Archinect - News 2015-07-31T13:35:40-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/130959709/transforming-a-garbage-heap-into-a-public-park Transforming a garbage heap into a public park Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-02T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:20:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfa30e26897ea7417f0518ffca8732a0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the capping and closure of Fresh Kills&rsquo; five mounds, this 2,200-acre expanse of wetlands, marshlands, dry lowlands, forests, and grasslands has evolved into an unusual combination of natural and engineered beauty.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Originally a patch of creeks and marshland on the western shore of Staten Island, the area now known as Fresh Kills became a major landfill for New York City in 1948, once Robert Moses bought the land for housing development. His plan was to solidify the marshland with waste for a few years, and then build. But construction never happened, and for the remainder of the 20th century, the area served as a 2,200-acre garbage heap (by comparison, Central Park covers 843 acres). People hated it, and in 2001 managed to get the city to close it down, and begin the process of transforming it back into its (more or less) former ecological state, to be used as a public park known as Freshkills.</p><p>Learn more about Freshkills' storied past:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59492930/transforming-freshkills-park-from-landfill-to-landscape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape</a></li><li><a title="A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/19613/a-pretty-picture-of-the-future-for-fresh-kills" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A pretty picture of the future for Fresh Kills</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130810350/the-public-life-of-the-world-s-celebritrees The public life of the world's celebritrees Alexander Walter 2015-06-30T18:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T15:08:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/az11sxp5nmh2npgt.jpg" width="500" height="923" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To be recognized as a Great Tree, in New York City, is not just a matter of having the correct heritage or coming from the right family. [...] For a person, achieving fame or prominence comes with both perks and pitfalls. But what are the advantages of being a celebrated tree? And what are the dangers? While humans have long venerated old and large trees, we've also cut them down and razed whole forests of their less superlative brethren.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Need to see how your backyard elm compares to America's greatest trees? Click <a href="http://www.americanforests.org/bigtrees/bigtrees-search/" target="_blank">here</a> to search the 2015 American Forests Champion Trees national register or sign up to become a big-tree hunter in your area.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead Alexander Walter 2015-06-22T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T17:07:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/357ptbdiparo1uax.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] has ordered a review of the procurement process for London&rsquo;s garden bridge design after the Architects&rsquo; Journal revealed apparent irregularities in the tendering process. [...] Heatherwick&rsquo;s &pound;173,000 fee was more than three times more expensive than the &pound;49,939 offer by Wilkinson Eyre, and more than 11 times that of the &pound;15,125 offer by Marks Barfield. [...] cost of the project could fund 30 new London parks or 30 times the amount of open space the bridge would provide.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129420910/satirical-folly-for-london-competition-mocks-garden-bridge-project Satirical “Folly for London” competition mocks Garden Bridge project Archinect 2015-06-12T19:22:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T20:48:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7fb510506e01650b7dd92bcc0163f6a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As controversy carries on over the notorious Garden Bridge by Heatherwick Studio proposed for London's South Bank, some opposers of the project are expressing their discontent with good ol' British satire in the soon-to-be-launched "Folly for London" competition. If you have a cheeky sense of humor, you'll have fun in this one.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously on Archinect</a></p><p><strong>UPDATE, June 15, 2015: </strong><a href="http://www.willjennings.info/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Jennings</a>, artist and initiator of the "Folly for London" competition, sent us this statement to further explain the cause until the design ideas contest officially opens for entries.</p><p><em>Details of the competition will be announced in due course and we will seek entries from across professional architectural and design circles, established and amateur artists, citizens of London and anyone else with an interest in the capital - adults and children alike - before a panel of judges, including architecture writer Owen Hatherley, will meet to decide the best follies. </em></p><p><em>The <a href="http://www.afollyforlondon.co.