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Trylletromler: An Innovative, Accessible Pavilion in Copenhagen

Trylletromler: An Innovative, Accessible Pavilion in Copenhagen | green streets | Scoop.it

Trylletromler’ is the Danish word for the zoetrope, a 19th century device that activates an impression of movement within a still image. The Renaissance garden of Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, forms the context for a new pavilion that is accessible to all public, innovative in its spatial expression and is challenging by its idiom.


FABRIC therefore introduced a new spatial concept by stretching the understanding of the ‘pavilion’ towards the most elementary architectural element in garden design: the fence.

The fence is made out of three thousand standard pieces of Nordic timber, which are joined using an irregular pattern of wedges. Based on these three principles an intriguing floor plan was designed using a composition of ten perfect circles..

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The High Line Effect: Top 10 Urban Transformation Projects

The High Line Effect: Top 10 Urban Transformation Projects | green streets | Scoop.it

Given the environmental straits we find ourselves in at present, architects and policy makers have to rethink our strategy of how to shape the city, buildings, and urban space alike.


This entails that we refrain from the tabula rasa strategies of the past and make do with the standing infrastructure that we already have. Preserving and rehabilitating the aging steel relics of our global cities has proven an ingenious way of saving energy, while enabling newer methods of architectural planning. Projects such as the High Line have kickstarted a new age of urban regeneration—for good or ill—with initiatives from Tel Aviv to Philadelphia attempting to replicate its success on their own turf.


When it comes to urban transformation, size does not matter, per se. The subtleties of thoughtful urban projects shine through at every level, and sometime outperform their more ostentatious contemporaries. The best projects spur new occupation and lively places...

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Examples of urban transformation across the globe, from public parks to rehabilitation projects, with links provided for further research and investigation...

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 31, 2012 12:04 AM

Examples of creative answers for urban design at this site.

Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, December 31, 2012 4:35 AM

Transformation Projects and City Design : this is possible the most amazing job to do for the next decade. Who would not change everything to get into a

project that changes peoples lives?

 

I love this. Be aware of the gainijng power of this as a upcoming trend for the next years.

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

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Visions of Sixth Street - plans for a new, pedestrian-friendly bridge in Los Angeles

Visions of Sixth Street - plans for a new, pedestrian-friendly bridge in Los Angeles | green streets | Scoop.it

Three finalists present plans for major new bridge in Los Angeles:

The groups—headed by HNTB, AECOM, and Parsons Brinckerhoff— have all been shortlisted to create the city’s new Sixth Street Viaduct. Their vivid public presentations were the first glimpse of what will likely be LA’s next major icon.

The original 3,500-foot-long structure, a famous rounded Art Deco span designed in 1932, has been deemed unsalvageable due to irreversible decay, and in April the city’s Bureau of Engineering called for a competition to design a new, $400 million, cable stayed structure.

Following the city’s lead, all three teams presented plans that not only showcased memorable forms, but embraced people-friendly designs, including pedestrian paths, parks, and connections to the river below. The push reveals Los Angeles’s focus on attracting people and talent through increased livability. Such moves are a welcome, if uphill battle considering that so much of the city has been designed for cars, not people...

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'Spaces to Ramble': Why Cities Need More Central Parks

'Spaces to Ramble': Why Cities Need More Central Parks | green streets | Scoop.it
An interactive walk explores what a space like Central Park can provide to city dwellers.

Last weekened, Jon Cotner, who co-wrote a book of dialogues conducted from interactions around the city, led a small group on an interactive walk through Central Park.

Cotner told us that Frederick Law Olmsted, the park’s designer and one-time superintendent, had written that the park should “secure pure and wholesome air, to act through the lungs.” He also wanted to provide “an antithesis of objects of vision to those of the streets and houses.” And on a perfect day like Sunday, it’s easy to see that he succeeded, providing a place for urbanites to go, enjoy the natural environment and relax.

