Part of New York’s industrial past lost

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 introducing new ways of working to an American architecture

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]

New York High Line: An Urban Model, Or Not? – CUNY Graduate Center [VIDEO]

Robert Hammond, Malcolm Gladwell, Jerilyn Perine and John Mollenkopf discuss the Highline, the impact on New York and the wider flow on effect in broader terms. A great discussion that also looks at other examples around New York, USA and the world that have had a similar effect.  the video is worth the full 1 hour 26 mins to listen to people from varying backgrounds discuss the Highline one of the most talked about landscape architecture and urban design projects in the world. Although not one mention of the landscape architects or architects. But as Malcolm Gladwell talks about its the business we’ve chosen to be in business.

Video spotted at the new home of the Highline Blog – http://www.thehighline.org/blog

Starr Whitehouse unveils Brooklyn-Queens Expressway options

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Recently Starr Whitehouse unveiled three concepts for a section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) – a trenched Interstate (I-278)in New York. The concepts where presented to the community, elected City and Congress officials and representatives from DOT and DPR. Starr Whitehouse developed the designs in consultation with the community through workshops and were seen as ‘…an achievable vision for enhancing the pedestrian and cyclist environment above the BQE, adding green components and improving the physical connection and sociability among adjacent neighborhoods’.

Continue reading Starr Whitehouse unveils Brooklyn-Queens Expressway options

Land News 16 Nov 2010

Students plan West Campus – Yale News

Two landscape management courses (Ecological Urbanism and Management Plans for Protected Areas) in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies are developing plans this semester to make West Campus — Yale’s burgeoning site in West Haven for science research and the arts — more integrated with the natural lands surrounding it.

Public get chance to see £10m public realm plans – [Manchester Confidential]
Greengate is a major regeneration scheme on the edge of Manchester city centre, which will see 13 hectares of derelict brownfield land turned into a major mixed-use development, including new public realm. The public are invited to view the plans at The Premier Inn, Deansgate on Wednesday 24th November. There will be a staffed exhibition stand between 7am – 10am, 12pm – 2pm and between 5pm – 7pm, for questions from the public.
We will try and get plans and post them to World Landscape Architect

Guerrilla Urban Planning Meets Resistance – India RealTime Blog on Wall Street Journal
WSJ looks at the what occurs when 35 architects, planners and artists called Urban Typhoon try to get residents involved in changing their neighborhoods.  Article also includes a video.

Planning expert tells Aussies to slum it [ABC News]
As we reported yesterday the City of the Future: Australian & US Perspectives conference is being held in Brisbane and in follow up reports in the news John Norquist, the president of the United States Congress for New Urbanism was reported as “Mr Norquist points to Rio’s favalas as examples of functional communities and says the informal arrangements made in slums are a good model for how councils can improve zoning laws.”

Beijing initiates pilot public bike rental service project

The city reknowned world wide for its bicycles and images over the decades of people riding bikes is launching a public bike rental scheme – Shanghai, Hangzhou and other chinese cities already have schemes in place. Four areas will be used as a trial and 273 outlets will be built and stationed near Line 4 & 5 Subway stations.

New Book: GSD Platform 3 – Available Now from Actar or  December 1, 2010 through Amazon $34.95USD
is a selection of work produced during the 2009-2010 academic year of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the potential of that work to address broader questions and inform global initiatives.

Exhibition: GSD Platform 3
GSD Platform 3 is also an  Exhibition is being held at Gund Hall Lobby from November 1 – December 19, 2010

Event: Lewis Lapham – What Makes a City Great – Central Library Kansas City 6:30pm  [via Kansas Star]

New Yorkers to choose Taxi of Tomorrow [NYC.gov]
Personally I would go with the Ford Transit. Similar vehicle to the 4000 VW Touran taxis that were introduced for  Shanghai for Expo 2010.

Other Links

At least $132 million coming to coast to rebuild Katrina-damaged homes [gulflive.com]

Moscow mayor calls his city’s planning “a collection of faults” [Xinhua]

Futuristic Solar Skyscraper Wins the Taiwan Tower Competition – [Inhabitat]

The American Institute of Architects, California Council, Announces Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, as the 2011 Firm Award Recipient

Huangshan to Build Cultural Tourism Complex – [Anhui News]
$597 millionUSD investment in 180 hectares – 26 projects

Stirring the Basin – [ABC]
Australian farmer talks about the Murray-Darling Basin plan and water in Australia

OLIN selected to lead redesign of the Met’s Fifth Avenue Outdoor Plaza

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced yesterday that it had selected OLIN to lead a comprehensive, multi-year effort to redesign and rebuild the four-block-long outdoor plaza that fronts its landmark Fifth Avenue façade. The project will feature as one of its centerpiece elements the design and installation of all-new fountains outside the museum building.

The selection of OLIN comes after a search process that involved a review of more than 30 leading landscape and building architects from around the world. The international search was conducted by a special committee of the Museum’s Board of Trustees chaired by Daniel Brodsky, who is also Vice Chairman of the Trustee Buildings Committee.

OLIN will lead a comprehensive project to re-conceive the entire plaza space, including its fountains and accompanying plantings, all of which were installed in their present form four decades ago in 1970. The uses of the plaza have changed over the years—vehicles, for example, are no longer allowed to drive around the fountains—suggesting the need for a new design program. The existing fountains, long dormant, were recently rehabilitated and currently function, but the repairs did not address long-term issues and are only temporary.

The project will require considerable advance planning, design work, and formal approvals from community and citywide agencies. At this early stage in the design process, the Museum has not yet developed a construction schedule but, pending all approvals, hopes that construction will take around two years and be completed by 2015.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Museum of Art

NYC opens first sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Greenway

Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway

Five additional acres of Brooklyn Bridge Park have been opened to the public, including the first 2,000 feet of the park’s greenway, a 30-foot wide, scenic bikeway and walkway along the East River shoreline. The first section of the new greenway starts at the park entrance at Old Fulton Street and ends at the foot of Pier 2, approximately 2,000 feet to the south.

When complete, Brooklyn Bridge Park will be a sustainably built and operated 85-acre park stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River edge and will include lawns, active recreation fields and courts, a calm water boating basin for non-motorized craft, restored ecological habitats, playgrounds, and a shared bikeway and walkway.  Pier 1 opened to the public in March 2010 and Pier 6 opened in June 2010.

Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc, the park has won several important awards including the National Park Service’s 2010 Honor Award for Master Plans.

SOURCE: NYC & Brooklyn Bridge Park NYC

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