Under budget pressures, WXY reveals new ideas for long shuttered Brooklyn War Memorial

Preliminary renderings show WXY-designed vision for a revamped Brooklyn War Memorial (Courtesy Downtown Brooklyn Partnership)

Renderings show WXY-designed vision for a revamped Brooklyn War Memorial (Courtesy Downtown Brooklyn Partnership)

The band Barenaked Ladies famously speculated on what a million dollars could buy: a little tiny fridge filled with pre-wrapped sausages, K-cars, a woman’s eternal, undying love, or fancy ketchups.  Well, this isn’t the nineties anymore, and, as community leaders in Brooklyn are learning, seven figures will not be nearly enough to renovate and preserve the Brooklyn War Memorial.

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Gehry’s Los Angeles River study awarded one million dollar grant


Is there gold in the L.A. River? The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation just released news that it was awarded a million dollar matching grant from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in support of the Frank Gehry-led study of the 51-mile waterway. Read More

With help from a TIGER grant, the Bronx River Greenway is one mile closer to completion

Concrete Plant Park (Courtesy Majora Carter / Flickr)

Concrete Plant Park (Courtesy Majora Carter / Flickr)

As of October 27th, the Bronx River Greenway is one mile closer to completion. The United States Department of Transportation awarded a $10 million TIGER grant to the city to build three bridges and a three-quarter mile path connecting the South Bronx‘s Concrete Plant Park with nearby Starlight Park. Though modest in scale, the grant adds momentum to the decades-long movement to green one of the most industrial areas in the borough.

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Semi-finalists Announced for Pershing Square Competition


Ten teams make the semi-finals to makeover Pershing Square (Courtesy Pershing Square Renew)

A shortlist was announced for the Pershing Square Renew competition. Ten teams were selected to have a chance at a crack at redoing Ricardo Legorreta’s scheme. The five-acre park is seen as the centerpiece of a revitalized Downtown Los Angeles and the competition, a public-private partnership backed by councilmember José Huizar, is a critical step toward that effort.

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30 Years in the making, land artist Alberto Burri’s Grande Cretto in Sicily finally complete

The "Large Crack" in Gibellina, Sicily

The “Large Crack” in Gibellina, Sicily. (Fondazione Burri)

Memorializing the quiet town of Gibellina that was destroyed by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in 1968, Alberto Burri’s Grande Cretto has finally been completed after some 30 years of planning. Occupying over 86,000 square feet, the concrete piece of land art is now open to the public and coincides with the artist’s 100th birthday.

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Product> Street Seen: New Landscape Furnishings

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Kornegay Design)

Whether used to enhance the identity of an entire community or an individual institution, street furnishings present a primary opportunity to engage the public with design. From planters and bike racks to seating and waste bins, all elements play a part in the dialogue.

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Bartram’s Mile greenway by andropogon one step closer to connecting Philly to its riverfront

(Courtesy andropogon)

(Courtesy andropogon)

Philadelphia’s landscape architecture firm andropogon is redesigning a one mile segment of publicly owned, underused riverbank along the Schuylkill between Grays Ferry Avenue and 58th Street. Industrial development and highway construction has separated residents from the western bank of the riverfront for decades. Andropogon’s design goals for Bartram’s Mile include integrating the site with existing trails and bike infrastructure, managing stormwater, connecting the riverbank to its urban surroundings, and a design that highlights Bartram’s Garden, the oldest botanic garden in the United States.

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This tangle of highways in Providence, Rhode Island, could give way to a green boulevard

The 6/10 Connector today. (Courtesy Moving Together)

The 6/10 Connector today. (Courtesy Moving Together)

According to Moving Together Providence has the potential to be a “world model for urban design.” That is of course, if the city decides to go ahead with their ambitious proposal of tearing up the 6/10 connector which joins Routes 6 and 10 between Olneyville and the interchange with Interstate 95, replacing it with a bicycle- and bus-friendly green boulevard.

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AECOM Urban SOS: All Systems Go Competition winners announced

The Winning Submission Plan (Courtesy AECOM and Van Alen Institute)

The Winning Submission Plan. (Courtesy AECOM and Van Alen Institute)

Three graduate design students at the University of Pennsylvania—Daniel Lau, Joseph Rosenberg, and Lindsay Rule—have claimed the top spot in AECOM’s sixth annual Urban SOS competition. Their project, called The THIRD Reserve, is an urban landscape concept that would, in theory, allow Singapore’s food production system to become self-sufficient. The team takes home $7,500 in prize money and has access to up to $25,000 to support the project.

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Philadelphia’s Bergmann Associates reveal plans for Grays Ferry Triangle pedestrian plaza on South Street

Proposed design for Grays Ferry Plaza (Courtesy Bergmann Associates)

Proposed design for Grays Ferry Plaza. (Courtesy Bergmann Associates)

Philadelphia’s South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) Grays Ferry Avenue Triangles Committee is making moves on a new plaza at 23rd Street at South Street. This plaza follows the well-trod path of its predecessors, touting amenities like seating and trees, as well as building South Philly’s neighborhood identity and civic pride.

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Product> On Solid Ground: New Pavers and Decking Products

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Belgard)

Decking and pavers can enhance the look of a site while improving its environmental functionality. Better drainage and erosion prevention can be achieved through choosing the proper hardscape elements.

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Along the Gowanus Canal, dlandstudio’s Sponge Park will soon be ready to soak up polluted water

Rendering of Gowanus Canal Sponge Park (Courtesy dlandstudio)

Rendering of Gowanus Canal Sponge Park (Courtesy dlandstudio)

You won’t be able to drink from it anytime soon, but the fetid, toxic shores of the Gowanus Canal will soon be graced with a new park that filters stormwater as it enters the canal. Designed by Brooklyn’s dlandstudio in partnership with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park will be an 18,000 square foot public space on city-owned land, where Second Street meets the canal.

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