 

As an ever-growing portion of the population shifts to cities, natural spaces like these are becoming more important. At the beginning of the walk, Cotner told us, “Central Park wasn’t intended to be a condemnation of this intense progress”—the creep of buildings north along Manhattan. “It was meant to accommodate such developments.” Spaces like Central Park help people crowd together, saving land and energy: As he put it, the park “reconciles the urban with the rural.” If we’re going to live in cities, we’re going to need more places like Central Park, which can deliver the experience of the natural world to those who crave it...

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A Green Park in Philly's Master Plan

A Green Park in Philly's Master Plan | green streets | Scoop.it

Philadelphia’s colonial master plan featured five squares: two to the east, two to the west, and one at the center. Inspired by Parisian boulevards, city planners cut through the plan to make way for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the turn of the last century. The central and northwest squares became circles swirling round the Louvre-inspired City Hall and fountains designed by Alexander Stirling Calder at Logan Circle to the northwest. For nearly a century civic dreams of museums and cafes lining the entire parkway remained just dreams, until now. In the last year alone, four major landscape designs were completed or broke ground on the parkway, with Sister Cities Park on Logan Circle being the latest to open last month...

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Los Angeles Seeks Pedestrians

Los Angeles Seeks Pedestrians | green streets | Scoop.it
A pilot project aims to pave the way for community-led reuses of L.A. streets.

The automobile is undoubtedly the dominant mode of travel in Los Angeles. But to write off the city as made up entirely of car-driving, bumper-to-bumper rush hour commuters is clearly an over-generalization. A growing group of Angelenos is finding ways to make transit, cycling, and walking (and, often, a combination thereof) relevant and viable in their daily lives.

A physical example of this transition opened this weekend in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood. On a short strip of street bordering a small triangular park within a vibrant commercial area, officials from the city’s departments of planning, transportation, and public works partnered with the county’s public health department to close the street off to car traffic and convert it into an outdoor plaza. On 11,000 square-feet, the roadway has been effectively removed form the automobile grid with the simple application of paint (in glowing neon green polka-dots), bike racks and planters around the edges and seating in the middle. The project was inspired by similar street plazas created in New York City and San Francisco.

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Proving Ground - The Architect's Newspaper

Proving Ground - The Architect's Newspaper | green streets | Scoop.it

Known as the Granite City, Aberdeen, Scotland’s silvery gray townscape will soon have a dynamic new emerald heart. Designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, with OLIN and Scottish architects at Keppie Design, a new hybrid park and cultural center will transform an existing park and extend over a road and rail trench to better connect the city with a highly programmed, fully accessible indoor and outdoor space with a rolling highland/lowland landscape. 

The existing park has a 65-foot grade change, so DS+R exploited the sectional possibilities of the site. “Some of the other proposals simply placed pavilions in a park,” said principal Charles Renfro. “We created a layered three- dimensional matrix, where the building is woven under and into the park.” The cultural center will include an approximately 5,000-person outdoor amphitheater—with a dramatic walkway crisscrossing overhead—a 215,000 square foot exhibition hall, and a 500-person black box theater...

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Mirror, Mirror: Playground Pavilion Gets Funhouse Treatment

Mirror, Mirror: Playground Pavilion Gets Funhouse Treatment | green streets | Scoop.it
A playground pavilion and multi-use building in Copenhagen is clad in mirrored steel on its gabled ends, giving kids a funhouse experience.

The architects say, “At night the shutters are closed making the building anonymous. During the day the building opens up, attracting the children who enjoy seeing themselves transformed in all directions. With simple means it has succeeded to transform an existing, sad and anonymous building to a unique and respectful installation in the newly renovated park.”

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Paris' Elevated Park Predates NYC's High Line by Nearly 20 Years

Paris' Elevated Park Predates NYC's High Line by Nearly 20 Years | green streets | Scoop.it
New York City's High Line Park is remarkable, but not quite as original as many think: Parisians have been enjoying strolls along an elevated park in the heart of the city for nearly 20 years. The Promenade Plantée, or Coulée Verte, runs 4.5km (2.8 mi) through Paris' 12th arrondissement.

The elevated Viaduct des Arts, which supported the Vincennes Railway from 1859 to 1969, was bought by the City as part of a general renovation of the area in 1986. Landscape architect Jacques Vergely and architect Philippe Mathieux were commissioned to design the park, which opened in 1993. At the same time, the arcades under the viaduct were converted into spaces for art galleries and artisan workshops.

