Mayor Bill de BlasioÂ hasÂ signed legislation to lower New York Cityâ€™s default speed limit from 30 miles per hour to 25. The measure was recently passed by the City Council and is one of the central policy pieces of Vision Zeroâ€”the mayor’s plan to eliminate traffic fatalities in the city.
Fleurt, the winning design forÂ the Battery Conservancy America’s “Draw Up a Chair” competition,Â has been described asÂ an â€œarchetypal floral formâ€ andÂ even a â€œwhimsical suggestion of sun-loving flowers floating in a field.â€ But it is much more than that. Fleurt â€œannounces openness and photogenic warmthâ€ and creates a â€œmemorable, diaphanous landscape.â€ Fleurt â€œstretches outâ€ with its â€œlounging curves.â€ Fleurt is, yes, fine, technicallyÂ aÂ chair.
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The original design of all grand U.S. railroad stations fit the architectural design foundation â€œform follows function.â€ Unfortunately the years have not been kind to these railroad stations. Real estate developers have coveted the rail yard property for non-transportation development. In some cases these rail yards have yielded to interstates, highways, and streets. This has transformed the depot (waiting room, ticket offices, etc.) into just â€œa nice old building that used to serve the traveling public.â€
Minneapolis hosted the Major League Baseball All Star Game this year, and many of the 41,000 people in attendance used some new public transit to get there.Â In May the city opened Target Field Stationâ€”a multimodal transit hub and public space at the foot of the Twins’ Target Field that designers Perkins Eastman hope will catalyze development.
What can you do with a vacant lot? Urban activists in Louisville have set out to show just how much with an ongoing pop-up festival of sorts at 615-621 West Main Street, an empty plot of land in the heart of downtown where REX‘s Museum Plaza skyscraper was once set to rise.
When the final phase of the High Line opened in September, Mayor de Blasio was not there to celebrateâ€”neither was his Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, reported the New York Times. The mayor was off to Pittsburgh that day and Silver apparently had a scheduling conflict so deputies for both men were sent instead. But if the mayor would have made it to the opening, it would have been his first time on the High Line. Ever.
A straight-forward, standard-issue park just won’tÂ do for the uber-trendy, graffiti-covered streets of Miami‘s Wynwood Arts District. Instead of merely carving up green space within the artsy district, Tony Cho, a local realÂ estate broker and developer, launched an international design competition to turn a parking lot into a public space worthy of its distinguished neighborhood.
Five state capitals will get help from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop green infrastructure that could help mitigate the cost of natural disasters and climate change.Â Resiliency, whether it be in the context of global warming or natural and manmade catastrophes, has become a white-hot topic in the design world, especially since Superstorm Sandy battered New York City in 2012. Read More
Bicycling magazine may have named New York City the nationâ€™s best city for cyclingâ€”surprising many from calmer townsâ€”but even more stunning is their selection of the worst place to pedal: nearby Suffolk county. Donâ€™t worry Suf-folks, itâ€™s not strictly personal. Youâ€™re way of life is symbolic of our national transportation imbalance. â€œReally, right now, the worst city is in the suburbs,â€ said Bicyclingâ€™s editor in chief Bill Strickland. â€œWe picked Suffolk to be Â emblematic of that.â€ And urbanists wonder why they get tagged as elitists.
If all goes according to plan, Mesa, Arizona is going to have one heckÂ of a public plaza in the center of its downtown. The cityÂ just unveiled schemes fromÂ three teams, selected from a recent RFQ (PDF), to design the space, located on an area currently occupied mostly by local government buildings and surface parking lots.Â According to the city, the site, meant to accommodate up to 25,000 people, would hostÂ annual events like the Mesa Arts Festival, Arizona Celebration of Freedom, and the Great Arizona Bicycle Festival.