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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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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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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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Five Approaches to Reviving Chicago’s Navy Pier

Five Approaches to Reviving Chicago’s Navy Pier | green streets | Scoop.it

Five proposals to rethink the public spaces at Navy Pier have gone on view at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The finalist teams–AECOM/BIG, Aedas/Davis Brody Bond/Martha Schwartz Partners, James Corner Field Operations, !melk/HOK/UrbanLab, and Xavier Vendrell Studio/Grimshaw Architects–use variety of approaches to revitalize the historic pier, which has long been a favored destination for tourists. Organizers hope revitalizing the pier’s public spaces will make it a world-class destination for residents as well as visitors, much like Millennium Park and the rest of the lakefront. AECOM/BIG’s proposal calls for a series of undulating ramp/bleachers that form a new landscape over much of the pier’s midsection, culminating in a new park at the tip.

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NYC May Get a New Waterfront Park on the East River

NYC May Get a New Waterfront Park on the East River | green streets | Scoop.it
A pier on the East River could be turned into a park, and be the beginning a redevelopment of Manhattan's East Side.

Although New York is a city of islands, in Manhattan, it's hard to enjoy the waterfront. But an opportunity on the East River could bring New Yorkers closer to the water from which they've long been separated by the FDR Drive. The Municipal Art Society has unveiled an ambitious plan for Waterside Pier, once owned by Con Edison. If that plan comes to fruition, the pier, which runs from 38th to 41st Street, could be the centerpiece of an East Side Waterfront Park.

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3 Clever Ideas To Re-Use San Francisco's Aging Infrastructure

3 Clever Ideas To Re-Use San Francisco's Aging Infrastructure | green streets | Scoop.it

Called SF RE:MADE, San Francisco-based IwamotoScott Architecture propose up-cycling Candlestick Park and two other out-of-use waterfront landmarks, the Hunters Point Crane and the Islais Creek Silos, providing alternative uses for aging 20th-century structures whose original purposes have become outdated.

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Regenerative design requires a certain boldness by government, the courage to acknowledge when infrastructure is outdated and the future is on a different path. Kudo to SF RE:MADE

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Sherbourne Common: A Transformed Brownfield at Toronto's Revitalized Waterfront

Sherbourne Common: A Transformed Brownfield at Toronto's Revitalized Waterfront | green streets | Scoop.it

Sherbourne Common, transformed from a brownfield site along a neglected stretch of Toronto’s waterfront, transcends the conventional definition of a park by interweaving a stormwater treatment facility with landscape, architecture, engineering, and public art. As the newest addition to Toronto’s revitalized waterfront, it's both an outdoor living room for the emerging mixed-use community and an urban park intended to serve the broader constituency of downtown Toronto.

Conceived as a catalytic node along the waterfront, Sherbourne Common was built in advance of private development. The commitment to public realm was paramount to the client’s vision for the regeneration of Toronto’s waterfront. Sherbourne Common along with other waterfront public realm contributions are becoming well used beautiful moments along the lakeshore strung together with a new waterfront promenade and a future grand boulevard. This is strong evidence of the significance and power of building public realm in generating new vibrant urban communities on post industrial lands...

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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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CityDeck: How to Increase Access to A River and Diversify Social Life Along It

CityDeck: How to Increase Access to A River and Diversify Social Life Along It | green streets | Scoop.it

What can you tell me about the areas near a lake or a river? Are they good enough to provide people recreation, entertainment or peaceful moments in the middle of the nature? Most of them ignore people’s essential needs and if we’re talking about a project in the city, then its design and functionality reduces to some benches in austere combination. It’s not the case here. The CityDeck is the heart of a multi-phase redevelopment project along Green Bay’s Fox River. The project aims to allow for significantly increased access to the river and to diversify life along it. The idea was to give people many choices about where to sit, depending on their own desires, their body type, their mood, and their attraction to various ambient light, heat, or weather conditions.

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