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City Parks, Like Madrid Río, Stand Where Highways Did

City Parks, Like Madrid Río, Stand Where Highways Did | green streets | Scoop.it
In this and other cities, parks now flourish, and neighborhoods with them, in place of aboveground highways.

All around the world, highways are being torn down and waterfronts reclaimed; decades of thinking about cars and cities reversed; new public spaces created...

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Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap | green streets | Scoop.it

After the city sealed the deal to sell Robert Moses Playground to the United Nations to finance the waterfront park between 38th Street & 60th Street, the East River Greenway moved a step closer to completion. But once the Greenway links upriver at 60th Street, a host of issues await. There, stretching from 60th to 125th, the 60-year-old East River Esplanade languishes.

The esplanade runs approximately two miles between the Upper East Side and East Harlem gradually shifting from lush and refined at Gracie Mansion to rough and tumble at the 96th Street divide, long a psychological demarcation between the haves and have-nots.

In late October, citizen action group CIVITAS announced its Reimagining the Waterfront ideas competition charging architects, planners, and landscape designers to develop concepts for the entire esplanade, or in sections. According to executive director Hunter Armstrong, key challenges are a dangerous crosswalk at the 96th Street entrance and two vacant lots beneath the FDR. As with SHoP’s redesign of the East River Esplanade in Lower Manhattan, Armstrong envisions a park that embraces the highway, both beside and beneath.

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Los Angeles turns foreclosed homes into pocket parks

Los Angeles turns foreclosed homes into pocket parks | green streets | Scoop.it
It's all part of a larger plan to make Los Angeles a more livable city. In a recent speech to the Los Angeles Business Council on improving the livability of the city, Mayor Villaraigosa laid out a number of significant priorities.

 

What’s one way a city can fight blight, add green space, and increase property values at the same time? Build parks.

Los Angeles is embracing the idea and turning foreclosure sites and vacant properties into pocket parks. As part of a new initiative, the city will create 50 new pocket parks, 10 from foreclosure sites...

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Green Spaces in Megacities

Green Spaces in Megacities | green streets | Scoop.it

By 2025, there will be 20 more megacities from 21 years ago, a United Nations report revealed in March last year. A point of concern perhaps, considering these bustling metropolises are the largest contributors of air pollution, accounting for at least 80 percent of all CO2 emissions. However, with the ascension of urban growth, there has been a positive penetration of architectural practices committed to incorporating greener design functionalities.

The incorporation of green spaces has taken to the forefront of urban planning on not only a regional, but global scale. Similar to the NYC’s High Line project, the construction of garden rooftops in Shanghai has decreased air-conditioning usage by 20 percent, reduced indoor temperatures and improved building insulation.

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How to Transform a Waterfront: Project for Public Spaces

How to Transform a Waterfront: Project for Public Spaces | green streets | Scoop.it

As more cities envision their waterfronts as lively public destinations that keep people coming back, PPS outlines the following principles to make that happen.


They are not all hard and fast laws, but rules of thumb drawn from 32 years of experience working to improve urban waterfronts around the world. These ideas can serve as the framework for any waterfront project seeking to create vibrant public spaces, and, by extension, a vibrant city.

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Visit the article link for more information on the strategies and concepts outlined, including the following:

  •  Make public goals the primary objective
  • Create a shared community vision
  • Create multiple destinations
  • Optimize public access
  • Use parks to connect destinations
  • Design and program buildings to engage the public space
  • Support multiple modes of transportation and limit vehicular access
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Making places for people improves liveability
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Green Space + Pedestrian-Oriented Development: Futian District masterplan in Shenzhen by SWA Group

Green Space + Pedestrian-Oriented Development: Futian District masterplan in Shenzhen by SWA Group | green streets | Scoop.it
SWA Group has been selected to redesign Futian District in Shenzhen, China.

The landscape architecture and urban planning firm hopes to transform the congested and car-dominated district of central Shenzhen into a calmer, greener space where pedestrians are welcome.

