On the edge of downtown Detroit, just east of the Chrysler Freeway and not far from Detroit’s still-troubled neighborhoods, lies Lafayette Park, one of the nation’s most beautiful — and most obscure — residential developments. Composed of three sections — a high-rise apartment building and 21 multiple-unit townhouses on the western border, 13 acres of landscaping down the center, and twin apartment towers on the east — Lafayette Park holds the largest collection of buildings in the world designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Called “oft-overlooked” by the Harvard Design School and “a little-known jewel of modern urbanism” by Detlef Mertins, a professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, it should be renowned, both for its loveliness and for its ability to thrive through Detroit’s dark times of riots, destruction and middle-class flight.
The Biggest Mies Collection – WSJ.com Wall Street Journal – Julia Vitullo-Martin
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects release Summer issue of LA Online.
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The city celebrated the start of construction of its Pier C Park yesterday with a symbolic groundbreaking near the Hudson River’s edge.
The kidney-shaped, 2-acre park is anchored to land by a narrow pier on one end and a meandering path on the other.
“It will offer the chance for a different relationship with the water than what you normally have,” said landscape architect Mark Pattin, of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the firm designing the park. “It’s an amazing opportunity to build a pier from scratch.”
Pier park is really out there – NJ.com.
The Tampa City Council voted 4-2 on Thursday to rezone the 20-year-old outdoor shopping complex for a $100 million makeover that includes condominium towers and stores.
“This is the only true urban village in the city,” said Councilman Charlie Miranda, who also voted to approve the original village plans in the 1970s. “It will give the city the opportunity for a lot more walkers, a lot more activity and a lot more communication with people.”
Miranda said the project is another indication of a changing city.
“It’s becoming more and more likely that Hyde Park, if you take out Bayshore, is the centerpiece of this wonderful city,” he said.
Hyde Park Plan Clears Hurdle Tampa Bay Online
Striking a balance between human development, resource allocation and environmental protection amid rapid urbanization is a grim and unavoidable challenge facing the country, experts said Thursday.
The unprecedented surge in urbanization has greatly improved the lives of city dwellers, but also resulted in pollution, widening income gaps, depleting resources and unbalanced regional development, Shan Jingjing, a senior researcher with the China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), said at the launch of the Blue Book on China’s Urban Development.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the country’s urbanization rate rose from 19 percent in 1980, to 44 percent last year. CASS deputy head Chen Jiagui said the rate is about three times the world average over the period.
Balance ‘central’ to urban growth – China Daily