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a> is not only intended as a &lsquo;home&rsquo; for the competition, with details being added as we get closer to the launch, but will also have writings and responses to the many issues around the city, politics, finances and architecture which are raised by the problematic Garden Bridge project. </em></p><p><em>While we will invite crazy, ridiculous and satirically nonsensical projects and ask p...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125910421/further-legal-setbacks-for-london-garden-bridge Further legal setbacks for London Garden Bridge Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:39:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/05/05sg2mvuyyyke8jc.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Campaigners opposed to the planned Garden Bridge over the River Thames in London have won the right to challenge a council's approval for it. The judicial review of Lambeth Council's decision to give planning permission for the &pound;175m bridge will be heard in June. Questions were raised about bridge's funding and its impact on views across the river of St Paul's Cathedral.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120969332/let-the-fighting-begin-london-garden-bridge-faces-legal-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120969332/let-the-fighting-begin-london-garden-bridge-faces-legal-challenge Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T13:57:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:08:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/4356w3w6vtjgdw5o.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A legal challenge is being launched in the High Court against plans to build a garden bridge over the River Thames in central London. A south London resident claims Lambeth Council unlawfully granted planning permission for the &pound;175m bridge. Michael Ball, from Tulse Hill in Lambeth, fears its impact will be "devastating". Lambeth Council said the bridge would potentially benefit "both the local and wider London economy".</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/529656/garden-bridge" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115807298/tulsa-mayor-hasn-t-ruled-out-a-sidewalk-next-to-new-flagship-park Tulsa Mayor Hasn’t Ruled Out a Sidewalk Next to New Flagship Park Alexander Walter 2014-12-12T13:54:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:36:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f959d5a959b31e4ddba71154ce76ec02.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week we reported on Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett&rsquo;s decision to prevent construction of a sidewalk on Riverside Drive that would provide walking access to a major new city park. Local advocates say the lack of a sidewalk will make the park harder to get to on foot, and they don&rsquo;t buy the mayor&rsquo;s explanation that people will be safer if there&rsquo;s no sidewalk tempting them to walk.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"<em>Residents who want the sidewalk have charged that the mayor nixed it after wealthy homeowners complained that it would attract &ldquo;undesirables.&rdquo;</em>"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114038603/london-s-garden-bridge-not-so-public-after-all London's Garden Bridge: not so public after all Alexander Walter 2014-11-19T14:30:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:37:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/9126bc2fe3215b35b7f4f645466941bc.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the bridge will be closed at night, won't allow entry to cyclists or groups of 8 or more without prior booking, and will ocassionally be closed off for fundraising events. Right. So less a public bridge than a privately-managed tourist attraction, then. [...] The east of London, on the other hand, could actually use another crossing, with or without limits to access</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102628656/london-s-garden-bridge-it-feels-like-we-re-trying-to-pull-off-a-crime" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime'</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113962327/planning-the-unplanned Planning the Unplanned Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:48:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rb8mmeed2hk873p9.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Daniel Campo, an urban planner and professor of planning at Morgan State University, is particularly interested in those recreational spaces that aren&rsquo;t planned or designed, but are appropriated by residents for their own purposes. [...] Dylan Gauthier, a public artist, educator, and writer based in North Brooklyn, walked around these parks with Campo to discuss the benefits of unplanned spaces for recreation [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113114487/minneapolis-picks-architecture-finalists-for-stadium-area-park Minneapolis picks architecture finalists for stadium-area park Alexander Walter 2014-11-07T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-11-07T14:36:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qk/qklmwg7vybmvf1uh.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three landscape architect-led teams have been named finalists by the city of Minneapolis to design the new two-block long park called the Commons near the new Vikings stadium. [...] The three finalists are: The Olin Studio, Philadelphia and Snow Kreilich Architects, based in Minneapolis Hargreaves Associates, San Francisco, Damon Farber Associates, Minneapolis and VJAA, Minneapolis WORKSHOP Ken Smith, New York and Perkins + Will, Minneapolis</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107711639/in-beirut-a-grassroots-push-for-more-grass In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass Alexander Walter 2014-08-29T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T21:21:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/628d385585e3ec64fb92acee1f87741a.