Can eco-density be beautiful? – Crosscut Seattle

Can eco-density be beautiful? By Adele Weder

Vancouver, B.C. wrestles with how to make new buildings and greater density produce better, less uniform architecture. It turns out nobody has a very clear image of what that would look like.

…..Nobody has a clue what an eco-dense city will actually look like — or even what we want it to look like. New York? Shanghai? Disneyland?

At this and other eco-density public hearings, presenter and star eco-densifier Peter Busby has brandished a freshly produced, beautiful little booklet entitled mdash; what else? mdash; “Busby on Eco-Density,” as he offered an impassioned manifesto. The booklet contains clear and attractive illustrations of what Vancouver might “look like” under varying degrees of eco-density mdash; but in the abstract.

Source: Crosscut Seattle – Can eco-density be beautiful?.

Editors Note: The article is well written and well worth the read

Tishman Speyer selected for Hudson Railyards


Tishman Speyer, owner of such New York landmarks as Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Center, will transform the West Side Yards into a vibrant neighborhood and commercial center on Manhattan’s Far West Side.

Founded and headquartered in New York, Tishman Speyer, along with the world’s leading architects, will convert a desolate rail yard into a thriving community complete with acres of green parks and gardens, distinctive residential buildings, striking commercial towers, and exciting retail shops, restaurants, and cultural venues.

Design Team includes:

Murphy/Jahn Architects
Master Plan Architect

PWP Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect

Cooper-Robertson
Master Planner

Image Credits: Tishman Speyer
Source: Tishman Speyer –
Hudson Yards

UPDATE: RMJM Program with Harvard

RMJM, an international architecture firm with U.S. headquarters in New York City, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design will announced on March 17 the launch of a $2 million program aimed at tackling a global shortage of architects.

RMJM’s $1.5 million donation, matched by another $500,000 from Harvard, establishes the “RMJM Program for Research and Education in Integrated Design Practice,” which aims to stem a “brain drain” in the design and construction industry. It is the one of the largest cash donation received by the Harvard since a donation from The Aga Khan in 1999.

Source: RMJM Hillier 

 

UIC release Sustainable Urbanism Guide

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s City Design Center has produced a 96-page electronic publication illustrating ideas for green development in Garfield Park as a case study for use by Chicago neighborhoods and individuals.

“Green Schemes: Sustainable Urbanism for Garfield Park” presents 80 concepts such as filtration gardens, narrowed roadways, and an elevated bikeway adjacent to the Green Line tracks. Graduate students and faculty in urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture conceived the schemes in five studios taught at UIC’s City Design Center.

Their designs for urban agriculture, public ways, building technology, manufacturing, transportation and other planning elements address four scales of development: building, street, neighborhood, and the two-square-mile community.

“Green Schemes” shows that planners, architects and landscape architects can make green design feasible by collaborating, said Susanne Schnell, research assistant professor in the City Design Center.

Twenty concepts from “Green Schemes” will be on view through April 20 in “Green Architecture,” an exhibition at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Ind., said Dan Wheeler, associate professor of architecture and a member of the steering committee.

Source: UIC News Release.

Quiet revolution

Jaime Lerner’s ‘urban revolution’ successfully transformed a congested, grimy, crime-ridden city into a world-renowned model of green living and social innovation. London can do it too, he tells Tom Phillips

Read more @ Jaime Lerner on what London can learn from his transformation of a Brazilian city

Source: The Guardian.

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