Frick Collection Abandons Current Expansion Plans

The Frick Collection in New York City has abandoned is current expansion plans, which would have destroyed the East 70th Street Garden designed by the internationally influential British landscape architect Russell Page (1906-1985). The garden is one of only three of Page’s surviving public U.S. commissions and is considered by the New York Times to be one of his “most important works.”

A coalition led by Unite to Save the Frick, with whom The Cultural Landscape Foundation worked, orchestrated a broad-based opposition to the expansion, bringing in artists, architects and other significant individuals and organizations. The New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Municipal Art Society, and other cultural institutions also weighed in. Everett Fahy, who as the Frick’s director in the 1970’s commissioned Page to create the garden, decried the “awful” expansion in an extensive interview with Bloomberg News Executive Editor Manuela Hoelterhoff.
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Incisions + Incubators | Shift Landscape Architecture

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Incisions + Incubators was completed for the Homegrown National Park Exhibition. Shift was one of eight invited firms to participate in this design exhibit sponsored by the David Suzuki Foundation and organized by Workshop Architecture. The projects were exhibited as part of a summer long event drawing attention to the idea of developing small scale initiatives which could increase the environmental sustainability of Toronto, Ontario.

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Brookhollow | Dallas, USA | Hocker Design Group

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Located towards the back of a 2.5 acre suburban site, this house is tucked discreetly near the riparian zone of an existing creek. The house is sited for maximum views and minimum tree loss. The resulting synthesis is a project that feels as if it has been built for years. Three wings surround and open to a central courtyard overlooking a swimming pool and the creek beyond.  The landscape architecture program includes active zone areas for family use and restoration of native creek habitat for plants and wildlife. 

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Peak Experience | San Francisco, USA | ATLAS Lab

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Peak Experience is an exciting installation by ATLAS Lab that was created for the San Francisco Market Street Prototyping Festival – a 3 Day event that took place in April showcasing 50 prototype projects.

Drawing from the nearly 53 hills that frame San Francisco’s most diverse and engaging neighborhoods, Peak Experience reconceives the hills of San Francisco into a series of varying and undulating mounds that frame a mix of uses that promote the integration of play into traditional street models.  

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Back to the River Design Competition in London, Ontario

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Back to the River, a paid design competition, is intended to revitalize a section of the Thames River corridor in London, Ontario, Canada by stimulating reinvestment and providing new opportunities for connection to the river.  The competition is sponsored by the London Community Foundation, the City of London and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.

Through this two-stage design competition, the Sponsors seek a design vision for a 5km segment of the Thames River Corridor and detailed area plans for two focus areas with special city-building potential. At the most refined level of detail, the design submissions will identify implementable projects for each of the focus areas to enhance the environment, community quality of life, and economic development in London.

The Jury will, on the basis of submissions to the RFQ, select between three (3) and five (5) qualified Proponents to proceed to the RFP stage of the design competition. Each qualified Proponent who is invited to and submits a qualified response to the RFP will be awarded $40,000. The winning proposal will be awarded a design contract with the City of London of at least $200,000 to initiate detailed design of the inaugural project for The Forks, one of the focus areas described above.”

The first stage, an open RFQ released May 6th with responses due June 3rd. Short listed proponents will be invited to respond to an RFP later in the summer.
For more information, see www.backtotheriver.ca

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