The successful regeneration of the 2.5 hectare area, which forms part of the city’s protected World Heritage Site, has involved a complete redesign of the public space and the construction of the first major urban canal extension in the UK in a generation. The drama of the new waterway threaded through the public space is accentuated by the flanking flights of steps which turn the waterway into a stage filled with activity.
Narodna square in Uzhgorod is located in front of house of administration, in the center of one of the best residential areas of the city, near the waterfront, close to university and public institutions. Currently, the square is empty, it looks like huge lawn surrounded by parking. The main objective of the project – to convert existing square into active public space, provide new leisure opportunities for the inhabitants, to make the conditions for staying in this environment. The main idea still is that space should not impose any specific function, but rather to offer free interpretation of space.
The Doris Duke Monument Foundation (DDMF), an offshoot of the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), has delivered an installation at Queen Anne Square in Newport, RI, with a dual purpose. It was created to honor the memory of Doris Duke, who championed Newport’s historic preservation and left an enduring legacy of historic architecture; and created to honor the effect of historic preservation as a catalyst for community revitalization.
The installation, entitled ‘The Meeting Room’, was created by Maya Lin, an artist selected for her thoughtfulness in approaching the site, its historic context, the visitor, and the important contributions made to Newport by Doris Duke. The landscaping was designed by Edwina von Gal, a talented landscape architect whom Maya Lin personally selected for this project.