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a breezy summer afternoon here in the newly renovated Sanayeh Garden, children are climbing the monkey bars, pedaling on bikes and kicking a ball by the huge water fountain in the park&rsquo;s center. [...] While this would be an ordinary scene in Paris, New York or Singapore, it&rsquo;s practically a new invention for today&rsquo;s residents of Beirut. Functional public parks have been virtually nonexistent here for decades.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102628656/london-s-garden-bridge-it-feels-like-we-re-trying-to-pull-off-a-crime London's Garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime' Alexander Walter 2014-06-24T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-01-02T13:17:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79606175da223ead3b8cc917c3789318.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Take one voguish designer, one national treasure and one icon-hungry mayor and what do you get? A floating forest across the Thames. But can anyone actually say what the &pound;175m garden bridge is for?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/99320371/11th-street-bridge-park-competition-in-washington-d-c-shortlists-six-teams-for-phase-one 11th Street Bridge Park competition in Washington D.C. shortlists six teams for phase one Justine Testado 2014-05-06T20:24:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T20:25:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/awssl7hx015k5eyg.jpg" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six teams of architects and landscape architects are still in the running for the 11th Street Bridge Park competition in Washington D.C. The nationwide competition is hunting for the best design to transform an old freeway bridge into D.C.'s first elevated park: the 11th Street Bridge Park.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of more than 40 teams and 80 firms that responded to an open call for submissions this past March, the jury selected the phase-one finalists -- who have all formed into the following interdisciplinary teams below:</p><ul><li>Balmori Associates / Cooper, Robertson &amp; Partners</li><li>Piet Oudolf with Glenn LaRue Smith/PUSH Studio / WXY architecture + urban design</li><li>OLIN / OMA</li><li>Stoss Landscape Urbanism / H&ouml;weler + Yoon Architecture</li><li>Wallace Roberts &amp; Todd (WRT) / NEXT Architects</li><li>Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape / Davis Brody Bond</li></ul><p>More info about the competition can be found on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/11th_street_bridge_park_competition_in_washington_d.c._shortlists_six_teams/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95944922/willoughby-square-park-above-parking-below Willoughby Square: Park Above, Parking Below Alexander Walter 2014-03-18T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:46:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6c/6ccea7460b2e1411f7eb38fb17be2f38.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Willoughby Square, in Brooklyn, NY, however, will bring together both beauty and utility by topping an automated underground parking garage with street-level greenery in a smart new project targeted for completion in 2016. Over a decade in the making, Willoughby Park is being called the &ldquo;crown jewel&rdquo; of the 2004 Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment Plan, a scheme to help improve Brooklyn&rsquo;s public spaces and foster neighborhood community and culture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/86621884/2nd-place-zaryadye-park-competition-entry-by-team-tpo-reserve 2nd-place Zaryadye Park competition entry by team TPO Reserve Justine Testado 2013-11-15T19:28:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T22:55:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pv/pv7dqjpu70xpq8wb.jpg" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Have a closer look into the Zaryadye Park design scheme by TPO Reserve with Maxwan Architects + Urbanists, Latz + Partner, and Buro Happold. The team recently won second place in the international Zaryadye Park competition in Moscow.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86380679/diller-scofidio-renfro-wins-zaryadye-park-competition-in-moscow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro wins Zaryadye Park competition in Moscow</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ui/uibflbrr3c1zqh2y.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/40/40unjupgqhpnfnb4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2nhkbiwujvq8w36.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/53/535zkkvddci1fa1s.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o3/o3cja6pjt72kcbuo.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nmbz9ljo3ubrvl28.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/cc9u5ir54wqxqlqy.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bz/bzzuz04qxqy81al5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvymv8xf8bxnixgl.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zx/zxnzb1wiuu2bwzj9.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ao/aoy5fzhu6dqivmdw.