Clive looks at nature & recreation centers

Clive is looking at new facilities suggested by a new plan approved by the City last week. The facilities include a nature center, community gym and a dog park.

Genus Landscape Architects has developed a plan for a nature center that could cost between $1.5 to 4 million depending on scope and detailing for final construction.

SOURCE: Clive council eyes recreation, nature centers | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register

Topher Delaney on the Healing Power of Gardens Lecture 24 Sept.

Free Public Lecture September 24th by Environmental Designer and San Francisco Arts Commissioner, Topher Delaney will discuss her work at a free public lecture, “Focus on the Garden,” September 24 at UC Berkeley Extension’s Art and Design Center in San Francisco.

Delaney will also teach a new course this fall at UC Berkeley Extension, “Value: The Exploration of Cultural and Spiritual Meanings in Landscape Design.” The course, which begins September 28 in San Francisco, offers lectures by Delaney and other experts on the fundamental concepts of the history, aesthetics, and spiritual and political implications of garden and landscape creation. Guest speakers will include Father Tom Lucas, Professor of Art at USF, and Ms. Jonie Palmer, Ph.D. candidate at University of Colorado, and others.

The free public lecture, “Focus on the Garden,” will be held on September 24 from 5:30-6:30 pm at UC Berkeley Extension’s Art and Design Center, 95 Third Street in San Francisco. For more information or to sign up for this free event, please visit http://extension.berkeley.edu/cat/course2121.html

SOURCE: UC Berkeley Extension

Urban farms springing up on rooftops

All across Manhattan urban farms are springing up across one of the densely built cities in the world. Urban Farms (community gardens) are nothing new but recently they are moving up onto the rooftops across the world as urbanites want to grow their own food and cool down their buildings.

The Washington Post has an article about the Urban Farms in Manhattan and how as the city has boomed with Community Gardens being sold for development gardens have moved up onto rooftops.

Read and See more at the Planting Roofs takes off in New York – Washingtonpost

New Park in Downtown Toronto

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A new park that has yet to be named runs north from Fort York Boulevard and sits about halfway between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst streets. “The …8-acre park is the result of five years of planning and construction and was built at a cost of about $8 million,” says Terry Hui, president and CEO of Concord Adex Inc., creator of Concord CityPlace.

Participating in the sneak preview of the new park were Mayor David Miller, Councillor Adam Vaughan, Douglas Coupland, the Vancouver writer and artist, whose vision inspired the design of the park and Darrell Fox, brother of Terry Fox, for whom the park’s running/jogging track is named.

Concord CityPlace will hold a competition to choose the best name for the new park, says Mr. Hui. The judging panel will include a range of household names from the arts, music, the stage and television.

The central theme of the new park, as envisioned by Mr. Coupland, is a celebration of Canada and especially of Toronto’s two centuries of history. It seems to seamlessly connect the roots of Toronto as represented by nearby Fort York and the shoreline where then Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe founded the city with the inspiring towers of the central business core to the east.

Corporate art consultant Karen Mills was responsible for suggesting and selecting the public art and for the overall coordination of the project and Vancouver landscape architect Greg Smallenberg of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg handled the physical landscape design.

SOURCE: Concord CityPlace

IMAGES CREDIT: George Pimentel

Can a rail line reinvigorate a city?

Fair Park Station - SOURCE: DART.org

Fair Park Station - SOURCE: DART.org

The people in Dallas are hoping that the new Green Line with 4 stations opening on Monday will reinvigorate areas of the city that have fallen into neglect. According to the Dallas News

In South Dallas, there are ambitions for transforming the neighborhood – historically the home of many of the city’s black residents and businesses – into a point of pride.

Read the more about the green line at DART.org and the Dallas News

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