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 

Free Online Videos Celebrate Best in Landscape Architecture

Free Online Videos Celebrate Best in Landscape Architecture

Washington, DC, December 10, 2007 — As the year draws to a close, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released a series of online videos for free downloading and viewing that celebrate the best in landscape architecture for 2007. Narrated by Susan Stamberg, the videos explore the ASLA Professional Award winning projects.

The winning projects were selected from more than 500 submissions from around the globe, and the videos are available for download here:

* General Design
* Residential Design
* Analysis & Planning
* Research
* Communications
* The Landmark Award

Free Online Videos Celebrate Best in Landscape Architecture. ASLA

People’s Park – Competition or Design by committee

A debate over whether UC Berkeley should sponsor an open competition to choose a new design for the historic site erupted after People’s Park Community Advisory Board member and architect Sam Davis suggested holding a competition last week.

While some board members agreed that a competition would enhance plans to redevelop the park, others said the move was premature and called for more community involvement instead.

The competition would be based on the People’s Park Assessment and Planning Study that was prepared by San Francisco-based consultants MKThink over a nine-month period.

At an earlier meeting in November, park users and stakeholders had emphasized the need for open green space and had criticized plans in the consultant’s study that involved permanent structures.

Almost everyone involved stressed the importance of fighting crime and homelessness in the park and keeping the spirit of social service alive.

Berkeley Daily Planet.

Neighborhoods Await Redevelopment Plan | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle

NEW ORLEANS — The few rebuilt homes on this Gentilly block are surrounded by debris-dotted and weed-choked empty lots, or houses abandoned after Hurricane Katrina.

In Gentilly and many neighborhoods, uncertainty hangs like a thick fog nearly 28 months after the storm flooded 80 percent of New Orleans. “It could go one way or the other,” Karran Harper Royal says as she pulls up to her rebuilt home in Gentilly’s Oak Park. “I try to go the optimistic way.”

Neighborhoods Await Redevelopment Plan | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.