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86380679/diller-scofidio-renfro-wins-zaryadye-park-competition-in-moscow Diller Scofidio + Renfro wins Zaryadye Park competition in Moscow Justine Testado 2013-11-12T15:31:00-05:00 >2013-11-15T19:31:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2a/2asou7nkc24ft17p.jpg" width="514" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Diller Scofidio + Renfro has won the Zaryadye Park competition in Moscow. Set in the historic district of Zaryadye in downtown Moscow, the design competition was established to find an architecture and landscape plan to transform the 130,000 sq.m. former site of Hotel Russia into a multi-functional public park. Coming in second and third place are TPO Reserve and MVRDV, respectively.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See also: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86621884/2nd-place-zaryadye-park-competition-entry-by-team-tpo-reserve" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2nd-place Zaryadye Park competition entry by team TPO Reserve</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4eyaq8lph0qcwpbh.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Master plan. First-place entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11dmwyop1igf7ryf.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Entrance from the Red Square. First-place entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q6/q6iph5gdtk2deowe.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Postcard Moscow. First-place entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tt/ttdo72p647j2qkpj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Panorama. First-place entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro</p> <p> <em>The concept of the Zaryadye park is based on the principles of wild urbanism, where people and plants co-exist in the same area. Wild urbanism creates a clear system of interaction between nature and the city. People are not imposed on certain routes and plants can grow freely. Wild urbanism - is an opportunity to leave the city, and at the same time be closer to it. Nature provides an unexpected contrast to the city, keeping the balance with culture. The territory of the park has four typical Russian landscape zones : tundra, steppe , forest and marsh. The zones are organized in terraces that descend from the upper to a lower level of the...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84139977/plant-a-ball-parks-playscapes-honorable-mention-entry-by-op-al “Plant-a-BALL PARKS” - PLAYscapes Honorable Mention entry by OP-AL Justine Testado 2013-10-14T13:48:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T13:50:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cj/cjw6whpiz9wavn11.jpg" width="514" height="239" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Upon our recent coverage of the PLAYscapes competition results earlier last week, we would like to present a more thorough look into one of the listed projects, "Plant-a-BALL PARKS" by OP-AL. Out of over 500 registered entrants, OP-AL received an Honorable Mention for their proposal.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83621058/playscapes-design-competition-results" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLAYscapes Design Competition results</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80594828/these-walls-speak-recalling-victims-of-violence These Walls Speak, Recalling Victims of Violence Alexander Walter 2013-08-29T13:55:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:48:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3dfd17e3a77459b6caf00136a57c3f5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The memorial to Mexico&rsquo;s victims of violence looks like it has been dropped from the sky by an angry God. Welcoming it is not, with its rusted slabs the size of movie screens standing next to a busy intersection. Nor is its mission clear. [...] But then, you walk a little closer and the slabs begin to speak.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Find many more photos and a personal review of the Memorial to the Victims of Violence in Mexico on Alec Perkins' fantastic Archinect blog <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/78845459/a-new-memorial-to-the-victims-of-drug-war-violence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tacos at dawn: exploring Mexico City's architecture and urban culture</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79625429/british-artist-andy-goldsworthy-is-fascinated-by-us-army-s-long-history-of-tree-planting British artist Andy Goldsworthy is fascinated by US army's long history of tree planting Archinect 2013-08-16T20:23:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T19:21:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k2/k2tup0aetewpigg4.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What I find so fascinating about the Presidio is that, in the heart of this military machine, there was a huge planting programme,&rdquo; Goldsworthy says, referring to the fact that the park&rsquo;s 300-acre forest was planted by the US military between 1886 and 1900. &ldquo;They had quite a sophisticated sense of landscape,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;They read the landscape in the way that sculptors do&mdash;or at least the way I do.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/65622873/copenhagen-s-superkilen-urban-park-by-big-topotek1-superflex Copenhagen’s Superkilen Urban Park by BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex Alexander Walter 2013-01-16T14:00:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:10:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oo/oohr79961sr0955h.