The Atlanta BeltLine is an infrastructure framework around which the urban core of Atlanta will grow by as many as 100,000 people. This loop of old railroads is being transformed into a 22-mile transit greenway that combines light-rail transit, parks and multi-use trails to generate economic growth and protect quality-of-life in 45 historic neighborhoods surrounding the central city. The BeltLine Corridor Design will establish typologies for all landscape architecture elements, wayfinding and signage, infrastructure and development interface. With a phased implementation plan, some components are being implemented even as design work is ongoing. Continue reading Atlanta Beltline | Atlanta USA | Perkins+Will & James Corner Field Operations
The present state of the selected sites includes dominant traffic infrastructure (vast parking lots) and the railroad as a barrier. There is no public space and sparse green can be found. The problems that rise from here are: non-attractiveness of the space, decreased feeling of safety, and environmental problems, such as non-permeable soil and disturbed microclimate. Intervention in these areas encompasses reorganization of parking lots (moving underground), which leaves the ground free for people and for public spaces. This space is used for establishing green structures that improve the environmental condition, and provide people with necessary contact with nature and room for socialization. The areas of intervention are mainly large centers with a high number of commuters.
The road under the Second Street Bridge has been transformed into a plaza — filled with plantings, seats and pedestrian spaces to host festivals and celebrations — shaded by the dynamically illuminated overpass. Leni Schwendinger Light Projects’ streetscape scope included a service road and vacant land alongside the Clark Memorial Bridge. The historic cantilevered truss bridge, locally known as Second Street Bridge, crosses the Ohio River. Conveniently located adjacent to the new Yum Arena, the objective was to transform the off-ramp into a vibrant promenade.
StudioOutside is leading a comprehensive team in the redevelopment master planning for Galveston Island State Park. Ravaged by Hurricane Ike, the park is a dynamic environmental remnant of the Texas barrier island system that offers the full “bay to beach” experience. The master plan infuses a holistic approach to habitat restoration, visitor experience, recreation, and economic sustainability. The diversity of Galveston Island State Park (GISP) is like none other on the Texas coast. Showcasing a complex mosaic of coastal dunes, strand prairies, and salt marsh, the park is a dynamic environmental remnant of the Texas barrier island system, offering an unparalleled “beach to bay” experience that is no longer attainable elsewhere on the island.
Aerial image of the park with phase II amphitheater by Kennedy Violich Architecture
Tom Leader Studio(TLS) spent five years working extensively with a public / private partnership to build this downtown central park and master plan the rail corridor. TLS managed a large team of consultants including multiple architects, local landscape architect, and engineers. Abandoned rail lines are a constant theme in all of our work today. This project celebrates the active participation of 11 tracks of well-loved trains that slowly lumber through this downtown on a viaduct. The park site is a former warehouse and brick-making site and much of the park is formed with materials recovered from historic uses. The park is four blocks long by one block wide and was historically, the lowest point in town. The scheme draws on this ample water in creating a large reservoir for irrigation which also discharges through a stream and series of ponds as a summer fountain. Needed floodwater storage is created by excavating for this water system, using the spoils to create a series of knolls along the rail viaduct. The “Rail Trail”, located atop this little mountain range is a series of on-grade and bridge connections which allow train-spotting up close, views over downtown and of the frequent large music events and parties within the park. The park contains performance venues of varying scales from small to extra large such as the annual “Crawfish Boil” attracting 30,000 music fans. Noisy or quiet, day or night, the park is only completed by the industrial ballet of freight cars slowly rolling in both directions.