Morgan’s Pier is a restaurant on the west bank of the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Its owners wanted it to have a relaxed backyard feel that would encourage patrons to linger and enjoy its amenities: “We see ourselves as a connection to Center City—a place you can spend 12 hours at.” Groundswell Design Group developed a project that reflects the desires of the owners and respects the conditions of the restaurant’s waterfront setting.
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TechTown—an emerging knowledge district in Midtown Detroit—is currently characterized by surface parking, vacant properties, and inward-facing, siloed hubs of activity. The TechTown District Plan articulates an inspiring vision for the revitalization of the district. The plan accelerates innovation, promotes entrepreneurship, and builds community around the generation of ideas in a vibrant, mixed-use setting. Leveraging the potential of key institutional anchors within the district (Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, and Henry Ford Health System), the plan creates an environment that fosters knowledge generation and innovation. The plan repurposes the historic building stock with uses that support innovation and create vibrancy, and also strengthens connections within Midtown Detroit and to surrounding neighborhoods.
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The dedication ceremony for George W. Bush Presidential Center will be held today including a parkland designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The design reflects the Bush’s love for their native Texas landscape and includes trees from their ranch tree farm. MVVA have spent over 2 and half years on site creating a 15 acre parkland that includes praries and meadows, bioswales and an irrigation cistern.
To find our more about the project watch the Michael Van Valkenburgh and Herb Sweeney interview below. You can also watch the dedication live on the George W. Bush Presidential Center website and also turnback the clock and watch the landscape unfold with Earthcam construction cams.
SMU Sits Down with GWB Landscape Architect Michael Van Valkenburgh from SMU-TV on Vimeo.
A team led by Stoss Landscape Urbanism, including Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Nitsch Engineering, and Angie Cradock ScD, MPE has been selected as the winning design team for the Movement on Main: Designing the Healthy Main Street competition in Syracuse. The announcement was made Tuesday, April 15th by The Near Westside Initiative, in partnership with UPSTATE: A Center for Design, Research and Real Estate in the Syracuse University School of Architecture.
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At its core, In Situ is a study in restoration, both of the site and the mind. Functionally designed as a garden for entertaining, this eight acre retreat in rural Connecticut incorporates sculptural art, exterior fire features, multiple water features, and several areas for outdoor dining. These luxuries are subtly coordinated with an ambitious site restoration program.
Continue reading In Situ Estate Garden | Redding USA | AHBL