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week, we published the winners of the 2013 AIA Institute Honor Awards with eight projects from around the world being recognized in the category "Regional and Urban Design." One of the lucky award winners is Superkilen, an urban park master plan in Copenhagen designed by BIG in collaboration with landscape architects Topotek1 and artists' group Superflex.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/62732858/visiondivision-s-chop-stick-celebrates-the-raw-materials-that-make-our-built-world Visiondivision's Chop Stick celebrates the raw materials that make our built world Donna Sink 2012-12-04T14:24:00-05:00 >2012-12-05T08:43:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rk/rkxklt783rjvlqe8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The design is based on the universal notion that you need to sacrifice something in order to make something new. Every product is a compound of different pieces of nature, whether it is a cell phone, a car, a stone floor or a wood board; they have all been harvested in one way or another. Our project is about trying to harvest something as gently as possible so that the source of what we harvest is displayed in a pure, pedagogic and respectful way...</p></em><br /><br /><p> Chop Stick has hit the internets today!&nbsp; Chop Stick is a concession stand, playground, and sculpture-building for the Indianapolis Museum of Art's 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art &amp; Nature Park.&nbsp; I was very fortunate to be local architect-of-record for this innovative project by Swedish architecture duo Visiondivision.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9pgu6vt13rw1ut9n.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>&uarr; </em><em>On opening day, Ulf and Anders of Visiondivision handed out ice cream. Courtesy IMA.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j3/j3m7ggjlrzpz137o.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>&uarr; </em><em>The large swing is fun for children and grown-ups alike. Courtesy VIMA.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sm/smh2dfw98twxqm2x.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>&uarr; </em><em>The swings were made from chunks of wood cut out and "dropped" from the main trunk, visible here.</em></p> <p> Visiondivision conceived of this project as a way to consider how we use natural resources in our architectural works.&nbsp; The project combined the vast knowledge of workers at both ends of the art and construction spectrum - engineers and architects, loggers and carpenters - to create a building that remains close to nature while being a functional structure for the 100 Acres Park.&nbsp; The ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60979879/seven-teams-shortlisted-for-new-art-themed-park-at-west-kowloon-cultural-district Seven Teams Shortlisted for New Art-Themed Park at West Kowloon Cultural District Alexander Walter 2012-11-08T14:09:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T09:50:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m4/m4ranuyacdv848w0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) announced today a shortlist of seven design teams that have been invited to submit technical proposals for the development of Hong Kong's first art-themed park, 14 hectares of landscaped public space for arts and culture at the West Kowloon Cultural District, by the waterfront in Kowloon.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The seven shortlisted design teams (in alphabetical order) are:</p> <ul><li> Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau and VOGT Landscape&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li> Dennis Lau &amp; Ng Chun Man with Grimshaw, West 8 and ACLA&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li> Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with Olin and Urbanus&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li> Grant Associates / Wilkinson Eyre / WSP&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li> Gustafson Porter / Michel Desvigne Paysagiste / Foster + Partners&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li> Hargreaves Associates with Ennead Architects&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li> James Corner Field Operations</li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/59492930/transforming-freshkills-park-from-landfill-to-landscape Transforming Freshkills Park from Landfill to Landscape Archinect 2012-10-17T12:50:00-04:00 >2012-10-17T19:39:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dd/ddaac606a08da1b339aa99159a9dd287.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Corner&rsquo;s plan identifies&nbsp;five main areas in Freshkills, each with distinct offerings, designed and programmed to maximize&nbsp;specific site opportunities and constraints. Planned features include nature preserves, animal habitats, a seed plot, walking and bike paths, picnic areas, comfort stations, event staging areas, and every other amenity you could possibly ask for in a public park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/54158779/downtown-los-angeles-new-grand-park-inspires-grand-hopes Downtown Los Angeles' new Grand Park inspires grand hopes Alexander Walter 2012-07-25T12:38:00-04:00 >2012-07-25T13:54:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h9/h9dwbbbm53yvzer1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, after a $56-million renovation, that 12-acre rectangle from the top of Bunker Hill to the base of City Hall will be christened as L.A.'s Grand Park, providing downtown with its first sizable amount of open space.