So it turns out that after all, Santa Monica got played by Eli Broad. And ironically enough, the heated competition to host his foundation’s significant collection of contemporary art was not won by any of the competitor cities (Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, or reputedly, Culver City), but by Los Angeles. When the dust settles, Broad’s modern art collection [...]
Posts Tagged ‘Landscape Architecture’
One city just passed a measure to spend roughly $600 million over 20 years on its bicycling infrastructure; one city is in the midst of planning similar improvements that, if fully built out, would cost an estimated $230 million.
The substantial difference between the two figures might lead you believe two things: that the $600 million [...]
At Lincoln Center, the Beaumont Theater will be just fine - even better - with Hugh Hardy’s “black box” perched on top
Lincoln Center is not a landmark - at least by designation. Most would agree that it is a landmark of some sort - if not architecturally, certainly for its cultural impact. And yet, despite concerted (and well-founded) efforts made by groups like DOCOMOMO and folks like Andrew S. Dolkart, the city and state have opted [...]
As you may have read, Dubai’s over-heated real estate market recently underwent a forced, but necessary, cool down. Amidst the wreckage are thousands of designers who carefully drew up designs only to see their patrons’ financing evaporate in the Gulf’s dry heat.
Landscape architect Scott Martin is one such designer, but his post-Dubai income strategy is [...]
Philadelphia is still waiting for its own High Line, but at least it can bide its time with a new park across the Schuylkill River. The University of Pennsylvania just broke ground for the 24-acre Penn Park, part of which will transform 14 acres of United States Postal Service parking lots into riverfront trees, paths, and [...]
When I posted about former pro-football player Keyshawn Johnson’s new interior design gig, I assumed he was a pioneer out to prove that good fashion sense in post-game attire is indicative of design-ability. I also assumed Keyshawn’s love of interior design was about as deep as his love of the television show that supplied him [...]
Nearly every city with an interstate-freeway running through it has encountered a certain level of collateral damage. Typically, such damage takes the form of noise, air pollution, and sometimes, even more traffic congestion.
On land adjacent to such corridors, these and other usual suspects also tend to create psychological barriers that separate formerly united neighborhoods in [...]
Twenty years after Loma Pieta Earthquake, Mandela Parkway finally improving Oakland street life - just a bit
Twenty years ago this October 17th, the Loma Prieta Earthquake disrupted more than the pre-game routines of the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, who were prepping to battle each other in Game Three of World Series. A few miles away, motorists on the Cypress Street Viaduct had the misfortune of either being crushed by [...]
PNC Financial’s green wall disarms G-20 protesters in Pittsburgh, hints at loophole in billboard bans
Judging by the positive captions of the many protester-taken photos of the new green wall hanging at PNC Financial’s Pittsburgh headquarters, I think the G-20 security personnel surrounding PNC Plaza were unnecessary; apparently financial companies just need some greenery to direct the ire of their philosophical adversaries elsewhere.
Not that PNC’s new green wall isn’t good [...]
Depending on your point of view, Biscayne Boulevard is either the gateway to a newly appreciated urban core or a prime location to observe swaths of empty condominiums slowly acquire occupants in the aftermath of a delusional real estate market. Either way, the thoroughfare that buffers Miami’s blah-downtown from the waterfront parks is finally doing more than [...]