Wilderness and Exodus: the Production of a National Landscape

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Since the 1950’s, the weekend drive 1-3 hours away from cities is a democratic automobile-driven North American custom involving the ritualistic exodus of urban populations from metropolitan centres to sacred landscapes, to worship natural monuments and recreate. This phenomenon is integral to the role that landscape plays in shaping Canadian Identity.

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North Carolina Museum of Art breaks ground on a Museum Park

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh broke ground recently on a Museum Park expansion project designed by Civitas. The NCMA’s 164-acre Museum Park is one of the largest art parks in the country, and the groundbreaking marks the start of a long-term phased expansion plan that will strengthen the relationship between interior and exterior spaces while fostering environmental sustainability. “Our design for the park expansion is intended to engage people in art beyond the galleries, promoting active connections with art and nature,” says Civitas. Founding Principal Mark Johnson.

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The Penthouse | Dallas, Texas | Hocker Design Group

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The Penthouse project is about precision, architectural control, artful graphic layout and transitions from interior to exterior. Located on the 27th and 28th floors of a residential tower, the Penthouse has two terraces which were designed with different programmatic functions based on relationships to interior spaces, directional orientation and predominant skyline or sunset views. On the east terrace a spa and a fire pit are backed by Downtown views. With adjacencies to the primary living space with full glazing the west terrace enjoys views of the Trinity River corridor, its iconic Calatrava-designed suspension bridge, and great sunsets. The programmatic features along this terrace include a water feature, outdoor kitchen, and dining area. 

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Lowline Lab opens to the public

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In October 2015 the Lowline Lab (“The Lab”) opened to the public, acting as a proof of concept for the Lowline—an innovative underground park that will transport daylight into the depths of a historic trolley station.

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STUDENT PROJECT | Parque Chuviscar, A Metropolitan Riverfront Park | Alyssa Hassell, William Niendorff, Ningneng Xu

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Our proposal for this 24-kilometer, peri-urban stretch of the Chuviscar River recognizes the importance of agricultural systems that helped define Chihuahua. The current proposed plans for the site involve heavy development up to the river’s edge erasing existing agriculture, and proposed dams would permanently change the flow of the river.

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Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition unveiled

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This week, the Flatiron / 23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute unveiled SOFTlab’s Nova, the winner of the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition that serves as the centerpiece of the Partnership’s annual holiday programming and a highly visible landmark in this thriving neighborhood of New York. The second annual competition of its kind, the initiative called for proposals from New York design firms for a temporary installation for the holidays at the heart of the Flatiron District.

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East Midtown Waterfront Esplanade | New York, USA | AECOM

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Emblematic of New York’s return to its shoreline is Manhattan’s circumferential Greenway – the near contiguous, multiple-use chain of promenades and bikeways that, over the past decade, has been drawn around the city’s waterfront. The Greenway has reopened waterfront vistas, augmented Manhattan’s green and recreational space, and made local residents and commuters, and legions of leisure, business, and diplomatic visitors to the city aware of the shoreline that is once again becoming a living part of New York’s patrimony. The Greenway is also a central element in the City’s sustainability and mobility strategies. In conjunction with the New York City Bicycle Master Plan and New York City Cycling Map, the Greenway’s contiguous bike paths provide a virtual highway, not only for athletic cycling but for bicycle commuters, and has the potential of diverting a portion of bicycle through-traffic from city streets.
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