Van Alen Institute has opened registrations for the L Train Shutdown Charrette. The Canarsie tunnel connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn on the L line will be closed completely for one and a half years or closed partially for three years to make repairs due to damage from Superstorm Sandy. Van Alen Institute is holding a charette propose implementable interventions that look beyond shuttle buses and private cars. Participants from both design and non-design fields are invited to this program that asks how unforeseen design solutions can facilitate easier routes during service shutdowns.
Have an idea? There is no entry fee to enter. Form an interdisciplinary team of at least two people and send us your 150-word concept by midnight EDT on June 9.
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Note from the Editor: Why is this posted on a landscape architecture blog? Because landscape architects look at problems at a macro scale and thought that a landscape architect teamed with an engineer, architect or other non-design discipline could create a disruptive solution. It will be interesting to see everyone’s ideas.
Image Credit | Van Alen Institute
Another week of great landscape content on the web. Here are our picks of the week…
Urbanism and the Landscape Architect | Mark Hough | Planetizen
“Landscape architects are not given nearly enough recognition for being urbanists.”
How Big Is That Park? City Now Has the Answer | Lisa W. Foderaro | NY Times
“Over the last three years, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has been remeasuring every park in the system”
Edible Bus Stop opens as part of Chelsea Fringe | Landscape Institute
“The newly opened Edible Bus Stop on Lambeth’s Landor Road, is the first of the capital’s ‘pocket parks’ to be completed with matched funding from the Mayor’s Pocket Park Programme.”
City Shaping VI: In 21st Century Toronto, There is Momentum | Charles A. Birnbaum | Huffington Post
“As part of this transformation, what’s particularly noteworthy is Toronto’s use of landscape architecture as a development catalyst, especially along the city’s waterfront.”
The City and the Sea | Tom Vanderbilt | PLACES
“And as Hurricane Sandy showed, the sea will not be forgotten. At a parking lot under the FDR Drive, where a few months earlier I had queued for locally sourced tacos at the New Amsterdam Market, Craft told me the water would have been over our heads.”
Landscape Architect Finds Her Creativity Working In A Small Space | Bill Motchan | The Chicago Architecture Blog
“I love working with clients and learning their vision so I get to execute their vision,” she said.”
Renderings Revealed for Main Street at Brooklyn Bridge Park | Jessica Dailey | Curbed NY
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s plans for expansion of its Main Street section were unveiled at a recent community board meeting.
Designing cities for better health: If you build it, they will walk | Dave McGinn | The Globe and Mail
“Many Canadian cities have also officially adopted the new urban planning thinking, especially Toronto, where the public health department released a report in 2011 on how communities shape the health of residents….”
Image Credit | Martin Seck
Immensity + Intimacy: Brooklyn Bridge Park explores the reborn landscape on New York City’s East River as a prototype for reimagining the urban waterfront. Through an inventive series of strategies, including sculpting the site’s complex maritime edge, reusing salvaged materials, and embedding ecology and experience, the park, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, redefines the Brooklyn waterfront as a central place in the civic imagination.
Continue reading EXHIBITION | Immensity + Intimacy: Brooklyn Bridge Park Jul.26-Oct.19
The New York City AIDS Memorial organization recently announced that Community Board 2 has voted in favor of the new design for a memorial. The memorial will honor the 100,000+ New York City residents lost to AIDS and recognize the ongoing epidemic.
Continue reading AIDS Memorial new design approved by Community Board
This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.
The new revolutionaries: Landscape architects reinvent urban parks | Rebecca Messner | Grist
The present generation of landscape architects is doing truly groundbreaking work, building parks like the High Line in places nobody expects them.
The Invention and Reinvention of the City: An Interview with Rem Koolhaas – World Policy Blog
“….creative flexibility allows us to design buildings that are more versatile, which can be successful in new economies and in new contexts.”
Sustainability saves landscape architecture | Brad Kane | Hartford Business
“The whole idea of sustainability is out there,” Tavella said. “Now it is cool to be green again.”
Park among the trees: Pittsburgh should require parking lots to plant trees — lots of trees | Thomas Hylton | Post Gazette
Nearly all the new trees have been planted in parks and along streets, the traditional location for shade trees in densely populated cities. But there’s another vitally important urban habitat for trees: parking lots.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Gets $40 Million Gift to Build Field House | Lisa W. Foderaro | NY Times
The field house is to be giant — 115,000 square feet near Pier 5, with a 200-meter inclined cycling track with up to 2,500 seats and a 22,000-square-foot infield that can accommodate other sports, including basketball, tennis, volleyball and gymnastics.
From LAND Reader (sister site to World Landscape Architecture)
Critics come out against Brooklyn Bridge Park
City Pulls Plug on Waste-to-Energy Site at Fresh Kills
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A multi-acre farm will be built on 100,000 square feet of rooftop space in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park—making it the largest rooftop farm in the world. The state-of-the-art, hydroponic greenhouse is being built and will grow up to 1 million pounds of local produce per year, including tomatoes, lettuces and herbs, which will cultivate a new national model for urban agriculture.
Continue reading World’s Largest Rooftop Farm Planned For Brooklyn