Waterfront plan: A magnet and, hopefully, model

Relax, Toronto, all is not lost; the wheels of change grind no slower here than in any other city.

So says Dutch landscape architect Adriaan Geuze, whose firm, West 8, is now redesigning the central waterfront in partnership with Toronto’s DTAH.

“Bureaucratic resistance is normal,” he says, smiling reassuringly. “It’s the same everywhere.”

Geuze should know; he’s worked in cities across Europe and North America. Still, he admits he has his work cut out for him in Toronto.

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The Biggest Mies Collection

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.
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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

Pier park is really out there – NJ.com

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.

Hyde Park Plan Clears Hurdle

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

Palo Alto Online : Stanford Med Center picks big-name architects

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.

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