As part of SWA’s masterplan, titled Garden City of Tomorrow, residential streets will be made over with exercise areas for all age groups as well as quieter green spaces. Office streets will incorporate gardens with seating areas, while retail streets will encourage pedestrian traffic with public art and better lighting. A botanical garden in the shape of a circuit board, representing the Chinese city’s electronics industry, has been proposed for a space alongside the Civic Center.

“Our landscape and urban design strategies will rebalance Futian from a car-dominated city with a challenging street system to offer a more beautiful, more functional environment, from landscaped boulevards and greenspaces to plazas and large gathering spaces,” said Sean O’Malley, the principal leading the masterplan from SWA Group...


See more renderings and learn more about the Garden City of Tomorrow at the complete article.

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Parks and Re-Creation: The Revitalizing Power of Parks in Cities

Parks and Re-Creation: The Revitalizing Power of Parks in Cities | green streets | Scoop.it

Amidst the automobile infested concrete space of most modern cities are spaces which allow for community to really happen- parks. With access to open space, parks not only provide an outlet from our fast-paced society; they serve our neighborhoods through design, providing a natural habitat, serene experiences, and opportunities for community engagement.

There are many benefits from investing in green space; much of which can only happen through creating and maintaining parks in cities. Parks generate economic, physical and social benefits, creating stronger community ties and transforming cities by awakening vital senses of city dwellers. Many cities, in efforts to revitalize themselves, incorporate a park as part of that revitalization. 

Parks are often located on historic sites where the land is protected by the city. A well-designed park can show that recreating historic space doesn’t have to mean ‘destroy and rebuild’, instead revitalizing an asset that was already there in some form...

City dwellers make up an urban community. In the open green space of a park, where no one owns anything and the space is collectively ours, a genuine sense of community, shared space, and shared life can be developed. A well-designed urban park has the potential to transform individuals, making them more conscious of community, encouraging them to practice sustenance of that community with a sense of pride.

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Blaxland Riverside Park by JMD Design

Blaxland Riverside Park by JMD Design | green streets | Scoop.it

JMD Design have completed the Blaxland Riverside Park in Sydney, Australia.

The new playground makes extensive use of landform to house a variety of play experiences and elements that caters for the entire family. The landform extends some 300 metres from the Giant swing to the Tonkin Zulaikha Greer designed kiosk. Nestled into dramatic cuts in the landform are tunnel slides, embankment slides, a climbing net, flying fox, sand pit, and a waterplay disc that houses 170 jets. These are programmed to create tunnels, enclosures, lines and spots of water that are at times gentle, at times boisterous. A 12 metres high treehouse overlooks the entire playground and gives long views along the Parramatta River. The highly popular playground is serviced by a new JMD designed extension to the carpark and a Tonkin Zulaikha Greer designed amenities block...

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Park life: the evolving approach to designing urban public space

Park life: the evolving approach to designing urban public space | green streets | Scoop.it

It could be argued that the pinnacle of urban landscape architecture was reached in seventeenth century France and the French formal gardens of Jacques Boyceau and André Le Nôtre, or in Britain in the ninenteenth century, when Joseph Paxton and John Nash were transforming former Royal Hunting grounds into places for Victorian gentry to promenade.

Contemporary urban architects and designers are rarely afforded the same amount of space, money and time as their antecedents and are more often tasked with transforming abandoned plots, redundant structures or characterless inner city areas into suitable places for public recreation. Here, Architonic looks at some recent successes that add value to their surroundings by pushing the boundaries of park design.

Finding new spaces in towns and cities that can be turned into communal parks is extremely difficult with every available plot in such high demand and the reuse or re-appropriation of existing land has become a popular alternative. The shining example of this practice is New York’s hugely popular High Line development, which has converted a disused freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan into a popular park and walkway...

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Can a Highway Median Become an Alluring Public Space?

Can a Highway Median Become an Alluring Public Space? | green streets | Scoop.it
That's the question in Miami, where a design firm has created a temporary pop-up park, complete with sod and seating.

