Rebuilding Metropolitan Areas as a Way of Rebuilding America – washingtonpost.com

washingtonpost.com Editor writes

PRESIDENT OBAMA addressed a meeting of leading thinkers and advocates Monday to redefine “urban policy.” The mission is to strip it of narrow and negative connotations (slums, poverty and crime) and imbue it with a broader purpose, recognizing the importance of metropolitan areas to the nation’s prosperity.

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Lighting Up Tough Parks’ Darkness – NYTimes.com

NYTimes.com reports

Harvard Park has been a no-man’s land after dark for decades. It’s location, at the borders of rival gang turf, has made it more a demilitarized zone than public space since the inception of this city’s oldest and most entrenched street gangs. So there was a giddy excitement among the thousand or so South Los Angeles neighbors who came last week to celebrate the park’s inclusion in Summer Night Lights, a program designed to combat gang violence by keeping lights on until midnight in some of the city’s roughest parks………..

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Seattle’s ‘new urbanism': making smart, sustainable, stylish dwellings | Seattle Times Newspaper

Seattle’s ‘new urbanism': making smart, sustainable, stylish dwellings | Seattle Times Newspaper

As questions of density, affordability and livability continue to drive discussions about how to design our urban worlds, architects, citizens and city officials are all looking for a shared sense of what the “new urbanism” means — whether and how to regulate, encourage and ultimately create the kind of built environment we want.

SOURCE: Seattle’s ‘new urbanism': making smart, sustainable, stylish dwellings | Seattle Times Newspaper

Dutch firm could replace Frank Gehry on Miami Beach park project – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.com reports

A Dutch firm known for delivering euphorically original urban designs on a budget is poised to replace the world’s most famous architect on a Miami Beach park project that Gehry quit amid a row with the city over costs.
The firm, West 8, was selected from a dozen applicants for the $13 million park project by a six-person committee representing the city and the New World Symphony………

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Visitor Center


Image Credit: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

With the approach of its centennial in 2010, the Garden looks forward to both celebrating past achievements and creating new ways to engage and inspire future generations. In this spirit, BBG is pleased to unveil plans for an extraordinary new Visitor Center pavilion, which will break ground in summer 2009 and open in 2011. Already receiving acclaim, it has been presented with a prestigious Award for Excellence in Design by the Public Design Commission of the City of New York.

The proposed building is the design of the award-winning New York City architectural firm of Weiss/Manfredi, known for its sensitive integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design.

SOURCE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Visitor Center

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