On the southern face of the Freshkills landfill’s North mound, four large ponds of salt water capture and store heat radiating from both the sun and the landfill. Each pond is coupled with a tall solar chimney that extracts the heat and converts it to electricity. Multiple smaller salt ponds utilize the same heat to create an artificial hot springs for New York: The Solar Baths at Freshkills Park. The entire system is driven by the concept of the heat-cascade: the multi-stage reuse of residual thermal energy by temperature level. It aims to make that concept tangible to New Yorkers by inviting them to bathe in the heat of their own trash.
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Design Adds Value to the Commons – Michael Speaks, Dean, University of Kentucky College of Design from UK/CoD on Vimeo.
Design Adds Value to the Commons was a design symposium hosted by The University of Kentucky College of Design in conjunction with Lexington’s Downtown Development Authority’s Town Branch Commons Design Competition. Design Adds Value to the Commons was five landscape architects discussing the importance of good design for downtown development and including presentations by
Mark Johnson of Civitas, Shane Coen of Coen+Partners, Petra Blaisse of Inside Outside, Julien de Smedt & Diana Balmori of JDS Architects/Balmori Associates and Kate Orff of Scape
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Northside Park is located in Aiken, South Carolina approximately 2 miles from the city’s downtown core. The proposed sixty-four acre park is a decommissioned city dump that served the town for nearly fifty years until its closure in the 1980s.
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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, world renowned for its patient care and service to the community, has launched a re-imagination of its campus: With a newly rising Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion as the cornerstone of a 21st century masterplan, the largest not-for-profit academic medical center on the West Coast has sought to make its public and green spaces even more inviting to the people who visit this urban oasis, a neighbor to the cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
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Most cities with industrial pasts inherit problematic environmental futures. The Steel Yard’s cleanup is a showcase for regenerative design in a tough environment. Within industrial Providence, our project is a public intervention that upends commonly held notions of blighted neighborhoods and shows the potential for real, actively engaged – not simply ‘adaptive’—re-use. The Steel Yard’s landscape for learning embodies the non-profit’s mission through innovative (and necessarily inexpensive) brownfield remediation, stormwater filtration/reduction, purposeful design and placemaking.
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