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MVRDV To Bring Human Scale Back to Montparnasse

MVRDV To Bring Human Scale Back to Montparnasse | green streets | Scoop.it

The City of Paris is ready to see a block in Montparnasse area restructured—this time not vertically, but horizontally. The aging structure, located in the 14th arrondissement, or district, has lost "urban connectivity", and Mayor Hidalgo's urban planner, Jean-Louis Missika, labeled it an eyesore. MVRDV, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has plans to bring it back. It is as though the rest of the city's pulse has stopped reaching the quartier, which lacks the typical pedestrian bustle and overall neighborhood identity quintessential to the metropolis...

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BIG Reveals First Renderings for Public Square at London’s Battersea Power Station

BIG Reveals First Renderings for Public Square at London’s Battersea Power Station | green streets | Scoop.it
The New York- and Copenhagen-based practice will establish their first U.K. project with "Malaysia Square," linking Giles Gilbert Scott’s southern entrance to the Foster + Partners' and Gehry Partners' proposed Electric Boulevard high street.

The total redevelopment, led by Rafael Viñoly, FAIA, is estimated at £8 billion, or approximately $9.9 million, with BIG’s public space linking the southern entrance of Scott’s Grade II with the proposed high street, Electric Boulevard, by Foster + Partners and Gehry Partners.

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New Waterfront of Thessaloniki / Nikiforidis-Cuomo Architects

New Waterfront of Thessaloniki / Nikiforidis-Cuomo Architects | green streets | Scoop.it

 In 2000, the Municipality of Thessaloniki launched an International Architectural Competition for the redevelopment of the New Waterfront, The first part (apps. 75800m2) was completed in 2008 and the second part (appx. 163000m2) was completed in 2014. The total length of the New Waterfront is 3km, with 2.353 new trees, 118.432 new plants, 58,75 acres of green spaces and 11.557m2 of playgrounds.

For the waterfront of the New Waterfront, we distinguished two major characteristic areas, which set the principles for the basic choices of the proposal.

The breakwater: an ideal place for walking, without interruptions, without distractions. The “walker” is exposed to the light, to the open perspective, and has a continuous walk on the charming limit between two opposites: the stability of the massive breakwater – the instability and lucidity of the liquid element.


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The Gateway: a mixed-use urban district

The Gateway: a mixed-use urban district | green streets | Scoop.it

In 1998, the Union Pacific railyard sat vacant in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Four years later, the 30-acre site was transformed into a mixed-use urban district with specialty stores, restaurants, offices and apartments. A children’s museum and planetarium offered cultural and learning opportunities. And the project’s open-air plaza served as a place for international celebration during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The Gateway, a $375 million project, is the first phase of a 650-acre brownfield redevelopment plan. It employs nearly 6,000 people and serves as a downtown center for public gatherings, exhibitions and performances. Apartments and condominiums make The Gateway a 24-hour district.

Read the complete article for project details, as well as photos and more information on this unique mixed-use design...

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Go West for a pedestrian paradise

Go West for a pedestrian paradise | green streets | Scoop.it

TODAY it is a vast, bleak slab of bitumen, with 60,000 cars fighting their way each day across 10 busy lanes, isolating the city from the west parklands.

Within a decade it could become an inviting, pedestrian and cycling-friendly green oasis with a vibrant cafe and apartment culture.

These images of West Tce, created by architects HASSELL, show the arterial road's future potential if it was redeveloped to prioritise people, cyclists and public transport, becoming a more inviting place to live and socialise.

The concept is based on ideas and discussions from forums for the 5000+ project, which is run by the Adelaide City Council and State Government and calls on CBD locals, shoppers and workers to submit ideas to help shape a long-term vision for inner Adelaide. Also suggesting an underground city loop and tram extensions into the inner metro area, the HASSELL's design aims to generate debate on ways to enliven city streets, make better use of the parklands and make the CBD an inviting place to live...

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Farm in the city could be supermarket of the future

Farm in the city could be supermarket of the future | green streets | Scoop.it

Big cities are rarely home to thriving farmlands, but a group of Dutch architects hope to change that with the "Park Supermarket" -- an urban farming project that will attempt to grow and sell all the food of a modern supermarket in one place.

The firm behind the proposal, Rotterdam-based Van Bergen Kolpa Architects, intends to produce everything from risotto rice, to kiwis to Tilapia fish all on one 4,000-acre plot of disused land in Randstad, Holland's largest metropolitan area.

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Proposal Transforms Park Space Under the Manhattan Bridge

Proposal Transforms Park Space Under the Manhattan Bridge | green streets | Scoop.it

Let’s face it, outside of Central Park, Manhattan isn’t known for its abundance of open space. This is beginning to change, however, as in this increasingly innovative architectural age, people are looking to odd, underutilized remnants in the city, from abandoned rail lines to decrepit industrial buildings and toxic waterfronts to create the next amazing public space. One such space sits just beneath the Manhattan Bridge, where Architecture for Humanity has secured a grant and invited nine design firms to take on Coleman Oval Skate Park. Holm Architecture Office (HAO) with Niklas Thormark has taken on the challenge and revealed their program-driven proposal.