On one side of Miami’s Biscayne Boulevard is a thriving downtown, filled with condos and office towers. On the other side is the Atlantic Ocean, and in a few choice locations, nice waterfront parks. The division between – Biscayne – has four lanes in each direction and a 100-foot median in between that carries overhead rail tracks and parking lots. All in all, it’s a pretty wide barrier between the people and the parks.

“It’s not convenient or easy or neighborhood-accessible,” says Tony Garcia, a principal at the Street Plans Collaborative, an urban planning, design, and advocacy firm.

Instead of trying to cross the barrier, Garcia tried to bring the park closer to the people, temporarily converting the median into a pop-up public park. In partnership with the engineering and architecture firm C3TS, Garcia coordinated with the city’s parking authority to take over a 60-space lot for a week to lay down sod and put up benches...

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Incheon stadium designed to turn into park after Asian Games

Incheon stadium designed to turn into park after Asian Games | green streets | Scoop.it

The Incheon main stadium being built for the 2014 Asian Games will be transformed into a public park after the sports festival, demonstrating a sustainable design in stadiums in Asia, the architecture firm that designed it has said.

The new stadium will hold 70,000 people for the games, but it can reduce down to a single-sided grandstand for 30,000 afterwards and be turned into a park.

“If the social legacy is done the way it was initially planned, I think the world will sit up and notice that Korea is leading the way in delivering a sports project legacy,” Andrew James, Populous’ senior principal, told The Korea Herald.

The key factor for the stadium’s success after the games will be linking it into the surrounding parklands, transforming it into an open and accessible building for everyone to enjoy. Populous is working on the project with local firm Heerim Architects and Planners.

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Disused Steel Mill Yard In Luxembourg Undergoes Smart Redesign Without Forgetting Its Past

Disused Steel Mill Yard In Luxembourg Undergoes Smart Redesign Without Forgetting Its Past | green streets | Scoop.it

Similar to New York City's Highline, this disused and grim industrial area in the south of Luxembourg has been revived into a pleasant public space without deleting its past. 

LUX Stahlhof Belval-Ouest is an urban oasis between residential buildings and strange looking furnaces from the former steel industry. The space has pretty much been conserved and made friendly by incorporating plants and creating seating areas into the structures. The old industrial elements have basically been left in place as well as mosses and birch, and new designs and plants have been added to revive the space.

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Big Green: Pros and cons of the megapark

Big Green: Pros and cons of the megapark | green streets | Scoop.it
Megaparks like Chicago's Millennium Reserve and New York's Fresh Kills are ever more common. The BMW Guggenheim Lab|log weighs the pros and cons of going big.

Few in this day and age would contest the value of any land being set aside for the creation of public green space, and I am certainly not one of them.

But when it comes to the benefits we derive from park space in a city, it is worth considering if bigger is necessarily better.

Earlier this month the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and various other agencies made an announcement that caught the eye of many a public space advocate: the construction of the largest urban park in the continental United States.

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A Greener Edge

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Like most cities, growth in Louisville, KY continues to push out to the city’s suburban fringe, eating up undeveloped land surrounding the city. Recognizing the pristine farms and woodlands that would otherwise be developed into ubiquitous suburban housing tracts, a group of civic and business leaders headed up by Dan Jones organized the non-profit 21st Century Parks in 2005 to undertake one of the nation’s largest new park projects to protect over 3,700 acres of prime land along a winding watershed. The so-called Parklands of Floyds Fork will encompass four large, distinct parks—each named for a tributary to the waterway—designed by Philadelphia-based landscape architects WRT, formerly Wallace Roberts & Todd.

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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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How "Pocket Parks" Make Cities Safer and Healthier

How "Pocket Parks" Make Cities Safer and Healthier | green streets | Scoop.it

A research team has found that distressed neighborhoods where vacant lots have been converted into small parks and community green spaces are associated with reduced crime when compared to neighborhoods with unimproved vacant lots. The study was conducted by a group from the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman Scool of Medicine, using Philadelphia data compiled over the last decade. In some sections of the city, residents of neighborhoods with improved vacant lots also reported “significantly less stress and more exercise,” suggesting that the improvements had an effect on residents’ perceptions of safety outdoors.

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