Ireland’s first large scale urban wetlands and park surrounding a modern sports stadium, which it is hoped will act as a catalyst project for the redevelopment of Cork Docklands, has been awarded by Cork City Council to OKRA.
The winning concept design, led by the Dutch landscape architects OKRA in cooperation with the Irish landscape architects REDscape, took the City Council’s brief for the redevelopment of Marina Park to a new level and offers an exciting vision of dynamic landscapes and ecosystems tailored to a modern and developing city. The design concept includes a sequence of urban water gardens, watercourses and wetland areas that will recycle storm water from the adjacent docklands and create a sustainable environment for the new city park on the River Lee.
Continue reading Docklands Marina Park | Cork Ireland | OKRA
Doha, Qatar | Image Credit: Flickr User Sarah_Ackerman
This weeks links from around the world
Delirious Doha | Tino Rizzo | Domus
A survey of recent projects in Qatar reveals a particular brand of “instant urbanism”…
What Parks Need to Make the Grade | John Farley | Thirteen.org
NY Park ratings, friends, maintenance and improvement projects – “I do worry that we’re adding and have added a lot of new parkland and the maintenance budget is not getting increased. That could catch up with us,”
The BMW Guggenheim Lab: An urban experiment that nearly failed | C.G. | Economist
…New York to Kreuzberg, an edgy part of town, some locals resisted: they suspected creeping gentrification and condemned it as “some crappy capitalist luxury project”, and even threatened violence. So BMW Guggenheim found a more agreeable venue in already gentrified Prenzlauer Berg…..
Renovated Perk Park in Cleveland gives the city a new oasis of urban bliss | Steven Litt | Cleveland.com
Veteran New York landscape architect Thomas Balsley and the Cleveland landscape firm of McKnight & Associates, redesigned the 40-year-old park, which felt tired and unsafe before renovation, with a sleek, contemporary look.
SEBS Students Offer Designs for Voorhees Environmental Park | Rutgers University
The task of coming up with conceptual designs for what will become the Voorhees Environmental Park fell to students in the Rutgers Graduate Program of Landscape Architecture.
UN Launches Sustainable Development Network to Help Find Solutions to Global Problems | UNEP
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network will work with stakeholders including business, civil society, UN agencies and other international organizations to identify and share the best pathways to achieve sustainable development.
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With the London 2012 Olympic over and the Paralympic Games soon to begin, but it won’t be long the all the teams and fans will be at home and the Olympics Park will be empty. The question always comes up what now for the venues, parks and infrastructure that was built for the Olympics? Well the legacy planning has been in the works with the Mayor setting up the London Legacy Development Corporation that will be “setting and maintaining standards for quality of design, construction and urban planning, to ensure a sustainable and enduring legacy for the Park”.
Continue reading 2012 London Olympics | Legacy
back from a hiatus here is the “This Week in Landscape” links from across the globe.
The Green Team: Part 1 | Metropolis Magazine
Terrie Brightman and Lisa DuRussel along with others from Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects have started blogging about landscape architecture at the Metropolis Magazine
Tree Massacre At Queens Borough Hall | Geoffrey Croft | A Walk In The Park
It was cheaper for a city to cut down trees and buy new trees than to move the existing trees – the epitome of waste and bureaucracy?
Q&A: Diana Balmori | Jared Green | Metropolis Magazine
“There will be no remedy but to put the architecture and landscape together. Both architects and landscape architects are starting to work in ways that imitate nature in the way that it functions.” Diana Balmori
John Magee’s Native Landscape Designs Create Habitat for Wildlife | Al Bredenberg | Inhabitat
“Even as habitat becomes more and more disrupted by development, we’re creating more and more little islands of habitat. Wildlife can move and migrate from one to another of them.”
An Architect’s Vision: Bare Elegance in China | Jane Perlez | New York Times
“I love Manhattan. It’s a very interesting place. But if you want to copy something that was accomplished in 200 years, it’s very difficult. New York was not designed by architects, it was designed by time.”
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In early June 2012 JMDdesign’s latest project, Blaxland Common Regional Playspace was officially opened. The new regional scale playground and associated kiosk, amenities block and car park were commissioned to expand the recreational opportunities of the Hargreaves and Associates masterplan designed for Blaxland Riverside Park. The park is one of a number of parks that make up Sydney Olympic Parklands.
Continue reading Blaxland Riverside Park | Sydney Australia | JMDdesign
Designing Action is an IDEAS competition to re-imagine an industrial site along Downtown Nashville’s Cumberland River, with an emphasis on creating active spaces for healthy citizens, and highlighting alternative sports and related activities. The 75 acre site has many variables to entice creative solutions. It is a brownfield disconnected from the neighborhoods of East Nashville by an elevated interstate. Almost the entire site was under water in the 2010 May flood. The site is within walking distance of several major sports, entertainment, and convention venues.
Continue reading Designing Action Nashville ideas competition
Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects has broken ground on a $3.6M project to preserve and interpret the historic ruins of the West Point Foundry Preserve in the Village of Cold Spring, New York, transforming the venerable site into a park that respects and reveals its industrial and ecological history. Scenic Hudson, the largest environmental group focused on protecting and restoring the Hudson Valley, owns the preserve and commissioned Mathews Nielsen for the project, which is supported in part by a Preserve America grant.
Continue reading West Point Foundry Preserve breaks ground