This Week in Landscape | 15 April 2012

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

Why Designers Need To Stop Feeling Sorry For Africa | Skibsted Ideation | Fast Co Design
Taking a patronizing approach to investing in Africa undermines the continent’s people and entrepreneurial promise, argues Jens Martin Skibsted and Rasmus Bech Hansen.

How green is a parking lot? New efforts to test infrastructure | David J. Unger | Sacremento Bee
A growing number of civil engineers, landscape architects and urban planners are making a case for not just repairing but also for greening the structural underbelly we rely on to drink our water, cross our rivers and park our cars.

NY state parks system getting $89M funding boost | Wall Street Journal
$89 million in New York Works capital projects for the state-run system of 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

Six new spots for architecture lovers | Katia Hetter | CNN
Various spots around the world including the High Line

A new approach to infrastructure | Denise Deveau | Calgary Herald

Canadian cities need to replace their aging infrastructure to accommodate new weather patterns, shifting demographics and social trends

The Shell Game | Martin C. Pedersen | Metropolis Magazine
New York University announced yesterday that it was scaling back its controversial plans for expansion

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Kallang River Bishan Park | Singapore | Atelier Dreiseitl

Kallang River Bishan Park | Singapore | Atelier Dreiseitl

We reported on Singapore’s plan for Bishan Park back in late 2009 (‘Kallang River to reappear in Bishan Park‘) and the plan has now come to fruition with Singapore’s Prime Minister recently opening the park to the public. The design was undertaken by Atelier Dreiseitl

Mr Herbert Dreiseitl, Founder and Partner from Atelier Dreiseitl stated back in 2009.

“As a strong new impulse for the future, an infrastructure that can be appreciated and accessed by citizens which at the same time respects the environment in a sustainable manner also brings about a subtle change in behaviour and thinking and it is through this change that we can begin to create places which are vibrant, healthy and full of socio-cultural liveliness. Bishan Park has already the beginnings of this, and bringing the river and water element back to the people, will further enhance the place.”

Continue reading Kallang River Bishan Park | Singapore | Atelier Dreiseitl

OLIN rejuvenates Rodin Museum Garden

OLIN-Rodin Museum Garden

OLIN has rejuvenated the garden landscape surrounding the Rodin Museum located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. The rejuvenation of the site enhances and amplifies the original 1929 plans for the garden by architects Paul Cret and Jacques Gréber placing special focus on the relationship of the Rodin Museum to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Rodin Museum garden rejuvenation project is a component of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Master Plan and a part of a larger project to re-imagine and renew the entire Benjamin Franklin Parkway as a preeminent artery for arts and culture. The rejuvenation project is the result of OLIN’s partnership with the Museum, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Philadelphia’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

Continue reading OLIN rejuvenates Rodin Museum Garden

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

IMAGE SOURCE: Brooklyn Bridge Park NYC

County so short of cash its closing parks

King County announced that they are going to close 39 parks to cut $4.6million from the $56.4 million budget shortfall for 2010. Some of these parks had been newly upgraded such as White Center Park(2007 upgrade).

All of the 39 park land will remain open however not maintained and in December all facilities such as playgrounds, toilets, carparks will be locked or fenced off.

King County Executive Kurt Triplett called for possible proposals from cities and taxpayers to transfer the park ownership for free. Some cities have looked at annexing the parks from the county however this would often take more than 18 months.

SOURCE: King County Government

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