Fan Pier Public Green and Streetscape | Boston USA | Richard Burck Associates

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As South Boston’s working waterfront transforms into a modern office, retail, and residential high-rise district, Richard Burck Associates (RBA) identified a need for ‘democratic’ open space. This new park design was influenced by research into the site’s native views, wind and sun exposures, and varied social conditions. RBA has created an elevated deck that borders upon a sloping lawn, offering compelling views of the site and harbor beyond and establishing compelling connections to adjacent buildings and uses.

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Bill Taylor ideas for Boston City Hall Plaza [VIDEO]

Landscape architect Bill Taylor from Carol R. Johnson Associates Inc. gives his big ideas for City Hall Plaza to the Boston Herald. Reported on the day that Boston Redevelopment Authority is hosting a Greening Government Center symposium with panelists from Alex Krieger, Principal, Chan Krieger NBBJ; Janet Marie Smith, Vice President of Planning Development, Baltimore Orioles; Bob Fox, Partner, Cook+Fox Architects; Chris Reed, Principal, Stoss Landscape Urbanism; Matthias Rudolph, Assisting Director, Transsolar, Inc;

2010 SHIFTboston Moon Capital Competition

SHIFTboston is calling on architects, space-architects, scientists, engineers, urban designers, landscape designers, artists and futurists to submit their most provocative ideas for the moon. Think: WHAT IF this could happen on the moon? SHIFTboston seeks to collect visions that will provoke thought on the moon as a new destination. We want radical ideas for new lunar elements such as rovers, growing pods, inflatable structures, and lunar habitats. How about a new moon culture? Envision: FUN on the moon- activities, moon fashion, and spacesuits! YOU TELL US. Competitors are encouraged to form teams in order to tackle multiple concepts.

The honorary recipient will receive a cash prize and present at the Moon Capital Forum at the Cyclorama in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday, October 21, 2010. The Forum will be a panoramic gala event, attendees will include members of the Moon Capital Competition jury and advisory panel, astronauts, aerospace and astrophysics engineers; government, community, industry and academic leaders along with design professionals. The winning entry will be displayed in a new virtual moon game. Select entries will be promoted on the SHIFTboston blog and website, and will become part of the SHIFTboston Moon Capital Exhibit. Entries will also be selected as part of a new “2069: Moon Independence” book. For information please visit www.shiftboston.org

Call for entries: Monday, May 31, 2010
Submission Deadline: Friday, September 3, 2010

Bike share systems for London and Boston

Both London and Boston announced this week that they will be installing a share bicycle scheme using the Bixi system that is used and made in Montreal.

The London (UK) scheme will be run by Serco for a cost of 140 million pounds over 6 years. The system will incorporate 400 docking stations across a 44 square kilometre travel zone.

On the same day the city of Boston announced that they were in negotiations with Public Bike System Co. – the makers of the Bixi system to install 290 stations and 2,500 bikes across the city by next summer.

Currently the manufacturer is working on solutions to the current issue in Montreal reported by La Presse in July that one in five bicycles have been vandalised.

SOURCE (London bike system): Reuters – Serco to run London’s new bike hire scheme

SOURCE (Boston bike system): NYTimes – Boston Gears Up for Biggest Bike-Sharing Program

IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – amesis

A sustainable park grows in Allston – The Boston Globe

A sustainable park grows in Allston – The Boston Globe

Harvard University planners, Boston redevelopment officials, and a Cambridge landscape design firm are working together to reincarnate the 1.74-acre space, behind the Honan-Allston branch of the public library, into a “sustainable’’ park……

Michael Van Valkenburgh, head of the landscape architecture firm [Michael Van Vlakenburgh Associates] designing the park, said Library Park’s green features won’t be obvious to most people.

SOURCE: The Boston Globe – A sustainable park grows in Allston

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