Edward Uhlir unimpressed by Lansdowne Park design

Following up from recent reports about the Lansdowne Park competition the Ottawa Citizen is reporting Edward Uhlir, Executive Director of Millennium Park and who oversaw the building of Chicago’s Millennium Park has commented that

“The landscape plan is pretty timid in terms of design,” Uhlir, who is now the executive director of the Millennium Park project, said Monday. “They took a lot of things from the plan that made it interesting. Is what’s left going to create the excitement and fun that people want to have? I am not sure.”

Read more Edward Uhlir’s comments at the SOURCE: OTTAWA CITIZEN – Lansdowne landscape plan ‘pretty timid’

Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg design recommended for Lansdowne Park

Design B - Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg

The Ottawa Citizen is reporting that Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, a Vancouver based firm has been recommended by the jury. The Design was displayed as Design B by the City of Ottawa to the jury who deliberated on the design over the weekend. The City has not officially announced the winning proposal however I expected something to be announced soon.

For more information go to the [SOURCE: Ottawa Citizen - It’s Design B. Jury selects less flashy urban park proposal]

Tupper Thomas – returning Prospect Park to New Yorkers

The New York Times takes a look at the 35 year career of Tupper Thomas, the Park Administrator for Prospect Park who announced her retirement from her current position of Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Partnerships (listed on NYC DPR) last Tuesday (effective early 2011).

Ms Thomes is credited by many for bringing back from the brink in 1970’s to become a park rivalling Central Park. The New York Times article talks to her peers and gives highlights of her career which shows that passion and perseverance often counts for more than experience when entering a new job.

Another highlight of the NYT article is past and present photos of Prospect Park.

Read more at the [SOURCE: New York Times - Returning Prospect Park to the People]

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SvR + Hewitt designing Seattle’s streets

In October 2009, Seattle Parks selected SvR Design + Hewitt as the primary design consultant for four Belltown blocks, from First to Fifth Avenues will be turned into Seattle’s first park boulevard with swales and natural landscaping. Last month SvR Design + Hewitt presented two different design options for Bell Street in the Seattle neighbourhood of Belltown to the community to receive feedback.

The design team presented two options for the first area of the project between 4th and 5th Avenue.  The design team walked the audience through a comparison of the options requesting input on the “Sluiced Surface” option and the “Measured Movement” option.

The community offered positive feedback and direction for the design of the park. The community encouraged the designers to look into a combination of the two designs emphasising the importance of safety, activation, lighting, and using green / recycled materials.

The Daily Journal of Commerce – Seattle has two designs for park along Bell Street cited

Nate Cormier, senior landscape architect at SvR, said the two designs are meant to represent “bookends” of the area’s history. Bell Street and the area around it have changed dramatically in the past 100 years. Tons of rock and soil that originally formed a steep hill there were removed and the land was regraded.

After receiving the communities feedback the team will come up with a single design and present it at a public meeting in April. Construction should occur in 2011.

For more information and to download the Presentation PDF go to [SOURCE: Seattle Parks & Recreation]

VIA: Daily Journal of Commerce – Seattle has two designs for park along Bell Street

IMAGE SOURCES: Seattle Parks & Recreation (SvR + Hewitt)

Existing Conditions looking along Bell from 4th to 5th Avenue

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New York luring developers with landscape

New York is creating new parks in Queens at Hunter Point South to lure developers and then tenants to the area. Weiss/Manfredi are the landscape architects for the project and the New York Times recently quoted Michael Manfredi as saying

“The city needed to signal to a fairly skittish development community that it’s serious about this project,” a partner in the New York firm Weiss/Manfredi, the landscape architects on the project along with Thomas Balsley Associates. “Unlike most projects, where open space follows housing and lots of charged debate, here the open space comes first.”

Read the rest of the article in the New York Times

[SOURCE: New York Times - Landscaping as a Seductive First Step]

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