In years past, building a central park was about creating an escape from urban life with little nod to what it was replacing.
But the designers (Ken Smith Landscape Architects) of the Orange County Great Park, which is being built on 1,347 acres of the former El Toro Marine Corps base, are taking a new approach, embracing the site’s military past rather than bulldozing it.
In one such move, the park’s board today plans to accept the donation of a World War II-era patrol plane and bomber as the first artifact for an aviation museum expected to feature dozens of historic aircraft and memorabilia.
Read more @ Los Angeles Times WWII-era bomber donated to Great Park by Tony Barboza
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s principles of free-flowing, flexible space were in full view during a first-time collaboration between Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology architecture students over the weekend.
The German-born modernist architect, who designed IIT’s Crown Hall in the 1950s with the idea of opening up the interior for multiple uses, may not have had dance performances in mind. But the interplay between settings created by the school’s aspiring architects and filled in by dancers at Crown Hall underscored Mies’ belief that an efficient structure can be endlessly transformed.
Read more @ chicagotribune.comRomp with architecture mixes styles, results at Crown Hall by Lucia Mauro
464-acre site south of downtown Dallas has been chosen as the study area for the sixth annual ULI (Urban Land Institute,USA) Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, an ideas competition for university students created to honor the legacy of urban development pioneer Gerald D. Hines, chairman of the Hines real estate organization and a laureate of the Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.
Read more at ULI: Testing a New Generation
Shanghai and Baoding have become the first cities to take part in a new WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) initiative to research less carbon-intensive paths to urban development in China, the international environmental organization said.
The Low Carbon City Initiative will initially focus on energy efficiency in buildings, renewable sources of energy and the manufacturing of energy-efficient products.
“Cities are an important part of China’s economic development, but many face problems such as low energy efficiency and degraded environmental quality,” Li Lin, head of conservation strategies at WWF-China, said.
Read more @ Chinadaily.com – Cities join WWF to cut carbon use by Sun Xiaohua (China Daily)
FUNDING is in place to see a new Crystal Palace built as part of plans to overhaul a historic park.
A leading Scottish Bank, believed to be Clydesdale Bank, has given its support to the scheme in Crystal Palace Park.
It is backing plans for a smaller replica of the famous Crystal Palace as part of £265m worth of private investment in the palace, with additional funding from the park being generated by the development.
Read more at NS – 265m Funding To Build New Palace by Thom Kennedy
A hundred years from now, Atlanta may look drastically different from the city it is today, as planners work to eliminate its 21st century problems of drought and urban sprawl with water collection centers, smaller highways and residents living in new urban areas.
Those aspects were revealed Tuesday as part of an architects’ competition called “City of the Future: A Design and Engineering Challenge,” a series filmed for The History Channel. Last year, futuristic designs of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles were examined. This year the show is focusing on Atlanta, Washington and San Francisco.
“The city at this point actually has to sustain itself,” said Bishop. “We have to create systems within the community itself to allow it to adapt.”
Read more @ Ledger-Enquirer.com – Drought, sprawl, focus of architects’ concepts for Atlanta by Daniel Yee of Associated Press
Prague, (CTK) – Uncontrolled housing development around big cities in the Czech Republic since the 1990s has resulted in an “urban sprawl” devastating the landscape that has brought about more problems than benefits, the political weekly Respekt writes in its latest issue.
Czech cities are now surrounded by an ugly mixture of small family houses, large shopping centres and warehouses, built without any considerate zoning plan and regardless of logic.
Since the collapse of the communist regime in 1989, thousands and thousands of Czechs have fulfilled their dream about an own cosy house outside the urban tumult in the wild that is yet close to the “civilisation,” Respekt says.
Read more about the developing Czech Republic @ Respekt: Landscape suffers from uncontrolled urban sprawl – CTK