One of the United States’ most polluted bodies of water is about to receive a much needed make-over: In early 2014, construction will begin on a pollution-preventing greenscape that will run alongside Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. The proposal, dubbed Sponge Park, was envisioned more than five years ago by Susannah Drake of dlandstudio and has just now “soaked up” enough funds to move forward.
Locals in the Brooklyn Heights community have banded together behind a common cause: honoring Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, the much-loved, Brooklyn-raised Beastie Boy who succumbed to cancer earlier this month.
Residents created a Facebook group encouraging users to sign the petition to rename Squibb Park after Yauch; however, Beastie Boys Member Adam Horovitz and his wife Kathleen Hanna have slightly different wishes. As Hanna told the Brooklyn Heights Blog: “I just wanted to let you know that Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz has already begun working with the Parks Commissioner to fix up and rename State Street Park where Yauch actually played as a kid.”
In response, the Facebook group has shifted its support towards achieving that end. In their words: “The Brooklyn Heights Blog community ENTHUSIASTICALLY supports this idea. We have updated the Facebook page to reflect this and encourage all those who agree, their friends, family and friends of friends to continue to “Like” the page and share our strong desire to make Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights a reality.”
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PARK shared with us their proposal for the harbor revitalization competition in Aalesund, Norway. To revitalize the southern harbor district situated adjacent to the historic city center, they put an emphasis on the relationship between the distinct architectural heritage of Ålesund and the new development, which includes large scale functions like a cruise terminal, a hotel, a conference center and a bus station. Their design incorporates an infrastructure that solves the issues of through-traffic and at the same time upgrades public transport and light traffic. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Calling for a 3.500 sqm combined community center and sports facility with an emphasis on sustainability, both in construction and use, PARK decided to go with a bold strategy they titled ‘Pulsen’. Rather than applying the traditional repertoire of green technologies to the building, after initial concept design was developed, the client called for an architecture that embodied the idea of the sustainable approach. More images and project description after the break.
“Build a Better Burb”, a design and planning competition sponsored by the Long Island Index with the Rauch Foundation, has named the team of PARK and NetLab as one of five winners. Will Prince of the architecture and planning studio PARK and Kazys Varnelis, the founder of NetLab, collaborated on the winning proposal “Long Division,” a regional strategy that promotes both responsible growth and planned contraction.
More images, a video on the project, and complete press release after the break.
Architect: Guerin & Pedroza Architectes
Location: Toulouse, France
Project owner: City of Toulouse (place Occitane), Altarea (shopping centre), Vinci Park (parking)
Technical design office: Ingénierie Studio (Toulouse)
Landscaper: Julie Poirel
Light designer: Roger Narboni Concepto
Urban furniture: Guérin & Pedroza
Surface area of the place: 10,000 sqm
Surface area of the shopping centre: 15,000 sqm (16,000 sqm total floor area)
Project year: 2003-2008
Photographs: Guerin & Pedroza
Architects: The Office of James Burnett
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Master Planning: Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Design Landscape Architect: Tha Office of James Burnett
Landscape Architect of Record: Site Design Group Limited
Engineering Services: Epstein
Client: Magellan Group Limited / Loewenberg and Associates
Project Year: 2002-2003
Construction Year: 2004-2005
Constructed Area: 5.2 Acres
Photographs: james steinkamp, steinkamp photography
Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects
Location: Nordborg, Denmark
Client: Danfoss Universe, Nordborg, Denmark
Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Marcus Blum, Thorsten Blatter, Andre Santer, Alessandra Raponi
Design Year: 2005-2006
Construction Year: 2006-2007
Constructed Area: Cafeteria_500 sqm / Curiosity Center_1,200 sqm
Architect on site: Hallen & Nordby
Technical Consultant: Carl Bro
Budget: US $3.86 million
Photographs: J. Mayer H.
Architect: ARTEKS Arquitectura
Location: La Pineda (Vila-Seca), Spain
Architects in charge: Gerard Veciana Membrado & Elisabet Faura Pavia
Arteks Collaborators: Elena Berri, Laia Esteban,Gemma Roca, Carlos Cobreros, Fermin Sánchez, Alex Miralles, Ricard Blanco, Miquel Mercè, Manuel González
Constructed Area: 28,000 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Pergola Engineering: Amatria Engineering – J.M velasco
Facilities Engineering: Javier Penalba
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute
FARO architecten bv just shared with us their latest project, the winning entry for a sustainable residential tower design competition.
Text from the architects and more images after the break.
Promenade Samuel-de Champlain / Consortium Daoust Lestage + Williams Asselin Ackaoui + Option aménagement
Architects: Consortium Daoust Lestage + Williams Asselin Ackaoui + Option aménagement
Location: Quebec, Canada
Project Team: Réal Lestage, urban planner, principal in the project team, Renée Daoust, architect, urban planner, principal / Caroline Beaulieu, architect / Lucie Bibeau, landscape architect / Martin Adam, b. arch. / Maria Benech, b. arch. / André Nadeau, landscape architect / Simon Magnan, landscape architect / Rachel Philippe-Auguste, architect / Catherine St-Marseille, m. arch. / Hubert Pelletier, m. arch. / Nelson Couture, architect / Jacques Michaud, tech. arch.
Project Year: 2008
Engineering: GENIVAR and SNC-LAVALIN
Client: Commission de la Capitale Nationale du Québec
Lighting Consultant: ÉCLAIRAGE PUBLIC
Constructed Area: 2,5 km long
Photographs: Marc Cramer
Architects: Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor
Location: Bad Gleichenberg, Austria
Design Period: 2005-2007
Construction period: 2005-2008
Project Architects: Olav Jensen(pl), Børre Skodvin (pl), Ane Forfang, Carl Patrik Larsson, Helge Lunder, Minna Riska, Dagfinn Sagen, Thomas Knigge, Torunn Golberg, Torstein Koch, AnneLise Bjerkan
Collaborating Local Architect: Domenig Wallner, Graz
Landscape: Kim Wilkie
Budget: 1.000.000 EURO (US $31.52 millions)
Constructed Area: 17,500 sqm