The goal of this project is to connect my clients, an urban family of 4, with the amazing rural land they own in upstate New York as their second home. Simplicity, ease of maintenance and the use of materials taken from the 90 acres are the guideposts that orient the project. This work is a sculptural examination of the subtle traces of cultural history and ecological processes on site.
The soil on the project is horrendous. It is a greasy mix of shale and clay that is prone both to drought and standing water depending on the ambient meteorological conditions. The deer pressure is intense with upwards of 40 deer per square mile. No irrigation system exists, nor can it as the well supplies very little water. The wind and cold conditions are extreme. This site was formerly a high pasture for cattle that had been left fallow as a result of its low productivity for a few decades before my clients bought this land. The clients are not avid gardeners. They are quite busy and they live on this site primarily on the weekends.
Continue reading A Walk in the Woods | Hillsdale New York | Jon Piasecki
Organizers of New York City’s proposed AIDS Memorial Park today announced the winners of their design competition. First place was awarded to Brooklyn, NY’s studio a+i: Mateo Paiva, Lily Lim, John Thurtle, Insook Kim, and Esteban Erlich, with a rendering by Guillaume Paturel, for their design “Infinite Forest.” The design was selected from 475 entries submitted between November 29, 2011 and January 21, 2012, representing more than 26 U.S. states and 32 countries on six continents.
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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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Paved, but Still Alive(Taking parking lots seriously as public-spaces) | Michael Kimmelman | New York Times
There are millions if not billions of carspaces in the USA and there is an oversupply with many carspaces remaining empty and these public spaces remain hot black asphalt deserts throughout cities across the world. Michael gives us some examples of successful carpark designs. Read More
The Grid at 200: Lines That Shaped Manhattan | Michael Kimmelman | New York Times
A look back at the grid that made New York the city it is today defining architecture, landscape, spaces and the lives on millions over time. Read More…
Waste opportunity – Creative management of landfill and recycling can transform landscape and generate income | Sarah Murray | FT.com
What happens to your rubbish? Sarah tales a look at how organisations and people around the world are dealing with landfills and makes reference to the Freshkill Project. Read More
See the building from the Trees | Sarah Williams Goldhagen | New York Times
How can cognitive neuroscience influnce the way that architects, landscape architects, planners and engineers are designing? Why are architects using tree metaphors in their designs for buildings? Sarah looks at tree metaphors and how we look at the built environment. Read More….
Designing Water | Joseph G. Brin | Metropolis Magazine
An interesting article that touches on the various design solutions to Water Management within cities including Rain Gardens, Permeable pavement and others. Read More
Walk-up windows are good urbanism | Dan Malouff | Greater Greater Washington
Sidewalks(Footpaths) are interesting concrete pedestrians route that connect destinations, often we walk doorway to doorway with the odd cafe spilling out onto the space. Walk-up windows are a way to break the monotony of street life. Dan looks at Georgetown and a couple of its walk-up windows. Read More….
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National 9/11 Memorial was recently dedicated on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11/2001 when many people lost there lives during the attacks on the USA. The Memorial designed by PWP Landscape Architecture & Micheal Arad have not only created a powerful memorial where families and friends can come to grieve but also a city park that people can use everyday to sit under the trees and enjoy the New York skyline surrounding the site and watch the rebuilding of area with new towers. There are many design elements that required great thought, development and testing including the trees, waterfalls, name arrangement and these were developed by talented people to create the beautiful space we see today.
‘The rebuilding of both the memorial together with the surrounding buildings will give the American people a sense of rebirth from the terrible attacks of 9/11.’
L to R – Trees/Waterfalls ©PWP | Names ©Amy Dreher | Paving ©PWP | Peter Walker & Team reviewing Materials ©PWP
Continue reading National 9/11 Memorial | New York | PWP Landscape Architecture & Michael Arad