Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Visitor Center


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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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Chicago architect wins competition for Burnham memorial | Cityscapes – chicagotribune.com

chicagotribune.com reports

Chicago architect David Woodhouse, who shaped the visitor pavilions at Buckingham Fountain, was named the winner Wednesday of a controversial design competition for a memorial to Daniel Burnham that would celebrate the legacy of the great Chicago architect and urban planner.

Woodhouse’s plan would reshape the grassy, tiered open space of Chicgao’s Museum Campus, just north of the Field Museum, with a gently sloping lawn, a diagonal pathway and a variety of stone walls, including two set at right angles that would form a ceremonial “corner” (left) honoring Burnham’s influential Plan of Chicago.

read and see more at the SOURCE: Chicago architect wins competition for Burnham memorial | Cityscapes – chicagotribune.com

Children’s play areas to be added in redesign of Fort Worth’s Burnett Park – Star-Telegram.com

Star-Telegram.com reports

Children’s play areas would be added and water fountains removed to make room for a “great lawn” in a proposed redesign of Burnett Park, the quasi-green space in downtown Fort Worth that for years has served more as the entrance to the Burnett Plaza office tower than a city park.

read the full article and download the proposed redesign at the SOURCE: Star-Telegram.com – Children’s play areas to be added in redesign of Fort Worth’s Burnett Park | Top Stories |

City’s second waterfront: Riverwalk improved, but hurdles remain – Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune reports

In recent weeks, scores of walkers, joggers, bicyclists and others have discovered the riverwalk that just opened on the Chicago River’s south bank. Stretching from east of the Michigan Avenue Bridge to Wabash Avenue, with an extension to State Street due to wrap up in early July, the handsome, people-friendly public space marks the latest step in Mayor Richard Daley’s ambitious drive to make the riverfront a prime public space downtown and in the city’s outlying neighborhoods.

read the full article @ the SOURCE: City’s second waterfront: Riverwalk improved, but hurdles remain

Muncie’s Urban Garden project utilizes abandoned lots to grow plants – NEWS

Ball State Daily News Online

North Street Urban Garden – the brainchild of Colby Gray, a landscape architect from Ball State University and Jason Donati, the director for the Department of Stormwater Management – is working to provide a sustainable source of vegetables by offering their abandoned house lot for cultivation. The garden has already planted more than two dozen vegetable types, as well as a handful of herbs and flowers.

SOURCE: Ball State Daily News Online – Muncie’s Urban Garden project utilizes abandoned lots to grow plants – NEWS

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