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How a California city is cleaning up, building green, & protecting residents from pollution

How a California city is cleaning up, building green, & protecting residents from pollution | green streets | Scoop.it
  Over decades, the 14-acre commercial flower nursery in Richmond, California became a severely blighted site, its old greenhouses falling into disrepair and its soil polluted with years of pesticide and herbicide applications. 

After the nursery closed, contamination posed an obstacle to redevelopment. Not a great place for housing, one might think.

But think again: these challenges are being overcome as the site is cleaned of contaminants and transformed into what will be the city’s greenest new residential development.

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District Hall, Boston’s Public Innovation Center / Hacin + Associates

District Hall, Boston’s Public Innovation Center / Hacin + Associates | green streets | Scoop.it

Opening at the end of October, District Hall is the world’s first freestanding public innovation center, a single-story pavilion dedicated to gathering the innovation community together.  The building is located in the heart of Boston’s Innovation District, a thousand acres of the historically industrial South Boston waterfront that has been transformed  into an urban environment that fosters innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship.

District Hall will serve as an anchor in this emerging district, a new kind of public infrastructure for the 21st century economy. The building is located at a natural gathering place between the Institute of Contemporary Art, a new public marina, bike-sharing and transit stops, and several parks on Boston’s rapidly developing waterfront.

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St. Louis Exhibition Explores Street Design in Grand Center Arts District

St. Louis Exhibition Explores Street Design in Grand Center Arts District | green streets | Scoop.it

St. Louis’ Grand Center neighborhood has gone through a lot of changes, and the midtown neighborhood aims “to become the premiere cultural and entertainment tourist destination in the Midwest.

Part of that plan involves sprucing up the urban fabric with a Great Streets Projects grant from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

The plan envisions corridors of development and pinpoints several intersections and cross-block connectors that could be activated by public programming to function as “outdoor rooms.”

Trees and green infrastructure are meant to alleviate some of St. Louis’ flooding issues by retaining and filtering stormwater and describes a new catchment area. Branding, wayfinding, lighting, and transportation analyses are also a focus of the plan.

More information at the link.

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Chicago's Riverwalk Project: Revitalization, public space + community identity

Chicago's Riverwalk Project: Revitalization, public space + community identity | green streets | Scoop.it
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans in November to expand the city’s Riverwalk by six blocks, tying public space along Lake Michigan to the confluence of the river’s three branches at Wolf Point.

Conceptual plans establish identities for each of the six blocks from State Street west to Lake Street.

The project is intended to draw more recreation to the riverfront, presumably to include kayaking at the Cove and the Marina, and fishing at the jetty. After the state com- mitted $10 million to clean up the Chicago River, the Environmental Protection Agency followed suit, ordering a cleanup for the wastewater-ridden waterway downtown that would be comprehensive enough to make stretches actually clean enough for swimming.

The design team for the expansion is composed of Sasaki Associates, Alfred Benesch & Co., Ross Barney Architects, and Jacobs/Ryan Associates.


Visit the link to learn more about this large-scale revitalization effort and development of green public space in Chicago.

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Building The High Line In London...

Building The High Line In London... | green streets | Scoop.it

New York’s High Line is one of the most successful redevelopment projects in recent urban history. A mile-long section of a former elevated freight railway that was mothballed in the 1980s, it re-opened in 2009 as an urban park, and has become a huge hit with both tourists and Manhattanites alike: a project that has been a catalyst for regeneration, and one so successful that it has begun to attract a critical backlash.

London doesn’t want for disused infrastructure, which got us wondering: could our city have its own High Line? Turns out we weren’t the only ones pondering the idea: in early October the Garden Museum is running a High Line Symposium, at which the project’s founders will visit London and discuss how they brought it to fruition. Simultaneously, the Mayor’s office is launching A High Line for London: Green Infrastructure Ideas for a New London Landscape, an open competition to “design innovative new places that enrich London’s Infrastructure”...

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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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Reinterpreting Green Space in West London

Reinterpreting Green Space in West London | green streets | Scoop.it
With pressure on urban space increasing as populations grow and building becomes more intensive, will gardens be a less common sight in future cities? Those interested in this subject might enjoy the upcoming Serpentine Gallery's Garden Marathon.
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How Brownfield Redevelopment Reduces Pollution

How Brownfield Redevelopment Reduces Pollution | green streets | Scoop.it

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has released a comprehensive research report demonstrating that redevelopment of contaminated industrial sites in inner cities brings substantial environmental benefits. The agency studied 163 brownfield sites in five cities, comparing their impacts with those of sites where development was likely to go had the brownfields not been available.

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Red Light, Green Light

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False start for Cleantech Corridor and Green District in Los Angeles...

The Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) continues to face roadblocks in creating a Cleantech Corridor and Green District, a 2,000-acre development zone on the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles conceived as a manufacturing base for sustainable industries.

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