Residents may get new view

City landscape architects will go to work on the railroad running through Scarborough and Riverdale over the next few months, to try and find a way to hide two intrusive new signal towers from residents along the line.

The two signal bridges are part of a massive $70-million rail construction project along the CN line between Scarborough and Union Station.

Residents may get new view – insidetoronto.com

Casting Rutland alley as a park

Rutland residents weighing in on the future of the Center Street Alley expressed interest in commercial use, grass and trees and, above all, flexibility at the city’s most hidden park.

Long underutilized and frequently victimized by vandals, the park recently attracted the attention of a local creative economy group trying to revitalize the park by redesigning and rebuilding it.

What the brick-faced and multi-tiered venue might look like in the future won’t be known until landscape architects complete conceptual designs in January.

Casting Rutland alley as a park: Rutland Herald Online.

Historic graffiti mural discovered in Manhattan building

NEW YORK – It was the stuff of urban legend – rumours that a historic SoHo building had important graffiti hidden in its walls.

Except, in this case, it was true. A large mural that was created by some of graffiti’s earliest pioneers was discovered recently in a 10-storey limestone building just as developers were converting it into luxury condominiums.

The artwork contains a variety of images and writing executed in spray paint, grease pencil, magic marker and whatever else was at hand – in silver, gold, pink and red. There are cartoonlike pictures of a bomber airplane, images of a heart and a cake, and several references to Quaaludes, a popular 1970s party drug.

The Canadian Press: Historic graffiti mural discovered in Manhattan building.

When practicality outweighs the aesthetic

The Seattle Department of Transportation is trying to figure out where new trees should be placed in medians along a stretch of Southwest Admiral Way to address sight-distance issues raised by the community.

The medians were replaced as part of a $4.6 million project that repaved Admiral Way between 41st Avenue Southwest and Southwest Olga Street (by Admiral Viewpoint Park) this past summer. City seeks trees that don’t hinder traffic.

 

Winners announced for Portland Courtyard Design Competition

The City of Portland invited designers to produce design possibilities of housing oriented to shared courtyards. Portland is promoting courtyard housing as an additional infill housing type that can provide a quality living environment at densities higher than conventional detached housing.

The winners of the Inner Site where Keith Rivera and Kristin Anderson of Santa Barbara, California and the winners of the Eastern Site where  Emory Baldwin, Shirley Tomita, Masumi Saito, Lara Normand, Jocelyn Freilinger, Shawna Sherman, and Clara Berridge of Seattle, Washington.

People can vote for their favorite design which will be close on December 28

The Winning Entries can be seen at the Competition Website


Portland Oregon’s Courtyard Housing Design Competition 

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