Cities with park systems designed by historic visionaries are endowed with a legacy of generous, well-connected open spaces. Designers behind some of America’s greatest urban park systems imagined the squares, rings, and axes of green space for the people of major metropolises. However, they could hardly anticipate the ensuing demographic changes, financial challenges, and environmental concerns that would impact the role these spaces play in contemporary city life. Emerald Networks: Reviving the Legacy of City Parks explores how cities are innovating within historic park visions to meet contemporary needs.
Continue reading Emerald Networks | Sasaki Associates research initiative examining planned park systems in six cities
The City of Minneapolis is seeking a qualified landscape architect-led team to design the “Commons” (formerly known as “The Yard”), a two-block, 4.2 acre area bounded by Park Avenue, 4th and 5th Streets, and a proposed building on 5th Avenue South.
“This is an exciting opportunity for a landscape architect-led design team to shape a part of our city by creating an engaging, innovative, year-round public space,” said Tom Fisher, Co-Chair of the Park Committee, Dean of the University of Minnesota Design School. “The Commons will not only serve as the front yard before every Viking’s home game and major event hosted at the
new multipurpose stadium, but will be that world class destination that draws more residents, visitors, and investment to downtown Minneapolis.”
Continue reading Minneapolis is seeking a landscape architect to design the “Commons”
We have published some great projects from around the world during from small scale projects to large scale urban design and its that time of year to review some of the great projects from 2011. We start with projects from January through to March.
WEST 8 | Grand Opening Miami Beach SoundScape / Lincoln Park
Gustafson Porter win Valencia Parque Central competition
University Square | Ben-Gurion University | Israel | Chyutin Architects
Continue reading 2011 Projects Review | January-March
Many cities in the world have great parks systems that were well thought out and brilliantly implemented, however the downtown street grids where often forgotten and became more arterial routes for vehicles and pedestrians. Minneapolis is about to change that with Steve Berg of the Minneapolis Post writing in a great article about the greening of Minneapolis that Park Board will plant 500 trees downtown this year to green the streets of the city that needs to attract a middle class population along with new commercial and retail businesses.
Read more at the [MinnPost.com]
The Minneapolis City Council approved the selection of oslund.and.associates as the landscape architect for the revitalization of Peavey Plaza. The firm was selected for the quality of its design for projects such as Gold Medal Park and Target Plaza in Minneapolis as well as its ability to lead projects involving extensive public participation, such as the new I-35W bridge project in Minneapolis.
Oslund’s team additionally includes Charles Birnbaum of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, M.P. Friedberg, original designer of the plaza, Dan Euser Waterarchitecture and Shuler & Shook Lighting Design. The team’s portfolios of additional projects include the World Trade Center Memorial in New York, Mellon Square Park in Pittsburgh and Battery Park City in New York.
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