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/48921458/an-early-look-at-franklin-d-roosevelt-four-freedoms-park An early look at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park Nam Henderson 2012-05-18T20:17:00-04:00 >2012-05-22T22:17:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kr/kr92iycsjlxx712l.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Archinect Editorial Contributor <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1820422/aaron-plewke" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Plewke</a> recently visited the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fdrfourfreedomspark.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park</a>, which opens officially Fall 2012. Designed by&nbsp;Louis I. Kahn the park is on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, New York City. Check out more photo's via his <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronplewke/with/7223105176/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flickr stream</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/47786900/yongsan-park-master-plan-by-west-8-iroje Yongsan Park Master Plan by West 8 & IROJE Alexander Walter 2012-05-08T21:35:00-04:00 >2012-05-09T01:43:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0n/0nzr17ngo4lv008v.jpg" width="514" height="505" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rotterdam-based landscape architects West 8, together with local practice IROJE architects &amp; partners, have recently won the international competition for the master plan of Yongsan Park, Korea. The park will be the first national park inside a South Korean city. More importantly, it will give ultra-dense Seoul some badly-needed green space and will be similar in size to New York&rsquo;s Central Park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/42091921/james-corner-field-operations-winning-design-for-navy-pier-redesign James Corner Field Operations’ Winning Design for Navy Pier Redesign Alexander Walter 2012-03-20T14:14:00-04:00 >2012-03-20T16:18:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/eernndra8zfes8a0.jpg" width="514" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The team led by James Corner Field Operations has been selected as the winner in the international Navy Pier Redesign Competition. The Pierscape concept is part of the larger vision for Chicago's famous Navy Pier called The Centennial Vision, which seeks to make the "People&rsquo;s Pier a truly iconic and world-class destination as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2016."</p></em><br /><br /><p> The JCFO Team also included Terry Guen Design Associates, nArchitects, Leo Villareal, L&rsquo;Observatoire International, Ed Marszewski, Fluidity, Patrick Blanc, John Greenlee &amp; Associates, Chris Wangro, Billings Jackson, Buro Happold, Primera, HR&amp;A Advisors, ETM Associates, Bruce Mau Design, and d&rsquo;Escoto, Inc.</p> <p> The winning proposal beat out stiff competition from the other four finalist teams, AECOM/Bjarke Ingels Group, Aedas Architects/Davis Brody Bond/Martha Schwartz Partners, !melk/HOK/Urban Lab, and Xavier Vendrell Studio/Grimshaw Architects.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/37954278/la-parking-lot-becomes-urban-oasis LA Parking Lot becomes Urban Oasis Archinect 2012-02-13T16:09:00-05:00 >2012-02-21T06:54:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3z/3zxjt0sq32vu1d8y.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What&rsquo;s the best place to build a wetland? How about at the site of an old MTA bus lot in South Los Angeles? It took more than $26 million and nearly three years to complete the transformation from parking lot to urban wetland. Open to the public as of February 9, the new South Los Angeles Wetland Park that doesn&rsquo;t only efficiently process storm water runoff&ndash;it also provides crucial community green space.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/36442281/sasaki-associates-with-rdg-and-aes-wins-water-works-parkitecture-competition Sasaki Associates, with RDG and AES, Wins Water Works Parkitecture Competition Alexander Walter 2012-01-31T13:50:00-05:00 >2012-02-02T12:57:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/454uw9smlcb241i2.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Des Moines Water Works, working in partnership with Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture, recently announced that Sasaki Associates, with RDG Planning &amp; Design and Applied Ecological Services (AES), is the winning team of the Water Works Parkitecture Competition.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/35981444/lola-deltavormgroep-and-piet-oudolf-to-design-star-maze-park-groot-vijversburg LOLA, Deltavormgroep and Piet Oudolf to Design Star Maze Park Groot Vijversburg Alexander Walter 2012-01-27T14:10:00-05:00 >2012-01-27T18:44:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qx/qx6eudvxpts15sl7.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dutch firms LOLA landscape architects, Deltavormgroep, and Piet Oudolf have won the commission for the extension of the historical park Groot Vijversburg in the north of The Netherlands with their submission &ldquo;Star Maze&rdquo;. The team has won the commission through a national tender, for which five teams were selected.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>