Neighbors give mixed feedback on pedestrian plazas near Penn Station

Vornado Realty Trust's PLAZA33 features S-Man, 1987 by Keith Haring. (Courtesy NYCDOT)

Vornado Realty Trust’s PLAZA33 features S-Man, 1987 by Keith Haring. (Courtesy NYCDOT)

Community Board 5 is experimenting with a temporary pedestrian plaza and sidewalk expansion around Penn Station to manage foot traffic around one of the busiest rail stations in the world. A guiding vision behind these projects is to link Penn Station and Madison Square Garden to the more pleasant Herald Square and Greeley Square area.

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New York state unveils new pedestrian and cyclist bridge now under construction in Upper Manhattan

City Terrain, East, Transportation
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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The $24.4million proposal is under way. (Courtesy NYDOT)

The $24.4million proposal is under way. (Courtesy NYDOT)

New York State Department of Transportation (NYDOT) Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll has revealed a $24.4 million bicycle and pedestrian bridge at 151st Street in Manhattan. Crossing the Henry Hudson Parkway and the adjacent Amtrak line, the new bridge will connect West Harlem with the Hudson River Greenway.

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This mapping tool shows the effects of gentrification and displacement in the Bay Area

City Terrain, Urbanism, West
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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The MaestraPeace Mural in San Francisco's Mission District, one of the zones most affected by displacement (Courtesy Wally Gobetz)

The Maestra Peace Mural in San Francisco’s Mission District, one of the zones experiencing the most residential displacement (Wally Gobetz / Flickr)

Researchers at UCLA and the UC-Berkeley are mapping neighborhood change in the Bay Area. The Urban Displacement Project uses government housing, land use, transportation, and Census data from 1990–2013 to find markers that represent turnover in housing, demographic shifts, and new investment.

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Watch the first arch of Santiago Calatrava’s Margaret McDermott Bridge get topped off in Dallas

Courtesy Santiago Calatrava

Courtesy Santiago Calatrava

An important milestone for what is set to be Dallas’ newest landmark was just reached as the first arch of Santiago Calatrava‘s Margaret McDermott Bridges project was completed in late August.

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Study shows that Washington, D.C.’s bike-share program is reducing traffic congestion

City Terrain, East, Transportation
Friday, September 4, 2015
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Introduced in London by mayor Boris Johnson, 'Boris Bikes' have been a hit. ( Chris Sampson / Flickr )

Introduced in London by mayor Boris Johnson, ‘Boris Bikes’ have been a hit. (Chris Sampson / Flickr )

Research by Casey J. Wichman for the think tank Resources for the Future (RFF) has found a causal relationship between bike sharing programs and traffic congestion in Washington, D.C.

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New York City is getting serious about future superstorms with $100 million to fund floodwater mitigation

"BIG U" PROPOSED PATH AROUND LOWER MANHATTAN (COURTESY BIG)

“BIG U” PROPOSED PATH AROUND LOWER MANHATTAN (COURTESY BIG)

On August 27th, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYC Office of Resilience & Recovery announced plans to spend $100 million to fortify lower Manhattan against future superstorms. The latest proposal calls for green spaces, levees, and floodwalls to protect the area from East 23rd Street to Montgomery Street, and around the northern tip of Battery Park City.

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These six groups just got $3 million each for housing, placemaking projects

Cook Inlet Housing Authority: "The heart of our Loussac Place development features a play area for young residents and seating for parents." Courtesy Artplace America

Cook Inlet Housing Authority: “The heart of our Loussac Place development features a play area for young residents and seating for parents.” (Courtesy Artplace America)

President Barack Obama has announced that in tandem with a program by the National Endowment for the ArtsArtPlace America will invest $18 million in six place-based organizations, four of which focus on place-making.

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Remember the Battery Park City wheatfield? Conceptual artist is back with a horticultural pyramid in Queens

(Courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park)

The Living Pyramid. (Courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park)

 

[Editor’s Note: Socrates Sculpture Park on the Queens waterfront installed The Living Pyramid, a public sculpture by Agnes Denes in May, when this article was originally published. They have just announced that they will extend the life of the sculpture through the end of October. The work is Denes’ first since her iconic Wheatfield – A Confrontation in 1982, sited on a waterfront landfill in what is now Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan. Do not miss this chance to see this important artwork before it comes down next month.]

Monuments of pre-civilization feats in construction and engineering, pyramids are the latest muse of conceptual artist Agnes Denes who, in 1982, transformed what is now Battery Park City into a two-acre wheatfield.

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Signs of life: Artist Steve Powers tacks thought-provoking ‘ICY Signs’ around New York City

(Courtesy New York City Department of Transportation)

(Courtesy New York City Department of Transportation)

Manhattan-based artist Steve Powers is offering a non-caffeinated pick-me-up for weary NYC commuters with his pop art–style street signs mounted on light poles around the city. Bearing food-for-thought slogans with themes of life and love against a pictograph or logotype, such as “I get lost to get found” stamped on a briefcase, the signs are designed to inspire smiles and/or introspection.

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M. Paul Friedberg & Partners-designed park opens in New York City’s Greenwich Village

(Courtesy Jackie Hlavenka/Rubenstein Associates)

(Courtesy Jackie Hlavenka/Rubenstein Associates)

On Friday, the gates opened at a long-awaited, $10 million park in Greenwich Village. The 16,000-square-foot, triangular-shaped space was designed by Rick Parisi of M. Paul Friedberg & Partners and features hexagonal pavers, benches, colorful water jets, an array of tree and flower species, and an amorphous lawn at its center.

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Unmasking the Motor City: New mapping software by LOVELAND Technologies is helping to fight blight in Detroit

City Terrain, Midwest, Technology, Urbanism
Thursday, August 20, 2015
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Property in Detroit (Courtesy Google Street View Time Machine)

Detroit is in the midst of the single-largest tax foreclosure in American History. More than 60,000 foreclosed properties are clustered in the Motor City. The threat of eviction looms over remaining inhabitants and poses the larger long-term threat of a spike in homelessness. The root of the problem—unpaid property taxes—seems untenable when viewed alongside the resulting greater city-wide disaster.

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These odd creatures and sculptures will soon fill Austin’s Circle Acres nature reserve

(Courtesy Field Constructs)

(Courtesy Field Constructs Design Competition)

The 18 winning projects shortlisted in the Field Constructs Design Competition flag a range of pressing socio-environmental issues through whimsical takes on interactive public art. The exhibits will occupy an old landfill and brownfield in Austin within the Circle Acres nature reserve, turning the site into a bizarre outdoor museum teeming with site-responsive sculptures and unforeseen creatures. Here, we take a look at some of the winning proposals to be displayed from November 14–22.

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