With another set of renderings revealed forÂ Florida‘s upcoming commuter rail service, it’s clear that SOMÂ hopes to give the system a highly recognizable visual brand. After the firm unveiledÂ plans for All Aboard Florida’s Miami Station, which floats the rails 50-feet above grade on trusses, SOM and Zyscovich ArchitectsÂ revealedÂ its design for the smallerÂ Ft. Lauderdale station, which clearly borrowed heavily from the first. The 27,500-square-foot hubÂ is also defined by reinforced concrete trusses. And today, with images released for the West Palm Beach station, we know those trusses aren’t going anywhere.
In the decade since it was rezoned, Downtown Brooklyn has grown up in a big way. Just look at its skyline and the new apartment towers and hotels that call it home. The open air between those buildings will soon be filled becauseÂ development isn’t slowing downâ€”it’s just getting started. But the next decade of change in Downtown Brooklyn could offer much more than the first. That’s because as new buildings rose,Â the areaâ€™s street-level never kept pace: public space is still scarce and underused, streets are hard to navigate and dangerous, and educational and cultural institutions have been disconnected. Today, however, Mayor de Blasio announced strategies to change all that by injecting the booming district withÂ new (or refurbished) parks, redesigned streetscapes, new retail, and better connections betweenÂ its many cultural and educational institutions.
Cleveland last year unveiled a plan to revamp Public Squareâ€”a space that, as its name suggests, is meant to serve as a civic space for the cityâ€™s downtown. Now an $8 million grant could make that ambitious project shovel-ready by the end of this year. Read More
From the West Coast of Portland, ORÂ to the East Coast of New York City, designated cyclist and pedestrian lanesÂ called cycle tracks are realigningÂ pavement away from motor vehicles and creating safe infrastructure for bikes. Architect and avid cyclist Bernard Zyscovich has proposed such an infrastructure upgradeÂ in Miami-Dade, Florida that would convert a killer expresswayÂ into a cycleÂ super highway.
While Los AngelesÂ implements plans forÂ new bike lanes and other pedestrian improvements along its streets, there is still plenty of work to do. As part of that struggle, Highland Park residents and local activists this weekÂ stagedÂ the “Walk For The Dead,” along North Figueroa Street, wearing Day of the Dead makeup and costumes as a reminder of the pedestrians and bikers who have been killed by cars on the thoroughfare.
In May,Â SOMÂ released renderings for Miami Stationâ€”aÂ 1,000-foot-long, multimodal transit hubÂ that would anchor the Sunshine Stateâ€™s impending high-speed commuter rail system known as All Aboard Florida. The firm floated the station 50 feetÂ atopÂ reinforced concrete trusses to allow for restaurants and retail, and an uninterrupted street grid. Now, with the Miami station getting underway, SOM has unveiled plans for the system’s Ft. Lauderdale station, and it appearsÂ thatÂ a design trend is emerging down in Florida.
As Detroit nears the one year anniversary of the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, creative professionals inÂ a busy downtown corridor are the target of a Washington, D.C.â€“funded â€œinnovation district” that hopes startups will rev Detroit’s stalled economic engine. Read More
Despite ongoing delays, lawsuits, and government holdups, it appears that California’s High Speed RailÂ (HSR) plans (and their associated stations) are ready to move ahead. LastÂ week the United StatesÂ Department of Transportation issued a “Record of Decision”Â for HSR’s initial 114-mile section from Fresno to Bakersfield.
After four years of stops and starts, MyFigueroa, the $20 million proposal to transform Los Angelesâ€™ Figueroa Corridor from a regional throughway to a bike- and pedestrian-friendly destination, appears to be moving ahead. Overseen by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) with design assistance from Melendrez, Troller Mayer Associates, and Gehl Architects, MyFigueroa will add separated cycle tracks or buffered bike lanes, bike racks, and improved transit shelters, lighting, and landscaping to 4.5 miles of streets between LA Live and Exposition Park.
No Further West:Â The Story of Los Angeles Union Station
Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library
630 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA
Through August 10
Known as the â€œLast of the Great Railway Stations,â€ Los AngelesÂ Union Station receives due recognition with the exhibition entitled No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station. Organized by the Getty Research Institute, theÂ exhibition will span from the stationâ€™s construction in 1939, when its construction became an incidental platform for racial issues of the era, to today, when it serves 60,000Â commuter passengers daily. Photographs, architectural drawings, and other archival items will all relay the storyÂ of the stationâ€™s journey from a basic transportation hub toÂ an important centerpiece of Southern California architecture. The Los Angeles Public Libraryâ€”an iconic cultural centerpieceÂ itselfâ€”hosts the exhibition until August 10.