future of transit is really more about planning than it is about transit. Or at least, it should be. The transit plan councillors recommend will determine what our city will be like in the future. Will it be a dense, urban city where people can live without cars, or is the goal to use commuter trains to enable even more suburban expansion?

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