NYC:uncapped – Landscape Architect finds alternative for uncapping hydrants

Urban Omnibus » NYC Uncapped reports

Adrienne Cortez is a landscape architect whose work explores themes of urban sustainability and the use of existing infrastructure as a framework for deploying green technologies. Last year she received a New York State Council on the Arts Independent Projects grant to pursue research on that quintessential urban summer pastime of playing in the rushing waters ………..

to find more information go to the SOURCE: NYC:uncapped and Urban Omnibus » NYC Uncapped.

Found this information VIA David Pinter‘s post at PSFK – Landscape Architect Imagines Eco-Friendly Alternative to Hydrant Uncapping who found it VIA [pruned]

Firms submit plans for Port of Charleston’s Passenger Terminal

Charleston, SC – The effort to improve and enhance the Port of Charleston’s Passenger Terminal is advancing as six urban planning firms have submitted proposals to update a portion of the master plan for the terminal and the surrounding area.

The South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) is seeking to upgrade the Passenger Terminal to more effectively meet new security requirements, as well as to better serve the market needs of its cruise customers.  To this end, the SCSPA and the City of Charleston have launched a collaborative effort and are working closely on the project.

On June 16, the SCSPA requested proposals from recognized planning and urban design firms that are familiar with and have worked within the City of Charleston.  Seven firms were asked to bid on updating a portion of the 1996 master plan that covers about nine acres in downtown Charleston around the Passenger Terminal.

The six firms that submitted plans by the Thursday deadline were:

The SCSPA and the City will jointly evaluate and select the winning firm in the coming weeks and will work with the firm and the community to update the plan by early 2010.  With the updated plan in hand, the SCSPA will seek development partners interested in portions or all of the nine acres.  This private-sector development will help fund improvements and upgrades to the Passenger Terminal.

The existing Passenger Terminal was built in 1971 and has served Charleston’s cruise business well over the years.  However, post-9/11 federal security requirements have introduced new facility requirements, while ship sizes have increased and passengers have greater expectations for cruise facilities.

Importantly, the project supports the SCSPA’s core mission of developing new maritime business.

SOURCE: SCSPA – PORT OF CHARLESTON

BMI/pace hired for Parry Sound streetscape works

BMI/pace have been selected to upgrade the streets of Parry Sound as apart of the 2010 G8 Summit in Huntsville, Ontario.

The streetscape works are budgeted for $700,000 from the total $50-million G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund. Most of the $50 million will be spent on the Expansion of Huntsville Centennial Centre to create G8 Centre, Huntsville budgeted at $16.7 million. (figures from Industry Canada)

VIA parrysound.com

Bike sharing comes to S.F. – but only briefly

San Francisco Chronicle reports

San Francisco got a taste of modern bicycle sharing when a truck pulled into Golden Gate Park on Sunday and dropped off seven bikes attached to a unique pay station that was portable, wireless and juiced by solar panels.

For five hours, hundreds of park visitors tested out the Bixi system, which since May has allowed Montreal residents – with the swipe of a credit card or prepaid pass – to unlock a bike from one station and drop it off at another.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle – Bike sharing comes to S.F. – but only briefly

Lake Tahoe’s proposed regional plan may be ready for approval by late 2010

TahoeBonanza.com reports

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Lake Tahoe’s proposed regional plan could be in the hands of environmental consultant EDAW by next week, according to Tahoe Regional Planning Agency officials.

Now EDAW will review those options in addition to a project description and the proposed code changes needed to support the environmental policies that will eventually go to the TRPA Governing Board for approval.

SOURCE: TahoeBonanza.com – Lake Tahoe’s proposed regional plan may be ready for approval by October 2010

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