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A Stunning Revival for Hamburg’s Old Port

A Stunning Revival for Hamburg’s Old Port | green streets | Scoop.it
A 388-acre industrial zone is being transformed into HafenCity, a vibrant mixed-use district dotted with buildings by firms such as Herzog & de Meuron, Behnisch Architects, Richard Meier & Partners, and others.

Walking through HafenCity, it’s difficult to imagine the grungy shipbuilding yards and warehouses that once dominated the area. Today, the waterfront property stretching along the River Elbe is filled with offices, cafés, and condos, along with vibrant public spaces and tree-lined streets. The $10 billion master plan for HafenCity—billed as Europe’s largest inner-city development project—calls for transforming 388 acres into 10 distinct quarters...

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How Amsterdam’s Urban Form Created the Ideal Cycling City

How Amsterdam’s Urban Form Created the Ideal Cycling City | green streets | Scoop.it
Before the bicycle arrived in Amsterdam in the 19th century, the city had undergone six centuries of development, inadvertently creating a compact urban environment ideal for bicycle use.

A smaller city is more navigable by bicycle purely becaus 85% of journeys by bicycle in Amsterdam are shorter than 5km (3.1 miles). Amsterdam’s suitability for a bicycle network is about more than its size, however. A network of canals and 1,500 bridges mean it is essentially a city of islands. Most of Amsterdam’s canals were built to encourage property development, meaning many roads have water to one side and housing to the other. The result is that road widening is almost impossible. Considerations about how to adapt Amsterdam’s centre for cars were ultimately abandoned for bicycle-friendly policies. This included the development of an extensive network of segregated cycling facilities and bicycle friendly policies.

Mixed-use developments typically found in Amsterdam have further enhanced the city’s suitability for bicycle use. With home, work, and leisure opportunities located within shorter distances of each other, residents have easy access to retail, leisure, health and education facilities, critical in establishing sustainable communities...


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Can Continental Graphics Rehab Make La Brea and Second Street a Happening Pedestrian Zone?

Can Continental Graphics Rehab Make La Brea and Second Street a Happening Pedestrian Zone? | green streets | Scoop.it

DC-based developer Madison Marquette is converting the 1930s-era buildings on the block into retail, restaurants, and creative offices (and no housing, as in old reports). Long Beach-based architecture firm Studio 111 is doing "facade renovation, interior core and shell build out, and streetscape work aimed at introducing pedestrian vitality."

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The Yards Park: 42 acres transformed

The Yards Park: 42 acres transformed | green streets | Scoop.it

If you were standing along the Anacostia River between the US Naval Yard and the new Washington Nationals baseball stadium 10 years ago, odds are you were up to no good. It was a seedy and dangerous area that you wouldn’t dream of taking your family to for a picnic lunch or a walk along the waterfront. Flash forward to the same two mile stretch of waterfront today and you will see children playing in the fountain, runners out for their daily jog and professionals relaxing during their lunch breaks.

M. Paul Friedberg & Partners designed The Yards Park which is now an amazing mixed use public space. Studio 431 developed multiple site amenities, including wave benches, lounge chairs, weaved table/benches, trellis canopies and bridge benches.

The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) ranked The Yards Park 16th out of the Top 100 Public Spaces in the United States and Canada.

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Pushing for a New Park in Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood

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The designers behind the Lakeview Area Masterplan are pushing ahead with a plan for a new park on a vacant lot on North Paulina Street adjacent to the Brown Line tracks. According to their research there are five vacant lots within a one block area, so there is ample land available for development.

Plans for the park include shade trees, picnic mounds and other seating, a food truck corral, bioswales and other elements. The masterplan is unusual for its emphasis on sustainability, not the typical concern of chambers of commerce. Still, the designers and the chamber believe that attractive open space will make the area more desirable to business and residents.

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