Moore Square, a four acre square, is one of five original squares established by William Christmas’ 1792 plan for the capitol of North Carolina, self-described as the “City of Oaks”. Deeply loved by the citizens of Raleigh and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Moore Square is a civic treasure that has fallen into disrepair and is in need of improvements to accommodate the new thriving urban life of downtown Raleigh. Continue reading Elevated Ground | Raleigh USA | Christopher Counts Studio
Main Street Square is a vibrant year-round destination for outdoor concerts, festivals, and markets located at the corner of 6th and Main Streets in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota. Formerly a one-acre impervious asphalt parking lot, this professionally-managed urban plaza showcases, through art, the natural and cultural history of the Black Hills region. The heavily programmed square fulfills a critical function as an outdoor gathering place, which the city previously lacked, and provides an activity, event and entertainment venue for local residents as well as the four million tourists who travel through the region annually. Continue reading Main Street Square | Rapid City USA | Rundell Ernstberger Associates
Building upon the existing vibrancy of Sydney’s southern entertainment precinct Albion Place has been regenerated through the installation of finely detailed stainless steel seating terraces fronting the heritage brick facades of adjacent offices, galleries and restaurants. Planter boxes integrated with the seating terraces break down the longitudinal space of the lane providing well proportioned separated dining places alongside the cinema wall. Continue reading Albion Place | Sydney Australia | McGregor Coxall
Just arrived in the WLA mailbox is the Autumn edition of Landscape – The Journal of the Landscape Institute. This edition covers the Landscape Institute Awards 2012 and also a few interesting articles about 2016 Olympics Rio masterplan, Remaking Cities and the Highline for London Competition. The section I enjoyed reading was Debate – Should landscape architects be activists?. Landscape is published quarterly by the Landscape Institute.