Latest News in Landscape Architecture
In this week’s Latest News in Landscape Architecture we feature a series of newly proposed projects that will forever change the urban complexion of their respective cities. From new elevated parks in Queens, New York and Washington D.C. and a jaw-dropping train station in Denmark—it’s evident that cities acknowledge the generally (see article below about how parks gentrify neighborhoods) positive effects of new public spaces.
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Move over High Line , make way for the new kid in town. A study released by the Trust for Public Land was released earlier this week and provides a backbone for bringing the 3.5-mile Queensway to life. Nestled on abandoned railroad tracks in Queens, NY the park would link Rego Park to Ozone Park via a tree-lined pedestrian promenade and bicycle path. Designed by WXY architecture + urban design and dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture , “it’s like the High Line on steroids–it’s twice as long and seven times the acreage,” said Adrian Benepe, director of city park development for the nonprofit Trust for Public Land.
Following a seven-month nationwide competition, the results are in and OMA + OLIN have been selected to design Washington D.C.’s first elevated park, which will traverse the Anacostia River. Featuring an environmental education center, performance spaces, public art related to the region, play areas, and kayak/canoe launches, the “Great White City” is about to undergo a radical change. “The resulting form of the bridge creates an iconic encounter, an “X” instantly recognizable within the capital’s tradition of civic spaces,” said OMA partner-in-charge Jason Long.
WATCH: The 11th Street Bridge Park Project – An Overview
In what seems to be the theme of this week’s news stories–the future town of Vinge (located about 45 km northwest of Copenhagen) is in good hands as Henning Larsen Architects , with the help of Tredje Natur , MOE and Railway Procurement Agency has won Frederikssund municipality’s architecture competition to design a regional train station and new quarter. “Simply put, our idea is to create an integrated town space that connects the movements of the town and the landscape. In Vinge, the natural landscape becomes part of the town and you will be able to live in the countryside within the town,” explains Niels Edeltoft, architect and project manager at Henning Larsen Architects. The train station is expected to be completed in 2017. Check out the elegantly clean graphics by clicking the link above.
Will the Chicago Riverwalk awe Chicagoans, tourists, and design enthusiasts like Millennium Park did a little over ten years ago? Slated to open in 2016, when finished, the riverwalk will elevate the status of the infamous waterway located in the “Second City”. Leading the endeavor is Gina Ford (a landscape architect at Sasaki Associates alongside Ross Barney Architects). Chicago Magazine was fortunate enough to interview Gina, which is a fascinating and thought-provoking read about the inspiration and evolution of the design. “It’s been really fascinating; we’re just finishing the documentation for the water plaza and the jetty. Those drawings are getting finalized. The process of designing those floating wetlands has been one of the most fascinating processes I’ve ever been part of, Ford says. We will be following this project closely as it evolves, check back for more updates.
Read about the Lyon River Bank by IN SITU Architectes Paysagistes.
WATCH: Chicago Riverwalk Teaser
While urban parks such as the High Line (now New York’s second-most visited tourist attraction) have been tremendously successful—it has a few shortcomings. The most troubling is the equity issue. When these grandiose parks take form, numerous local businesses and working-class residents have to relocate as a result of rising rents. “Inevitable as this process of “eco-gentrification” might seem, it doesn’t have to be,” says Jennifer Wolch, dean of the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. The “just green enough” approach—which is a delicate balance of sustainability and equity might be the tool to overcome the challenges of dealing with gentrification.
- The president-elect of ASLA offers her views on the future of landscape architecture in New York City: The Architect’s Newspaper
As the New York Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA-NY) celebrates its 100th Anniversary, Jennifer Nitzky, the President-elect of ASLA-NY reflects on the rich tradition and bright future of landscape architecture in the “Big Apple”. While the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted, is responsible for arguably one of the most iconic urban parks (Central Park), there has since been a long-list of landscape architects that have played key roles in enhancing the city’s landscape architecture, urban design, and resiliency efforts in the last decade. With the increased development of high profile projects coupled with the emergence of social media—New York City is a world leader in high-quality design.
Explore Jennifer’s landscape architecture news page titled Sprout here.
Interested in a participatory mapping experiment in Manhattan? Check out Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers.
WATCH: The Many Urban Parks of NYC
Known for its funky, yet fun designs—the Amsterdam-based practice of NL Architects is at it again, this time with an undulating development, which features roofs decked out in a vibrant palette of red and green sedums. Situated in a newly developed Amsterdam neighborhood east of the city—this former industrial zone will soon be home to 500 residences. The varying stories allowed the architects to create “voids” giving each residence a private terrace.
News report by Brett Lezon