The winter of 2014-2015 was the snowiest winter on record for Boston, Massachusetts. In the spirit of small-scale tactical urbanism, and in an attempt to have some much needed fun with the snow, three landscape architects bought 60+ brightly colored inner tubes and threw them in front of City Hall in Cambridge, MA.
Baseball veterans, including a participant from the final game played, were on hand to throw out a ceremonial first pitch for the recent grand opening of San Diego’s Lane Field Park, created by Civitas. The park was placed on the former site of Lane Field baseball stadium, home to the then-Pacific Coast League San Diego Padres from 1936-1957 – history that played an integral role in the design. At the same time, this new park is visually tied to the Port of San Diego’s massive North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, which includes the Civitas-designed grand esplanade that opened in November 2014 just across Harbor Drive.
Waller Creek runs through central Austin from Waterloo Park at 15th street, bisecting the UT campus and along the eastern edge of downtown terminating at Lady Bird Lake. In April of 2011, the City of Austin began the construction of a flood control tunnel along the 1.5 mile stretch of Waller Creek. Upon completion, the tunnel will remove 28 acres from the floodplain, protect the creek from erosion, and help clean the water. Visionary leaders saw the opportunity to catalyze on this investment and transform the 1.5 mile section of the creek into a chain of parks and connected trails. The organization leading the charge, the Waller Creek Conservancy, aims to involve the community in the revitalization of the Waller Creek urban area, which will be under construction for the next decade or more.
In the fall of 2014, KaN Landscape designed a new schoolyard for PS 234, located in historic TriBeCa in lower Manhattan. The school, which accommodates children from kindergarten through 5th grade, was in need of a new play yard with a diversity of sports opportunities and play experiences for all ages.
Thomas Balsley Associates and Scott Torrance Landscape Architect have been selected to design a new Aitken Place Park in Bayfront, Toronto. Part of the ongoing revitalization of the East Bayfront precinct, the waterfront park will be a critical component in the establishment of a new vibrant water’s edge community, both a vital amenity to area’s residents and a destination for waterfront visitors.
World Water Day (Sunday 21 March) is a great time to remember the role that landscape architects play in managing water in the landscape. Over the last decade Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) has increased in importance as the world understands the importance of water in cities and the effects of climate change. The video above published by the Landscape Institute is a great example of the material available on the net in assisting landscape architects understand WSUD, but also use the video as a tool to educate the public on the importance of water in cities.
The White Rooms | Image credit: Atelier Pierre Thibault
The experimental and ephemeral projects of Pierre Thibault and his Atelier are a key component of his architectural practice, from the most discreet installation in the landscape to multidisciplinary artistic performances. His exploration will continue from May 30 to September 28, 2015 at Les Jardins de Métis with an exhibition Les Chambres blanches / The White Rooms where his latest work will be on view.
” Building is one of the most important acts of any society because it has a defining impact on the landscape, modifying the relationship we have with it, our way of seeing, understanding and living in it. ” Pierre Thibault