M.T.A. Approves a New Deal to Build at West Side Yards – NYTimes.com

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority unanimously approved a tentative billion-dollar deal with the Related Companies on Thursday to build a 26-acre, $15 billion enclave of office towers, residential buildings and parks over the West Side railyards.

As a result, the transportation authority will negotiate a formal contract with Related, and its partner, Goldman Sachs, over the next five months and deposit an $11 million check from the developer for fees related to the massive project. The yards sit on both sides of 11th Avenue between 30th and 33rd Streets, near the city’s convention center.

The deal sets the stage for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s long-running campaign to transform the once-industrial neighborhood into the city’s next major business district. Still, it could be years before the first building is erected over the windswept yards and the transportation authority begins to get a steady rent stream from the developer.

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Design Team includes:

Murphy/Jahn Architects
Master Plan Architect

PWP Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect

Cooper-Robertson
Master Planner

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Architect cross-examined over turbines’ impact on heritage route – The Southland Times

Landscape architect Peter Rough spent a second day being cross-examined by individual appellants, who have strong concerns about the effects of wind turbines on the heritage landscape.

Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust immediate-past president Dr Mike Floate asked Mr Rough how it would be for someone that had read about the goldfields trail along Old Dunstan Rd, and wanted to experience some of it.

Mr Rough replied that it was difficult to answer because no one was exactly sure how the landscape was in the gold mining days.

read more @ the SOURCE: The Southland Times – (Landscape) Architect cross-examined over turbines’ impact on heritage route – Queenstown NZ .

$30m for Punggol Waterfront Town

THE Government will spend about $30 million to develop key features of the new Punggol Waterfront Town.
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Most of that amount will go towards the man-made, 4.2-km Punggol Waterway, which will be constructed next year — $25 million will be spent on landscape and architectural development, not including infrastructure costs such as excavating works.
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The waterway will be the focal point of activities, according to plans by the Housing and Development Board (HDB).

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A New Manhattan Park Teaches Children About Plants – New York Times

Michael Van Valkenburgh, a landscape architect making his mark in New York with ambitious projects like Brooklyn Bridge Park, has created a more modest bit of greenery: the Toyota Children’s Learning Garden, a pocket park at 603 East 11th Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Created under the auspices of the New York Restoration Project, the park, which opened Monday, is not the sort of place where children can run around and ostracize one another from their little games in preparation for adult life.

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Design Debate Over Flight 93 Memorial Revived – New York Times

It has been more than two years since two college professors first made their claim that the winning design chosen for the Flight 93 National Memorial had evolved to contain elements of their proposal to honor those who died fighting the terrorists who hijacked the plane on Sept. 11, 2001.

And after an investigation by the Department of the Interior a year later found no merit to the claim by the professors, Lisa Austin and Madis Pihlak, that the winning design by Paul Murdoch, an architect based in Los Angeles, contained some of their ideas, most of those involved thought the debate over the design of the $58 million first phase of the memorial to be built near Shanksville, Pa., was over.

But the debate and rancor has been reignited in anticipation of Ms. Austin and Mr. Pihlak’s presentation of a paper on the issue on Tuesday at the “Designing the Parks” conference in Charlottesville, Va. The conference is co-sponsored by the National Park Service, which is overseeing the Flight 93 National Memorial.

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