This Week in Landscape | 29 January 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news and views from around the web

Times and Tides Weigh on Hudson River Park (Hudson River Park Faces New Challenges) | CHARLES V. BAGLI and LISA W. FODERARO | New York Times
Hudson River Park stretches along the Manhattan waterfront from Battery Place to 59th Street and has changed the West Side of Manhattan by drawing development money into the area. Funding is starting to dry up as the recession has bitten hard into the city coffers just when the money is needed to develop the revenue raising commercial piers.

North Grant Park plans offer reasons for excitement, concern | Blair Kamin | Chicago Tribune
Kamin looks into what happened to plans for the Children’s Museum and the implications of the new design for the park by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

You’ve Heard About Slow Food. What We Really Need Is Slow Design | MICHAEL BARDIN | Fast Company Design
Micheal Bardin of PERKINS+WILL looks at why now is the time to change the way we heat and cool buildings.

Architecture that re-imagines the world | CNN
Bjarke Ingels is creative and passionate about architecture on CNN.

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St.Louis Gateway Arch upgrade to cost $578 million

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates(MVVA) recently presented the update plans for the Gateway Arch upgrade and a new estimate of $578.5 million was announced almost double the 2009 estimate (Parks Estimate before the Design Competition). The design has been updated since MVVA won the competition  in September and  has added key features such as the aerial gondola and a ‘lid’ on the I-70 interstate road.

Read more at stltoday.com

HNTB & MVVA win ARC Wildlife Crossing Competition


Announced in Washington DC at the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Conference on January 23rd, 2011, the ARC jury of internationally-respected professionals with expertise in design, ecology, and engineering selected the team led by HNTB with Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates (New York) as the winner of the ARC International Design Competition.

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ARC Wildlife Crossing Design Competition Designs revealed

The ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition unveiled its five finalist designs for a next generation wildlife crossing at West Vail Pass. The first-ever international design competition is intended to solve the problem of ensuring safe travel for humans and wildlife. Collisions between vehicles and wildlife have increased by 50 percent in the past 15 years threatening human and wildlife safety, and costing Americans $8 billion dollars annually.

The  ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition has selected five finalist teams to progress to Phase 2 of the competition, commencing September 7th, 2010. The finalist teams were chosen from 36 team submissions from nine countries, representing over 100 firms worldwide. The five teams in contention include more than a dozen firms in four countries.

The five finalist teams are:

ARC Vail - Balmori

Balmori Associates (New York)

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Land News 18 Nov 2010

James Howard Kunstler: The World is Going to Get Rounder and Bigger Again

Chris Martenson of Business Insider interviews James Howard Kunstler about oil, food, neighborhoods, economy and energy. The best quote from the interview

It ought to be self-evident. I mean, compare Phoenix and Portland, Oregon. Phoenix is utterly toast in a few years. They can’t grow any food there without expensive and heroic irrigation. They have water problems. They’re slaves to their cars. They’re in a place where even the hamburger flippers need air-conditioning to survive. It’s quite hopeless there. Portland, on the other hand, has turned itself into one of the finest walkable cities in the USA……

Read the full article at [Business Insider]

Rust Belt Cities Demolish Homes as Foreclosures Blight Cleveland, Detroit [Bloomberg]
Cleveland’s population has been shrinking for 60 years as the city lost manufacturing jobs. Now, after more than 33,000 foreclosures since 2005, it’s demolishing hundreds of deserted, derelict homes.

Lane-storming: Cities drive new ideas about public space [Globe&Mail]
A line has been drawn in the battle over city streets. On a busy Manhattan morning this spring, a comedy troupe drew a chalk divide down the edge of Fifth Avenue, creating one lane for “tourists” and another for “New Yorkers.” It was just a joke, but the news quickly spread around the world and inspired copycat initiatives.

College unveils Landscape Master Plan [Miscellany News] to be officially revealed next week

According to Urbanski, Van Valkenburgh (MVVA) approaches each institution individually, looking for a custom fit. “We don’t have a formulaic approach,” he said, “and that’s a loaded statement.” This approach, he said, separates Van Valkenburgh from other similar companies.

Shops and cafes along state roads of Armenia to have single architectural style
uring the November 18 sitting, the Armenian government approved introduction of a catalogue for architectural designs of trade and service facilities located at territories adjacent to the state and international roads.

Surbana International Consultants win Skyrise Greenery Awards 2010 [World Architecture News]

Seattle’s live-work spaces: Commuting is such a breeze [Crosscut]

Green roofs and rooftop gardens [KYPost]

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