The West Toronto Railpath is a multi-use public trail and linear park located alongside an active rail line in a former industrial neighbourhood. The design successfully addresses two natures of the city – the wild, other-worldliness of the rail corridor and the regular bustle of residential life – and brings them together in a beautiful and active urban composition. What was an impassable brownfield is now a well-loved neighbourhood connector that has improved both the human and ecological urban habitat.
Continue reading West Toronto Railpath |Toronto Canada | Scott Torrance Landscape Architect & Brown and Storey Architects
Kallang River Bishan Park | Singapore | Atelier Dreiseitl
Unhappy? Move Near A Park | Shaunacy Ferro | Fast Co. Design
“Moving to more verdant sections of a city, for example, can produce long-lasting mental health benefits, according to a recent study from the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science & Technology journal. ”
London’s enduring South Bank problem | Rupert Christiansen | Telegraph
“….more radically subversive thought that the QEH and Hayward have become surplus to requirements, and that everyone might ultimately be happier if a friendly bomb were dropped and the hole used for what the South Bank really needs – a piazza or park which could oxygenate an area already over-stuffed with culture.”
Interview with Marion Pressley on Designing with History | J. Green | The Dirt
“One of the hard parts about going into preservation is that most of our academic institutions don’t really teach you enough landscape architectural history to make you an authority on even American landscapes. Forget about European or Asian or any place else.”
Urban problems: ‘With elasticity of space, let cities find their own solutions’ | Atika Rehman | Express Tribune
“We have many cities that will soon become 100 million-people cities, and urban planners and designers can make a big difference to how things evolve in these municipalities.” – Rahul Mehrotra
Redesigning City Streets with a Mobile Phone | Jessica Lowry | GOOD
Key to the Street is a cloud-based service that allows anyone with a mobile device to participate in the design of public spaces.
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 12 January 2014
The setting for this project is a 110 hectare sub-division of a wine farm in the Cape Winelands between Somerset West and Stellenbosch, consisting of existing vineyards and some indigenous natural areas largely infested with alien invader species.
Small wine farms are generally commercially unsustainable and to this end the client, a pharmaceuticals entrepreneur, wishing to enhance the value of his investment and diversify the land use, has developed a flagship stud farm, training facility, vineyards and olives orchards on land which he recognized as having potential due to its location and natural setting.
Continue reading Cavalli Wine Estate | Somerset West South Africa | OvP Associates
Late last month, the Pier 42 masterplan received approval from a Community Board 3 subcommittee and is currently awaiting final approval by the Public Design Commission of the City of New York and the full board of Community Board 3 to move ahead. Recently WLA asked Mathews Nielsen (the landscape architect) what was unique about this project,
“Pier 42 uses a combination of newly created soft shoreline edge and an inboard ridge to dissipate wave action and protect against both flooding and future sea level rise. The park will place mechanical systems and small park buildings above the new 100 year flood line and seeks to use solar-powered lighting to eliminate any electrical conduit from vulnerability. All plant material and hardscape finishes within the flood zone will be tolerant of period inundation.” – Signe Nielsen, Principal, Mathews Nielsen
Continue reading Pier 42 masterplan by Mathews Nielsen