The second edition of WLA landscape architecture quarterly magazine is out now with a feature of the National 9/11 Memorial in New York by PWP Landscape Architecture and Michael Arad. The front cover features the Flight 93 Memorial in Shankville by Paul Murdoch Architects and interesting project that touches lightly on the landscape. We have several projects from across the world including Canada, Switzerland, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, China and other locations. We also published projects designed by Workshop:Ken Smith, OKRA, IBI, HASSELL and others. This edition also includes a review of the new book Sunburnt that gives a great insight into contemporary landscape architecture in Australia.
Readers can download a 10 page sample or buy a full high-resolution digital version for $3.99USD or the print edition for $16.00 plus delivery.
As an entry to an international ideas competition, HM White proposes to develop seven-acres of former industrial land on New York City’s East River as both a dynamic public park organized for waterfront recreation and a unique cultural venue choreographed for theatrical expression and experience—“Performance Park”.
Continue reading Williamsburg Waterfront Performance Venue | HM White
Highline Stage 2 from West 30th Street, looking South ©Iwan Baan 2011
The Stage 2 section of the Highline designed by James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Piet Oudolf, and Buro Happold has opened to the public. The opening of the new section doubles the length of the public park. After years of planning, design and construction, the High Line is now one mile long, running from Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street, connecting the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen.
For a full web gallery and summary of each area
Continue reading High Line Stage 2 Opens
Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism, opens today at the New Museum in New York. First shown at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, Cronocaos examines the growing “empire” of preservation and its consequences for the way we build, demolish, and remember.
Around 12 percent of the planet now falls under various regimes of natural and cultural preservation. “Through our respect for the past, heritage is becoming more and more the dominant metaphor for our lives today – a situation we call Cronocaos,” OMA founding partner Rem Koolhaas says. “We are trying to find what the future of our memory will look like.”
Continue reading Cronocaos | OMA’s exhibition on preservation in New York
NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center, an initiative to promote the development and commercialization of green building technologies in New York City. It will connect academic institutions conducting underlying research, companies creating the associated products, and building owners who will use those technologies. Through the Center – a partnership of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Columbia University, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and the City University of New York (CUNY) – green building technology companies that need real-world test sites will be joined with building owners looking to benefit from the latest developments and willing to provide a test environment.
Read more at the NYC Press Release
Recently the NYC Parks Department dismantled Pier D on the Hudson Riverfront near the Riverside Park. Removed by the Parks Department as it was slowly disintegrating into the River and once it had fallen into the river would be ‘causing a hazard to navigation’. The piers were part of the industrial past that once the Hudson River and Riverfront played in New York’s history and surely could have been allowed to slowly fall into the river and be a future dive site for recreational divers.
Read more at the New York Times – Remnants of an Industrial Past, Now Gone
Snøhetta, a Norwegian an integrated landscape, architecture and interior firm based in Oslo and a smaller office in New York. The New York Office is featured in a Metropolis Magazine article by Belinda Lanks who looks at the egalitarian approach of Snøhetta and how it is working in the American market. Snøhetta offices are not just about open plan and different teams hot-desking, it is also creating a culture that is transparent, diverse and includes cross-discipline teams. Lanks looks also into bonuses, pay scale and how hard it is for Snøhetta to maintain the culture as the firm grows.
Read more about Snøhetta at [Metropolis Magazine]