Foster + Partners unveils designs for new mixed-use community in Paris at MIPIM

Foster + Partners reports

Hermitage Plaza will create a new community to the east of La Défense, in Courbevoie, that extends down to the river Seine with cafés, shops and a sunny public plaza at its heart. Revealed by Foster + Partners at MIPIM in Cannes, the project incorporates two 323-metre-high buildings – the tallest mixed-use towers in Western Europe – which will establish a distinctive symbol for this new urban destination on the Paris skyline.

[SOURCE: Foster + Partners]

U. of Pennsylvania Will Spend $40-Million on a New ‘Penn Park’ – Chronicle.com

Chronicle.com – Buildings & Grounds: reports

“The University of Pennsylvania plans to spend some $40-million creating a park full of playing fields on 24 acres of land between the Schuylkill River and what is now the east end of the campus. The land, to be known as Penn Park, includes a large parcel that the university bought recently from the U.S. Postal Service, which used 14 acres of it for parking for what used to be Philadelphia’s main mail-sorting facility.

The park, which is expected to be finished in two years, was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The site will include a system for capturing rainwater and using it for irrigation.”

[SOURCE: Buildings & Grounds: U. of Pennsylvania Will Spend $40-Million on a New 'Penn Park' - Chronicle.com]

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10.7 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2008 – APTA

American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reports

“Despite falling gas prices and an economic recession, increasing numbers of Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2008, the highest level of ridership in 52 years and a modern ridership record, according to a report released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This represents a 4.0 percent increase over the number of trips taken in 2007 on public transportation, while at the same time, vehicle miles traveled (VMTs) on our nation’s roads declined by 3.6 percent in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.”

SOURCE: APTA: 10.7 Billion Trips Taken On U.S. Public Transportation In 2008 — Highest Level in 52 Years; Ridership Increased as Gas Prices Decline and Jobs Were Lost

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Tulsa updates master plan for Parks and Recreation | KJRH.com

KJRH.com reports

“It has been 30 years since Tulsa updated its master plan for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. But that will soon change. After decades without clear direction, the department is working to put together a road map for the next five to ten years.”

KJRH.com – Tulsa updates master plan for Parks and Recreation

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DSDHA wins Waterloo square competition – Building Design

Building Design reports

“DSDHA has won the competition to design a major new square on London’s South Bank.

The Waterloo City Square Scheme will see the roundabout circling the Waterloo Imax theatre and the streets around Waterloo Station given a badly-needed revamp, concentrating on rationalising the dark labyrinth of streets and subways around the station.”

SOURCE: Building Design – DSDHA wins Waterloo square competition

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