A competing vision to James Corner’s Seattle waterfront plan is going before City Council August 17

Seattle. (stringparts via Flickr Creative Commons)

Seattle. (stringparts via Flickr Creative Commons)

From Boston to San Francisco and cities in between, increasing the quality of livable and usable urban space has become a hot issue. Waterfront redevelopment, highway removal, and linear park creation (and activation) are leading the way.

For Seattle, that means redoing the waterfront by replacing the deteriorating seawall, removing the earthquake damaged Alaskan Way Viaduct, and building a tunnel.

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Bjarke Ingels and James Corner give Philadelphia’s 214-year-old Navy Yard a boost into the 21st century

(Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group/BIG)

(Courtesy Bjarke Ingels Group/BIG)

Bjarke Ingels is giving Philadelphia‘s antique Navy Yard a jolt into the 21st century. BIG teamed up with James Corner Field Operations to bring a $35 million office building, called 1200 Intrepid, featuring double curves designed to mirror the contours of Corner’s surrounding landscape.

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High Line designer James Corner tapped to design Miami’s “Underline” linear park

Beneath the Metrorail in Miami. (Flickr / Melissa Venable)

Beneath the Metrorail in Miami. (Flickr / Melissa Venable)

Just about every city on planet earth wants to build its own version of New York City‘s hugely popular High Line. The ever-growing list includes Miami that plans to turn a 10-mile stretch of underutilized land beneath its elevated Metrorail into a park and bike path. The project is called “The Underline” because, well, you get it.

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Minneapolis mayor cheers on Nicollet Mall revamp



As a team of designers gear up for an overhaul of Nicollet Mall, dubbed Minneapolis’ main street, civic leaders there have cheered on the project in an op-ed in the StarTribune. Read More

Quick Clicks> Apples, Trains, Fields, Banks

Daily Clicks, East
Friday, February 18, 2011

Grand Central to get Apple but no glass cube. flickr/Randy Le’Moine

Apple takes another bite. Once famous for its oysters, Grand Central will now be known for its Apples. Cult of Mac reports that the computer giant plans to open their biggest retail outlet yet, which will, no doubt be as busy as Grand Central Station.

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Lights, Camera, High Line!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sundance Channel recently launched a new online video series titled “High Line Stories,” profiling activists, artists, architects, landscape architects, City officials, and celebrities involved in turning the abandoned elevated railroad track into a park paradise.

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